Full speed ahead! We’re ready for another outing! The weather forecast is a bit sketchy, but we’ve found by experience that it is often fine in the morning as rain tends to happen after noon. So don’t be scared by a bit of cloudiness.  Check the local weather online for Sanford, FL and take a look at online radar before you decide to roll over in bed and sleep in!

As usual, we’ll meet at 0730 at the Cracker Barrel in Sanford, FL for breakfast and eyeball QSO’s. Bring your latest project and show it off!

About 0900 we should be setting up our gear at Sylvan Lake Park and Picnic Area A. If we have a big turnout, we’ll spread out a bit to avoid interfering with one another. This location has pavilions and lots of parking nearby. Radio does work in rain ya know? So if there is no lightning going on, we can operate under cover!

We will be watching for you to come join the fun!


Kelly K4UPG for the group

Start the new year out by coming out to the park to play ham radio – QRP style!

The weather should be nice, not too cool or hot and plenty of fresh air. The trees are tall and just waiting for someone to hang wire from those branches.

We will start with a breakfast and a lot of chatter at the Cracker Barrel in Sanford, FL at 0730. Bring your new toys and show them off to the gang.

About 0900 we should be setting up in Sylvan Lake Park. We normally are in Picnic Area A unless it is reserved. If it is not available cruise Picnic Area B or C and you’ll probably see our cars with antennas and ham radio license plates.

On 29 December 2014, one of our regular attenders, Keith Collins WB1GGJ became a silent key. We will remember his smiling face, and willingness to help launch and hoist antennas. Keith always was in touch with a wide group of QRP manufacturers and kept us up on the state of the art and new rigs. A memorial service will be held and details are below:

Keith and Jim

Keith WB1GGJ, SK and Jim K4AHO

Memorial Service at Victory Church (Light of Lights Chapel)

Thursday, January 29th at 10 AM

1401 Griffin Road

Lakeland, FL  33810

We then have a 1 PM appointment at Florida National Cemetery at Bushnell for interment and military honors.


Kelly K4UPG for the group



Is your home QTH bothered with the RF Hash from all those flickering Christmas lights in the neighborhood?

Tree Lights

RF Hash Got U Down?

Antenna man

How About Your Antenna?

Get outta da house and play radio with our Central Florida QRP Group!

It is once again time to charge your batteries and get out in the park with your gear. Let’s make some RF noise of our own out in the quiet setting at Sylvan Lake Park! You’ll find us at Picnic Area A unless someone else has reserved it. If so, check out the two other picnic areas and you’ll find us by our ham radio tags on our vehicles or the sweet sound of CW mixed with a bit of ozone in the air.

Bring your new gear or projects so you can show ‘em off at breakfast at 0730 at the Cracker Barrel in Sanford, FL. About 0900 we’ll be found at the park if you cannot get out of bed to make breakfast. Normally we’re there until noon and if band conditions are good some of the hardy among us will keep on making QSO’s well into the day.

Merry Christmas to all and remember you’re always welcome to join the fun! No gear required, we’ll share and help you figure out how YOU can go QRP portable next time.


Kelly K4UPG for the CFL QRP Group