English Lighthouse Awards Rules

English Lighthouse Awards are available for free download to participating licensed radio amateurs throughout the world.

We use the ARLHS reference numbering system for all ENG Lighthouses.

Rules: Hunters
Only contacts on or after the 1st of May 2021 with ELA activators are valid for ELA Awards.

Rules: Activators

Activators need to make a minimum of 25 Qso’s to qualify their log, they also need to be as close to the lighthouse as possible and certainly within line of sight.

However, we do understand and expect this to not always be possible, in those circumstances, you can be up to a maximum of 1000 meters away and no more, still within line of sight. Should the activator be within 1km of more than one lighthouse the references can all be activated at the same time.

However in the case of certain “Historic” Lighthouses where structures or remnants of the lighthouse do not exist any more, as specifically marked on the Official ELA Reference Map, the visual 1 km rule does not apply. You must physically be on the site that the “Historic” Lighthouse once stood or be immediately adjacent to it to be able to activate. For historic lighthouses where structures still exist the usual rules apply.

Logs must be sent to the log manager Melanie as soon as possible after their activity using the following email address

Here are the instructions for sending ELA logs.

Only awards issued by the ELA Awards Claim Service are valid. The outdated gma network awards are no longer recognised by us and are invalid.

How To Activate

There has always been something special about activating and hunting English lighthouses for many of us. They are often in stunning and accessible locations, many double as tourist attractions and areas for exercise and dog walking etc.

They are generally easy to activate including a nice walk in wonderful locations. It is always nice for the activator to be as close as possible to the lighthouse but of course we realise this is not always possible for many reason including activators with disabilities etc that just cannot hike to be directly beside an ELA reference, maybe even bad weather! So we have a 1 km rule in place for circumstances like these to enable everyone to join in.

You can activate a lighthouse anywhere within this 1 km distance from the reference and even activate multiple lighthouses from one spot if you are within 1 km of each. Please make sure using online distance measuring tools that this rule is adhered to.

You can operate /p with wire antennas, fibreglass poles or verticals etc or even operate /p from a vehicle using mobile self contained antennas as long as the distance rules are obeyed.

Please be respectful regarding private property, people and pets etc use your common sense and seek permission should you feel it necessary. We take no responsibility for the actions or behaviour of activators whilst participating in the awards scheme.

Call CQ English Lighthouse Awards with your callsign and ARLHS reference number spotting yourself as a /p station on a DX Cluster will help attract hunters to you faster, please respect the individual DX Cluster rules but remember there is nothing wrong with spotting yourself with your home callsign as /p or /m station.

You need 25 unique Qso’s minimum to qualify your log, once qualified please use the instructions on our logs page sending it to us for inclusion in the ELA database. Do not send your log to us until you have reached the required 25 Qso’s, if you need to return to complete on another day, do so. Remember if you return at a later date you cannot work the same hunter, same band, same mode Qso’s as your first attempt as this would be a duplicate Qso “Dupe”.

You can check your awards progress and apply for new awards once you qualify using the ELA Awards Claim Service.