radio amateurs set to go around the world to raise funds for the restoration of Bannerman Island | Local Ads
FISHKILL – A group of amateur radio operators will operate eight shortwave ‘Pop Up’ radio stations to help raise funds for the Bannerman’s Castle Trust on June 12th.
The goal is to establish 2,000 contacts with other amateur radio operators around the world in just four hours from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time).
Sponsored by the Hudson River Radio Relay, the event is designed to draw attention to the Trust’s “Go Fund Me” campaign which raises funds for the continued preservation of the Bannerman Historic Site located on Pollepel Island in the Hudson River. , near Fishkill.
Relay activities support deserving organizations such as Bannerman’s Castle Trust (https://bannermancastle.org), which is this year’s main recipient.
One of the eight amateur stations, N2B, will operate from the island, while the other seven “Pop Up” stations will operate from various parks in the Central Hudson region (a full list of stations, their locations and operating frequencies is attached in the addendum).
Radio operators who contact these special event stations will receive a special commemorative certificate and information on how to help with the Trust’s fundraising campaign.
In addition to supporting the Trust, the eight amateur radio stations will demonstrate how the hobby encompasses “STEAM” – science, technology, engineering, arts and agriculture, and math. The eight “Pop Up” stations will use four different amateur radio technologies to communicate, including voice, digital modes and traditional Morse code.
Members of the public who visit the stations will have the opportunity to see how they operate, including the ability of “amateurs” to make contact from virtually anywhere without relying on additional infrastructure, such as cellular service. , landlines or the Internet.
“Amateur radio was the original social media and it has brought the world together for over a century,” said Ria Jairam, call sign N2RJ, who is director of the American Radio Relay League’s Hudson River division. (ARRL).
“Amateur radio operators have the ability to connect with others all over the world, sharing their knowledge, culture and friendship – all without the need for cellular service or the Internet.”
“Many have also found it to be a great way to ‘get out of the house’ during the pandemic,” she added.
Today, there are more than 765,000 licensed amateur radio operators in the United States and the FCC reports a significant increase in the number of new licensees during the pandemic.