Although ham is not kosher–Ham Radio is approved for all licensed and license wannabe’s even on Christmas Eve!

Anyone without a conflict of interest and time:

We will meet for an early breakfast at our regular spot, Cracker Barrel in Sanford, FL (yes, they will be open!) at 0730 ET come join us! At about 0900 ET you will find us setting up in our favorite spot at Sylvan Lake Park. (Yes, they are open too!) We will be in picnic area A unless it is reserved. So come see what’s up. Normally we are heading home by noon, so if you don’t get up early and get moving you will miss us, unless the bands are open and no QRO contests are blowing our little QRP rigs off the air. THAT WOULD BE A CHRISTMAS PRESENT!

Here’s what you’re missing if you’ve never been out with us! Merry Christmas–Seasons Greetings and a great New Year to all!

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Some of Our Gang


















Kelly K4UPG for the Central Florida QRP Group

no dues, no officers, no rules (except for FCC regs of course) and a LOT of fun playin’ radio outdoors with other ops!

We will gather at the Cracker Barrel in Sanford, FL at 0730 Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 for breakfast! Ya’ll come! Join the chatter and brag on your DX or new homebrew rig or tool.

After breakfast you’ll find us in the park at Sylvan Lake on SR 46 west of Sanford and I-4. We normally setup down by the lake in picnic area A. If it is reserved check out the other picnic areas and watch for cars with Amateur Radio Tags and guys putting up antennas.

We welcome you to bring your own gear, or we can share our rigs if you want to try your hand at making some contacts. It is a good way to see a variety of rigs, antennas and portable setups.

Come join us and work off the turkey and trimmin’s calories.


Kelly K4UPG for the group

Due to Hurricane Matthew, the Melbourne Hamfest was postponed to Friday/Saturday 21-22 October 2016

Since many of our members want to shop and kibbitz with fellow amateur radio tribe members we will not meet at Sylvan Lake this month.

k4aho-bok-tower-portableFor those that won’t be going to Melbourne (like me) may I suggest we warm up the air from our home QTH or some exotic portable location of your choice. I will plan to light up the ether on 30m and perhaps 20m on Saturday 22 October 2016 from near my home and beside Lake Fredrica in South Orlando just a few minutes north of the Orlando International Airport.

Space Coast QRP Group will be going out Saturday 15 October at 0900 EDT over at Osteen Park, Merritt Island- 425 S. Tropical Trail

Watch for each other if you go over to Melbourne!

CUL es 72,

Kelly K4UPG for the group