Posted: May 11, 2020 Filed under: Launch Announcements
From the LDRS-39 Launch Director:
Dear Rocketry Community:
The Utah Rocket Club (UROC) LDRS 39 organizing committee held a Zoom meeting recently. The purpose of the meeting was to review the current and projected status of COVID-19 as it relates to UROC conducting a successful LDRS 39 launch.
With country-wide layoffs and furloughs, the income of a significant portion of rocketeers will most likely be impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Even if safety restrictions are relaxed, the committee believes that many of the hopeful registrants may not be able to afford the costs of travel and registration for the trip to Bonneville. It is more likely that flyers will attend local and regional launches for the remainder of 2020, and that’s assuming local launches can be safely organized.
After much listening, discussion, careful consideration, UROC has made the difficult decision to postpone LDRS 39 until 2021. Given the reality of COVID-19 and the unknown impacts on a large launch like LDRS, UROC believes this is the correct decision. The health and well-being of rocketry participants, spectators, and staff is our top priority.
With a unanimous vote, the Tripoli Board of Directors supports this decision and has graciously agreed to allow UROC to host LDRS in 2021. At this time, UROC believes the dates will be Thursday, July 29 through Sunday, August 1, 2021.
Some of you who already registered for LDRS 39 may need that money now more than ever. Anyone who has paid for registration (including shirts and banquet tickets) can receive a full refund upon request. Send a request to email@example.com
with your name and phone number, and someone from UROC will be in touch promptly.
You also have the option of keeping your registration, (including shirts and banquet), and volunteer slots on file for LDRS 39, 2021.
Any registrant that reserved a room at the event hotel should cancel their reservations. There’s no cancellation fee, but you must cancel through the hotel. Please note, you may have to call several times or leave messages as the hotels and casinos in Wendover are currently shuttered. UROC will provide new hotel information as the new dates approach. The event hotel may change for next year’s event.
The LDRS 39 Committee will contact any vendor who has already committed prizes or goods directly. UROC will work with vendors regarding how they would like the committee to proceed with their donations.
UROC is grateful to Tripoli for allowing us the opportunity to host LDRS 39 and share the Salt Flats with our rocketry community!
Please stay safe and fly high (if you can). See you in 2021!
The Utah Rocket Club
Posted: March 30, 2020 Filed under: Launch Announcements
We just added a prize sponsor – Discount Rocketry. They are a source for kits, motors, and most anything you need. Please support them at: Discountrocketry.com (760-224-0300)
And we’re adding another category for all of you who don’t necessarily want to design a multiple motor rocket – “The Prettiest” (you don’t even have to fly it) – to be judged by ROC Board member Adam Dean.
Posted: March 28, 2020 Filed under: Launch Announcements
From Steve Shannon, President of Tripoli:
The Tripoli board of directors voted today to extend the moratorium on Tripoli group activities and launches for an additional two weeks. Everyone stay safe!
We also unanimously approved extending memberships to match.
March 28: Update on COVID-19 Policy for National Association of Rocketry
The recommendations from the White House and CDC on minimizing the risk and spread of COVID-19 continue to be that all “Avoid social gatherings in groups of 10 people.”
This recommendation is pretty clear and should be followed by all to help slow down and stop this rapidly growing health concern.
Based on the current recommendations of the federal government; and increasingly many states and local governments that require people to stay home, as the President of the NAR Board, I am extending the following policy to remain in effect until April 16, 2020:
1. All NAR Sections shall postpone or cancel Section launches, meetings, and other group activities during this period.
2. There shall be no organized launches, meetings, and other group activities of 10 or more persons during this period.
I will send an update on the policy on or before April 16.
I ask that all members please adhere to the intent and spirit of this policy and help to protect all who would be attending a launch from the possible infection of this virus.
Thank you and please be safe!
National Association of Rocketry
Posted: March 26, 2020 Filed under: Launch Announcements
Due to the current Covid-19 situation and the Governors “Stay at home” order, ROC is cancelling the April launch. We will continue to monitor the situation for any changes and updates. In the meantime work on those builds, and participate in the Safer at home build challenge! Hope to see everyone in May.
ROC’s Safer at Home Rocket Contest (March 24 until ??)
The contest is to build a rocket from either scratch or kit bash a rocket and to see what range of motors it will fly on. The person who successfully launches and recovers a rocket with the widest range of motors is the overall winner. See the contest post for details.
Posted: February 28, 2020 Filed under: Launch Announcements
More and more rockets are flying with tracking and telemetry transmitters on board. Also we are seeing more use of ham radio to communicate at the lakebed and on the way to and from launches.
Currently over three dozen ROC folks have identified themselves as licensed hams.
There have also been folks experiencing issues that may be due to radio frequency interference (RFI) or frequency conflict from other users on the same or adjacent frequencies.
There has been some informal discussion among some of the board members about ways to reduce conflicts and RFI issues.
Starting at the March launch we will be trying out a frequency board near the registration or PAD manager area.
Also, if you are using any transmitter on your rocket, please include a description and the frequency on the flight card.
On this site we have two pages where we can share information.
On the “launches” menu there is a page for rocket tracking. We have begun a list of frequencies used by ROC flyers, and also have provided some suggestions for reducing interference to and from other radio spectrum users. This guidance is based on a review of the radio use in the area of lakebed that could conflict with common rocket tracking equipment. The page has a form for you to submit the equipment you are using and the frequency you use.
On the “launch site” menu is a page for amateur radio information. This includes radio frequencies commonly used by ROC hams to communicate on the lake bed, and a list of hams and our callsigns. We frequently use 146.535MHz simplex on the lakebed. This frequency is available to Technician class or higher hams, using very simple and inexpensive equipment. The page has a form to submit your name and callsign if you are a ham.
If you have any suggestions to help reduce interference or additional frequencies to track, please let us know using one of the comment forms on these pages.