After activating German Helios tower DE0011 in 2013 and 2015, Dutch lighthouse NL0010 in 2016 and Dutch lighthouse NL0048 in 2017, our family holiday 2018 took us to the French Atlantic coast. the closest lighthouse was 'Phare du Grouin du Cou' in La Tranche sur mer, fr0022.
So i decided to activate this lighthouse this year. after a google search i found that om Gilbert F4ASK lives in a town closed to the lighthouse. so i wrote him a email and declared my illw mission, including some questions about possible portable operations near the lighthouse. he quickly answered me and told me, that he will check the scene for me. that is ham spirit! he drove to the location and took some photos for me. coincidentally he met a man who lives in a house directly beside the lighthouse. so he told him about my lighthouse mission and the neighbour just said: 'no problem, he can use my garden'. wow! so later i got in contact with the neighbour by email and on the illw saturday i went to his house. what a garden, what a view. very kind people and they gave me great coffee! and they even hoisted a german flag. HI
I used my Ft-857d with 17ah LIFEPO4 battery, solar support and abt 50 watts hf out. gp antennas for 17m, 20m and 30m. most qso were done in cw. there is russian contest every year the same weekend. 40m is actually unusable in europe! so i decided not to get qrv on 40m. i made abt 195 qso at all on saturday and sunday. ufb illw weekend with a very kind host and true ham spirit support from a very kind french OM! And a lot of qso fun at lh fr0022.
73 Dirk, DL1KVN