Fellow ROC Members,
This is our monthly announcement that this Saturday (December 14, 2013) is the next ROC Launch. The current projections for the upcoming weekend call for cool temperatures, but not quite as cold as the last several days have been. Following a mid-week warming trend, overnight lows are expected to be in the 30′s and daytime temps should be in the high 50′s. At this time, winds look to be northeasterly and low to moderate in strength. As usual it is expected the best conditions will be in the early morning, with wind speeds gradually increasing after mid-morning. Despite the cool winter weather, be sure to bring (and drink) plenty of water to avoid dehydration, and wear a hat, sunglasses, and sunblock to avoid getting burned. Dress in layers to be prepared for changing temperatures during the day. If you set up a sun shelter, be sure to secure it from being damaged or carried away by the occasional dust devils that visit our site from time to time. Please support What’s Up Hobbies (Jack Garibaldi) who will be glad to have your business after a disappointing weather cancellation in San Diego last weekend. We are also happy to welcome Discount Rocketry and thank them for their support of our launches. We will be conducting NAR and Tripoli high power certifications as usual.
Whether you are planning to camp overnight on Friday or will be arriving early on Saturday, please pitch in to help with range setup so that we can take advantage of the early morning launch conditions. If you’ve never done it before, don’t be shy! We’ll be happy to show you the ropes, and it’s a great way to get to know your fellow ROCers.
Volunteers are always needed to work shifts of Range Duty. Again, don’t be shy! We’re happy to help you learn, and the same thing I said about helping with setup still holds true: volunteering is a GREAT way to get to know your fellow ROCers! (And please stick around on Saturday afternoon to help with tear-down, too.) Sign up NOW for range duty shifts on our on-line signup form:
We will be using the “roaming RSO” system to encourage more people to volunteer
and keep the waiting times to launch down.
*** GENERAL INFO ***
Non-member daily launch fee is $15 and the paid-up member fee is $5. Everybody needs to register and get a wrist band to fly. All participants and spectators need to sign a liability waiver. Please be aware of the requirement to follow all safety rules and procedures while attending the launch, and make sure that children are supervised by a responsible adult at all times. Overnight camping is allowed as usual, but be sure to keep all campfires in above-ground containers to comply with BLM rules, and pack your ashes and wood debris out with you when you leave. Let’s always try to leave the playa a little cleaner than we found it. Portable toilets should be delivered on site by Friday to support overnight campers and setup.
Let’s fly rockets! We’ll see you on the lake bed!
ROC President and Board Member – NAR #13295 / Tripoli #12088
We have been looking through the archives with some help from Nibbles and here is what we have found so far http://www.rocketryorganizationofcalifornia.com/
If you have other material please let me know as the goal is to make this as complete as possible and we do have some holes currently.
Congratulations to the new ROC board members elected in the 2013 election who are :-
David Smith, Bryce Chanes, Rick Dickinson and Veronica Kirk
Who joint the exiting board members who are :-
Greg Lyzenga, Ian Walberg, Allen Farrington, Mike Riss and Kurt Gugisberg.
First order of business after the election of the new board members is a board meeting to elect the offices for the following year and this meeting was held at ROCstock on Saturday evening.
The new officers are :-
President – Greg Lyzenga
Vice President – Ian Walberg
Treasurer – Josephine Walberg
Secretary – Mike Riss
Tripoli prefect – Rick Magee
While it is common practice for the offices to be board members the ROC bylaws do not require this is the case other than the president.
Fellow ROC Members,
This is a reminder that ROCstock 38 starts this Saturday, November 9, 2013,
and runs through Sunday, November 10. Night flying will be conducted (weather permitting)
Saturday night after dark.
Night launch rockets must have light(s) that are clearly visible from
launch until landing. Our regular vendors, What’s Up Hobbies and Discount Rocketry will
be in attendance, and will have night flying supplies available for purchase, as well as
the usual array of rocketry products and supplies.The ROC Trailer will be on-site on
Friday morning for setup. If you’re planning to camp out at ROCstock, please come
out early, and help with setup! Many hands make light work, and we should
be able to set everything up quickly if we have enough people
assisting. If you’ve never done it before, don’t be shy! We’ll be happy
to show you the ropes, and it’s a great way to get to know your fellow
Volunteers are always needed to work shifts of Range Duty. Again, don’t be
shy! We’re happy to help you learn, and the same thing I said about
helping with setup still holds true: volunteering is a GREAT way to get to
know your fellow ROCers! (And please stick around on Sunday afternoon to
help with tear-down, too.) Sign up NOW for range duty shifts on our on-line
As always, camping is allowed and encouraged. Per BLM rules, all campfires
must be in above-ground containers, and you should plan to haul out all of
your wood debris and ashes when you leave.
A note about camping and parking: In the interest of safety and ensuring
easy access in and out, please keep the designated roads clear when you
choose your parking and/or camping spot. We’ll have three 50′ deep rows of
parking/camping areas laid out, with 50′ wide roads between them. It’s a
big lakebed — feel free to spread out. Anyone parked or camped in an
access road will be asked to move. We need to be sure that people can get
in and out easily, and we don’t want people to have to worry about vehicles
driving through the middle of their camps. This year we will be supplying a
few 3 cubic yard trash dumpsters to help keep our launch area tidy and keep the
BLM happy. Please do not abuse these! While reasonable amounts of incidental
trash can go in these, please be a good citizen and do not fill them up with
items you should and could be packing out with you. (For example, that EZ-Up
of yours that just got trashed by a passing dust devil is INAPPROPRIATE to put in the
dumpster, or to just leave in a heap on the ground for that matter! Likewise,
putting hot coals from your barbecue grill in the dumpster is a NO-NO!)Assuming that
range setup is completed on Friday and range duty positions have been filled, the launch
will start bright and early on Saturday morning. It always pays
to be prepared early, as the best flying weather of the day is often during the
early morning hours.
Speaking of weather: The current forecast calls for sunny skies and mild daytime temperatures,
along with the typical pattern of moderate westerly to southwesterly winds increasing later in the day.
The watchword is to be prepared for all kinds of weather, and with any luck we’ll
get some good flying in. Overnight lows will likely be near freezing in the 30′s,
and daytime highs should comfortable near 70. As always, bring plenty of sunscreen and drink plenty
of water, as it’s easy to get sunburned or dehydrated in the desert, even in the winter.
We are expecting our ROC food vendor Two Guys and a Grille to be serving meals throughout the
ROC-Stock weekend. We will be selling ROC-Stock 38 commemorative T-shirts on site.
(There are no pre-orders, and the shirts are available on a first-come first-served basis.
However if you don’t get the shirt you want at the launch, you’ll be able to special order
from Café Press after the launch.)
Please come out to fly, see friends, buy T-shirts and raffle tickets, and have a ROCin’ good time!
If any late-breaking news or changes in plan come up, check on the rocstock.org website, and/or on the ROC Facebook group page.
Let’s fly rockets and have a fun and safe weekend! We’ll see you on the lake bed!
Last weekend, we found a California License Plate (Front) at the Trailer Cleaning Party and surmise that it was lost at the ROCtober event.