Been too long since we’ve been able to gather?
Sylvan Lake Park is located off SR 46 west of the I-4 in Sanford opens at 0900 and you are welcome to venture out and play a bit of QRP portable amateur radio if you desire! We normally gather for breakfast early, but in the Covid times we’ve not comfortable doing that although you are welcome to do so if you’d like.
We gather at Picnic Area A (see map link above) which is lakeside and had plenty of room and two pavilions in case one has been reserved. There are plenty of trees to hang antennas and that’s where we have made many QSO’s over the past 10 years.
Due to my personal health issues, I’m not going to join activities this month, but hoping we’ll be able to regroup soon.
In the meantime, I’ll be hanging my 20 & 40 m Delta Loop minibac antenna
to operate as Skeeter #31 in the 2020 Skeeter Hunt this Sunday 16 August 2020 between 1 and 5 PM local time. I will be in our small neighborhood park for the contest. Bragging rights: Last year I was Top FL Op… rain chased most of the competition away.
See ya on the air!
Kelly K4UPG for the Central FL QRP Group
Modified Field Day for 2020
This year’s ARRL Field Day is impacted by the COVID-19 virus restrictions but they are allowing new rules and operation from home QTH is encouraged. That may be a good option for our typical member!
It happens to fall on our normal outing day. Many of our members participate with their local clubs and it is up to you whether to visit the park or go straight to a FD site .
Typically there is some testing of rigs and antennas by portable stations so we should be able to make contacts from the park or your own backyard prior to the contest start. Click the FD Logo for a link to the rules and info page for this year’s event.
We will be continuing our 4th Saturday of the month outing as usual. We start out with breakfast and show n tell at Cracker Barrel in Sanford, FL at 0730 AM EST. We usually are at a big table and easy to spot. Not sure how many might make this part of the outing this early in the reopening. I think the staff will appreciate the business though!
If you are not a breakfast type or like to sleep in a bit, you can join the group in the Sylvan Lake Park about 0900 AM EDT. The park is open at 0900 EDT and Walter KA4KXX may show up about that time. I will not be going out to the park due to personal health conditions, but you are free to do so if you wish. Wx report isn’t clear, but I hope to set up and get a few minutes on the air from our neighborhood park. Hope to hear some of our regular QRP ops on 40 and 20 meters.
Normal location is down by the lake at Picnic Area A unless it has been reserved by someone else. If you don’t see us there, cruise through Picnic Area B and C and watch for our antennas and cars with Amateur Radio License Tags and antennas on them.
Social distancing, masks and all good advice is appreciated.
72, Kelly K4UPG for the CFL QRP Group
Not much has changed since last month. The “stay at home” mandate here in Florida is still in effect through 30 April. I delayed posting to see if things changed, but as of Monday, 20 April 2020 morning we still are not to leave home for non-essential activities.
So there is no official CFL QRP Outing for April 25th. There are alternate options if weather and conditions allow:
FLORIDA STATE QSO PARTY
Backyard, deck, homestation portable ops are allowed as well.
Sorry for another month of “distancing” but it does look like we are moving in the right direction and should be able to gather again in the not too far off future. CU on da air!
Be wise and stay healthy. Ham radio and your community needs our portable ops skills. Keep your batteries charged!
Kelly K4UPG for CFL QRP group