ROCtober and the Weather

I have received some e-mails about the weather forecast and this years ROCtober.  I am sending this e-mail out to let all the groups know how the current forecast may affect ROCtober.  As of Wednesday October 10th the launch is still on as planned.   I will send out another E-mail blast tomorrow at 8:00 P.M. with updated status and on https://rocstock.org/.  After Thursday night, it will be difficult for me to send out e-mails, any updates will be on https://rocstock.org/

There are a few issues that the weather forecast brings up

1) We can only look at the same forecast as you. The current forecast from the ‘weather websites’ varies widely in regards to rain and wind.  And to make it harder to predict is the ‘micro climate’ of the Lake Bed.  It is common to have very different weather at the lakebed than in Apple Valley, Cajon Pass or the Los Angeles basin.

2) ROC does have a protocol for weather issues, it can be found at https://rocstock.org/camping-survival/ with more weather related information at https://rocstock.org/weather/  Group leaders should look at these pages.

3) During the weekend ROC may need to suspend operations for a period or close down the launch if conditions become unsafe or difficult to launch in.

4) With lighter rains, the lakebed can get wet and then dry out in an hour or so. Once the rain stops it is best to leave your car in one spot and let the lake dry.   Heavier rains can cause standing water on the lakebed or on roads onto the lakebed.

5) The roads and the lakebed can get muddy, and it is possible to get stuck in the mud. Try to avoid driving through standing water.

6) We use the lakebed thanks to BLM, if there is mud or a wet spots PLEASE DON’T TEAR UP THE LAKE BED by driving recklessly in the mud. This leaves ruts that can damage the lakebed.

7) Your group or organization may have different rules for weather; it is up to you to follow your own groups procedures and use your and your groups judgment.

I’m looking forward to a SAFE AND FUN weekend of rockets at this years’ ROCtober.

Mike Kramer


September Launch Report

By:  Cari Schneider
What a great September launch we had! The range was set up and open by 7:30. By 11 we were nearing 100 degrees with little to no breeze. With the heat continuing to rise, launching stopped about noon and no more than 5 minutes later the “W” switch was turned on! There were 180 flights including several clusters, two stages, and crowd pleasers!  There were also 3 successful certification flights. 1 Jr NAR Level 1, 1 NAR Level 1 and 1 NAR Level 2. Congratulations to Shawn Bower, Chris Sandberg, and Mike Swanson on your certs.  All in all a great day!
Launch Report:
1/2 A’s= 1
A’s = 26
B’s = 37
C’s = 54
D’s = 9
E’s = 6
F’s = 7
G’s = 11
H’s = 13
I’s = 8
J’s = 4
K’s = 4
Thanks to the volunteers and Board members who make ROC launches run smoothly month after month!  We’ll see everyone back on the playa for ROCtober which will be held October 13 – 14!

September Launch

Weather looks great for the Sept ROC launch!  Mid to high 90’s so remember to stay hydrated. We plan to open the range at 7:30 and fly until 1:00 .  As always, help with set up, LCO, FSR and picking up is appreciated.  See you Saturday!


Board Of Director Election

Only 16 days remaining! If you’ve ever wondered about the “behind the scenes” of your club, wanted to become more involved in club decision making, simply want to “pay it forward” or just want to learn more about rocketry then consider self-nominating for a seat on the ROC Board of Directors.
There are three full term (3-year) and one 2-year term Director seats up for election this year. David Erbas-White has once again volunteered to collect the nominations. Andrew Wimmer is this year’s Election Chairman. Any adult ROC member in good standing can self-nominate by writing a Statement of Self-Nomination.  Make sure to include a photo. Please send to: bigbearrockets@cox.net . The deadline for self-nomination is August 31st, 2018 at 11:59 PM.  Ballots will be cast electronically via the Wild Apricot Membership Portal during Sept and Oct.  Results of the election will be announced during the Annual Members Meeting November 10th, 2018 at ROCstock. If elected, your annual club fees are waived.
Please consider running for a Board of Director seat. It’s a great way to become more involved and have fun while making a difference in the hobby we all love so much!

August Launch Announcment

Temps are forecast to be anywhere from the high 90’s to over 100° next Saturday.  We plan to open the range at 7 AM and fly until 11 AM.  Possibly noon depending on how hot it gets.  If you plan to launch a special project or something that requires a lot of prep time please be ready to fly between the hours of 7 – 11.  The trailer will be on the lakebed by 6:15 AM and with the help of volunteers we should be set up by 7.  Reminder to bring and drink plenty of fluids and stay in the shade as much as possible.