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Launch Schedule
2/1 - Club Launch - A
3/1 - Club Launch - A
4/5-6 - Club Launch - N
Eqp. Cleanup TBD - TBD
5/3-4 - Club Launch - N
6/6-8 - Mile High Mayhem - N
7/12-13 - High Skies in July - N
8/9-10 - Club Launch - N
9/6-7 - Club Launch - N
Eqp. Cleanup TBD - TBD
10/3-5 - Oktoberfest - N
11/1-2 - Club Launch - N
12/6 - Club Launch - A
1/3/15 - Club Launch - A
1/10/15 - Annual Meet - TBD

N = North Site, A = Atlas Site, H = Hartsel, TC = Tripoli Colorado
P = SCORE Lauch Site

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Welcome to the NCR Website!

Flight line at Oktoberfest. Picture by Mike Bennett in his marvelous flying machine.
The NCR flight line at our Pawnee North launch site. Photo by Mike Bennett taken from his marvelous flying machine.


The Northern Colorado Rocketry Club is one of THE premier rocketry clubs in Colorado and also the home of the Rocky Mountain West's two finest regional launches - Mile High Mayhem and Oktoberfest. NCR encourages and provides support for hobby rocketry in all it's forms - from the smallest 1/8A powered model rockets up to largest birds powered by O and P experimental motors. NCR's two launch sites with 12,000'AGL and 20,000'AGL standing waivers, as well as special dates with 35,000'AGL windows, are amongst the finest launch sites anywhere in the country. With a full range of pads and launch equipment, including hybrid ground support for all commercial hybrids, NCR's state of the art launch system can fly everything from the smallest 2 oz. model rocket up through rockets weighing several hundred pounds. Launches are scheduled usually on the 1st Saturday of every month. In addition there are our two 4 day regional events - Mile Hi Mayhem in the Spring and Oktoberfest in the Fall as well as two all-club meetings in January and July.

NCR strives to make hobby and amateur rocketry a safe, enjoyable and educational hobby for all - from the kids to teens and all the way up through the big kids. Come out and fly with us. Directions to our launch site are available at the link on the main menu.  Northern Colorado Rocketry is an equal opportunity service provider, and an Authorized Permittee of the Pawnee National Grassland.  Come join NCR today!


April Launch
Thursday, March 27 @ 09:29:31 MDT by jhinton (86 reads)
Club News


Spring has arrived on the prairie.  If the weather cooperates, we have a GO for launch next Saturday, April 5th and Sunday April 6th from the North Site.  Expect the range and waiver (20,000’ AGL) to be operational by 9 AM.   

 

An unusually dry winter and the recent sunny and windy days have elevated the need for extra vigilance.  The Pawnee is already drying out increasing the fire risks on the range. 

 

NCR is an Authorized Permitee of the Pawnee National Grassland.  A morning orientation briefing for participants will be held and will include a discussion of safety and emergency procedures, fire conditions and instruction, applicable rules and regulations, and what is expected of participants with regards to the use of NFS lands under our special use permit. 

 

Please note that all launch events will be conducted using nationally approved/accepted range safety practices.  The launching of rockets on NFS land is normally prohibited under a Forest Service Region 2 fire regulation.  The issuance of NCR’s permit allows launches to take place by exempting the Holder from that regulation for approved launch events only.  All launches, other than those conducted by the Holder during approved launch events, are outside the scope of this permit and are prohibited by Forest Service regulations. 

 

As always, volunteers are needed to help with range set up, operation and clean up.   

 

Hope to see you out on the range.

 



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NO GO NCR March 1
Friday, February 28 @ 16:16:51 MST by jhinton (505 reads)
Club News
Strike three, we’re out.  The Saturday, March 1st NCR launch has been cancelled.  It must not be meant to happen.  Depending on which weather forecast you choose to believe, Saturday’s weather is going to be un-favorable for flying rockets or really un-favorable for flying rockets.

From the National Weather Service  for Briggsdale - Saturday - Snow likely, mainly between 8am and 2pm. Cloudy, with a high near 16. Wind chill values as low as -2. Breezy, with an east wind 14 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
I’m not getting soft, but I am not willing to adventure out into the cold and wind and low clouds. No fun.

If you’ve had enough of winter, the Tripoli Las Vegas Springfest launch is where we ought to be.  Details here:   http://www.tripolivegas.com/  



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NCR March Launch
Tuesday, February 25 @ 14:41:58 MST by jhinton (350 reads)
Club News
Weather pending....We have a GO for launch this Saturday, March 1st, from the Atlas Site.  This launch will be for commercial motors only.  Expect the range and waiver (12,000’ AGL) to be operational by 9 AM.  An important reminder – in spite of the recent moisture, the Fire Risk remains high - extra vigilance will be expected.
Please note that the launching of rockets on NFS land is normally prohibited under a Forest Service Region 2 fire regulation.  The issuance of NCR’s permit allows launches to take place for approved launch events only.  All launches, other than those conducted during approved launch events, are prohibited by Forest Service regulations. 
For those of you that drive a long ways to attend our launch, please check with your favorite weather forecast before leaving home. 

As always, volunteers are needed to help with range set up, operation and clean up.

Hope to see you out on the range.



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Feb Launch CANCELLED
Friday, January 31 @ 13:09:57 MST by jhinton (776 reads)
No Launch.  We’ve been snake bit again by Mother Nature.  NCR has cancelled our scheduled launch event for Saturday, February 1st.    The clouds, wind, cold and snow doesn’t make for very pleasant conditions and can be pretty rough on our rocketry plans.  Looks like we’ll have better weather in the Spring.

The online payment page has been added so that you can pre-pay online
(via PayPal) for the 2014 All-Colorado Rocketry Dinner, which is
coming up on February 22. Don't forget to RSVP here:

http://www.tripolicolorado.org/dinner/dinner2014.html

Then click on "Pay Online" at the bottom. Note that you do not need a
PayPal account to pay by credit or debit card. You may also pay by
credit card, cash or check on the day of the dinner.

Hope to see you all there!



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February Launch
Tuesday, January 28 @ 19:48:34 MST by jhinton (444 reads)
Club NewsMembers and Friends,
We are GO FOR LAUNCH on Saturday, February 1st   at the ATLAS SITE.  The current weather forecast predicts cold but favorable conditions for flying starting at 10 AM and lasting until 3 PM or until we run out of motors, lose interest or the cold chases us away, whichever happens first.  This launch opportunity will be for commercially approved motors only and all flights must remain under the 12,000 foot AGL ceiling.
 
Please note that all launch events will be conducted using nationally approved/accepted range safety practices.  The launching of rockets on NFS land is normally prohibited under Forest Service regulations. The issuance of our permit allows launches to take place for approved launch events only. 
As always, help is greatly appreciated with range set up, operations and clean up.   For those of you driving a long ways to visit our launch, I’d recommend checking in with your favorite weather report or call the Greeley-Weld County Airport’s automated weather line at 970-352-3511
Hope to see you out on the range.



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SNOW - NO GO 4 Launch
Saturday, January 04 @ 04:38:18 MST by jhinton (7064 reads)
Club News
Mother Nature wins again.  Apologies for the late notice.  I am an eternal optimist but can't compete with the weather forecasted reality:

Snow, mainly before 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 24. Blustery, with a north wind 8 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Snow this morning will taper off to light snow this afternoon. High near 25F. Winds NNE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 70%. 1 to 3 inches of snow expected.

It's not so much the SNOW., but the cloud cover and winds.  Sorry.  NO GO for launch.

See you indoors at our meeting next week.



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New Year's Launch
Monday, December 30 @ 16:19:54 MST by jhinton (1472 reads)
Club NewsHAPPY NEW LAUNCH YEAR!!!!  Resolve to launch more rockets in 2014, beginning on January 4th.  
 
We are GO FOR LAUNCH on Saturday, January 4th at the ATLAS SITE.  The current weather forecast promises cold but favorable conditions for flying, starting at 10 AM and lasting until 3 PM or until we run out of motors, lose interest or the cold chases us away, whichever happens first.  This launch opportunity will be for commercially approved motors only and all flights must remain under the 12,000 foot AGL ceiling.
 
As always, help is greatly appreciated with range set up, operations and clean up.   For those of you driving a long ways to visit our launch, I’d recommend checking in with your favorite weather report or call the Greeley-Weld County Airport’s automated weather line at 970-352-3511.
 
A Quick reminder:  NCR Membership Business and Swap Meet Meeting will happen, snow or shine, on the 11th of January, 2014, at the VFW Hall in Ault.  PLEASE ATTEND.  The Agenda is full and NCR needs your input.   Doors will open about 11 AM and the meeting will start by 1 PM.   Please RSVP (reply to this email Yea or Nay for a lunch headcount) – ready at approximately noon.

Back by popular response, this meeting will also provide the opportunity for members and friends to acquire or dispose of unwanted/extra rocketry related items.  Come prepared to barter, buy or sell some real bargains.   NCR will once again host a SWAP MEET.   Got something rocketry related to sell, trade or give away?  Bring it to the meeting. 

Hope to see you out on the range. 

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December Launch Cancelled/Meeting News
Wednesday, December 04 @ 12:12:20 MST by jhinton (1456 reads)
Club News 
Members and Friends,
In case anyone was wondering, the Saturday, December 7th launch has been CANCELLED, due to the brrr cold and snowy conditions.   Stay warm and stay safe.   We’ll try again next year.

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming very important dates in 2014.

Saturday, January 4th, 11 AM –NCR Launch at the Atlas Site, weather pending.  For those of you driving a long ways to our launch, I’d recommend checking in with your favorite weather report or call the Greeley-Weld County Airport’s automated weather line at 970-352-3511.
 
Saturday, January 11th - Annual membership and business meeting.  Scheduled for the VFW Hall in Ault.   Please consider this a CALL FOR AGENDA ITEMS.   The tentative meeting Agenda is included at the end of this email.  Reply to this email directly with your suggestions, criticisms, comments, compliments.  Thank you.

NCR’s annual Membership and Business meeting will be held at noon on Saturday the 11th of January, 2014 in the VFW Hall in Ault.  Our meeting will be held, snow or shine, at the VFW Hall #4334, immediately adjacent to and connected to the Bison Breath Saloon on Highway 14 and 1st Street in downtown Ault.  Mix business and pleasure.

By popular demand, this meeting will also provide the opportunity for members and friends to show off projects and acquire or dispose of unwanted/extra rocketry related items.  Come prepared to barter, buy or sell some real bargains.  NCR will once again host a SWAP MEET.   Got something rocketry related to sell, trade or give away?  Bring it to the meeting.
 
The VFW Hall will open at 11 for setting up the meeting and Swap Meet, verifying membership information and raffle ticket sales.   Lunch is planned for around noon- please RSVP- and the business meeting will start at 1.  (All times are approximate)   Please plan on attending the meeting as we have a lot to discuss and plan for the next year.  Thank you.
 
TENATIVE AGENDA 2014  NCR MEETING – 1 PM  -  VFW Hall 4334   Ault, CO.  
Opening Announcements – Cash Bar, Raffle tickets, Membership and Email updates, Thank you Notes, Year in Review,  Outreach,
 (Order of items for discussion not necessarily set in concrete and subject to change; approximate times)
     Election of New Officers – TRA – Prefect, Secretary     NCR – President         
     FAA Waiver Report – Joe Hinton    10 minutes
     USFS Land Use Permit – Joe Hinton    10 minutes
            Treasury and Membership Report – Dennis Billings    10 minutes
      NCR Launch Schedule – Joe Hinton     10 minutes
Saturday, February 1st    Atlas Site
Saturday, March 1st      Atlas Site                   
 Saturday, Sunday April 5th and 6th           North Site                  
*Equipment Prep/Cleanup day to be determined
Saturday, Sunday May 3rd, 4th      North Site – Pawnee Pioneer Open – NEED CONTEST DIRECTOR
Friday, Saturday, Sunday June 6 -8    North Site – Mile High Mayhem
Saturday, Sunday  July 12th and 13th       North Site -  High Skies in July                                         
Saturday, Sunday August 9th and 10th                    North Site
Saturday, Sunday September 6th and 7th                    North Site
                *Equipment Prep/Cleanup day to be determined
 Friday, Saturday, Sunday   October 3rd-5th    North Site – Oktoberfest
Saturday, Sunday November 1st and 2nd         North Site
Saturday, December 6th          Atlas site
Saturday, January 3rd            Atlas Site
Saturday, January 10th    MEETING 
                Other pertinent dates – Tripoli Colorado dates?
                Las Vegas Springfest – March something, usually third weekend
                LDRS XXXIII –  Wisconsin  - July  17  thru 20
                NARAM 56 and ULA/Chili Blaster July 26th – August 1st 
                Hellfire – looks like August 1st to the 4th
                  Airfest 20 in Argonia
  Equipment Status Report & Proposals – Ed Dawson    10 minutes
  Contests & Awards –Chad Moore   10 minutes
  Bylaws Review – Changes? – 10 minutes
 WEBPAGE –Warren Musselman ?   10 minutes
  Vendor Presentations  – 10 minutes each
 New Business – ????
 ADJOURNMENT of official business
  Swap Meet.
      Hope to see you out on the range. 


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Return to the Atlas Site
Sunday, October 27 @ 13:22:28 MDT by jhinton (2547 reads)
Club NewsGet ready – The PNG Ranger says we may proceed as planned.
We are GO for Launch on Saturday, November 2nd, from the ATLAS SITE.   The current weather predictions appear favorable for flying rockets, opening the waiver and range at 9 AM and lasting until 4 PM or until we run out of motors, lose interest or the cold chases us away, whichever happens first.  This launch opportunity will be for commercially approved motors only and all flights must remain under the 12,000’ AGL ceiling.

With no fire restrictions currently in place in Weld County or on the Pawnee National Grassland, NCR is "green lighted" for the event, subject to normal precautions.

For those of you driving a long ways to visit our launch, I’d recommend checking in with your favorite weather report or call the Greeley-Weld County Airport’s automated weather line at 970-352-3511.
 
An orientation briefing for participants will be held and will include a discussion of safety and emergency procedures, fire conditions and instruction, applicable rules and regulations, and what is expected of participants with regards to the use of NFS lands under our special use permit. 
 
Please note that all launch events will be conducted using nationally approved/accepted range safety practices.  The launching of rockets on NFS land is normally prohibited under Forest Service regulations. The issuance of our permit allows launches to take place for approved launch events only. 
 
As always, volunteers are needed to help with range set up, operation and clean up. Hope to see you out on the range.

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NO GO for OKTOBERFEST 2013
Wednesday, September 11 @ 13:34:16 MDT by jhinton (3185 reads)
Club NewsMembers and Friends,
NO GO for Oktoberfest.  In spite of the recent moisture we’ve received, dry conditions on the prairie prompted this decision.  Common sense should strongly support cancellation as the prudent and responsible action to take.  

NCR’s Oktoberfest has been officially cancelled.   Refunds will be issued to the few that pre-registered.

This decision should come as no surprise.  This summer has been one for the record books – excessive heat, no appreciable precipitation on the Pawnee National Grassland, horrific wildfires and stressed resources.   As stewards of our “permitted” parcel of prairie, given the “tinder dry” circumstances, the decision has been made to cancel NCR’s Oktoberfest for 2013.  

The opportunity to fly rockets remains. There are still launch events planned to occur in October.   SCORE will be hosting an opportunity to fly at the Hudson Ranch on Saturday, October 5th and Registration for the "October Fly Regional 2013" rocket contest is now open, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 19th and 20th.
 
Please pre-register early, as that allows time to have all the flight cards pre-printed ahead of the contest.   http://www.eventbrite.com/event/8275096035   

And Tripoli Colorado’s last launch of the season in Hartsel is also scheduled for October 20th, dependent upon weather and Fire Bans. 

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