Standard ROCC July Launch dates July 21st and 22nd 11:00-8:00. Brent from Hobbytown will be down Saturday to Vend. Note: A Large Boy Scout group (30-40 scouts) is coming out at 10:00am Saturday morning to Launch their projects from say 10:00-12:00. We would like some volunteers to help me with early setup and their launching. Note as of Saturday, the soybeans were about 2-3" tall. I would put in a heads up for very small rockets and use streamers for easier spotting. Brent at Hobbytown will borrow the old launch system and the saw horse rack to launch the build and blast rockets on Sunday July 22nd say form 11:30-2:30 at the Mooresville YMCA. Anyone wanting to help Brent on Sunday should contact him or myself. Brent's email is: email@example.com Ralph PS : Tim, tell us your status as a vendor for the July launch.
Welcome to all you Rocket loving Geeks. Well it has been a long time for a lot of us. So it was good for us to get out and be able to launch some rockets again. As everyone who came out knew, it was quite hot and very good for flying. Light winds that blew mostly the right way and only two losses that I know about. One small "ready to fly" in the corn and a lower section of a Este�s rocket that drifted up on thermals over and past the bridge. Thanks to Tim Durbin, vender rep for Giant Leap Rocketry, who came out to the launch the day after returning from a vacation in Myrtle Beach. Like I said, it was pretty hot and everyone did pretty OK for the most part. I think that I�m the only one who didn�t follow my own suggestions and didn�t realize that I was succumbing to the heat myself. I really conked out when I got home and probably was a bit out of sorts for the last half of the day. ROCC Prez Ralph had family obligations and had to leave early so thanks to everyone who helped get everything covered for the night, that made setup the next morning that much easier and quicker for it. Sat, 23 June. We had a very impressive, and unexpected attendance of 29 fliers, plus family, friends and visitors, and we had a odd number of 99 flights for the day. Not all were what we may call a satisfactory flight, but overall everyone had a great time. Wayne Hill, had a �6 footer� on MP, a Long Tom or Mean Machine I think. Also he flew the �X21� on LP, a �Sprint� on HP for a successful Cert-1 flight. Then the �Geminee� with 2 gliders on LP. I know one glider set worked fine, and another darted in before releasing. Then he flew the �VF-261� and the �OSO� both on LP. Roy Potter, flew the �Pirate Ship�, the �Sounder� on MP. The large Estes �V-2� went up on MP but instead of blowing the nose off, it blew out the side of the ejection passage tube from the engine to the nose, blowing the fin canister off one way, the body another and the nosecone off but not enough to push out the chute. Repairable with time. I flew the �Silver Comet� on LP without problems, but the �Whistler� on LP ripped off the chute cord and darted-in, non-repairable. Robbie Kirk, who is off to school a lot, far, far away, gets in as many flights as he can when he can come out to play. He got in 10 flights with his �Red and White� on MP, the �Blue and Silver� on LP, the �Red Checkers� on MP and the �Rainbow� on MP. You will see a correlation between his rockets appearance and their names when you see them. He also flew a scratch built �Phoenix� on MP and a 2 LP cluster rocket named �C-2�. Keith Biddinger flew the �X-Caliber� a few times on MP including a redline that was ruby red even in the daytime. He also flew a �Cool-Spool� on MP. Sandy Houston flew a classic Estes design, a �Up-Scale Alpha� on LP, the �Diamond Back� on LP, �CB Special� on MP, the �Gee-Whiz� on MP, the �Arrow� on MP and a �Big Daddy� on MP. Bryan Little, new visitor and now member, made one flight, not immediately prepared for more, with the �Weasel� on MP. Todd Haring spent his time prepping and then flying a large �Patriot� on HP with altimeter to successfully deploy the main at 400 ft. Max Cunningham also flew a smaller version of the �Patriot� on LP for a couple of flights. Micah Currie had a number of flights, with the Estes �Max Trax� with the built-in altemeter, a �Skybird�, the �Blue Flame�, �Sizzler�, �Sport� and the �Razor� all on LP. He also flew the �Sam X� two stage on LP, but I think the booster section had a regular engine, so it did not ignite the upper stage and it darted. Joshua Currie had 5 flights with the �Snitch� UFO and the Estes �36-D Squared� on a 2 LP cluster. I think the bottom half floated off on a uprising thermal. Nicholas Hutchinson flew a rocket named �X-Glider� on LP that wasn�t a glider but a streamer recovery. Then a new �Code Red� on LP also with a streamer, then a �Cosmic Cobra� on LP. Jake Hutchinson flew the �Metalizer� and the �Red Bullet� on LP. Evan Hutchinson flew a Estes �Blue Ninja� on LP. Brad McLelland flew a rocket named the �Orange-Black� on LP. James McLelland flew one named the �Orange Fire� and the �Red Fire� on LP. Terry Baucom spent most of his time assisting others and prepping a new one named the �Duracell Battery� rocket, you know, the copper topped one, that made its first flight on HP for a successful flight. And he also flew his reliable �LOC IV� on MP. Brian Helms, who makes his out of common household items, flew his �T P Express� a couple of times on LP and the �Ugly Red Thing� also on LP. Brian Eagle had time to fly a Estes �Alpha� and �Big Bertha� on LP and a �LOC Aura� on MP. Doug Knight, our favorite Professor, came out without his students so he could play by himself. He flew a �Big Betty� on a Roadrunner MP that zoooomed off the pad, then the new Estes �Speed Freak� on LP that has a built-in device that displays the speed of the rocket. He also had a scale classic model of the rocket used in an anctent Russian sci-fi movie, the �Frede� for its first flight on MP. He also flew a �Blue Ninja�, an �Extended Initiator� and a �Storm Caster� on MP. The Storm caster also took off like a bullet. Mark Ferrell only had one flight, the �Lil Nuke� on MP. John Lucas flew a Estes �Blue Ninja� and a �Big Daddy� on LP. Kelly Jenkins flew her PML �Bull Pup� on HP and a Aerotech �Wart Hog� on MP. Brad Shea, I thought had additional flights, but I could only find the slip for a new rocket that he spent hours prepping and setting up and removing until all the little �beeps and churps� sounded right. So his Level 2 cert flight with the �Rind a Ding Ding� tubular fined rocket on HP succesfuly roared off the pad. Maddy Haring flew a up-scaled �Der Red Max� on LP and the �Madster� on HP with altemeter to release the main chute at 500 ft. Paul Phillips flew a scratch built hex shaped UFO thing called the �Black Thing� on LP, and the �Round Thing� on LP. Then the great rocket gods called for sacrafice. You have to understand that most of his rockets are like sculpted art work, curving vanes and fins, multible body tubes and such. So the sacrafice was costly. The �SSTOG� HP level 2 cert suffered a electrical failure of unknown cause and came in ballistic near the hog pond for a total loss. Then the Gods clamed his �Python II� on HP that just �shredded� on take off, or as we call a �instantaiuons decomposition�. David Clancy flew a �Out Law� on LP that�s usually a two stager, but I didn�t see if it was flown as a single or double stage, and one named the �X-16� on LP for it�s first and consecutive flights for the day. Rachel Clancy flew her new rocket, �Marvin the Martian� on LP trying to send the lost Martian home. He came back. Colin W-T flew a � scale �Patriot� on HP for a good flight, then a �Fat Boy� on LP and one named �Pimp Daddy� (a modified Big Daddy?) on MP. Carter Strickland our last listed flier, was the littlest flier, flying Micro Max rockets. Those tiny little rockets that you can safely fly in a average front yard. He flew a �Venom� and the �Teeny Tiny Tim� on MMX engines. Sun, 24 June. Was another good day to fly, and I was properly prepared this time including bringing a lunch this time. We only had 8 flyers and 16 total flights for the day. It was a slow lazy kind of flight day where we flew�em when we had�em. Ralph was there all day to assist anybody that needed it and we all just had a good time. Roy Potter, I tried to fly the �Sounder� on a lesser impulse MP engine than normal so it impacted before ejection. Bummer. The �Pirate Ship� flew again on MP and then I borrowed an engine caseing so I could try a high impulse MP engine for a successful flight of the �Science Week Display Rocket� instead of a HP engine. Brandon Jackson flew his �IQSY Tomahawk� on MP and a Estes �Patriot� on LP and then the �Bellatrix� on MP. Brad Shea also returned and flew the �Improved Initiator� on MP with a note that Adam requested this rocket. He also flew a Estes �Blue Ninja� on LP. Mark Ferrell flew his �Lil Nuke� again on MP and a �HV Arcas� on MP. Ralph Roberts took some time to get in a flight of his own with his �Initiator� on MP. Amanda Roberts flew her �UFO� saucer on LP. Dave Hobson flew his Loc �Graduator� on MP. Tim Durbin, our local Vender from Giant Leap Rocketry took some spare time to fly his �Chester Cheatah� on MP to an estimated 2200 ft altitude. Well that was our launch weekend for June. Overall a good weekend. The soybeans will be higher by next month, and the corn will be very high, so we will have to see what our options are for July. Ralph will put out a e-message once he knows what our options are. Also, you can check the ROCC web site at WWW.rocketrycarolina.org. Until then, remember to keep your exhaust nozzles clear and we will see you on the pads soon. Roy ROCC Sec.
Please be advised that with the predicted 6 - 12 mph winds out of the north & west for todays launch that the recovery area will be mostly in the south field... which has CORN in it that's up to 5 FEET TALL. Just think about that... Good Luck and Happy Flying! dr
Tim Durbin of Giant Leap Rocketry will be out at this weekends launch. He has just come back from a relaxing vacation, so it's time to put him to work. Ralph says that Tim has in a order of Mid-power single use engines and reload kits. It may be to little time to try and do a 2-way conversation but you can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org, and let him know what you are looking for, that way he can make sure that he brings it along. Tim also will have a collection of cones, tubes, parts and kits so take the opportunity check it all out. Hope to see you on the field and remember to keep those exhaust nozzles clear. Roy, ROCC Sec.
Everyone: The June Launch is a go at Williams Farm for June 23rd and 24th. The Barley is cleared on the North field and the Soybeans are being planted and there are even some of the beans coming up so watch your step. The South field is being cut this week, they should be cleared by the weekend. We will be running the launch from 11:00AM to 8:00PM Saturday and Sunday. Note: Due to the recent dry weather and the fact that the barley stalks will still be there. There is still a small threat for a grass fire. So be cautious in your planned flights. We will NOT have the Porta-A-Potty at this launch. There has not been a huge number of folks requesting information about the launch so I am not going to get one. However, if a lot of people request it by Wednesday, I will reconsider. Usually there is a light turnout in June and the summer months so I figured we could pass. Camping: ------------ I know of only 3 folks who where planning on camping, again unless you contact me by Wednesday night, I'd say would should not camp due to weather conditions and lack of interest. I know I can not camp this month. Attire: -------- It will be Hot this weekend, bring lots of water and sunscreen and shade if you have it. I will have my tent as well by the flight line. Note: With the leftover barley stalks, long pants and or long socks may be a good thing, they can be sharp. Vendors: ------------ At this time no Vendors are scheduled to be at the launch. However, Tim Durbin may come if he returns from vacation by Friday. Brent Johnson from Hobbytown USA ordered some mid power motors from Aerotech but he is also on vacation. The best thing to do there is call his store to see what is in stock. Also, I have need for folks to assist me in flying some High-power projects/motors. If interested, contact me ahead of time to let me know if you can help. I have several motors I would like to burn this launch. Launch Duty Roster: ----------------------------- Please let me know who and when you can help with the launch. It will be Hot and we should cycle folks in and out to help ease the burden. New Setup Rules: ------------------------- Due to an incident at our April Launch. We will no longer setup rods or rails on the High Power pads during the setup. Just assemble the Tri-pods with the launch rod holders. Lay out rods and rails in the back by the white PVC pipe so people can pick and choose what they need. As Mid-Power and High-Power fliers come back they can choose the rod or rail they need. Everyone, when you do insert a rod or rail into the launch rod holders be sure to tighten down both the rod/rail Eye-bolt plus the angle-adjust Eye-bolt and pull test to make sure it is locked in place. We don't want it to tip and fall before or during a launch. We need as many people as we can to make our flyer fee goal. April we had a small turnout at our make-up launch. We need everyone and their donations so please contribute if you fly. Remember our recommended donation is $8.00-$10.00 per flyer per day, families with lots of young flyers maybe a $10.00 donation would be good. Again, these are recommendations not harden rule yet. The requested weekend land fee from the land owner is $250, so we need everyone to drop a little something in the jar. Anyone needing to certify, please contact me ahead of time. We need to make sure the NAR guys can arrange to have the Level 2 NAR test delivered to the field. Plus for Tripoli Certs I will be leaving the launch at 3:00pm sharp on Saturday. I will be at the launch all day Sunday. We will meet at around 2:00pm on Saturday and 3:00pm on Sunday for a general meeting to discuss Summer dates plus any other business. Thanks, Ralph Roberts ROCC Prez 704-568-1070
Everyone: Those of you who are Level 2 and above that are interested in "Research Rocketry" a.k.a. Making your own rocket motors, your time as arrived. Tom Henderson, Tripoli SC and ICBMs Prefect and is wife Kay are the proud owners of Dynamic Propulsions Systems. They are now offering classes in AP based rocket motor building. They had a class schedule in Florida June 30th, however, due to a conflict that was canceled. He has decided to go ahead and offer the class but have it at his house in Newton, NC right off HWY 321 just south of Hickory, NC Saturday June 30th. About 1 hr 10 minutes from Charlotte.
Spoke to Kip last night. I hate to say he is still in the process of cutting the Barley out of the fields at the farm. He has cleared the field to the North, behind the farm house, however that is as far has he has progressed. Needless to say he needs to complete all before we can fly. He has his equipment down there and is planning on getting it out ASAP as long as it stays dry. So at this point we will have to check back with him next week to see where he is at. I also spoke to him about the stalks that are left once he does cut the Barley out. It would still be a bad fire hazard if they don't receive any rain. So we need to hope it stays dry enough to harvest then wet enough for us to fly by the 23rd. Anyway that is where we are at. I will be out there this weekend so I will personally check everything out, but at this time we are still on HOLD for a launch. Thanks, Ralph ROCC PREZ and PREFECT
OK, after a one month break for me and my sanity, I guess I need to get back to work. Mainly answering email and voice messages, pursuing and solidifying the next two launch dates, and other club business. The tentative dates are June 23rd, 24th and July 18th, 19th.
Well, we had some really strange e-mail problems between Bob Bernachez's and our e-mail server for the last 2 weeks, but I think we've got it worked out, so here's the results for the contest last month. Sorry it took a while, but just click on the "Read More" link below....