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Let’s do something a bit different this month. Build a key out of something you have around the house or shop  (but you can buy a part of two if you must) and let’s see what kind of keys or paddles can be put together for those times when you have forgotten your favorite key/paddle and you are out in the field. First one to make a contact is the QRP man of the day!

As usual, let’s meet at our hangout, Cracker Barrel in Sanford, FL at 0730 EST for brag time and breakfast. About 0900 for you that cannot get up early, we should be starting to set up at Sylvan Lake Park.

It is soccer season, so watch out for kids darting out from between parked cars as you pass the soccer fields at the entrance. IF the picnic area A is reserved by someone else, we will try area B. If flooded with people, we will go to plan B at  set up at Wilsons Landing Park west on SR 46 from Sylvan Lake.

Bring your gear, or we can share our setups. Come learn how to operate with low power, low sunspots, slow CW, digital or even SSB or FM. Fun, no group rules, officers, dues or fuss… just come have a good time.


Kelly K4UPG for the Central Florida QRP Group



New Year is over, time to get your gear out and enjoy some radio in the park where you can enjoy FL winter weather with us.

We will meet for breakfast at 0730 EST at the Cracker Barrel, Sanford, FL. This is show ‘n tell time so bring your latest gadget or gear to show off. We also major in discussing about everything you can think of too.

What’s your plans for Hamcation the following weekend? Maybe the QRP gang should try to connect for lunch?

About 0900 EST, we should be setting up at Sylvan Lake Park. We normally try to setup in Picnic Area A and Pavilion 2 down by the lake. If it is reserved, you’ll have to check the other picnic areas as we’ll probably be visible with our Amateur Radio license plates and antennas on our vehicles.

If you’re thinking about getting into QRP portable ops, this is the place to learn and get ideas. We all have developed different setups and you can see what’s out there. See you there or on the air…


Kelly K4UPG for the group


















We would love to have our friends and family join us as we play radio in the park on Saturday 11/25/2017. We will be enjoying the outdoors at Sylvan Lake Park on SR 46 west of I-4 in Sanford, FL.

This is a great park for kids of all ages with lots of room to roam, bring a bike to ride, do some fishing, visit the playground, watch some youth soccer teams, with nearby restrooms and great view of the lake.

Alex is bringing his steam engine and can generate electricity to power a radio or charge batteries. You can see Walter’s home built  transceiver (on poster board) which sends voice or morse code and works great. He loves to show young people (and older ones too) how electronics can be fun.

Our other electronics whizzes are Ron and Jim. Ron teaches electronics and always has a fix for our gear to make it work better. Jim is enjoying the latest gear and playing with light weight antennas and he’s pretty good with a slingshot too!

Bring along some snacks and drinks to enjoy and get to know who your husband / dad hangs out with on these radio outings. This is an opportunity for our wives, kids and friends to meet the rest of the gang and have some fun outdoors while the weather is decent! Bring along friends.

We normally start our outings with breakfast at Cracker Barrel in Sanford, but this month we’ll start in the park at 0800 EST so we can stake out our spot.  Feel free to come when it works for your family. We typically are heading home by about noon.

You will find us in Picnic Area A unless it is reserved. If that happens check out Picnic Area B or C and watch for our cars with extra antennas and license tags. Here’s a map of the park and your ham dad knows the way!

CU in the park!  72,

Kelly K4UPG for the Central Florida QRP Group – Orlando