Outing Saturday 28 July 2018

Summertime in Central Florida is like monsoon season most anywhere in the tropics! Strong afternoon rains and thunderstorms can be the norm. For 8+ years now, we have been able to play radio in the park for most of the morning though. I use the WFTV weather app to monitor approaching storms. It has a GPS feature to track your location and a very nice lightning alert notication when a lightning strike is detected within 8 miles of your position. When I operate in my home QTH I also pay attention to the nearby golf course which has lightning detectors and loud sirens. You don’t want wire in the air connected to your radio when those alerts go off.

Typical radar alert for lightningContests in the summer often tempt hams to stay on the air longer than we should for one more contact. Don’t let temptation take you out of the hobby!  Just sayin’!

We’ll gather for breakfast at 0730 EDT Saturday, 28 July 2018 at the Cracker Barrel in Sanford, FL. There we will solve all the problems of the world and start to straighten each other out. Before we come to blows we will adjourn from problem-solving, bragging and show-n-tell to head to Sylvan Lake Park to setup our gear. About 0900 EDT you’ll find us in Picnic Area A unless someone reserved it. Just watch for our cars with antennas and a bunch of hams standing around gabbing.

Annual Flight of the Bumblebees QRP Contest is Sunday 29 July 2018. The NJQRP Skeeter Hunt is coming up soon too! Get your practice time and test that new antenna or tuner!

Come on out and join us! You’ll have a blast!

72, Kelly K4UPG for the

Central Florida QRP Group

 

Outing Saturday 26 August 2017

FOBB and Skeeter Hunt are over now! Car problems and wx kept me tied up and I didn’t get to play radio for the FOBB this year. Rain and lightning make contesting in the great outdoors of Central FL very interesting! I managed about 70 minutes in the Skeeter Hunt but only got 5 QSO’s with poor band condx and Murphy working on my antenna connector. So how did you do?

You get your chance to brag at our breakfast gathering at Cracker Barrel in Sanford, FL at 0730 on Saturday 26 August 2017. New gear, toys or trophies are fair game for braggin’ rights. Bring ’em on!

Around 0900 we should be setting up portable gear in Sylvan Lake Park on SR 46 about 5 miles west of I-4. We’ll be in picnic area A in one of the 2 pavilions unless it has been reserved. So watch for our antenna laden vehicles and amateur radio license tags in the other 2 picnic areas if we’re not in our usual spot.

Come on out and play radio in the park!

72,

Kelly K4UPG for the group

Outing Saturday July 22, 2017

We’re going to go out and try to stir up some QSO’s to show how it is done! Come join us Saturday July 22, 2017!

We will meet at 0730 at Cracker Barrel in Sanford, FL for breakfast and show n tell (bragging). Around 0900 we will be setting up in Sylvan Lake Park. Normally we are in Picnic area A beside the lake unless someone has reserved it. So load up your gear or come out and share ours for a bit if you have your license to operate.

We enjoy having those interested in low power (QRP) amateur radio especially portable in the outdoors. Since 2009 we have been gathering and stirring up the air waves with our little radios. Lots of ideas and helpful tips if you are wanting to know what gear is useful and how to hang wire HIGH in the tall trees.

This is good practice for the upcoming Flight of the Bumblebees QRP on air contest on July 30th. Usually over 100 Bumblebees (portable ops) gather to make contacts in this short contest. Next month is the Skeeter Hunt and many of us enjoy this annual event. So come tune up your ears and gear. It’s summer in the park and time to play ham radio.

72,

Kelly K4UPG for the Central Florida QRP Group