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18 August, 2019
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Temporary radio station at Old Low Light Heritage Centre to mark International Lighthouse Weekend

Local amateur radio operators hope to make contact with lighthouses all over the world next weekend (17 and 18 August) from a temporary base in the Old Low Light Heritage Centre on North Shields Fish Quay.

As part of activities to mark International Lighthouse Weekend amateur radio operators set up stations in lighthouses in more than 40 countries and make contact with one another to raise the profile of lighthouses.

Over the weekend visitors to the Old Low Light will be able to watch members of Tynemouth Radio Club as they talk to some of their fellow amateur radio enthusiasts operating out of around 400 lighthouses.

The Old Low Light, which is now a heritage centre with a café, gift shop and gallery, is the oldest surviving building on the Fish Quay. It dates back to the early 18th century and was originally one of a pair of leading lights guiding ships through the mouth of the River Tyne.

Tony Regnart, a member of Tynemouth Radio Club who is organising the event and who is also a member of the Old Low Light said: “Despite its history, the Old Low Light has never been listed as a lighthouse so we had to make those arrangements before we could set up a temporary amateur radio station there for International Lighthouse Weekend.

“We hope people will come to watch as we make contact with amateur radio operators in lighthouses around the world.”

In previous years, Tynemouth Radio Club has marked International Lighthouse Weekend in a number of lighthouses around the North East, including at Blyth Whitley Bay, Tynemouth and Bamburgh.

Club members will be operating from the Old Low Light on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 August from 10am to 5pm. Licensed amateur radio operators who wish to make contact with the club during this time can use the call sign GB2 OLL.

The club has around 30 members and recently moved into new premises at the Scouts Headquarters, Norfolk Street, North Shields