2014-07-31 / Top News

Jupiter Lighthouse to celebrate international lighthouse weekend

SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY

The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum will join about 450 other lighthouses and lightships worldwide to celebrate International Lighthouse-Lightship Weekend on Aug. 16 and 17.

Three local amateur radio operating groups will be on the airwaves at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum over this special weekend.

Jupiter Lighthouse Radio Group (JLRG), the Martin County Amateur Radio Association (MCARA), and West Palm Beach Amateur Radio Group (WPBARC) will set up behind the museum building from 10 a.m. Saturday through 3 p.m. Sunday with their radio equipment attempting to dial in other participants from over 50 countries.

International Lighthouse-Lightship Weekend was started in Scotland to promote public awareness of the need for preservation and restoration of lighthouses and lightships around the globe. The weekend also aims to promote amateur radio and foster international goodwill.

The public is invited to stop by the museum backyard to “get on the air” and also learn about the continued civic contribution of Amateur Radio for emergency communications. Joined by Boy Scout troop 721 of Palm Beach Gardens this event also features educational activities for children and adults. ILLW participation is free.

To celebrate the 2014 ILLW, the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum is offering $5 Lighthouse and Museum tour admission to everyone that weekend.

The museum’s unique history as the last remaining building from an important World War II installation that existed on this site adds to the importance of this event locally.

For more information about the Jupiter Lighthouse Radio Group and the ILLW, visit www.jlrg.org and www.illw.net.

For information about the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum and events, visit www.jupiterlighthouse.org. ¦

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