NORTH HEAD - Peninsula hams were on the air at North Head Lighthouse in mid-August. This historic first ever amateur radio operation from North Head occurred during the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend. Bob Cline, N7CVW, Dick Lemke, AD7AF, Jim Movius, KL7JM, and his brother Dave, W7KZO set up and operated the station under the special event call sign, N7H.
The purpose of the Lighthouse Weekend radio event is to recognize the importance and service that lighthouses worldwide have made to safe navigation over many years, and to foster international goodwill.
The event was a resounding success. Some 349 foreign and domestic hams were contacted in 48 of our 50 states, and 10 foreign countries. Approximately 25 other participating lighthouses around the world were reached.
Visitors from all over the U.S., while touring the lighthouse, came to the radio station to see amateur radio in action. Visiting hams came from Louisiana, Montana, Alaska, Oregon, and Washington.
The Pacific County Amateur Radio Club had the opportunity to participate in the operation of the station during the weekend as well as hone their skills in emergency communication procedures.
The club extended thanks to the staff and volunteers of Cape Disappointment State Park for their enthusiastic support. Peninsula hams say they feel very privileged for the opportunity to plan and execute this event at North Head Lighthouse.