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You are invited to come out and play radio with us this weekend!

Photo by Julie Marsh on UnsplashWe start with a hot breakfast at 0730 EST at the Cracker Barrel in Sanford, FL. This is a time to get the latest reports on band conditions, latest homebrew projects and toys and to solve lots of the world’s biggest problems.

About 0900 you’ll find us at Sylvan Lake Park setting up our gear and getting started. Unless the site is reserved, we meet at Picnic Area A and pavilion 2 next to the lake. Tall trees provide shade and antenna hangers and it is a nice quiet location for radio. We have frequent visits from local wildlife and enjoy seeing the new fawns and young opreys, hawks and water birds.

So charge your batteries, load up your gear and come join the fun! See you on the air or in the park!

72,

Kelly K4UPG for the CFL QRP Group – Orlando area

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Will we have another great day in the outdoors playing radio and having more eyeball QSO’s than on-air rag chews? Need some help with a new antenna you’ve put together, or just need some ideas for how to operate off-grid and low-power? We love to share things we’ve learned. Don’t be shy or concerned about CW speeds or lack of experience… we welcome all modes and have SSB and digital ops almost every time we go out.

Mar2018

Antenna tweaking always draws a crowd!

Come join in on solving world problems and discussing circuit or antenna ideas. That’s a major part of why we get together.

We start off with breakfast at 0730 ET at the Cracker Barrel in Sanford, FL. Bring along your new toys and show us what you’re building and even what went up in smoke. By the end of breakfast, we’ve solved most of the problems of the world and are ready for some fun.

If you prefer to sleep in, we should be setting up our gear at Sylvan Lake Park about 0900 ET. Normally we meet in Picnic Area A down by the lake and spread out and operate there. If it has been reserved, scout out the other two picnic areas and you’ll find us. If they are all reserved, we’ll move west down SR 46 to Wilson’s Landing Park.

We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

72,  Kelly K4UPG for the CFL QRP Group – Orlando

 

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.

72,

Kelly K4UPG for the Central Florida QRP Group