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FYBO 2010 Central FL Style!
Feb 15th, 2010 by kmack

We enjoyed decent weather, though cold for us southern types at 60F. The bands were in pretty good shape too but we had a good bit of competition in the QRP section of the bands with several state QSO parties on the air at the same time.

Setup started a bit before 9 am local time.

KG4LAL K3RLL KJ4BR

KJ4BR K3RLL KG4LAL setting up 40m SSB Station


Wally calling CQ on 40m SSB

Wally calling CQ on 40m SSB


Jim K4AHO is ready to go on 20m CW

Jim K4AHO is ready to go on 20m CW


Jim's got one for the log!

Jim's got one for the log!


Don K3RLL (ex-WA3ZBJ) working 20m on Kelly's Sierra

Don K3RLL (ex-WA3ZBJ) working 20m on Kelly's Sierra


Kelly K4UPG working 20m CW

Kelly K4UPG working 20m CW

We spent more time talking than operating, but this was a fun event for us and none of us thinks we are heavy duty contesters! We love to make qso’s and shoot the breeze about our antennas and homebrew gear. ¬† In between conversations and coffee breaks we did work a few stations.

Final Score¬† 29 QSO’s X 22 SPC = 638 X Temp Multi (x2) = 1276 x Field (x4) = 5104 X (alt pwr dna) = 5104 + WQ7RP (+100) = 5204 measly points

We moved to the larger pavillion of picnic area A at Sylvan Lake Park in Sanford and had more trees and space to hang wire and put up verticals. This spot seems to be a winner for us and we are planning to hold GatorCon 10 there in July. We’ll be recruiting more active QRP ops for that one. Stay tuned!

Central FL FYBO Team Forming!
Feb 2nd, 2010 by kmack

GatorCon Mascot

GatorCon Mascot

WANTED: QRP Ops fer CW or SSB

This Saturday 6 Feb 2010 1400 -2400 UTC

Sylvan Lake Park in Sanford, FL

PLS RSVP if you can make it!

The WX guesser’s are predicting a very nice day for our annual FYBO Event (Freeze Your Buns Off!). RULES HERE

Some of the gang will meet at 0700 for breakfast at the Sanford Cracker Barrel (I-4 & SR 46 on the NE corner)

We could use some operators to fill time slots and loggers to help us keep up with the logging chores. If you like Field Day, you’ll like this event. (it’s just more fun!)

Shifts are available… PLEASE let us know if you can attend and help us in our first Multi-Station Multi-Operator event. The NM QRP guys are offering a PRIZE to the QRP Multi-Multi challengers with the best score.

The GatorCon guys need your help to put us over the top.

Leave a comment or send an email and let us know if you will be attending!

Thanks and 73,

Kelly K4UPG Jim K4AHO Don K3RLL (ex WA3ZBJ)

Wally KG4LAL Larry KJ4BR Matt W1MDG

on behalf of The Central FL QRP Group (aka the GatorCon guys!)

GatorCon Guys Luv QRP! How about you?

GatorCon Guys Luv QRP! How about you?

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