May 2015 Launch Report

Despite dire predictions (and some handwringing), the weather was fair with mostly clear skies and a mild breeze throughout the day – great launching weather! Light crowds made for little to no waiting for pads. Maybe everyone who wasn’t there was waiting for ROCStock next month? Lots of great flights, some “less than optimal” flights (sorry YAM, we’ll miss you at the ROCStock Magnum drag races), some cert attempts (second time’s a charm for George), and even a Tripoli altitude record attempt (unfortunately, the second stage covered almost as much distance horizontally as it did vertically).

Improvements to the club’s infrastructure are really paying off. The wireless microphone system, along with mounting the PA speakers on the equipment trailer, minimize setup and teardown time at the range head. The organization of storage in the equipment trailer makes unloading and loading a breeze – as they say, a place for everything, and everything in its place. The not-so-new-anymore small trailer is easy to hook up and tow. Thanks to those that step up and haul it back and forth each month.

While it’s nice to have great equipment, it doesn’t get that way, nor stay that way, without a little TLC. It’s pretty disappointing to see the same few people at the Equipment Maintenance parties, like the one held the day after the launch. However, those who did show up were able to get everything shipshape for ROCStock XLI (41!) next month. See you then!

Overall attendance:
Flyers:  Not Enough or Just Right (depending)

Spectators:  Had a good time


Total flights: 119
A - 4

B – 1

C – 55

D – 1

E – 6

F – 4

G – 9

H – 19

I – 11

J – 6

K – 2

L – 1


Cert Attempts:

NAR:  L1 – 1

TRA:  L1 – 4,   L2 – 1

2014 ROC Election Results

Professor Farnsworth from "Futurama" saying "Good News, Everyone!"
The ballots are in, and the people have spoken!

Rick Magee has been re-elected as Tripoli Prefect.

Rick O’Neil, David Smith, and John Van Norman were elected for the 3 full-term (3 year) Board positions. Mike Ostby was elected to fill the open Board seat for the remaining 2 years.

The ROC Board has elected as officers:

President – Rick Dickinson
Vice President – Bryce Chanes
Treasurer – Ian Walberg
Secretary – Mike Riss

In addition, Veronica Kirk was appointed to fill the opening created by a recent Board member’s resignation (due to work travel requirements).

On behalf of the Board, Officers, and club, I’d like to thank all the people who stepped forward this year. Whether selected or not, your willingness to serve is appreciated!

I’d also like to thank the outgoing board members, Greg Lyzenga, Allen Farrington, and Lee Scott, for their service. Hopefully you’ll be able to enjoy the fruits of the time and effort you’ve put in on behalf of the club at the next launch you attend :-)

ROC Board Member and Secretary

2015 Membership Information

As previously announced, ROC is going to simplify Executive Memberships and starting in 2015, they will run January to December. There will be no pro-ration for partial years, as the fee is only $60 (cheapest date in town) for 16 launch days per year! Executive members will still pay the $5/day fee that gets passed directly to the BLM for any days that they fly. If you fly every day that ROC is on the lakebed, you will pay a total of $140 for a year of flying! That’s cheaper than coffee and helps to sustain the club by providing working cash to maintain the equipment.

Accompanying this change is a change in our membership card policy as well. If you join between Nov. 1st, 2014 and January 31st, 2015, you will receive a membership card in the mail in early February. If you join between February 1st and April 30th, you will receive a membership card in the mail in early May. If you join after April 30th, you will be able to pick up a “blank” 2015 membership card and write your name on it (we’ll provide the sharpie) at a launch. “Blank” cards will be pre-printed just like the regular cards except they will be blank where the name goes.

The new membership cards will feature a ROC design, your name pre-printed (if you join before April 30th), and you will get both a wallet card and a card that can be punched and hung around your neck. Everyone who joins will be eligible to pick up a fancy lanyard to hang their card from registration while supplies last. When we run out of lanyards, you can get a ROC sticker. If we run out of stickers, well, you’re just out of luck!

We hope that everyone understands that maintaining the membership rolls takes time away from the hobby for the person that fulfills that role for the club, so we’re trying to lessen the burden and simplify so that there’s more time for flying!

Equipment Maintenance Party a Success!

As Equipment manager I want to thank those that showed up to help get all the ROC equipment in order for Rocstock coming up in two weeks.  The heart an soul of the club are the members and flyers but the skeleton, blood, guts and nervous system is the equipment we have for launching our rockets.  Without it working correctly we would all be standing around admiring the paint jobs on our projects but doing little flying.  So for those that came out to help us clean and organize everything, I thank you and I am sure the club will thank you when we put on the November Rocstock with the great launch pads and control systems that we have.

So remember that when you pay your membership dues and flight fees, that money goes into keeping our equipment in top shape.  It goes into the porta potties and trash bins that we all need out on the lake bed, and it goes toward the fees we have to pay to use the lake bed.  And since we are all unpaid volunteers in this club, the more everyone pitches in to help with setup and tear down and doing a couple hours at the LCO/RSO/Pad manager tables, the more we will all feel like we are in the club together.

Thanks again to all,

Kurt Gugisberg

Equipment manager

Notice of ROC Annual Members Meeting

Per the bylaws of the Rocketry Organization of California (ROC), it is one of my duties as Secretary of the Corporation to give notice of ROC’s Annual Membership meeting.

The 2014 meeting will be held during the November ROCStock (RS 40), taking place at Lucerne Dry Lake November 8th and 9th.  Specifically, the meeting will be called to order at 5pm on Saturday, November 8th at the Range Head on the lakebed.

All ROC Members, Daily Flying members, and Spectators are invited to the meeting.   However, only Executive (Annual Paid), Board, and Lifetime Members will be recognized for business during the meeting or will be allowed to vote.  This is a standing meeting; i.e. you must be present to participate, as no proxy voting will be allowed.

The only item currently on the Agenda is the Announcement of the results of the 2015 Board of Directors election. Additional Agenda items can be sent directly to me at “”, preferably by midnight, November 2nd, 2014. Items may also be brought to the floor during the meeting after the set Agenda is completed.

Mike Riss
ROC Secretary