FALL? In Central Florida we notice a slight change from 90F+ to 80 sumpin’!  But sure is welcome and signals the start of more ideal outdoor season for QRP portable. So charge the batteries and pack your gear for this coming weekend!

August CFL QRP Gang

Thanks to Rick Meyer for photo of the August gang!

Per custom and tradition, we meet up for breakfast at the Cracker Barrel in Sanford, FL for show ‘n tell and breakfast at 0730 ET. Great time to get to know one another and solve all life’s problems over biscuits and gravy.

By 0900 ET you will find us setting up gear in Sylvan Lake Park. We normally hang out in picnic area A unless someone else has rented it or beat us to the spot! This place has lots of space, great trees, 2 pavilions, and a bathroom. This is the start of our best season weather wise as temps and sun are a bit more friendly.

Sure hope you’ll drop by and visit. If you are a licensed ham and hanker to get on the air, we’ll share our rigs and usually have spare antennas you can try too. See you in the park or on the air around the QRP watering holes.


Kelly K4UPG for the Central Fl QRP Group


We have a long history of our monthly outings. Never know who or how many will show up, but we always enjoy the variety and get a lot of the world’s problems solved over breakfast. Come out and join us in the fun! Saturday August 24, 2019 is the date!

We start with breakfast at 0730 local time at the Cracker Barrel, Sanford, FL just off the I-4 / SR46 exit. This is where deep conversation, bragging and show n tell of new gadgets is the theme. It is a good way to start the day. Around 0900 you’ll find us setting up gear a Picnic Area A at Sylvan Lake Park. If that area has been reserved, we’ll either be at Area B or C, but 95% of the time we don’t have a problem staying at our normal site. Watch for soccer families and walkers as you enter the park please.

Let us hear your stories of the Flight of the Bumblebee contest and if you got out on Sunday 8/18 for the Skeeter Hunt (197 registered ops so far) we’d love to hear how things went!

While propagation has been not the best, we still manage to make contacts on CW and a few digital signals get out. Walt is normally doing DSB or SSB check-ins to his favorite nets so QRP still works.

See ya’ in the park!

72, Kelly K4UPG for the Central FL QRP Group

Yes it is HOT and the bands may or may not be great! But we always have a good time playing radio outdoors! So prepare for the wx and bring some water along to stay hydrated and stick to the shade where the heat is not as bad.

We’ll meet for breakfast at 0730 ET at Cracker Barrel in Sanford, FL. This gives us a chance to solve world problems and brag on our latest radio adventures. We also tell tall tales of the good ole days of ham band dx.

By 0900 we should be at Sylvan Lake Park setting up our gear in the shade. Look for us in Picnic Area A. Sometimes it is reserved and if so check Area B and C and watch for our license tags and antennas.

This is a good time to practice for the Flight of the Bumblebees QRP contest which is Sunday afternoon 7/28/19.  Next month is another favorite contest for the QRP gang, the Skeeter Hunt. These are two of the biggest QRP contests of the year and it is a good place to make some contacts and meet new QRP ops.

Despite the shift to avoid conflict with the ARRL Field Day last month, we had a pretty good turnout in June. Bands were fair to middling and we all had a good breakfast and made a few QSO’s to prove it can still be done with QRP gear. See ya in the park…

72, Kelly K4UPG

for the Central Florida QRP Group