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ROC Equipment Maintenance Party Sat. Oct. 25th

Fellow ROC Members,

ROC’s Equipment Maintenance party will be held on Saturday, October 25.  Over the past year, we’ve added some cool new mid-row pads, acquired and outfitted a new smaller trailer for monthly launches, R and R’ed the connectors on the launch system cables, and recently rolled out a new wireless PA system, just to name a few.  All these things, plus all the other great equipment we have, won’t last very long or remain reliable without some TLC from time to time.  In addition to helping the club with equipment maintenance and repair, the party is a great chance to schmooze with all your favorite rocket dudes and dudettes.  “Festivities” start at 9:00 a.m.  ROC will provide lunch for all in attendance.

The location is the Sundowner Ranch in Lucerne Valley:

Directions to the Ranch are quite simple; In Lucerne Valley, take Rabbit Springs Road east from Highway 18 for 2.3 miles.  Turn left on Kendall Road, which turns into Cove Road after 0.6 miles.  In 1.8 miles it becomes Exeter St. and in 1.2 more miles the road ends at Sundowner Ranch.  You can’t miss it!  Enter and go left (south) to where the trailers and storage container are parked.

Please come out and help us get prepared for ROC-Stock.  See you there!

ROC BOD member and Secretary

P.S.  For people who’ve been before, or heard horror stories, Equipment Manager Kurt Gugisberg has relieved us of the need to clean rods and rails.  He has a really innovative contraption at home that he uses for cleaning in between launches.  So, no more dealing with the grime, or coming home smelling like you bathed in salad dressing   ;-)

August launch report

The August launch was excellent and the numbers show a good mix of low and high power.

The weather forecast was good before the launch and this was correct. See, the weather forecasters can get it right occasionally. :-) It was about 10 F cooler than normal for August. The temperature was 62 F at sunrise and by afternoon it was about 98 F.

Most of the set-up occurred on Friday afternoon with the help of Steven Seeright and the rest of the set-up went quickly early Saturday morning. We launched until around 3:00 in the afternoon and there was only a slight breeze for the whole day.

The construction on the Northbound I15 and shutdown of some lanes didn’t seem to cause excessive travel time. Many people just left for the launch a little earlier than normal. So the “Cajon Crawl” didn’t seem to cause a big problem with people getting to the launch.
Here’s the breakdown of rockets based on impulse:
A: 2
B: 15
C: 32
D: 5
E: 8
F: 7
G: 14
Note: 3 launch cards that were low power but missing or illegible motor information
H: 13
I: 9
J: 9
K: 3
L: 2

So, 122 lights total. This includes 2 NAR Level 1 (one successful), 4 TRA Level 1 (all successful) and 1 TRA Level 2 (successful).

LCO started out with Steven Seeright, followed by Rick O’Neil, then David Reese. At the end of the launch, we tested the wireless microphone system and it worked well.
I wish my narrative could do this launch justice. There were many great flights and I’m going to miss something. David Erbas-White had 5 successful flights, and Gary Schneider (Level 3) flew 4 model rockets and also his scratch-built “Gone Bananas” on an I285. Other people like Doug Sutton flew both model and high-power rockets and had the opportunity to fly multiple times during the day. Even Board members Rick Magee and Kurt Gugisberg flew rockets – how crazy is that!
I think the number of people that flew 2 or more high power rockets during the day is remarkable and an indicator of what a good day is was. The list includes Chris Cotner, Brian Sutton, Gary Schneider, Rodney Shepherd, Steve Jaben, David Reese, Dave Peterson, James Lynn, and Chris Covany with 4 good flights and the last one was a high alt on a L935 Imax!

Can’t wait for September. Thank you everyone for a great August launch.

Richard Dierking

ROC’s Drone Policy

ROC's Drone Policy

No…we don’t allow the type of drones pictured here, even though there is a missile in the photo!

We have been asked in the past about drone usage at ROC launches. With hobby drones in the news lately, we thought that we’d let everyone know what our policy is. The first and foremost concern at all ROC launches is SAFETY! Drones are normally flown under RC Aircraft rules and conventions, which means that you can’t fly a drone over the parking area, spectators, or safety zones.

We do allow drones to the South of the parking area, please be careful.

We also allow drones on the range for special purposes like getting a cool video of a launch from above. Drones on the range require prior coordination with a ROC Board Member and are at the discretion of the LCO and RSO at the range head.

Thanks, and let’s all have safe fun!

ROCstock 39 – Friday 13th June to Sunday 15th June 2014

Fellow ROC members and rocket flyers,

This weekend, Friday 13th June to Sunday 15th June is ROCstock 39 at our normal launch site on Lucerne Dry Lake, Lucerne Valley, CA.

Directions and other details can be found on Facebook or our website

Weather forecast for Lucerne Valley looks very good for June with a day time highs of 91F and night time low of 56F. As those of you who attended before this is just an indication and the lake bed has its own special climate! My source of weather is As always the wind is forecast to be lighter first thing in the morning increasing strength during the morning, we always recommend you arrive early ready to fly.

Range setup will be on Thursday 12th June and based on the available help we plan to have the range open for flying at 8:00am Friday. When you arrive please take care to look out for the safety areas and any areas reserved for vendors, club equipment etc. In addition to keeping the safety zones and access roads clear please do not park RVs or high sided vehicles on the front rows to maximize the safety and visibility for everyone.

As always we need as many volunteers as possible, please come to the registration table and we will find you some way of helping, learning more about rockery and even make some new friends 

Discount Rocketry and Bay Area Rocketry are expected at the launch and ‘Two guys and a Grille’ to be selling food. Lucerne Valley Market has almost anything else you will need for a day/night on the lake bed. What’s up hobbies will not be attending this month’s launch.

Both NAR and Tripoli certifications can be conducted for those interested.

We are always looking for volunteers to help in all aspects of the launch and it’s a great way to learn and make friends with the ROC family. Please come to the registration desk and let us know you want to help.

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.

We look forward to seeing new and existing members and having a safe and fun weekend of rocketry.

Ian Walberg
ROC Vice president and board member
Tripoli and NAR Level 3


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