Hey all you Rocket Junkies. It has been a long crop season. Anyway it sure felt like for most of us. ROCC Club Prez Ralph wanted to have a early one day launch once the farm became available after the crop season was completed. The idea was to have a easy non rushed one day launch to be able to check out the launch equipment and see what parts needed cleaning, repair or replacement before hosting a regular weekend long full scale launch. I was committed that weekend and couldn't make it myself, but was glad that the rest of you had a chance to get out and be able to get a deep breath of rocket exhaust.
Happy post-Halloween to all you rocket exhaust sniffing junkies. I don't know about the most of you, but I have a lot of candy leftover from Halloween night. We had a lot of trick-or-treaters, some really great and cute costumes, but enough chocolate that we can have a sweet snack each time we walk through the kitchen. The Official October Rocket Launch was held on what I would call Halloween weekend, and we did have some spooky flights.
Well it was WINDY (how windy was it?) It was SO windy... it blew over the low power pads and sent the launch slip board off the table! It was WINDY! Seriously though it was a lovely weekend if you liked flying rockets and we had a lot of dedicated, albeit crazy, flyers that tempted (and yes, fed) the rocket gods this past weekend. Roy said he was surprised at the number of flights and the number of lost rockets was fairly small. We couldn't really do much on the contest though, and I feel bad about that. I've spoken to a few of the more contest-obsessed folks and it looks like the thing to do is to extend it into out November launch window. Maybe Saturday the 18th? Let me know by e-mail and we'll get a concensus. Please use firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks, DR
Due to the predicted weather tomorrow I have grave doubts about being able to fly any of the duration events for our contest, at least for Saturday. Ralph and I have spoken and would like to suggest that we postpone at least untill Sunday. I'd like a chance to converse with Brad and some of the participants to get a concensus but I'd tend to go with at least Sunday, if not the November 18th/19th launch window. I'll have flight cards and stop watches available if any one wants to fly tomorrow but I think Sunday would be a lot more condusive to it. Doc R.
Everyone: As of Thursday night the Vendor schedule is as follows: Ken Allen - Performance Hobbies - Saturday only Brent Johnson - Hobbytown USA - Sunday only Tim Durbin - New Giant Leap Rocketry Rep - both days. Tim, who joined our club last year has taken on the task to be a rep for Giant Leap Rocketry, he got his L1 at the Freedom launch with his first HP rocket and is excited about flying and selling, good luck to him, he has more time than me. He has received his first shipment of stuff and may have more tomorrow. Contact him at email@example.com for your Giant Leap stuff. Marcus Harman, a long time member of ROCC will have some of his old stuff for sale, I think he will be out Sunday, he is scaling back for his final year of college. Maybe you can help him out too. >From Marcus's email: Also, I'm bringing a ton of my old rocket stuff including a PET2 Timer, a Maxi Honest John, and a bunch of parts to sell. Chris Hamilton gave me a bunch of his stuff to sell, too...including some RMS 18mm loads. It will be a "you name the price" kind of deal. I just want to get rid of it. Hope you all can support all our vendors this weekend. It is great to have them but we need to support them as well. It would be a good time to stock up on goods. Thanks, Ralph
Everyone: A big two day event is planned. Saturday Oct 28th 12:00-7:00 Sunday Oct 29th 8:00-6:00 NAR contest this weekend. Random Duration - Weighting Factor 10 Super-Roc Duration "A" Motors - Weighting Factor 13 Egg Loft Duration "C" Motors - Weighting Factor 16 We will provide a $10.00 gift card from HOBBYTOWN,USA for each contest and NAR ribbons and points will be awarded. Update: Ken Allen will be here Saturday, not Sunday.
Everyone: We will have two launches this month. The corn and Milo are cleared and we are go for launch. First - Oct 15th (this Sunday) 12:00-7:00 - One day event Tune up launch, equipment checkout, NAR Contest preactice rounds. One note - No Porta John - still working on getting this done. Second - Oct 28th and 29th 12:00-7:00 both days. - Two day event. Ken Allen from Performance hobbies will be here on the 29th. NAR contest this weekend. Camping is allowed, if you want to. Random Duration - Weighting Factor 10 Super-Roc Duration "A" Motors - Weighting Factor 13 Egg Loft Duration "C" Motors - Weighting Factor 16 We will provide a $10.00 gift card from HOBBYTOWN,USA for each contest and NAR ribbons and points will be awarded. Doc already has some info on the website with pictures of plans soon, you can look them up in the NAR Contest book on the NAR website WWW.NAR.ORG John - Go ahead and secure the waivers for both weekends and let me know ASAP. Plus - Also see the NAR and TRIPOLI websites as there is an important announcement from HQ. It requires a letter writing campaign that is due by Nov 9th. More details to follow. Thanks, Ralph Roberts ROCC Prez
I ran across a photo on the Make Magazine (something a lot of you would probably enjoy, makes a great gift) website that sent me over to a photoblog on Flickr. These photos are posted by a fellow named Erik Charlton, a rocketeer out west. He's got some great pix, truly insirational. Here's the link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/erikcharlton/ Hope it inspires all of you for the upcoming launch at the end of the month!
Okay, how many of you remember "Creature Feature"? Maybe it wasn't called that in your home town, on that little UHF station that also played roller derby and mid-atlantic 'rasslin, but I'll bet you that you had something like it... bad special effects and all! OOOHHHHOOOO, SSSCCAAARRRRYYYY! What we're talking about is a CONTEST WEEKEND! Read On......
Brad Shea sends this report on his successful Level 1 attempt: I got my level 1 on July 2nd 2006 at SCIPower in Orangeburg SC. There are some pictures from the launch after the jump.