By Steve Bossert | April 12th 2022, 12:39 PM ET
Poughkeepsie, New York - During the weekly Ulster & Northern Dutchess Readiness Net (UNDR Net) on April 11th 2022, reports of an unidentified flying object were detected over the skies of Poughkeepsie by Steve Bossert K2GOG, net controller of the weekly UNDR Net.
At approximately 8:15 PM, a high resolution photo of the object was taken by Steve's wife while outside enjoying some fresh night time air. Looking at the member only HVDN Locator ADS-B aircraft tracker did not show any aircraft transmitting a GPS encoded beacon nearby which lead both to think it was some type of spacecraft or military vehicle.
The original photo is shown below of what was spotted traveling from west to east before it went out of view.
Allowing for a pause during the UNDR Net after the check in discussion by participants in Ulster County, Steve used amateur radio image sharing technology called SSTV PD90 to share the above image via the wide area WA2MJM repeater operating on 146.805 MHz which is used to conduct the UNDR Net.
There was no other way to share the above image since mobile phone networks and internet were experiencing no service in the area at the time. During UFO events, it has been normal that the VHF frequency band is not affected during these communication disruptions compared to HF spectrum as well as the overly complicated networks that many people relay upon today. Continue reading after the jump below.
Rebroadcasting the image
A total of five UNDR Net participants were able to download the image that Steve originally sent via the repeater. Two examples of the 90 second transmission as received by two participants below.
Brian KD2SQO located in Kingston, NY was able to receive the image with near perfect copy using only a smartphone connected to his inexpensive radio which was connected together with a wired interface.
Further to the south in the town of Lloyd, also in Ulster County was Neil W2NDG who also used a smartphone running the ROBOT36 application to decode the image, but simply held his radio near the microphone of his smartphone to translate the tones into an image. Neil has perfected his ability to get an almost perfect copy of images being sent this way by carefully adjusting the distance between his radio and phone plus the volume level of his radio.
Using the repeater to share an image to help others recognize the UFO proved useful should it have arrived in other parts of the Hudson Valley.
Two participants also in Poughkeepsie did not save the image since they both ran outside to look for the UFO in the sky, so Brian KD2SQO was able to take his image which Steve K2GOG originally sent and rebroadcast it back over the repeater so that others could receive the image.
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