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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…

72,

Kelly K4UPG for the group

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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

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Walt…Can You Hear Me Now?

Cooler and hopefully drier weather is on the way! Fall in Central Florida provides a great outdoor experience for portable QRP operations. Dust off the gear that’s been sitting around waiting for better weather and come out for some fun and ham radio with us. Here’s a couple of our gang in action last month at Sylvan Lake Park.

Our outing starts with breakfast and windy conversations about our hobby and solutions to world problems. Join us a Cracker Barrel in Sanford, FL Saturday 10/28/2017 at 0730 EDT. When we’re done bloviating, we’re normally out at our preferred location in Picnic Area A, Pavilion 2 near the lake in Sylvan Lake Park. If we get a big turnout or that spot is reserved, we spread out into other picnic areas so watch for our cars and antennas to find us.

We normally have a variety of gear, and if you don’t bring your radio but have a license and want to join the fun, we normally are pretty good at sharing a turn at the key. We welcome all modes and only ask that if you want to run QRO you spread out a bit to avoid damaging someone’s rig. We love homebrew and FrankenRadios that show up and we even have Walter’s latest creations on display from time to time. Watchin Walter

The park is a good place for younger members of your family to get outdoors. There are restrooms and playgrounds close by too.

Hope you’ll join us!

72,

Kelly K4UPG for the Central Florida QRP Group