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tweaking NC40A

Tweaking in the field

Weather is getting nicer every day as Spring settles in here in Central Florida. Great time to get out in the fresh air and play radio in the park! Saturday March 24, 2018 is our regular meeting time. Come join the fun!

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.

This is a good group and you can learn some of the tricks of portable ops from the various rigs and setups that our ops use.


Kelly K4UPG for the group


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.


Kelly K4UPG for the Central Florida QRP Group


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…


Kelly K4UPG for the group