Good Vendor News

Hi ROC Members and Friends:
   I’m pleased to announce that Mike Gentile of Bay Area Rocketry ( has informed us that he has received his BLM vendor permit and starting with the upcoming May launch, will be an onsite vendor at ROC monthly launches, supplying high power motors and supplies.  This is great news for our club and will facilitate our ability to purchase and fly HPR motors.  Let’s welcome Mike and BAR to Lucerne!
And while we are at it, don’t forget to appreciate and patronize our other faithful vendors, Discount Rocketry for all your low- and mid-power rocketry needs, and Two Guys and a Grille, for all kinds of yummy food and ice cream!
See you all at the May launch!


Greg Lyzenga
ROC President – NAR #13295 / Tripoli #12088

April launch

Fellow ROC members and rocket flyers,


This Saturday 12thApril is our next launch at our normal launch site on Lucerne Dry Lake, Lucerne Valley, CA.


Directions and other details can be found on Facebook our website


Weather forecast for Lucerne Valley is dry, clear and warm with a high of 77F on Saturday. For those camping out the Friday low is 47F and Saturday low of 48F. 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.


Discount Rocketry will be 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.


Again this weekend we are trialing our Sunday members only launch and a number of members will be staying Saturday night and flying first thing Sunday morning.


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




Cancelled – March launch

Sadly I have to announce that the March ROC launch on Lucerne lake bed has been cancelled.

This is a decision the board has not taken lightly but over the last couple of days the condition of the lake bed after the storms has caused concern. As we cannot be certain the lake bed is safe to drive to our launch site we cannot proceed with the launch.

We also wanted to let everyone know as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment by missing a last minute announcement.

For those who want to fly rockets this weekend the Springfest launch in Jean, NV is on and their lake bed is in good condition as the storms passed to the south.

Our next monthly launch (weather permitting) will be on Saturday 12th April 2014.

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

March launch – lake bed condtion

Current reports are there is some water on the lake bed and we expect to have a final go for launch during the morning on Friday.

Please look out on Facebook/chat/website on Friday for news confirming we are ‘go for launch’.

Membership changes

In response to feedback the board has received from the membership a number of simplifications and changes are planned.

The first of these is to change the membership period to be a calendar year rather than a year from the date of joining.

This change takes place with immediate effect and any new members joining during 2014 will be members for 2014 and will need to renew for 2015 on 1st January 2015.

Existing members with memberships ending this year are offered either to join for 2014 at $60 and ‘donate’ the difference or for this transition year pay for the rest of the year prorated which is $5 per month.

Any members that joined or renewed in February 2014 can either treat the additional month as a donation or contact me and renew in 2015 or we will take the extra month off next year’s membership renewal.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Ian Walberg
ROC Vice President.


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