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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

 

Now that Hurricane Irma has passed we will return to see how our antenna hanging trees fared at Sylvan Lake Park in Sanford, FL on Saturday 23 September 2017. Fun and breakfast starts at the Sanford Cracker Barrel at 0730 EDT. This is a time to solve world problems once and for all as well as catch up on the latest homebrew projects and hear how to dry out wet gear  after RACES operations.

By 0900 we should be setting up gear at Pavilion 2, Picnic Area A at Sylvan Lake Park.

Hoping for a good turnout and to see some new gear and antenna setups.

73,

Kelly K4UPG for the group