[AARA] Lighthouse Special Event

Herman Campbell Kn5grk at lusfiber.net
Fri Aug 7 05:43:04 CDT 2015

I don't know what happened the first email I sent out for the Lighthouse 
Special Event, but it seems like the poster graphic got switched to some 
kind of music group so I am resending it.



Berwick, Louisiana
August 15 & 16, 2015

The big red lighthouse in Berwick will be featured around the world on 
Saturday, August 15th at the Everett S. Berry Lighthouse Park in Berwick 
from 9 - 5.

The event is part of the International Lighthouse Weekend. Berwick’s 
Southwest Reef Lighthouse has been added to the register and will be 
featured. Ham radio operators, the BEARS (Bayouland Emergency Amateur 
Radio) will make radio contact with other operators at lighthouses from 
areas including Argentina, Australia, Denmark, Ireland, South Africa, 
Italy, Norway….and many more, as well as several in the United States. 
Each communication will be amplified for everyone to hear. Over 400 
lighthouses around the world are currently registered for the event. 
Last year, the Berwick site made contact with over 50 lighthouses from 
the United States and many foreign countries.

Co-sponsored by the Town of Berwick and Coral Marine, this second annual 
event will begin with an opening ceremony featuring the Coast Guard 
Color Guard raising the American Flag on the Ray Rasberry Memorial Radio 
Tower alongside the Lighthouse. The day’s event will also feature a 
coloring contest for young children; food; radio demonstrations; and 
Homeland Security.

Another highlight of the day will be the Berwick Town Market vendors set 
up along the seawall offering a variety of homemade and handmade arts, 
crafts, produce and more.

Mr. Frank’s Famous homemade hamburgers will be on sale; along with cold 
drinks sold by the Berwick Fire Department. And everyone’s favorite 
summertime treat….Big Chill snowballs will surely please all!

The purpose of the event is to bring information about the Lighthouse to 
others, thus fostering international goodwill. Additionally, the event 
strives to raise the awareness of the critical need for ham radio. This 
form of communication is often used to make contact in times of 
disaster. Ham radio was the only source of contact during Hurricane 
Katrina and the 911 New York bombing.

Organizers of the event encourage everyone to come out and witness this 
historic event!

*QSL & Operating Information:*

      The Bayouland Emergency Amateur Radio Service (BEARS) will be 
operating from the SW Reef Lighthouse  US0176 (Berwick) on Saturday and 
Sunday 1500 Z to 2100 Z.  14.260 MHz, 7.265 MHz, EchoLink 507010 
W5BMC-R, IRLP Node 3670. It is not a contest; it is to make contacts and 
publicize the lighthouse and the Town of Berwick.
QSL - Jackie Price KA5LMZ, 708 Front St., Morgan City, LA 70380.
      Check out website at: http://townofberwick.org/lighthouse.html

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