Posts Tagged ‘QRP TTF’

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.


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



We’ll meet as usual at the Cracker Barrel in Sanford, FL at 0730 EDT on Saturday April 22, 2017.  Come join the chatter and brag about your new rig or DX exploits.

BUT we’ll be operating later from a slightly different location because our outing takes place during the annual QRP To The Field event:

2017 QRP TTF

This is a national QRP event and attracts a good crowd of operators each year. Every year has a theme and this time it involves operating near a river to qualify for extra multiplier points.

So we’ll move west on highway 46 about 3/4 mile from our normal spot at Sylvan Lake Park to operate from WILSON’S LANDING PARK along the Wekiva River! If you cross over the bridge when heading west, you missed the turn!

We’ve been to this location once or twice before. There is a small pavilion, rest rooms, water and a lot of wide open space with trees to use for hanging wire! If you operate from the first pavilion, you will need to bring along a mast or pole and mount as there are no trees nearby. Most of the time the large 2nd pavilion by the river boat landing is occupied with the picnic and kayak/canoe crowd so plan accordingly and bring antenna supports as needed. Verticals might be a good way to go here too!

This is a relaxed speed contest and a good opportunity to get your feet wet with using CW as most ops will gladly QRS to adjust to your speed. So come join the fun, or if you stay home, jump on the air and see if you can catch us while we’re out playing radio!

CUL es 72,

K4UPG for the group

Once again, our Central Florida QRP Group will take to the park and play ham radio! But this weekend promises a good mix of on air contests that will be challenging and fun for all.

One event is the annual QRP To The Field Contest sponsored by the AZ Scorpions QRP Club. Click the logo for a link to the rules for this one!

QRP TTF 2015  This one is always fun and the times allow for QSO’s from coast to coast. So charge up your batteries, clean your ears so you can hear the weak sigs and get out of the house and make some RF. If nothing else, give some points to the serious contesters.



Not to be left out, this is also the weekend for the FL QSO Party. Standby for STRONG LOCAL SIGS, Mobiles and snag some rare counties and sharpen your contest ears.  Links to the rules

FL QSO Party 15


While it is a bit of a longshot due to all the other contest activity, the Swiss Amateur Radio Society has an event this weekend too.

Who wouldn’t like making a contact with a Swiss op? Watch 10 and 15 meters for openings to the EU.

Swiss Contest

We’ll start with Breakfast at 0730 at the Cracker Barrel in Sanford, FL. That is time to brag about your latest QSO, DX, rig or new toys. About 0900 you can find us at Sylvan Lake Park setting up and operating. Check Pavilion 1 at Picnic Area A first. If it is reserved, we will be nearby, just cruise the picnic areas and look for antennas, ham license plates and a bunch of CW sounds.

We welcome all modes, do request you keep the power down for the purpose of not blowing out nearby ops front ends and sensitive gear. Come find out what we’re all about. We enjoy meeting other hams and ham wannabe’s too.

Kelly K4UPG

for the Group