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Kingston Point Park in Kingston is easy to visit and is full of history and local attractions which OMARC can share more about with you during this special event where they will be operating a "pop-up" radio station from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on June 12th 2021 as part of the Hudson River Radio Relay Featuring Bannerman's Island.
OMARC will also be setting the northern anchor boundaries for HF and VHF frequencies used during the event.
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New York's First Capital and Center of Artistic Beauty
Kingston is found between Manhattan and New York’s current capital of Albany. With a growing population of roughly 24,000 people, it is also less widely known that outside of New York City, Poughkeepsie, Newburgh and Albany that Kingston has the 5th greatest number of amateur radio license holders of any major population center along the Hudson River, not all of which are members of any local amateur radio club, but are active in other areas of the hobby.
Dutch heritage has shaped 400 years of Kingston’s history dating back to an early 1614 trading post near the junction of Rondout Creek and the Hudson River. Shipping has played an important part in Kingston’s history with the river, its tributaries and surrounding landscape. Kingston is also home to a growing maker and craft community supported by great stores such as P&T Surplus near the waterfront, IPA Tools in nearby Woodstock and many other local businesses in and around the historic Stockade District.
Kingston was the New York State capital for a short time in 1777 and unfortunately was burned to the ground by British troops during the American Revolution. There is a bi-annual event commemorating this important part of American history which often takes place at various locations including the historic waterfront and other inland tourism friendly destinations.
Throughout its history, Kingston has been an important center of commerce with goods such as Rosendale Cement used in the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge and massive amounts of bluestone and hardwood used in durable landmarks around the United States originating from Kingston.
The Delaware and Hudson (D&H) Canal was waterway system which connected the anthracite coal fields of north eastern Pennsylvania to Kingston. This coal was the source of most of the heating and lighting energy New York City required in the 19th century. Ultimately the canal was replaced by a railroad, and Kingston continued onwards as an active rail center for commercial transport.
While much transformation has taken place over the years in Kingston, much of its modern technical community can trace back its days to when IBM was a large local employer and part of its enterprise and SAGE defense project business started here which brought us typewriters and complex computers used in national defense and airline reservation systems.
As the gateway to the natural beauty of the Catskills recreation area, Kingston has three major ski areas, millions of acres of public land and is even the origin point for almost the entire water supply for New York City and Westchester County.
The Overlook Mountain Amateur Radio Club (OMARC) which operates a wide area VHF repeater above the Ashokan Reservoir lists Kingston as its contact address plus where most of its members reside also boasts membership across the river in Rhinebeck, Hyde Park and Poughkeepsie along with others at the opposite end of Ulster County in equally historic New Paltz.
Kingston also has a vibrant arts community and 100's of miles of spectacular reclaimed “rail trails”. It’s even possible today to ride the trails with foot powered carts thanks to Rail Explorers.
For this special event under the callsign, OMARC operated its west side of river station at Kingston Point Park.
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