Story Originally Published on UpstateHam.com
April 17, 2020
As New York amateur radio operators, we have a unique opportunity to do something positive during a pandemic that has also turned New York State into a deadly hotspot.
We can express our gratitude to all those men and women on the front lines who are taking personal risks every day to tend to the needs of the healthy among us as well as the sick and even those whose lives were taken in this crisis.
Special Event Station K2H will help us do that. With the coordination of the Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club in Lindenhurst, N.Y., Suffolk County, we will be on the air starting May 1st and will continue our operation through the end of the month in each county throughout the state.
That’s where you come into the picture; By joining us in activating K2H (with the suffix of your NY county appended, for example, K2H/SUF for Suffolk), you will be able to help everyone say thanks to those who are helping guide us through an unprecedented crisis – whether by keeping watch on quarantine enforcement, keeping food store shelves well-stocked or tending to the sick.
There will be free certificates available for download by county for every contact. We have created 62 templates for the individual counties. You can add your own county logos as needed. We will upload them to our certificate program.
The Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club will be handling all the logging uploads to the certificate program. All you need to do is get on the air in any mode and help honor these heroes. Then upload your log to us in Cabrillo or ADIF format. We are requesting multiple operators from every county in the state to make this a huge success.
Please pass this valuable information on to other club members and ham radio friends.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know you’ll join us. Include your name, call sign and NY county. We request all who will be operating to please register. This will enable us to send out info related to your operation.
We are using the 62 county abbreviations from the NYS QSO Party. A link is on the K2H QRZ page. Rovers or visitors from out-of-state are welcome to operate but we need you to register and be in a NY county.
Lou – NO2C
Mike – KC2SYF
Salli – K2RYD
Caryn – KD2GUT