Madeira Island. Steve, G0SGB, plans to be active as CT9/G0SGB/p from the island of Madeira (AF-014) from 11 to 21 July 2014. Steve will concentrate on activating the various lighthouses on the island and he will be active on 40 and 20 metres ONLY. QSL via home call, Direct ONLY QTHR (see QRZ.com).
Zimbabwe. Mirek, VK6DXI will be active once again as Z21DXI from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe from 14 July to 3 August. He will operate mainly CW on the HF bands and 6 metres in his spare time. QSL via SP5UAF, direct or bureau. Log search and OQRS on Club Log.
Chagos Island. The call sign VQ9XR has been issued to Bob, N7XR, for upcoming activities from Diego Garcia Island (AF-006, WLOTA 1645). Planned dates are 3 weeks in August followed by 1 week in October or November. Focus will be on CW and RTTY during the trips. QSL via NN1N, direct or LoTW only.
USA extends its Lighthouse lead. The registered marine navigation in the United States of America for next month's International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend now stands at 61 - ahead of Australia and Germany both with 56, followed by England on 26. The US tally is buoyed by 14 never-before-activated structures, and Australia has 4 virgin lighthouses this year. Spain and Germany also have first-timers. Lightships to join the fun-event so far are in England, Finland, Germany, Netherlands and the USA. No matter where you are there's plenty to contacts to be made and some issue special QSL cards
In the Americas, registrations come from Barbados, Canada, Chile, Curacao, Falkland Islands, Honduras, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and the USA. In greater Europe there's Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Northern Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Wales.
Yes, Switzerland does have lighthouses – they are found on Lake Geneva and on Lake Constance. The Asian region so far Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan and Thailand have registered. Others come from sea-going nations include South Africa and New Zealand.
South Africa has 9 lighthouses registered to date. They are Cape Infanta, ZA0002; Robben Island, ZA0008 (this also counts as IOTA AF-064); Green Point, Cape Town, ZA0006; Slangkop Point, ZA0015; Danger Point, ZA0005; Cape Hangklip, ZA0010; Donkin Reserve Lighthouse, ZA0023, Cooper Lighthouse, Durban Bluff, ZA0004 and Green Point, ZA0018. Unfortunately the Seal Point Lighthouse, ZA0021 and Cape Recife Lighthouse, ZA0022 activations have been cancelled
Each registration from has a history to tell. Simple guidelines or online registration for the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend on 16 and 17 August are on the website www.illw.net
New amateur bands for Thailand. According to the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand, new rules to govern amateur radio include the opening of the 6 m band from 50 to 54 MHz, the expansion of two metres to 146,5 MHz and giving Thai advanced class license holders privileges that will allow power output levels of up to 1 kW. Additional spectrum will also be authorised in the 160 and 80 metre bands with more club stations and contest call signs to be issued as well.