Most of our group belong to local Amateur Radio Clubs and will be participating in ARRL Field Day on our regular operating time of 4th Saturday of the month.

So go help with the CW with your club this month and help get your club’s antennas up HIGH like we do on our outings.

Here’s some shots of our group’s May 2015 outing.  We really know how to rough it!

tuning time

Why won’t this antenna tune?


SHADE at last! Now this is the way to do QRP portable!


How many QRP Ops to tune a rig?


Gotta be in the sun, I am a solar-powered station!











Kelly K4UPG for the CFL QRP Group

Will we CU in July?  Get your NJQRP SKEETER HUNT QRP CONTEST Numbers now!


Let’s get out and play radio in the fresh air! Once again, we are ready to put some wire in the trees and make some low power QSO’s!

Lately we have seen some slick homebrew rigs like these:

Breadboard Anyone?

Breadboard Missing ?


Homebrew Fun!

Homebrew Fun!









Nice Work!


So join us for breakfast at 0730 at the Cracker Barrel in Sanford, FL Sat May 23, 2015.

If you cannot make the breakfast, you’ll find us setting up in Sylvan Park at 0900 or so. We try to get Pavilion 2 at Picnic Area A if it isn’t reserved. So if we are not there, cruise the picnic areas and you’ll find us by our antennas, license plates or rigs!

Got some homebrew gear you want to show off and try out? We love to get new ideas.


Kelly for the Central Florida QRP Group


Once again, our Central Florida QRP Group will take to the park and play ham radio! But this weekend promises a good mix of on air contests that will be challenging and fun for all.

One event is the annual QRP To The Field Contest sponsored by the AZ Scorpions QRP Club. Click the logo for a link to the rules for this one!

QRP TTF 2015  This one is always fun and the times allow for QSO’s from coast to coast. So charge up your batteries, clean your ears so you can hear the weak sigs and get out of the house and make some RF. If nothing else, give some points to the serious contesters.



Not to be left out, this is also the weekend for the FL QSO Party. Standby for STRONG LOCAL SIGS, Mobiles and snag some rare counties and sharpen your contest ears.  Links to the rules

FL QSO Party 15


While it is a bit of a longshot due to all the other contest activity, the Swiss Amateur Radio Society has an event this weekend too.

Who wouldn’t like making a contact with a Swiss op? Watch 10 and 15 meters for openings to the EU.

Swiss Contest

We’ll start with Breakfast at 0730 at the Cracker Barrel in Sanford, FL. That is time to brag about your latest QSO, DX, rig or new toys. About 0900 you can find us at Sylvan Lake Park setting up and operating. Check Pavilion 1 at Picnic Area A first. If it is reserved, we will be nearby, just cruise the picnic areas and look for antennas, ham license plates and a bunch of CW sounds.

We welcome all modes, do request you keep the power down for the purpose of not blowing out nearby ops front ends and sensitive gear. Come find out what we’re all about. We enjoy meeting other hams and ham wannabe’s too.

Kelly K4UPG

for the Group