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 Round Island celebration will raise funds to continue interior restoration

 PASCAGOULA, MISS. - The lighthouse that sat on Round Island for nearly 150 years has been reconstructed on the mainland, thanks to a community-led effort. But the $1.4 million restoration continues and money is needed to complete the interior. As part of that effort, the City of Pascagoula and the Jackson County Amateur Radio Association are planning a ham radio event at the lighthouse, along with a benefit concert, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18-20.
  Amateur (ham) radio operators will establish a base of communications at the lighthouse staarting at 6:00 p.m. October 17th to announce the event to amateur radio operators throughout the world.  "The last time the Round Island Lighthouse was activated by amateur radio was in 2004, prior to its relocation to the mainland", said Dan Miller of the association.  Visitors are invited to come and view the portable amateur radio station throughout the weekend.
  The world's ham operators acquire QSL cards that verify their activities. In Ham operator parlance, QSL means "do you confirm receipt of my transmission?" A QSL card from a lighthouse is a coveted prize.
   "This event will promote public awareness of lighthouses and their need for preservation and restoration, and at the same time promote amateur radio and foster international goodwill," said Jan Dearman, the city's community and economic development director. "We're hoping for a great turnout."
   In conjunction with the ham radio event, an Oct. 18 benefit concert will feature Pascagoula native Les Kerr, whose outdoor concert will run from 7 until 9 p.m. at Lighthouse Park, the site of the lighthouse at the foot of the U.S. Highway 90 bridge. Kerr is donating sales from a CD that includes a song written about the Round Island Lighthouse.
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   "In 1988, after I had moved to Tennessee to pursue music, I wrote a song about the lighthouse," said Kerr. "I remembered how much I had enjoyed the solitude of knocking around that Round Island Lighthouse . . . "
   Concert ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for ages 12-18. Kids under age 12 are admitted free. Round Island Lighthouse sponsorships and memorabilia will be available for purchase as well.
   For more information, contact Beth Meyer at 938-6639 or bmeyer@cityofpascagoula.com.
Click on the following link to view Less Kerr's newest video:      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qIQG82wHXc&feature=c4-overview&list=UUi5666_SR2vgznnGuEfTQxw

Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/2013/09/19/4966185/radio-transmission-benefit-concert.html#storylink=cpy

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