Prior to the 41st running of the Falmouth Road Race last Sunday, Paul Rifkin got the chance to join a team installing an antenna for ham radio communication during the race on Nobska Point Lighthouse.
As Michael Parsons and Damian Drella of Revere-based DC Rentals installed the antenna, Paul got a tour of the lightroom courtesy of Lighthouse Keeper Michael Bedard.
According to Bedard, the beacon is magnified by a Fourth Order Fresnel lens, which flashes every six seconds and is visible 17 miles out to sea. The red section warns ships away from L'Hommedieu Shoals, south of Cape Cod.
The lighthouse, which is typically open for tours during the summer and special events, is closed for the 2013 season during restoration work. Tours are conducted by the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-2.
Marcel Proust said, "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." And a trip to the top of the Nobska Point Light afforded Paul just that kind of view.
(Michael Parsons (foreground) and Damian Drella (back) place the antenna on a very windy morning. Photo by Paul Rifkin.)
(Lighthouse Keeper Mike Bedard looks out over the water that divides Buzzard's Bay and Nantucket Sound. Photo by Paul Rifkin.)