We’ll meet as usual at the Cracker Barrel in Sanford, FL at 0730 EDT on Saturday April 22, 2017. Come join the chatter and brag about your new rig or DX exploits.
BUT we’ll be operating later from a slightly different location because our outing takes place during the annual QRP To The Field event:
This is a national QRP event and attracts a good crowd of operators each year. Every year has a theme and this time it involves operating near a river to qualify for extra multiplier points.
So we’ll move west on highway 46 about 3/4 mile from our normal spot at Sylvan Lake Park to operate from WILSON’S LANDING PARK along the Wekiva River! If you cross over the bridge when heading west, you missed the turn!
We’ve been to this location once or twice before. There is a small pavilion, rest rooms, water and a lot of wide open space with trees to use for hanging wire! If you operate from the first pavilion, you will need to bring along a mast or pole and mount as there are no trees nearby. Most of the time the large 2nd pavilion by the river boat landing is occupied with the picnic and kayak/canoe crowd so plan accordingly and bring antenna supports as needed. Verticals might be a good way to go here too!
This is a relaxed speed contest and a good opportunity to get your feet wet with using CW as most ops will gladly QRS to adjust to your speed. So come join the fun, or if you stay home, jump on the air and see if you can catch us while we’re out playing radio!
CUL es 72,
K4UPG for the group
Time to get charged, loaded and join us at Cracker Barrel in Sanford, FL for breakfast at 0730 EDT. We’ll have a show and tell showoff time for new gear and listen to your stories of all the DX you worked with a lightbulb antenna as a novice back in the day.
About 0900 you’ll find us setting up at Sylvan Lake Park about 5 miles west of I-4 on SR 46 and follow the signs. We’ll be in Picnic Area A unless it has been reserved. If you don’t see us, check the other picnic area and watch for our antennas and vehicles with Amateur Radio tags.
All are welcome to come out, gear or no gear.
Kelly K4UPG for the group
Bring your latest gadgets and parts that you purchased during Hamcation to show off to the gang!
Once again it is time to head to the Cracker Barrel in Sanford, FL for breakfast and show n tell at 0730 Saturday 25 Feb 2017. We’ll get all the world problems solved, talk about how we set a DX world record, and about 0900 we should be setting up in the park.
Playing portable QRP ham radio at its best in Sylvan Lake Park on SR 46 about 5 mi west of I-4. We are normally down by the lake in Picnic Area A unless someone has it reserved.
Pack your gear and join the fun. If you don’t have a rig, but do have a license we’re known to share so don’t be shy.
Novice Rig Roundup is going on all this week. Good time to pull out your old rig and make contacts.
Kelly’s first station… Globe Scout and Hallicrafters SX-140 to a 80m dipole with knife switch to antenna.
See ya in the park!
Kelly K4UPG for the Central Florida QRP Group