Radio Enthusiasts (HAM) Bring
International Attention to Alabama
Lighthouses Across the US and
in many foreign countries, amateur radio
clubs (commonly known as “HAM”s) hold
weekend events transmitting from
lighthouses. The October 2012
Lighthouse Weekend was a first for Alabama.
Huntsville Amateur Radio Club member
Warren Alford was inspired to organize a
similar event for the lighthouses of Mobile
Bay. “We want to increase awareness of the
rich history and help our partners, the
Alabama Lighthouse Association and the
Alabama Historical Commission, raise funds
for continued preservation of each
lighthouse,” said Alford.
HAM clubs operated stations at Middle
Bay (a Historical Commission property), Sand
Island, and Fort Morgan's Mobile Point
Lighthouses. HAMs from across
the world could “call in” and talk to the
volunteers manning each station.
stations are setup at Fort Morgan, also
owned and maintained by the the Commission.
Mobile Point Lighthouse is situated on the
Fort. The HAMS located Sand Island hand
radio station on the fort too since “we can
clearly see the lighthouse from the fort,”