20 Years Ago - The AM Expedition to TPL

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  1. WA3VJB

    WA3VJB Ham Member QRZ Page

    It's been 20 years since this happy ship of fools set off for a weekend on board the old Thomas Point Lighthouse. It was the first time the offshore site had been "activated" as part of hobbyist radio operations from lighthouses around the world.

    Friday, August 6, 2021, the US Postal Service will issue the 7th in a commemorative stamp series that includes "Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse," as it is officially known. So when you see them in circulation, you can think of K3L.




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  2. W3SLK

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    I was just wondering about this the other week Paul. I often mused if you would do it again for a weekend.
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  3. AC0OB

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    I think it would be neat if you Easterners could do this again.

    I think something other than SOTA, POTA, and VOTA are definitely needed.

  4. WA3VJB

    WA3VJB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Phil it really was fun, we went again a few years later:


    Both times we caught some grief from the guy who founded the U.S. amateur radio lighthouse group, for running "only" AM. His contention was that if we went to all the trouble to activate a lighthouse like this one, why not make it multi-mode, multi-op, and really rack up some contacts.

    From our perspective, he missed the entire point. In years past, including the AM Expedition to Dobbins Island, and AM Festival stations at hamfests, the whole idea was to meet the challenge of deploying vintage gear, on AM, to show it can be done. We haven't wanted a bunch of points or a bunch of contacts. Just hoping to reach those people who take the time to enjoy this part of the hobby with us for a few minutes.

    About the lighthouse, specifically. It changed hands from being a federal property, to one auctioned off by the GSA after the US Coast Guard established (and maintains) automation at the Aid to Navigation. Thomas Point lighthouse today is "owned" by the City of Annapolis, which has an agreement with a non-profit group whose volunteers are doing the restoration, maintenance, and security, while also hosting paid tours to the place.

    So, during the boating season, there's quite a bit of visitor traffic through there. We make it a point to start and finish every boating season with a respectful float-by, to make sure the old lighthouse continues to thrive out in the Chesapeake Bay.
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  5. W3SLK

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    Interesting Paul, I just went to the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse website and all the tours are completely sold out! A testament to its attraction!
  6. W2VW

    W2VW Ham Member QRZ Page

    At this point that would require substantial funds. Not going to happen. Fun while it lasted.
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  7. K5UJ

    K5UJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Oh the frustrations of those who can only comprehend an incomplete mode.
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