January Launch Cancelled

Due to continued pooling of water and muddy conditions persisting on the lake bed from the rain earlier this week, the BOD has decided to cancel the January launch. We apologize for the late notice and hope to see everyone in February.

Last Call For January Membership Cards

2018 ROC membership cards will be printed very soon so that they can be available for pick up at the January 13th launch.  In order for your card to be included in the first printing you need to log onto the membership portal at: https://roc.wildapricot.org/  and either renew or join before this Sat, Jan 6th 11:59 PM.  Joining and renewals MUST be processed through:  https://roc.wildapricot.org/ .  Unfortunately, we can not process memberships on-site at the lakebed.

Remember, by renewing or becoming a ROC Executive Member you and your direct family members fly free at all ROC events in 2018!  Non-members will continue to be charged a $20 flyers fee.  See the Rocstock.org website launch fee page, https://rocstock.org/fee-schedule/ for all the 2018 fee changes.
There will be a second printing of membership cards in a few months for those folks who renew or join after the Jan 6th deadline. It will be important for those folks to print and show a copy of their receipt at registration until their cards are printed.
If you must have your card sent to you in the mail, then please send me a request stating your reason. Please DO NOT reply to this notice or post on ROC-chat or Facebook with your request. Send it to mikeostby@gmail.com and I will see that your card is sent to you.
Thank you and looking forward to seeing everyone on the 13th!
Mike Ostby
ROC President


2018 Launch Fees

The ROC Board is very happy to announce, that for 2018, Executive and Lifetime Members will enjoy ZERO cost launch fees at all ROC launches.  This is where it pays to become an Executive Member.  It will be important for members to show/display their membership cards at the registration table in order to obtain their wristband.   The $20 launch fee for non-members will remain unchanged.  There are some other minor fee changes as well.  Please visit the “Launch Fees” page for details.

In addition, College and Student groups can take advantage of the same discount given to Youth groups when pre-registered and pre-approved at least two weeks prior to a monthly launch.  (Group discounts do not apply to ROCstocks or ROCtober).  Please use the form found on the “Youth Group” page.

ROC is excited to be able to support local TARC teams who pre-register and are approved at least two weeks in advance by waiving launch fees.

This is all made possible because of lower fees being paid to the BLM.

Remember, please bring your ROC Membership Card each month to show at the registration table.  And for group discounts you must pre-register and be approved at least two weeks prior to an event otherwise normal fees will apply.

Lastly, now is a great time to become a member if you haven’t already done so.  Take advantage of the zero launch fees!

Happy Holidays,

Mike Ostby, President


Added Day To ROCstock!

I am pleased to announce that we have added Veteran’s Day, Friday, Nov, 10th to ROCstock.  Launching will start at noon.  Range set-up will be Fri AM. Friday’s waiver is 14,500 feet AGL.  Sat and Sun the waiver is 14,500 feet AGL with call-ins to 19,000 feet AGL. The annual membership meeting will be Sat afternoon followed by night launching.

Mike Ostby,  ROC President


2017 ROC Board Election Announcement

ROC Membership
The ROC Board wanted to give you all an update on the 2017 elections. First of all, we want to thank David Smith, Rick Dickinson, and Rick O’Neill for their support over the last three years as Board members. Consistent with the ROCbylaws, the club sought volunteers to fill the three open Board positions through election. Thanks to David Erbas-White for being our election chairman this year.
We are pleased to announce that long time flyers Adam Dean and Allen Farrington put their names in the hat and will be awarded three-year Board terms commencing on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at ROCStock. Both Adam;s and Allen’s statement for self nomination are attached below.
Although we were not able to fill all three open Board positions, the good news is we have multiple volunteers to fill the remaining open position. Over the next several weeks the current Board will decide how to award the remaining positions. We will announce the plan during our annual ROC meeting at ROCStock.
We are fortunate to have such a strong club with great people.  Please join me in congratulating Allen and Adam on their new positions.
Neal Hunstein
NAR #84101 Tripoli #15950 L3
ROC Secretary
Self Nomination Adam Dean
My name is Adam Dean, I am a born again rocketeer. I became obsessed with the hobby in the mid 1970s, building and flying Estes Rockets with my father and brothers.  I found myself looking at rockets on the internet about 3 years ago after my parent’s death and needed something to get my mind off what had happened. When I was at my dad’s house going thru things before the estate sale I had found pictures of us in the desert launching rockets and had dreams of one day building a large rocket and ran into the Rocketry organization of California web site on line and found a local launch at Lucerne Valley Dry Lake bed. I was hooked as soon as I went to the first launch and built and earned my Level#1 certification on the next months launch, and only a couple months later I obtained my level#2 Certification, now all I have to do is talk my wife into the idea of me doing a Level#3 project, man where the eyes rolling. Well here I am with permission from the wife and well on my way to new heights.
The day finally came, I was at the lakebed in December of 2016 as was going to make my level#3 flight but the wind came up and I had to scrub the launch, and after that it was either too wet from all the rain or windy for 6 more months. After taking everything out to the lake for the following 6 month it was finally calm and I made a successful flight first thing in the Morning July 2017. During the last 3 years I have learned so much about Rocketry and made so many new friends, Mike Ostby and  Gregg Halligan and have become close friends and Gregg offer to be my L3CC Mentor,  I am now ready to take what they taught me and pay it forward. I would like to nominate myself for any position that my be of help to ROC
Self-Nomination For Allen H. Farrington NAR#73474 Tripoli#12280
I’ve been a ROC member since 1998 and obtained my Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 certifications at Lucerne Dry Lake. I enjoy flying rockets of all sizes and complexity and I am a professional rocket scientist at JPL where I organize and manage teams to execute planetary space exploration. I served on the ROC board for multiple terms in the past years, so hopefully I know what I’m getting myself into. While not currently on the BoD, I have supported ROC behind the scenes for the past several years as the BLM Representative. Last year, I was the Launch Director for ROC’s hosting of LDRS35. My wife, Cindy, is currently serving as ROC’s Treasurer, however, she is not on the BoD. ROC is currently enjoying a period of financial prosperity with a solid membership of approximately 100 executive members, has some of the best launch equipment in the nation, and has secured our launch site for the next 5 years with the BLM. As a member of the BoD I would endeavor to support the day-in-day out operations of the club. The challenge facing ROC over the next few years is similar to other clubs across the country and within Tripoli in that as our projects increase in complexity, attention to both range and spectator safety is paramount. With our proximity to Los Angeles, we are positioned to experience a more than average attendance of participants and spectators that don’t fully understand the inherent danger in our hobby. Don’t get me wrong, we’re not broken! But, the stakes are very high in that one major issue with a significant injury would have serious, potentially existential consequences. In addition to tracking the changes coming from Tripoli regarding safety, I would help the BoD take a leadership role in defining operational practices that enhance our safety for all participants.