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Drop your wife off at the mall for early shopping bargains and join us for breakfast before we play radio in the park!

We start with breakfast and Cracker Barrel in Sanford, FL at 0730 EST. This is show n tell time and lots of world problems get solved too. Bring your latest gear purchase or creation and show it off to the gang. About 0900 EST we should be setting up in Sylvan Lake Park down by the lake in Picnic Area A (if it is not reserved). If you don’t see us there, check the other two picnic areas and watch for our cars with Amateur Radio tags and antennas.

We enjoy sharing ideas on QRP portable rigs, antennas and accessories. We mostly can be found near CW and SSB QRP frequencies on 80, 40, 30, and 20meters unless the higher bands are open!

You never know who or what might show up, and we have a good time whether we make many QSO’s or not! If you don’t have a rig, but have a license, we’ll share a key or possibly a mic with ya. So don’t be shy… come out and play radio in a nice quiet outdoor setting.

72,

Kelly K4UPG for the CFL QRP Group Orlando!

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Fall temps are finally showing up! This is the beginning of comfortable outdoor outings. You can join us for breakfast Saturday 10/27/2018 at 0730 in the Cracker Barrel in Sanford, play radio at Sylvan Lake Park and still be home in time for college football kickoffs. So what is stopping you? We will let you share an antenna, or take a turn on our gear if you’re a licensed ham. Don’t let lack of a rig suitable for portable low power ops keep ya at home.

Check out this link for a chuckle! We even have some old coots giving bad advice at our breakfast and park times to entertain you if hf propagation isn’t too good. Best of all, we don’t charge for bad advice!

72,

Kelly K4UPG for the CFL QRP Group

 

Yep! We are going out to play radio again in August! Saturday 25 August 2018 is the day to load up your gear and play radio.

We will meet for breakfast at Cracker Barrel, Sanford, FL at 0730 EDT. That’s the time to brag on how well you did in the FOBB and Skeeter Hunt QRP contests. I didn’t get to play much FOBB due to nearby lightning. After one contact, I quickly took down my EFHW and headed home. It rained very hard for the next 3 hrs and lots of lightning strikes too close for comfort.  In the Skeeter Hunt I managed to get 3 hours and 50 minutes before my lightning alarm announced lightning within 8 miles of my location. I got home before the rain, but managed 15 QSO’s and 14 states in a lazy day down by the lake. So despite no sunspots QRP can still work. Best DX was UT last weekend.

So come join us and play in the park. About 0900 we should be setting up at Sylvan Lake Park west of I4 about 5 miles on SR 46. Come find us in Picnic area A, unless someone stakes it out before us. Soccer season is firing up so watch for excited kids darting into the street as you enter the park.

By noon, we generally turn into pumpkins and head for the showers. Hope you find us in the park or on the air!

72,

Kelly K4UPG for the Central Florida QRP Group