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Radio amateurs at the Punta Lucrecia Lighthouse

By transmission, from various parts of the world, the so-called International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (ILLW) was celebrated in its XXI edition.

This special radio activity, which is not a contest, is organized annually by the Amateur Radio Group (AARG). The event aims to promote the conservation of lighthouses, these guardians of maritime navigation that since the mid-sixteenth century provide an important service for maritime safety. Since its founding in 1998, it has become an international meeting of amateur radio operators from approximately 95 countries.

Cuba is no stranger to this type of celebration and there is a transmission every year from various parts of our country. For the 2019 edition, the Punta Lucrecia Lighthouse has been chosen once again, located in the municipality of Banes, and considered one of the 100 most important in the world for its geographical position.

It is located at 21 ° 04 ′ 15 north latitude and 75 ° 37 ′ 13 west latitude, emitting a flash of white light every five seconds at a height of 40 meters above sea level and has a range of 18 miles. Its ignition date was October 10, 1868, which coincides with the uprising of a group of patriots under Carlos Manuel de Céspedes. It constantly serves as a safe guide with its light flashes to the ships that travel in the waters of the northeastern coast of Cuba.

The International Weekend of Lights and Lights in this year lasted 48 hours and began this August 17 at 00:01 UTC and ended the 18th, the same month, at 24:00 UTC. The last time the Lucrecia lighthouse participated in this event was in 2016. On this occasion, the amateur radio participants in our territory were nine and Jorge Luis Feria was responsible for the station.

For transmissions they were present with the special code T48FL.

Collective stations of several territories of our country participated, for the transmission in the bands of 2, 40, 80 and 160 meters. Digital transmissions were used in telegraphy and the purpose was to make the greatest number of contacts with their peers in the world. In the contacts they exchanged the classic data, such as the station code and the signal report, as well as about the historical elements related to these facilities and their extraordinary utility for man.

Currently, modern satellite navigation systems and global positioning systems (GPS) have downplayed the lighthouses, although these continue to be useful and very safe, especially for night navigation; that is why the importance of preserving these luminous signal systems and the promotion of radio amateurs in the world with this non-competitive radio event have great significance for humanity.

The Lucrecia lighthouse is expected to remain a meeting point for Cuban radio amateurs. These days have been wonderful to enjoy the sea and the radio in such great activity worldwide.

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