Celebrating National Lighthouse Day

Coinciding with the US National Lighthouse Day, the US National Lighthouse-Lightship Weekend (NLLW) is an annual lighthouse operating and activation opportunity celebrating the anniversary of the establishment of the United States federal lighthouse service. This is a day to celebrate lighthouses, lightships and the commitment and service of those who tended America’s lights for generations.


National Lighthouse Day is unofficially August 7 each year. This is Sunday August 7 for 2016 making this year’s weekend event August 6th and 7th. If you are considering operating for the NLLW for 2016, put these dates on your calendar…

August 6th & 7th

Radio ‘Weather’ for this weekend

As usual there is no shortage of other operating activities this weekend including the popular North American QSO Party CW mode. Review WA7BNM’s Contest Calendar for other events competing for the bands.

As this is an operating event and not a contest, all amateur radio bands are available including the WARC bands.

ARRL National Parks on the Air (NPOTA)

Don’t forget the ARRL is helping celebrate the 100th anniversary of the US National Park Service with their National Parks on the Air operating event for all of 2016. This is a great twofer opportunity in amateur radio activation – NPOTA and NLLW for lights located within National Park or other qualifying locations (see the ARRL rules for details).


Interested? Plan on helping celebrate the National Lighthouse Day by coordinating with administrators of your favorite lighthouse to set up a temporary radio station and get that light on the air.