N2D - USMA Cadet Amateur Radio Club
Orange County >> West Point >> Constitution Island
Constitution Island is not easily accessible to the public since part of it is the property of United States Military Academy (USMA). The USMA Cadet Amateur Radio Club will be operating a "pop-up" radio station from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on June 12th 2021 on the island as part of the Hudson River Radio Relay Featuring Bannerman's Island.
USIAP = NY-073 (New as of 4/21)
Grid 4 = FN31
Grid 6 = FN31aj
Local Exploration Themes
From Martelaers Rock to Constitution Marsh: 300 years of Hudson Valley Ecology
The strategic importance of the ability to control navigation along the Hudson River was obvious to both the Americans and the British from the outbreak of open hostilities part of the American Revolution.
The Hudson was the major means for transportation of supplies and troops throughout a large portion of the northeast. On May 25, 1775 the Continental Congress resolved to build fortifications in the Hudson highlands for the purpose of protecting and maintaining control of the Hudson River.
General George Washington was appointed by the Continental Congress to work with the New York Provincial Congress to draft plans as to how the Hudson River should be fortified against the British.
The island is perhaps best known as the eastern anchor-point for the Great Chain, a massive iron structure that stretched across the narrow bend in the Hudson between the island and the mainland at West Point. The chain was intended to prevent British naval vessels from navigating freely along the Hudson.
This was the second attempt to string a chain across the Hudson River in an effort to prevent the British from taking control of the Hudson thereby splitting the American colonies. The first chain, which weighed 35 tons and was 1650 yards long stretched between the base of Fort Montgomery and the rock at Anthony's Nose. That chain failed to stop the British forces when they attacked Forts Montgomery and Clinton. That chain was dismantled by the British.
Parts of this chain along with so many other historic artifacts can be found on the main campus of West Point today where many generations of our countries leaders have received schooling that has enabled military careers as well as later life civilian positions in government, academia and industry.
The USMA Cadet Amateur Radio Club is sponsored by the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and is licensed by the FCC as W2KGY.
The goal of the club is to provide an educational environment which fosters enthusiasm in amateur radio and community service.
W2KGY also provides support and resources to local radio enthusiasts to prepare for FCC licensing. The club is active in classic and emerging amateur radio technologies.
For this special event, the USMA club will operate as N2D from Constitution Island.
Upcoming USMA Cadet ARC 2021 Events
04/24/2021 - Black Knight High Altitude Launch
More coming soon!
Contact USMA for more information
COL. Stephen Hamilton KJ5HY
CDT '22 Nolan Pearce N2WU