Outing Sat. Sept 26, 2020

This month has sped past me and I only realized today 9/23/2020 that we’re already at the time to post a new announcement for our scheduled outing. My apologies for being overwhelmed with home repairs, taking 30 classroom hours of continuing education courses, and keeping a small online ministry business going!

Weather has improved, but rainy season is still here. Sometimes the bands have sounded pretty good! Several gathered at our normal  0900 EDT outing site of Sylvan Lake Park off SR 46 west of I-4 in Sanford. Some of us are still semi-hermits due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns. So if you are wanting some fresh air and QRP portable radio time feel free to gather in the park this Saturday!

I have one of my required continuing ed classes Sat so am not going to be on air or in the park.

Let us hear how you are doing on the air by leaving a comment or emailing me. Did anyone else participate in the Skeeter Hunt?


Kelly K4UPG for the Central FL QRP Group

Saturday August 22, 2020 Outing

Been too long since we’ve been able to gather?

Sylvan Lake Park is located off SR 46 west of the I-4 in Sanford opens at 0900 and you are welcome to venture out and play a bit of QRP portable amateur radio if you desire! We normally gather for breakfast early, but in the Covid times we’ve not comfortable doing that although you are welcome to do so if you’d like.

We gather at Picnic Area A (see map link above) which is lakeside and had plenty of room and two pavilions in case one has been reserved. There are plenty of trees to hang antennas and that’s where we have made many QSO’s over the past 10 years.

Due to my personal health issues, I’m not going to join activities this month, but hoping we’ll be able to regroup soon.

In the meantime, I’ll be hanging my 20 & 40 m Delta Loop minibac antenna

to operate as Skeeter #31 in the 2020 Skeeter Hunt this Sunday 16 August 2020 between 1 and 5 PM local time. I will be in our small neighborhood park for the contest. Bragging rights: Last year I was Top FL Op… rain chased most of the competition away.

See ya on the air!


Kelly K4UPG for the Central FL QRP Group

July 2020 Outing? Up to you!

I hate to say it, but I must. COVID-19 continues to be an issue for us to safely gather per our normal practice.

We normally meet at Cracker Barrel in Sanford, FL for breakfast at 0730 ET on the 4th Saturday of the month.After breakfast you will find us in Sylvan Lake Park and Picnic Area A down by the lake around 0900 ET. That’s our favorite spot for portable ops over the last 10+ years.

Most of us are in the most vulnerable age group and have enough health reasons to be cautious in meeting despite the fact we are mostly outdoors and not in close contact. I personally have both cardiac and a weakened immune system condition that force me to be extra careful.

Sylvan Lake Park is open according to the Seminole County website. (Excellent COVID-19 info online) Masks are a county ordered requirement.

It is truly up to you to decide if you want to play in the park. If weather permits, I will setup in my neighborhood, but lately the weather has combined with COVID-19 to make outdoor radio less available. WFTV’s weather app has a nice lightning warning by the way. Nice to know if is closing in on you.

In the meantime, take advantage of the FREE  QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo  

Until things improve, please stay safe and make lots of QSO’s when you are able!

Keep an eye on our updates. We look forward to gathering as soon as conditions improve.


Kelly K4UPG for the Central Florida QRP Group in Orange/Osceola/Seminole Counties