N2U - Putnam Emergency Amateur Repeater League
Putnam County >> Garrison >> Castle Rock Unique Area
Castle Rock Unique Area is part of the Hudson Highlands State Park and is full of history and local attractions which PEARL 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.
COTA = K-00825
POTA #1 = K-5161
POTA #2 = K-2079
Grid 4 = FN31
Grid 6 = FN31ai
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The hidden story book community of New York City's backyard
Garrison and Garrison's Landing is surrounded by natural beauty and history around almost every turn in this shady river side community directly across from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Like many of the surrounding towns, the Garrison area played an important part in the Revolutionary Era history of the United States. The area surrounding the modern day Metro North Rail Road on the west side of the tracks is known as Garrison's Landing and many of its buildings were constructed in the 1850's as part of a ferry landing which was part of the Garrison and West Point Ferry Company.
For those interested in local history, Antipodean Books is a great place to spend time browsing its extensive ephemera and print books for sale. Just up the road and back on the east side of the tracks and around the corner from the famous residents such as Patty Hearst and George Pataki is the Desmond-Fish Library which is named after the former US Secretary of State under President Ulysses S. Grant in 1869 to 1877.
Traveling up any of the major area roads, you will see many blue and yellow commemorative signs highlighting the importance this part of Putnam County played in United States history such as multiple redoubts that were cannon emplacements and even where the Robinson House is where Benedict Arnold's path took him as he defected from the United States.
The Garrison area is home to many preservation focused organizations from not just a pure history perspective, but from a natural resources perspective.
Hudson Highlands State Park is one of few parks that is a combination of lands that are not connected, such as Castle Rock Unique Area, Little Stony Point and many others found in Cold Spring and Nelsonville.
The Appalachian Trail crosses through the area plus nearby Sugarloaf Hill and Breakneck Ridge are two very popular hiking destinations where you can see Bannerman's Island among many other sites.
The Putnam Emergency Amateur Repeater League is the largest amateur radio club in Putnam County and boasts an impressive number of wide area repeaters that provide communications across the region from atop of Mt. Ninham at 1320 feet above ground.
For this special event, the PEARL club operated as N2U from a section of Hudson Highlands State Park at the Castle Rock Unique Area along Route 9D.
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05/19/2021 - PEARL Virtual Members Meeting
06/16/2021 - PEARL Virtual Members Meeting
07/21/2021 - PEARL Virtual Members Meeting
08/18/2021 - PEARL Virtual Members Meeting
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