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
supplying as much information as you can. We will analyze reports and take necessary action.
MEETING JULY 8 NEXT FLOAT FLY JULY 11
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 Editionradio 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 CLICK HERE to order online - same price
Laser engraved, anodized blue, very attractive, appear to glow! $14, 2 for $25
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).
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.
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