Throwin’ the Switch NOW!
Photo: Wikipedia: Ayl
The Central Florida QRP Group is changing our normal meeting weekend effective immediately!
Over the past 4 years our outings on the 2nd Saturday of the month have been in conflict with several local club and ARRL hamfests and other events. After a long parking lot discussion on our last outing we decided to shift the schedule to the FOURTH SATURDAY effective in March.
In February, we’ll all be attending the Hamcation at the Orlando Fairgrounds. Look for fellow QRP ops who will hang out at the QRP ARCI booth and join the fun. That will be our February outing this year.
So the next outdoor activity in the park will be the FOURTH SATURDAY in March. (That’d be the 22th of March)
So standby for updates in the future. Hope to see ya’ll at Hamcation.
Kelly K4UPG for the Group
R U Ready?
Shake off the holiday busyness and hustle and head to the park for some QRP Portable fun! The recent shot of cooler weather may make some ops sluggish, but the Polar Bear QRP guys are just getting warmed up. So get out of your man cave and come out for breakfast at the Cracker Barrel in Sanford, FL at 0730 on Saturday 11 Jan 2014.
CW Practice for a Polar Bear
Be sure and bring your goodies that Santa brought ya to show off to the gang. Any new kits or projects are welcome to come along and strut your stuff too. We welcome all modes and all bands to join in on the fun at breakfast and the park.
At about 0900 we will move to Sylvan Lake Park to setup for portable ops. Normally we go to Picnic Area A and Pavilion 2 by the lake where we have lots of room to spread out and put wire in the air. If you don’t like to get up early, feel free to join us in the park.
Don’t let the lack of portable gear keep you from coming out to the park. Licensed hams can take the key or mike and have some fun with our simple rigs and antennas too. It is also a really good place to find someone that loves to talk technical things and help you solve antenna or rig issues. We love to see new ideas of how to operate simply in the outdoors, so come and show us your stuff or get ideas for your next outing.
Depending on the weather and band conditions we usually thin out and head home about noon, but we have been known to make a full day of it from time to time and you’re always free to do so.
See ya on Saturday 11 Jan 2014!
for the CFL QRP Group
Ho Ho Ho it is time to Go Go Go and be sure and take your radio and gear when you join us for another day of playing radio in the park!
Alex on 20m SSB with new Antenna Array!
We look forward to seeing the new items you bought at the Hamfest in Plant City last weekend. Should make for some good conversation and show n tell over breakfast.
Meet us this coming Saturday 14 Dec 2013 at 0730 at the Cracker Barrel in Sanford, FL (directions here) and get ready to go. At around 0900 you will find us setting up our gear at Picnic Area A in Sylvan Lake Park about 4 – 5 miles west of I-4 on SR 46. Park Directions here and Park Map here
Bands have been changing as the winter settles in and the sun is stuck in the low part of its cycle, but there have been some fantastic days for DX lately. There will be lots of radios and antenna configurations to see if you are looking for ideas. Maybe Olon will bring his cute teardrop trailer along again so you can see the great job he has done setting it up for a slick portable ham shack complete with generator and air conditioning!
Olon’s Portable Ham Shack!
All bands, modes are welcome. We’re about having fun, solving tech and world problems through serious and not-so-serious debates and everyone is welcome to join the fun. Hope to see you there.
K4UPG for the CFL QRP GROUP