We are in need of volunteers for LCO and RSO, as well as helping with setup and teardown. These positions were a little understaffed last year, so if you are willing and able to help, PLEASE sign up using the online form of which I have created for this launch:
I also need a handful of people to help out with running contests this year – please contact me if interested.
Now for the fun stuff – contests and competitions!
All dragraces will follow the “official” NAR rules, which are as follows – points for first off the pad, lowest altitude, and longest total flight duration.
D Motor: This race has 3 rounds, and each round has 4 entries available.
G Motor: Each flyer must provide their own motor that is G80-size or smaller. If you have those Chinese fireworks-grade starters, bring them – we will be using those as igniters for this race!
Altus Metrum Altitude Contests
These contests are generously sponsored by Keith Packard at Altus Metrum. Loaner MicroPeak USB altimeters for these challenges will be provided by Keith.
500 foot challenge: Fly as close to 500 feet as you can, without going over. The person who flies closest to 500 feet will get to keep their altimeter! Limit 2 attempts per flyer.
2,000 foot challenge: Fly as close to 2,000 feet as you can, without going over. The person who flies closest to 2,000 feet will get to keep their altimeter! Limit 2 attempts per flyer.
Spot Landing Challenge
Throughout the day on Saturday, we’ll have a target set up somewhere out on the range. We’ll be watching for rockets that land near this target. By the end of the day, whoever has landed closest wins.
Best Paint Job: We’ll have a display of rockets with special or unusual paint jobs. A panel of judges will then decide on the winner.
Craziest Design: This will be a display of the wildest and craziest rocket designs. A panel of judges will then decide on the winner.
Schedule for Saturday
11:00 AM – D motor dragrace round #1
12:00 PM – D motor dragrace round #2
1:00 PM – D motor dragrace round #3
2:00 PM – G motor dragrace
4:00 PM – Prizes and contest winners!
We officially have a field – the Sheridan Fillible’s Folly launch will be held in the same location as last year on the posted dates (September 27-29). I will post a full launch announcement in the next few days.
In the meantime, please consider what positions you would like to help out with at the launch. Wilson will be posting details about a web sign-up page soon for LCO and RSO duty. (2-hour shifts from 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM Saturday and 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM Sunday.) We can also use a couple of people to help with contests. Finally, I’d like to find out who will be available early Friday to help set up field markers and range gear – please contact me on this one so that I can coordinate.
At OROC’s Fillible’s Folly launch in Sheridan, OR we will be holding a Ham Volunteer Examiner’s (VE) session for those who wish to get a HAM radio license. This session will be held at approximately 4:30 PM on Saturday, September 27. Tom Popp and Pete Rodahaugh will be generously administrating this session. If you plan to participate, please email the OROC Board of Directors with what level you will be testing for (Tech, General, or Extra), and so we can get a head count. This will be a great opprotunity to get licensed and work with 70cm altimeters/GPS in your projects. Please join us!