May 112012

Hello Everyone!

Everybody who joined us last Saturday can agree that we had one of the best Launches yet!

The weather was picture perfect as you can see from the photo to the left and from our Flight Logs, we launched 153 Rockets! How about that!

We had many exceptional flights and even a CATO or Two! For those who don’t know, a CATO is a Catastrophic Take Off. See the video below of one of those! It was Spectacular!

And for a perfect Launch, we have one of Marty’s Ring Finned Rockets with a Camera On-Board

I think this is one of Scott’s (I think)

For our other flights please look at our YouTube page:

For everyone who posts on our DropBox Account, Please create a folder with your name on it if you already don’t have one and upload you files there so I know who sent them.

Anyone can add their Pictures and Videos by getting or using their Account and we will add you to our Bars Online Folder.

You can get you own free DropBox Online Account by using this link

On to some really great stuff…..

On my last post I commented that “Timing is Everything.

Well the time is finally here! Our new Custom Launch Controller in on the way and will be ready and used at our next Launch Event on Saturday June 2nd, 2012

Ron at Blackdog Rocketry did an amazing job putting our New 10 Pad Relay Controller together! Here are a few pictures.

One more little thing for next month, I going to change all of the Launch Pad Cable Ignition Clips to a Solid Copper 10 Amp Clip (see above). This should give us a much better connection and plenty of current flow for less misfires.

June Launch Event
The next BARS Launch Event will be on Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 starting at 9:00AM.

Scott, Marc and some of our flyers usually get there around 8:00AM to setup the Tent, the Launch Equipment and Pads. Everyone is invited to help setup and your help as always is greatly appreciated!

Vista View Park allows us to fly 1/4A’s to G motors.

Our Ground Support Equipment currently includes our new Custom 10-Pad Relay Controller System, our newly updated and modified Six Pad Rack with 1/8″, 3/16″ and 1/4″ Launch Rods with individual aiming for each Pad and a Quad-Pod for those of you whose Mid Power Rockets need a Launch Rail or a 1/2″ Rod. We are covered for just about anything you can launch in our field.

Thank you to all of you who continue to donate to our Launch Fund. We will continue to offer a free Model Rocket Kit for a $10.00 or higher Donation. (If you want to donate and not take the kit that is OK too)

Your voluntary donations help cover getting new equipment like our new Launch System, maintaining our current Ground Support Equipment and permit costs and it also allows us not to have to charge Club Dues or monthly per person flight fees which most Rocketry Clubs have to.

All NAR and Vista View Park Safety Rules are in EFFECT! Let’s have a SAFE DAY!

We do urge you to join the National Association of Rocketry The NAR does a lot to keep our hobby alive and they can use your support as well.

If you do join the NAR, please let them know that NAR # 21632/NAR Section # 717 Sent ya! For every new NAR membership that is recommended by BARS, the club Launch Fund gets $5.00 from the NAR. Every little bit helps!

Also please remember that we are now using a new Flight Log Sheet to schedule each of your Rocket Launches. It continues to help keeping things organized as well as having a much greater safety factor.

And please forward this E-Mail it to anyone you may think would be interested in joining us.

For Directions:

For all Launches, please remember to bring water, sun screen and head covering to protect you from the Sun. As you all know, Spring is here, you will get fried! Chairs, small covered tents and tables are welcome as well.

If you need to purchase motors, please see Bernie who usually shows up at the local launches. Please email him in advance at BENBUZZBOY3@AOL.COM to make arrangements. Bernie is a dealer for Cesaroni and Aerotech Motors and Hardware. Bernie also carries some parts such as Launch Buttons and other accessories. Before you buy from anyplace else, please get in touch with Bernie first.

P.S. For anyone who is taking digital photos and would like them posted on this site, please contact Marc at

P.P.S. Please check out our Vendor list at the top of the page. These Vendors support us and if you can, please support them.

That is all for now. Please keep an eye out for our emails which always lets you know of the local launches.

We will catch you all soon!

Marc and Scott

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