I'm Patrick, K2CPR. I'm a paramedic here in Guilford County, NC which is the county that encompasses Greensboro and High Point. I live in Greensboro despite the mailing address being Browns Summit.
After a brief stint in the Children's Band from the age of 12, I was originally licensed in NY in 1993 at the age of 15 as a novice as KB2RAC. After months and months of waiting I was finally on the air, CSCE in hand, as KB2RAC/KT. Just a few weeks later the FCC finally got it's long awaited electronic licensing system operational and the Technician Plus license came in the mail.
I moved to NC in 2008 and finally bought my first house at the end of 2010. Finally having a house to set up a shack I finally upgraded to General in 2011. Seeking a shorter call for HF my initial idea was to drop the B and get K2RAC. Unfortunately that wasn't available and being a Paramedic I eventually ended up with K2CPR. In October of 2015 I upgraded to Extra.
I am a member of the Greensboro Amatuer Radio Association (GARA), and currently serve as the Board Member at Large, as well as being a member of the Engineering Committee. I primarily operate D-Star on 440 through GARA's W4GSO B repeater on 442.8625 and DMR on the Greensboro stand alone 441.8625 machine as well as the PRN network, but can also be found on some of the Greensboro area FM repeaters from time to time. I also like to work 6M and 10M FM, both repeaters and simplex. On simplex I'm mostly on the calling frequencies. On HF I can be found anywhere between 160M and 10M including the WARC bands.
I also recently got back into GMRS. Originally licensed as WQDC816 in 2005, I am now WQWI983. I let the original license expire and I didn't think it necessary to pay the $195 FCC waiver fee to retain the original call sign. After receiving the new call, I changed my mind on that. The new call with that extra W in there just doesn't roll off the tongue as easy as the old one!
The Shack consists of an Icom IC-2820H with DSTAR module (not shown), an Alinco DR-620, a Motorola XPR2500 (not shown) and a Yaesu FT-950. I am HOA restricted but I do have a Diamond X-50 on the roof fed with LMR400 for 2M/440 "hidden" at the back of the house, an MFJ-1538 Quad Band (6M, 2M, 220, 440) in the attic also fed with LMR400 and a 160' Delta Loop in the back yard fed at the house with 300 ohm Ladder Line into "invisible" 18G bare copper wire that feeds from the house to the trees at the back of the yard, across the tree line and back up to the house. On HF I use an LDG AT-100ProII Autotuner to tune the loop on 10M - 160M. On 6M I also use the LDG tuner to tune the loop and I use the MFJ-1538 vertical in the attic.
I am very behind on mail QSLs and eQSL. I'm considering dropping eQSL. I do upload to LoTW somewhat regularly. If you have worked me and need a confirmation shoot me an email and I'll check the log and try to get you what you need.
Look forward to hearing you on the air! 73s for now!
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