ROBERT MOSES STATE PARK - As part of International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend, amateur radio operators were at Robert Moses State Park teaching visitors the history behind lighthouse communication.

The radio operators, part of the Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club, say ham radio is still an important means of communication.

"In this day and age of cellphones, laptops and the Internet, people don't realize there was a whole world that existed before all of this 21st century technology," said John Melfi, club president.   

The event was started by two men in Scotland 20 years ago. About 450 lighthouses in 50 countries across the world participate in the annual event.
The objective of the event is to promote public awareness of lighthouses and lightships and their need for preservation and restoration, while promoting amateur radio.