May 302012

Hello Everyone!

Here is what’s happening with Broward Area Rocketry.

Vista View Park has confirmed our access to the Hill for our June 2nd, 2012  9:00 A.M. Launch Date.

The Weather is looking very good so far for this Saturday!
Partly Sunny    Temp: 91°F   Wind speed: 4 mph WSW   Wind Gusts: 7 mph

This sounds like it will be a perfect Launch Day!

And as another added bonus, we will be using our new Launch Controller for the first time!

Everything has been thoroughly bench tested and we are ready to go!

I have also had a chance to re-do all of the Launch Cables with new Copper Clips for better contact. I have also re-done our 4 way Cluster Cable as well.

As posted before, here are the specs on the new Launch System:

  • Heavy Duty Aluminum and Steel construction
  • 10 Pad Positions
  • 100′ Cable between the Controller and the Pad Box
  • Separate Launch Controller and Relay Pad Box Ignition Unit
  • Arming is now done at the Main Controller Table (No more “Did you Arm the Pad!)
  • Continuity checking can be done at both the Main Controller and the Pad Box
  • Nothing extra to do at the Pad Box end but attach your Igniter Clips and check for Continuity!
  • Can use any type of Igniters, high or low current. It is also Electric Match Safe for Composite Motors
  • Hi-Intensity LED’s on the Controller and a very LOUD “Armed” Buzzer at the Pad Box
  • The ability to do “Drag Races” with all 10 Pads at once!
  • Master Arming Switches and Keys at the Main Controller for extra safety
  • Volt Meter to let us know about battery conditions at both the Controller and Pad Box
  • And of course our famous BIG RED LAUNCH BUTTON!

Back to Our June Launch!

As you can see from our headline, the next BARS Launch will be on Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 starting at 9:00AM.

I usually get there between 8:00AM and 8:30AM to setup the Tent, the Launch Equipment and Pads. Your help is appreciated.

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

Our Ground Support Equipment currently includes a custom  new 10-Pad Relay Launch System, a 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 $20.00 or higher Donation. (If you want to donate and not take the kit that is OK too) Your voluntary donations help cover our 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 has worked out very well last two months.

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 attends our monthly 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 quite a few parts including Rail Buttons and other accessories.

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.

P.P.P.S  Marty, I found your missing Flying Saucer.  I will bring it to the Launch.

P.P.P.P.S  And a note to Neal and Jason.  I have a Pad # 7 Sign ready for you.

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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