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    LU2WA/XA - El Faro Cabo Blanco - Argentina

    LU2WA/XA AMERICAN LIGHTHOUSES WEEKEND EDITION; XII ACTIVATION OF THE FARO CABO BLANCO FROM FRIDAY 14 TO SUNDAY 16 FEBRUARY 2020 ICON OF PATAGONIA THAT DEFIES TIME, WIND AND LONELINESS El Faro Cabo Blanco, ARG-001 GRID FE72dt It is located at the southern end of Golfo San Jorge, on a rocky promontory at the end of provincial route 91, about 90 km north of Puerto Deseado, within the Cabo Blanco Natural Reserve in the province of Santa Cruz, Argentine Patagonia. The cape is formed by three rock masses, the middle one being the smallest and the northern one where the lighthouse is located, the highest one. Slightly exceeding 40 meters. To reach the lighthouse you have to climb a spiral staircase with 100 steps. Made of stone. It will be activated in all bands and modes with the own callsign of the entity LU2WA/XA, by a team of which will take part radio amateurs from Comodoro Rivadavia and Rada Tilly (Chubut), and from Caleta Olivia, Puerto Deseado and Jaramillo (Santa Cruz). The Cabo Blanco Lighthouse, which is located in a straight line 510 km from the Malvinas Islands, has a 27-meter truncated cone tower made of bricks. 110,000 trapezoidal bricks were used to build it, with cement floors. The thickness of the tower wall at the foot is 1.40 meters and at the top 34 cm. It has a spiral staircase inside made of sheet metal with iron handrails. The focal plane was located at 67 m.a.s.l. with a nominal range of 13.9 nautical miles, with white light, emitting 5 long flashes of 1.5 seconds with 10 seconds of eclipse. The sentry box was built with an outer platform and is cylindrical in shape crowned with a spherical copper dome with a lightning stop. The site is part of the so-called "Blue Route", a route that follows the course of National Route 3, which crosses much of the Patagonian coast and links protected natural areas and marine wildlife reserves in the provinces of Chubut and Santa Cruz, and is An important marine bird reserve and one of the largest colonies of two-haired sea lions in the entire region... At the beginning of the 20th century, it was the center of the town created around a mine and a large salt mine. Both activities turned the region into a source of wealth also related to the production of sheep and the preservation of meat and leather through salting, although half a century later everything was abandoned... Of the village, today a ghost, only two deteriorated constructions can be seen that served as the headquarters of the old post office, and the warehouse and a ghostly cemetery with eleven white wooden crosses a few meters from the sea. But the first dwellers of Cape Blanco were the Tehuelche Indians, whose hooks, bone harpoons and arrowheads have been found in various archeological sites in the surroundings, which date back to 3,000 years ago, according to scientific studies. SEND CONTACT QSL CARD WITH SASE P.O BOX 6 CP 9000 COMODORO RIVADAVIA CHUBUT ARGENTINA The Radio Club invites members and amateur radio colleagues to participate in it, being a good opportunity to learn, teach, promote and experience various aspects of the hobby, as well as to spend pleasant and good times among colleagues, or if it is not possible to approach the place, try to make contact in one of the bands that will be transmitted. The general public is also invited to come to the place where they can see a campaign-type amateur radio station, as well as consult and learn about the activity of the amateur radio in our city PS: THE LOG WILL BE LOADED IN QRZ, EQSL, LOTW AND ARGENTINA LOG. THIS WILL BE AT LEAST 15 DAYS LATER SINCE IN THAT LOCATION THERE IS NO INTERNET ACCESS BY ANY MEANS.
    Information received from Jorge Suares, LU9WT.


    LU2WA/XA El Faro Cabo Blanco, Argentina
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