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Competition Launch Moved to March 7th!

Posted by Guysmith on February 21, 2015
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Due to a scheduling conflict for the contest director, the competition launch scheduled for February 28th has been moved to March 7th.  See you there!

President’s Post – January 2015

Posted by Guysmith on January 29, 2015
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Happy New Year!  This is just a note to update you on what has been going on the last few months.  Club elections have been held, yours truly remains as SSS President and NAR Section Advisor, Ken Sparks remains as SSS Vice-President, Chris Choffat remains as Secretary and adds on the duties of Treasurer (Shane Justice has stepped down as Treasurer)and Chad Ellis is the new Member-at-Large (Geoffery Kerbel has stepped down as Member-at-large).  Congratulations to thenew and returning officers and a big thank you for your service to the club to those officers that have stepped down.

Last December we had four certification flights in December and this January we had one certification flight. All were successful! Congratulations to Milan, Sarah, Kelsie and Frank for completing their Level 1 flights.

We have sent in our NAR Section renewal forms for 2015. We have received our BLM permit for the Hope Site which is good for March through December. The next renewal will allow us to extend our use for up to 10 years, the first year being probationary in nature. We held our first 2015 comeptition launch January 17th and was it an incredible day!

Our next scheduled launches are in Mesquite Groves Park, February 21st and the Airfield Site, February 28th (this may be limited to Class 1 rockets only pending FAA Waiver approval for this date). Class 1 rockets are any rocket that weighs 3.3lbs fully loaded and includes a limit of 125gms of propellant (~a baby H).  The Phoenix Regional Meet #42 will be conducted at the Airfield Site, February 28th – take a look at the events planed and bring a rocket or six to enter into the competition, note that points can only be earned by current NAR members.

We are now accepting membership renewals for 2015 – current 2014 memberships expire 4/1/2015.

The club has acquired a storage spot for our club trailer not even 15 miles from the Hope launch site, this reduces the logistics required in supporting the Hope Site weekend launches. Per our agreement with BLM, port-a-jons will be on-site for the Hope weekend launches.  We have purchased a storage box for reloads so that the club can do group buys and be able to store the reloads for the members convenience.

MARS and SSS are planning on the regional SpringBlast! launch as a joint launch to be located at the Red Dry Lake site in Kingman, AZ.  The joint club launches have been very successful so we will continue this relationship for our regional launches for the time being.  Note that unlike last year, MARS has moved their dates to the same weekend as the scheduled Hope Site launches, this allows us to change location should Red Dry Lake be water-logged. The flyer will list both sites with the Kingman Site being the primary launch venue and the Hope Site as the alternate. There will be at least a weeks notice should the venue change from the primary to the alternate.

Last but not least NAR is sponsoring safety grants again this year for the sections of up to $250 for club safety upgrades, we are currently assessing the club needs and will be applying for this grant.   If you have suggestions, please let us know.

Hope to see all of you at our next launches!


2015 Regional Competition Events

Posted by Guysmith on December 30, 2014
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Matt Steele (our contest director for this year) has finalized the events for our four regional competitions. I have updated the NAR Competition page with these events, please let me know if you have any questions.


GHS Cancelled!

Posted by Guysmith on December 30, 2014
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Folks, we have heard from the BLM. The permits are in work but we cannot use the site for the months of January or February due to the big horn sheep breeding season. The next available waivered date is in March. This is too close to Desert Heat and SpringBlast! regional launches to be considered for GHS. We are deeply disappointed in not being able to show case our new waivered site as an alternate GHS launch for its inaugural launch but look forward to the future use of this site. We have included the MARS and SARA launches on our calendar if you need an alternate for the next couple of months. Updates will be provided on this website as they become available. Thank you for your support!


PO Box Issue

Posted by Chris Choffat on December 29, 2014
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Folks, if you recently sent correspondence to the SSS Club PO box and had it returned, please resend. There was a problem with the PO Box and it has been corrected.

December Launch at New “Hope” site was A success

Posted by Chris Choffat on December 14, 2014
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We had about 15 people out at our new site this weekend. The weather was great. A little drizzle Friday night about midnight, then clear skies with some wind off and on the rest of the weekend.

The first launch was My Estes PSII Nike Smoke on a G-80. With a large chute and a gust of wind, that puppy floated about a mile away, but was recovered and ready to fly again, and I found a full curl mountain goat skull as a bonus!

Photos https://sssrocketry.com/gallery-1/a-new-hope-december-2014-launch/

If you stayed home because of weather, remember, this site is 100 miles away, so weather in Phoenix is not always the same at the site.

Hope to see everyone out there for the January launch.

GHS Dates Being Finalized

Posted by Guysmith on November 24, 2014
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We were literally a day away from receiving our BLM permit for our new Hope site when there was a hold placed by BLM due to the lack of a cultural survey. This survey should be completed in December. As a consequence we will miss our opportunity to use our December waiver at the Hope site for GHS. The BLM has indicated that the January date is doable. The calendar and launch schedule have been updated and we will continue to monitor the situation and provide more detailed information as it becomes available. The BLM has been very helpful in this process and we look forward to a long relationship working together. Thank you for your patience.


GHS will be at Hope Launch Site!

Posted by Shane Justice on November 10, 2014
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Thanks to hard work by Ken and Guy, and a little help from Shane and Chris, SSS now has a launch field near Hope, Arizona! The site is located North of I-10 Exit 53, approximately 90 miles West of Phoenix, on I-10. See the GHS flier for navigation details. This area is primitive, but it easy to access with a normal two-wheel-drive car or pickup. Ground clearance isn’t too much of an issue as long as one uses common sense and drives carefully. The area is very interesting, and will support a large number of participants and spectators. Attendees will need to bring water and food and clothing appropriate for the wide temperature swings this time of year can bring. There is lots of interesting geology to observe (don’t keep anything that you might pick up, as this is BLM land).

The waiver altitude is 10,000 MSL (Mean Sea Level) and approximately 8,400 feet AGL (Above Ground Level). There are High Power day launches Saturday and Sunday, with low-power (G and below) night launches Saturday evening this time around.

Bring your camping gear, or campers and enjoy the launches and great desert environment!


Posted by Shane Justice on November 10, 2014
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We have an opportunity to submit a group buy for high power motors from Bay Area Rocketry for both AeroTech and Cessaroni motors. Unfortunately, the time line is short- in order to get the motors by GHS, we have to oder AT motors by this Wednesday 11/12, and CTI motors by this Friday 11/14. Mike at BAR tells me that He can fill common motor sizes and popular propellants from stock, but if you need something special, or a large quantity, he will be ordering them from AT, and having them drop-shipped to the SSS club, thus you can share in the hazmat fee, as well as shipping from AT in Utah to Phoenix. If you want CTI motors, the order must be placed by 11/14. As these motors will be coming from Canada, it will likely take most of the month prior to them showing up at SSS, so plan accordingly. Please contact Shane Justice if you would like to participate. Alternatively, Mike indicates that you can order from him, and let him know this is part of the SSS group buy and have your order combined with everyone else’s order to reduce shipping and hazmat fees.

SSS Officers Election Next Wednesday!

Posted by Guysmith on November 6, 2014
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Well the State Fair is in the books and it appears to be a good success. We had many visitors, asking  lots of good questions and hopefully some new members to sign up to the club.
GHS was a bust at Red Lake but the BOD has put into motion the requests for the new launch site waivers and BLM permits and all is proceeding smoothly. With any luck, we may be launching all types of rockets at the new range by next month!
Remember to make the next members meeting this month for the nominations and elections of the new or renewed board members that YOU want to lead the club! There will be some turnovers of officers for next year so get your votes in for the members you want at this next meeting! We are all part of this great club and we need EVERYONE to help lead us into 2015!
Next year, NARAM will be in Tucson, AZ and we have a great opportunity to become Section Champions once more! The event schedule and events to fly are being hammered out even now and there is opportunity for everyone to join in the fun and help the club earn points for the championship!
I wish to state at this time that my time as Member at Large is coming to an end. I have enjoyed my time on the BOD helping to make the club as good as can be and helping club members achieve the goals they have asked me to help them with. Please attend the election meeting so that we may get good people to fill my shoes and any others that will be needed to move the club forward.
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