N2R - Crystal Radio Club, Inc.
Rockland County >> New City >> Kennedy-Dells Park
UPDATED ON 4/2/2022: SITE AND PARTICIPANTS CONFIRMED
During the 2021 Hudson River Radio Relay event, the Crystal Radio Club team who managed the N2V callsign earned the "Digital Achievement Award".
This prestigious award was given to the station who made the most digital data / non-voice contacts. For 2022, this same team will be using the NOVEMBER TWO ROCKLAND callsign which is new for this year.
The goal of having this callsign is to help encourage all Rockland County amateur radio operators to help N2R make even more contacts than the year prior.
Grid 4 = FN31
Grid 6 = FN31ae
Biggest Impact From Smallest County
Rockland County is the smallest county in all of New York State outside of New York City. It became a separate county in 1798 when it was spun off of Orange County. The early settlers were Dutch, and the English took over in 1664. The county was very active during the Revolutionary War as a strategic crossroads, with a significant battle taking place at Stony Point under the command of General “Mad” Anthony Wayne.
After the Revolution, Rockland remained an agricultural area, and started producing bricks and stone products that were used in construction downriver in New York City. Rockland Lake became an important source of ice that was sawn out of the lake and transported to New York as well.
New City was formed in 1798, when Rockland County was incorporated as a separate county from the south-easternmost portion of Orange County. With the formation of a new county, there were needs for a new county seat. The central location of New City was a convenient location for a county seat, since travel in 1798 was difficult, and the existing main towns in the county were not centrally located. At the time, the Squadron Cavalry of New York City had a summer encampment of what is now the busy streets of Squadron Boulevard and Cavalry Drive, hence how these streets were named. The community got its name because the founding fathers envisioned a "new" city when forming the new county seat.
Rockland remained semirural until the 1950’s with the construction of the Palisades Parkway and the Tappan Zee Bridge, turning the county into a suburb of New York City.
The park in which the Crystal Radio Club has chosen to operate from during the Hudson River Radio Relay event is originally part of the estate of the founder of Paramount Pictures, Adolph Zukor. Beyond Mr. Zukor, the area was made famous by playwright Maxwell Anderson and the many artists that lived in the area.
The Crystal Radio Club is a general-interest amateur radio club that can trace its history back to 1931. They have been an ARRL affiliated club since 1949, and a New York State not-for-profit corporation since 1964.
The club's core membership is spread across Rockland and the surrounding counties of Orange and Westchester as well as Bergen County, New Jersey