On the cold, windy, misty morning of June 7th 2020 George Dewar, a well known P.E.I. Ham Radio amateur operator and enthusiast, began setting up his tall portable antenna in the small parking area in front of the St. Peters Harbour Lighthouse.
Once that was complete he began pulling out and organizing the cables, battery packs, and his HAM radio itself and established a portable radio station out of the back seat of his 4 door Subaru sedan.
The Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society maintains a list of 15,000 lighthouses and the St. Peters Harbour Lighthouse has the designation CAN "478". It is the 5th of the 8 on P.E.I. that George has operated from.
Over the next 3 or so hrs. he made 135 contacts including stations as far away as Northern Ireland, the east coast of Spain, and New Mexico.
Energetic, engaging, and excited to share information, George radiates positive energy and is a pleasure to be around.
For more photos, a .kml file you can upload to google earth to see all the contacts George made, or information on becoming a HAM radio operator on P.E.I., click this link.
We thank Dennis Taylor for this contribution....". The date on the pictures is 1925. While cleaning them up, and blowing up the wharf picture, there is an oval commercial sign hanging on the wharf. It looks like "Imperial" but I can't say with 100% assurance. I don't know if Imperial Oil would have had a fueling facility on the wharf back then.I've also (included) a more recent picture, from 1948. I know my father took it, as I am the little one running in the sand..."
Greetings from the SPHLS!
There is but one week left to pay to reserve your spot for the SPHLS Fundraising Banquet coming up on Aug. 19th! All details can be found below.
If you have already paid to reserve your spot, please note that your name will be registered on the reservation list at the Entrance when you attend the event.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Jo Anne Morton
The St. Peters Harbour Lighthouse was officially illuminated on July 7th, 2019 at approximately 9;30 p.m.
A gathering of about 30 called out multiple Hip! Hip! Hoorays! when the light was turned on!
Check out these photos of the Lighthouse when lit and the wonderful crowd cheering the event. Thanks go out to Bill Morton for an exceptional job at making this happen!
On the photo below, you can see from the glow of the beacon, ( as well as Bill Morton's face ) , that the illumination of the lighthouse is now complete !!!
So as advertised earlier this spring, this bulletin is to confirm a casual beach gathering for SPHLS members and their friends to toast the official illumination this Saturday evening (July 6th) at 9:00 pm. Once a suitable crowd and darkness are achieved, Bill will throw the switch, probably around 9:30 pm.
Things are supposed to warm up by then, but as it is always cooler by the shore, remember to wear warm clothes. And bring a blanket to enjoy the wee bon fire provided. Marshmallows and a few bottles of bubbly will be served to early arrivals.
Remember, walking, biking or car pooling are encouraged to preserve this ecologically sensitive area.
Well May is here and after a bit of delay, the lobster traps are set. As summer is just around the corner, here are the anticipated dates of SPHLS activities for your day timers.
Saturday, July 6th : Lighthouse Illumination
Those who attended the AGM last August will remember the interesting presentation Bill Morton gave on how our lighthouse will be illuminated.
The batteries, lights and solar panels are now all on site and in readiness for hook up. Join us at dusk for a wee celebration on the beach.
Friday, July 19th ; the Morell River Run Parade
The SPHLS joins this great community event for the first time. Our lighthouse float, an 8 ft. tall replica, has been commissioned under the direction of John Flinn. So come out and share the walk!!! Festive attire encouraged ; lighthouse top hats anyone?
Saturday August 4th : The Lighthouse Climb
Another first timer and should be great fun, not only for the kids, but for the kid in all of us! Plan on bringing family and friends to make the climb, just as our light keepers did for so many years...and enjoy the view!!
Monday August 19th : Harbour NIght at the Holy Cow
Our first major fund raiser since the Raffle. This time a special fun filled evening with drinks and dinner at the Holy Cow, and including a live auction and music. Linda Anderson, JoAnne Morton, Paulette Bourgeois and Debbie Barton-Moore are well into the planning. It promises to be a great event. As space will be limited, tickets will be made available in advance.
Thursday August 29th ; the fifth Annual AGM
The AGM has proven to be a most pleasant evening to share information, chili and cheer at the end of the SPHLS season. This year we will have two major items on the agenda - apart from our 2018 financial statements.
The first - what should be the focus of the SPHLS be, now that restoration is completed?
The second - election of a new Board of Directors. The 5 year term of most of the Executive comes to completion with this meeting. All positions are open.
We will be canvassing those interested over the summer!!
The year-end for our 2018 statement concludes at the end of May (this month). So for those individual and family members who have yet to pay their annual dues ($10 and $20 respectively), you can send along a cheque to the SPHLS c/o Ann Doyle, 4 Lakeview Lane, RR#2, Morell, PE, C0A 1S0. You can also make an e-transfer to our account at the Credit Union, firstname.lastname@example.org.
And of course further donations are always welcome. Thanks ahead for your payments!!
Finally, SPHLS T-shrits will be available for purchase in early July.
It will be quite a busy summer!!! Be looking for additional bulletins and further information on all events as their times approach.
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