Rawley Point Lighthouse is one of the tallest and brightest lighthouses on Lake Michigan. It is located right at the southern end of Point Beach State Forest which is our favorite campground. With the NPOTA event this year I’ve typically been doing activations of TR05 from the park but on our most recent trip I decided to do a lighthouse activation as well. The lighthouse is USA 689.
The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard station so you cannot go on the grounds but being a lighthouse and a rather large one at that, you can clearly see it from the beach that is part of the Point Beach park area. I setup my station just above the beach at the end of the boardwalk trail that leads from the parking lot to the beach.
I used my Alpha Antenna Alpha DX Sr antenna on 20m with good signal reports all along the east coast and into the south and as far west as stations in Utah and California. The Alpha Antenna works quite well for situations such as this where there aren’t any trees around in which to hang a wire antenna.
With the wind howling quite loudly and the surf rolling I was able to make 15 contacts on 20m in an hour which was the time that I had before I needed to return to camp to start packing up the camper to return home.
With 74 lighthouses in Wisconsin it’s entirely likely that there will be more lighthouse activations in my future.