N2O - Orange County Amateur Radio Club
Orange County >> Bear Mountain >> Bear Mountain State Park
The OCARC club will be operating during the special event from the base of the Perkins Tower at Bear Mountain State Park. The park is home to many interesting features which the OCARC members 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.
Working N2O during this event may qualify for additional awards since they have an advantage given the height above sea level during the concurrent ARRL VHF contest
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A park with something for everyone, even the bears!!
Located north of New York City is Orange County and where Bear Mountain State Park is situated in rugged mountains rising from the west bank of the Hudson River. The park features a large play field, shaded picnic groves, lake and river fishing access, a swimming pool, Trailside Museums and Zoo, hiking, biking and cross-country ski trails.
During the American Revolution, when control of the Hudson River was viewed by the British as essential to dominating the American territories, the area that was to become the park saw several significant military engagements. In 1777 British troops routed Patriots at Fort Montgomery.
The park as we know it today opened in June 1913. Steamboats alone brought more than 22,000 passengers to the park that year. Camping at Hessian Lake (and later at Lake Stahahe) was immensely popular; the average stay was eight days and was a favorite for Boy Scouts. By 1914 it was estimated that more than a million people a year were coming to the park.
In 1915, the Bear Mountain Inn is an early example of the rustic lodge style influenced by the Adirondack Great Camps and later used extensively in the National Park System. It closed in 2005 for extended renovations, reopening in 2011.
In the 1930s the federal government under Franklin D. Roosevelt was developing plans to preserve the environment as part of different public works programs.
Five years of construction saw pump houses, reservoirs, sewer systems, vacation lodges, bathrooms, homes for park staff, storage buildings and an administration building were all created through these programs. More than 80 years later, many of these systems are still in use today.
The park continued to grow after its creation. The Palisades Interstate Park Commission began purchasing nearby Doodletown in the 1920s and completed the acquisition with eminent domain in the 1960s.
The Perkins Memorial Drive, where the Orange County Amateur Radio Club will be located for this special event is a scenic road to the summit of Bear Mountain.
At the summit, the 40 feet (12 m) Perkins Memorial Tower provides a view of four states and the skyline of Manhattan, 40 miles (64 km) to the south. It is named after George Wallbridge Perkins, the first president of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission.
The Orange County Amateur Radio club was established in 1972 in Cornwall.
OCARC is focused primarily on educational and public service aspects of the Amateur Radio Service. Through lectures, formal Amateur Radio classes, and American Radio Relay League-coordinated FCC exam sessions, ham radio is taught to both hams wishing to advance to higher levels of FCC license class and non-hams wishing to obtain an entry level license.
Upcoming OCARC 2021 Events
06/27/2021 - ARRL Field Day
07/16/2021 - New License Exam
08/21/2021 - First RR Train Dispatch by Telegaph
09/17/2021 - New License Exam
More can be found at ocarcny.org
Contact OCARC for more information