ROC’s February launch is this Saturday 8th February 2014

Fellow ROC members and rocket flyers,

This Saturday 8th February 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 https://www.facebook.com/events/725634547449387/ or our website http://rocstock.org/site/

Weather forecast for Lucerne Valley is dry and partly cloudy with a high or 66F on Saturday. For those camping out the Friday low is a mild (for February) 40F and Saturday low of 45F. 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 http://tinyurl.com/lmbjtzk

Discount Rocketry will be at the launch and we are expecting ‘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.

*** 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.

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


Rocstock is 20 years old this year!

This year is the 20th year of Rocstock launches at Lucerne Dry lake.

June Rocstock will be the 39th (XXXIX) event and the 20th anniversary. November will be the 40th (XL) event.

We have some plans for events and themes to celebrate these anniversaries and keep rocket flying going strong and will publish details as they are available.


Additional January Launch Information

Fellow ROC Members,

I’m pleased to announce the first running of an experimental Sunday launch program for ROC Executive members.

This coming Sunday, January 12, high power launch services will be available for use by paid-up annual ROC members (only). The rationale for this program is to provide a perk and a relaxed launch opportunity for those members who have perhaps sacrificed time and resources to provide launch services to our public, but have been lacking in opportunities to enjoy the launches.

The NOTAM has been filed for the hours of 8 am to 2 pm, and the usual standing and phone-in high altitude waivers will be available. No HPR certifications or tests will be offered. This strictly a recreational sport launch for members.

We are grateful to ROC Executive Member Richard Dierking for piloting this new program. Please contact him at richard.dierking<at>gmail.com for further information on this launch or to volunteer to help out.

We are hopeful that this will be a successful program and will be appreciated by our members. See you this weekend!

- Greg

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Greg Lyzenga
ROC President and Board Member – NAR #13295 / Tripoli #12088


ROC’s January Launch is this Saturday

Fellow ROC Members,

This is our monthly announcement that this Saturday (January 11, 2014) is the next ROC Launch. The current projections for the upcoming weekend call for cool temperatures, but reasonably comfortable as last month was. Overnight lows are expected to be in the low 30′s and daytime temps should be in the 60′s. At this time, winds look to be southwesterly 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. We are also happy to welcome Discount Rocketry and thank them for their support of our launches. We expect Two Guys and a Grill to be in attendance, providing great food as well. We will be conducting NAR and Tripoli high power certifications as usual.

This month, we are offering a special outreach to our colleagues at Tripoli San Diego. They have lost their high power waiver at Plaster City and are currently without a launch site. TSD members in good standing are offered to come and fly with ROC at the regular paid Executive Member rate of $5 per day (BLM fee only). We are happy to extend this offer to our San Diego friends for as long as they are in this position, and are hopeful that they’ll get it resolved satisfactorily and soon.

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:

http://mysignup.com/rocrangeduty

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.
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Let’s fly rockets! We’ll see you on the lake bed!

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Greg Lyzenga
ROC President and Board Member – NAR #13295 / Tripoli #12088


ROC’s DECEMBER Launch is this Saturday

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:

http://mysignup.com/rocrangeduty

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.
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Let’s fly rockets! We’ll see you on the lake bed!

———————————————–
Greg Lyzenga
ROC President and Board Member – NAR #13295 / Tripoli #12088


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