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                     The moustache - she is gone!                                             

         

 

While attending Brooklyn Technical High School friends introduced me to Ham Radio in the early 70's and I received one of those WN2... Novice callsigns. The school operates a ham radio club and shack with the callsign of W2CXN. I lost interest in radios and let it lapse as my attention focused more on girls and career which appeared more important.

Then, in the early 90's my good friend Chris (N2NPB, now AF7MP) re-introduced me to the hobby and I received my Tech Plus ticket and the callsign N2NXU. I later upgraded to General and Advanced which is when my callsign changed to KF2IF. In 2014 I got off my butt and finally upgraded to Amateur Extra. Not being fond of that callsign, I applied for my now former vanity call which was WA2REN. Guess why I chose that? But, after using it I was less and less happy since it took so long to phonetically say. Then I needed to explain what it meant to new contacts. Both took up a great deal of time and made contacting those more difficult DX stations nearly impossible. So, I decided to apply for a change once more. Consequently, I am now WG2P.  That reduced the spoken Syllable count in the callsign from 13 to 6.

Another interest of mine is the US Air Force Auxiliary - Civil Air Patrol. I hold the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and earned the Master Communicator rating and am am also qualified in Emergency Services and other Special missions. Members there can find me under the callsign White Peak 16. In CAP I am the primary control operator / custodian for the Suffolk County CAP Repeater which is Narrow Band VHF-FM and APCO Project 25 Digital. It is not in HAM Radio Band. It's located on a tower site atop Bald Hill. Flying wise, I hold a mission rating as a Pilot performing various tasks such as Search and Rescue and Disaster Relief work and was heavily involved in the East End Fires and TWA Flight 800. Unfortunately, I was called upon to provide aerial photography of the World Trade Center attack immediately following the event. Pictures taken on that sortie can be found on the CAP - Long Island Group Website: http://lig.nywg.cap.gov . We started a HAM Radio Club at the Long Island Group and I am a founding member and officer - W2LIG. To find out more about the Civil Air Patrol in NY go to http://www.nywg.cap.gov and for the National Headquarters website visit http://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/.

Club wise I am a member of the Suffolk County Police Amateur Radio Club (SPARC) and the Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club (LIMARC) as well as the ARRL. I serve as a Volunteer Examiner through the ARRL VEC.

Finally, my other love is SCUBA Diving. To that end, I am a Master Diver and former member of the Atlantis Marine World Aquarium dive team. They are now known as the Riverhead Aquarium.

I would be completely remiss were I not to add a special thanks to another HAM who has provided many, many hours of help and education - W2SE (formally WA2QBC). Thanks, Bruce.

Hope to hear you on the air!

73 de WG2P

 


 

Former Callsigns:

N2NXU
KF2IF
WA2REN

CURRENT EQUIPMENT:

ICOM 706mkIIg Transceiver (with TXCO and SSB Filter)
ICOM 5100a Dual Band Mobile with  Dstar
Anytone AT5888UV Dual Band Mobile Radio
Heathkit SB-200 Amplifier (Rebuilt with New Tubes as well as Harbach and other mods)
Heathkit SB-220 Amplifier (In process of being rebuilt)
Hustler H6BTV HF Vertical Antenna
Cushcraft 13B2 VHF Beam Antenna (On roof with rotor)
LDG AT-1000 Pro II Antenna Tuner
SGC SG-237 Tuner (Awaiting redeployment)
HT's including: ICOM ID-51a Plus,(2) EF Johnson 5100's; ICOM W32A; Baofeng UV5R
Added DMR to the fray with a Tytera MD-380 HT
Added Dstar also with an ICOM ID-51a Plus, ID-5100a Plus and a Raspberry Pi 3 with DVMEGA Board

 


My old QSL Card. This is my previous QTH. My Grid Location is actually FN30gq.

A new card is in the design phase.

QSL Card

 

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