N2N - Peekskill/Cortlandt Amateur Radio Association
Westchester County >> Peekskill >> Annsville Creek Preserve Area
The Annsville Creek Park section of Hudson Highlands State Park in Peekskill is easy to visit and is full of history which PCARA 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.
PCARA will also be setting the southern anchor boundaries for HF and VHF frequencies used during the event.
Local Exploration Themes
History from Henry Hudson to Abraham Lincoln and beyond
Henry Hudson first sailed into modern day Peekskill in September 1609 and his first mate noted that this would be a very fine place to build a town. Thirty years later, Jan Peeck had an agreement in place with the local Lenape tribe to create a settlement in the area by the river or kill in Dutch, thus creating the name of Peekskill.
During the American Revolution, Peekskill became an important defense point through the construction of Fort Independence and Fort Hill Park.
The Annsville Creek shoreline was once occupied by the Kitchawank tribe of the Mohican Indians. This Hudson River inlet is where Jan Peek first made European contact with the native tribes. This waterway was the original “Peek’s Creek” or “Peek’s Kill,” later renamed for Ann Van Cortlandt, the wife of a prominent landowner.
Annsville was the site of industrial activity for most of the 1800s: a large blast furnace, a wire mill , and a paper mill were located along its shores. Joseph Binney began the Peekskill Chemical Works just north of Annsville Creek, a company that later manufactured Crayola products.
Following the American Revolution, Peekskill continued to grow as an important manufacturing center where everything from gunpowder, leather, planks, flour and meat products were flowed out of its nice river front harbor and easy access to early roadways connecting Peekskill to the rest of the Americas and to the world.
There are many historical monuments in the Peekskill and Cortlandt areas including thirteen buildings on the National Historic Register, with one of them being the 1850 constructed Peekskill Freight Depot where Abraham Lincoln stopped during his inauguration tour in 1861.
While the railway that led to this building is no longer there, the modern day Peekskill Metro North commuter rail is nearby that helps transport people up and down the Hudson River for work and tourism.
The current Annsville Preserve Park was dedicated by the City of Peekskill and opened to the public in 2003.
With a history of more than 300 years, Peekskill continues to thrive and has many great restaurants and shops that serve its pleasant population.
The Peekskill/Cortlandt Amateur Radio Club (PCARA) history goes back much further than 1999 when it became an ARRL Affiliated club and is known for its vibrant newsletter and commitment for making amateur radio an attainable hobby for anyone interested in experimenting with the world of wireless communications arts.
For this special event, the PCARA club operated as N2N from Annsville Creek Hudson Highlands Park.
Upcoming PCARA 2021 Events
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