CFL QRP Outings Looking Up?

Here we are about 11 months into this COVID season of not gathering for our monthly outings. Sigh! I’m condo bound with no antennas so portable is my only escape and my CW ear is getting rusty!

My wife and I are scheduled for our first vaccination next Tuesday evening. We hope the current winter storms have not delayed the process as it is a bit challenging to get registered on the online system in Orange County. If all goes well as scheduled we’ll be done with our 2nd shot by our March Outing date. So our hope and prayers are for that to be possible. How are the rest of you doing on getting your vaccinations?

With that in mind, we won’t have a formal outing for February, but might begin to gather those that are ready to get out again in March. Remember that you can operate at our Sylvan Park spot if you desire. It is normally a seldom used location and is very quiet RF wise. There are plenty of tall trees for hanging antennas and operating. Enjoy!

Stay tuned – keep watching for updates next month. Stay healthy and get out close to home when you can!!

72, Kelly K4UPG for the Central FL QRP Group

January 2021 CFL QRP Outing Same old song?

Doggone COVID is still hanging on! In the last month, it has gotten too close for comfort here in Central FL with new cases on a record pace day after day!

For that reason, we will continue to meet from a distance rather than formally meet for breakfast early before we set up in Sylvan Park.

Please feel free to follow your own judgement, this is still USA and there is freedom of choice. But since most of us are in the most vulnerable age group, it is wise to mask up and follow the common sense guidelines should you choose to personally play radio in the park.

I just read an article of an interview with Dr. Francis Collins, National Institutes of Health Director about his prognosis of how soon we may get back to “normal.” (head’s up) He was addressing a large Christian College and Seminary and Church Leader group so some of his comments are in the context of that audience but apply to all public gatherings.

Until we meet face to face again. Best of DX and rag-chewing from home or outside.

72, Kelly K4UPG for Central FL QRP Group

Get your vaccination and let’s get back to playing radio together outdoors!

Normally meeting on 4th Saturday of each month, but pandemic-response limits that for now.

December Outing? Sat 12/26/2020

Whoda thunk it? Long time since our faithful group of QRP portable ham radio ops have gathered in Sylvan Lake Park to enjoy our hobby and solve all the problems of the world over breakfast at Cracker Barrel in Sanford!

Once again because of the age of most of our participants falls into the range of the most vulnerable to COVID-19 infection, we’ll not formally meet. HOWEVER…our normal pattern is…

Breakfast at 0730 AM at Cracker Barrel Sanford, FL and 0900 setup in Picnic Area A of Sylvan Lake Park should you choose to be outside and play radio. There is room to spread out and operate if you wish. Personally, I’m not going out until I’m vaccinated and less vulnerable.

Ron WD8PNL has been faithful to show up at Cracker Barrel and I expect he may be making the drive over from Melbourne again this month. He’s an expert tech and has an Elmer heart to help others and I imagine he’d enjoy connecting with like-minded hams.

Wishing you all the best Christmas and New Years! Get out in your backyard or nearby park and put some RF into the air. BCNU es 72, Kelly K4UPG for the CFL QRP Group