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Happy 4th of July 

AMA Dues

AMA Dues Will Increase Sept 14

Renew before then for 1 or 2 years and save big!

Loss of Control Incidents at the Field;
Incident Report Form Created


There have been reliable reports of loss of control during some flights on 2.4 frequencies. The causes are not readily apparent, with radio interference a possibility. However interference on 2.4 mHz is particularly hard to detect due to the widespread use of Wifi, and the fact that we broadcast on a band rather than on a fixed single frequency as on the 72 mHz channels, and that there are multiple factors that affect aircraft behavior on each flight.


 We are looking for the possibility of interference from legitimate, industrial uses, but there is a remote possibility of intentional jamming aimed at us or others. Jamming of ANY radio transmissions is prohibited and actively enforced by the FCC. Be aware of and report any DLR (Doesn't Look Right) activity near, around or just outside the field: persons with electronic equipment, loitering, occupied parked cars, antennas (I know it's "antennae" but that is for insects!), that could indicate the presence of interfering equipment.


We recommend that you do a RANGE CHECK before every flight for the time being.If you do not know how to do this, check with the manual for your transmitter. All 2.4 transmitters should have a low power mode for range checks. Be sure your transmitter and flight batteries are properly charged - make note of the voltages before flight.


If you experience a loss of control or other anomaly during a flight, please complete and submit an

SFDRCM Interference Report

 supplying as much information as you can. We will analyze reports and take necessary action.




Ed Flaot

 Lots of new Swap Shop Ads

If you haven't looked at the Swap Shop lately, check it out. Lots of new ads today - heli, EDF, gas, etc.


 Special DX9 Black Edition Raffle!


Thanks to our friends at Pegasus Hobby, we are having a special raffle of a Spektrum DX9 Black Edition radio system. This includes carrying case and receiver, and is valued at $599. Intuitive and powerful. Infinite model memory.

Special red raffle tickets are $5 each and available from any board member. Drawing will be at the Christmas party December 12. (No tickets for this will be sold at the Christmas party so buy your tickets in advance.)


 New Gate Installed to Curb Trespassing at Field


Photo credit: Tom Traeger

Thanks to President Rich Rannis for spearheading the effort to install a gate on the northern entrance to our field. Since Gold Line Extension work began last year, the normal Duarte Road gate has not been locked, leading to increased trespass at our field, including graffiti and car and ATV tracks and burnouts. Hopefully the gate will reduce this significantly. The design of the gate is one side for club use with one club lock, and the larger side for other utility use with the usual multiple locks. Center post is removable when both gate are unlocked. Also thanks to Gary Stevens, Tom Treager and Wayne Brown for financial donations toward the project. And this should qualify for the AMA Field Improvement Fund award program.


SFDRCM License Plate Frames

If you can't make it to the meeting
to order online - same price

Laser engraved, anodized blue, very attractive, appear to glow!  $14, 2 for $25

Let use know at




SFDRCM Open House and Sale April 11 Report

Report moved to Event Reports page


 12 V Power Supply from Old Computer Power Supply

Need a 12 volt power supply (or an extra one) to charge your batteries at home from a DC charger? How about recycling one from an out of service computer for next to nothing? And save ewaste from a landfill? Win Win! The few parts needed are available at Orvac Electronics 1120 Shamrock Ave Monrovia (or maybe Radio Shack).

Click THIS LINK to find out how

12V Power Suppy



 New to Radio Control? Get a Quad, Heli, or Airplane for Christmas?
Don't risk a crash. Free setup and flight instruction!
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Didn't get one but want to get started?
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 Know Before You Fly

 Christmas Gifts

New Hobby Shop Specializes in Multirotors



We will be meeting Wednesday mornings 8:00am to 10:00am for those of you

who would like us to help you advance in piloting your machines, please

contact us about meeting so we are aware of how many people will

show up, this way we can focus on areas that you need improvement with. 

Why send to Hong Kong and wait for your multirotor parts? DJI Phantom, Graupner, Gemfan, etc.
Kits, parts, FPV, custom builds; competitive prices.

I stopped by and met the owner Tony. Shop is super well stocked with multirotor RTF, parts, video accessories, props, etc etc. Tony is totally knowledgable, friendly and willing to help. The kind of hobby shop hang out we all think we remember. Tony is eager to come to a meeting and do flight demos at the field. Stop by and say SFDRCM sent you.
Located at:
13953 #B AMAR RD
LA PUENTE, CA 91746 facing Willow St. - don't go into the center.



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See event reports on EVENT REPORTS page

Newsletter On Line
We will now be delivering the newsletter only on line. See the Club Newsletter tab above to access current and past newsletters. Those requesting newsletter by mail will receive a meeting reminder postcard.


Float Fly May 2014 video by John De La Cueva, including Ed Villanueva's custom rescue boat.

 Aeromodeling Pioneers: The Good Brothers Video Uploaded

When the Cindy Good and Mallory Nelson, daughter and granddaugter of RC pioneer William Good visited, they left a DVD that was a very interesting documentary of about the innovative Good brothers. I have been able to upload this to YouTube for all to enjoy. This is fascinating and inspiring look at RC history, with interviews to preserve the presence of these brothers. As with many modlers, their interest in model aviation was coupled with significant technical achievements in other areas. Let us all be inspired by their work and their enjoyment of this hobby.

Video as approx 26 minutes - thank you to YouTube for permission for the extended length upload, and to Mallory and Cindy.

Good Brothers 


Meeting Time & Location Information
Wednesday at 7:30 PM
Arcadia Red Cross on Methodist Hospital campus
376 W Huntington Dr
Arcadia , CA 91007  map it
7:30 Second Wednesday each month


Meeting Time & Location Information
Wednesday at 7:30 PM
Arcadia Red Cross on Methodist Hospital campus
376 W Huntington Dr
Arcadia , CA 91007  map it
7:30 Second Wednesday each month


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