November launch concluded
November 09, 2013Our final launch of the season is now complete. Weather was great. 54 flights recorded. Stay tuned for future launch dates when they become defined. president bob
Launch is a GO again!
May 12, 2012A portion of the field has not been planted. A small launch site will be set up for the day's launch.
No launch today?The field was discovered planted this morning - there may not be a launch today. Call Bob before heading to the site: 509-220-7280
April launch announcement
March 17, 2011Perhaps Mother Nature is cooperating as snow is turning to rain and spring is officially less than a week away. Still, it's March, and spring in Spokane can bring about anything. Nonetheless, we are one month away from Saturday, April 16, SPARC's first official launch of the season, field conditions permitting. So the time has come to be finishing those winter projects.
2011 Membership offer
June 12, 2010With just one launch remaining in our schedule this season it is not too early to begin thinking about 2011. Anyone wishing to become a member for 2011 can sign up now ($20) and not have to worry about range fees for the upcomming October launch. If you are already a member, you can re-up for just $15.
WHEATCHEX launch concluded
June 06, 2010WHEATCHEX 2010 is now in the books. Saturday provided excellent weather conditions. Sunday was pretty thin with just a few folks flying before rain shut things down shortly after noon. Lots of new fresh faces which I hope we'll see more of in the future. Great job to Joe Cooney for handling Launch Director Duties.
Wheatchex is GO this weekend.
June 05, 2010If anyone is unhappy with today's weather, you should look for another hobby ;-). I don't know how Joe does it but today's forecast is fantastic ! Sunday has a chance of afternoon showers but a morning launch window looks promising. Our landowner is ready to plow but will wait until Monday so we can have a friendly surface to launch from. You just have to love that guy! The wheat is rocket hungry so unless you plan to stay 'local' a beeper might be a good idea. All pre-launch preparations are complete so we are GO for Wheatchex. Set-up is scheduled for 0900. president bob
Mothers Day weekend launch concluded
May 09, 2010Another launch is in the books. Weather was dynamic on Saturday with sun, wind, clouds, and hail which finally drove most folks home by early afternoon. By mid afternoon, conditions were excellent through sunset along with a wonderful Sunday morning. By early afternoon, things were winding down and so we tore down the launch equipment and headed home.
Fall launch date changed
August 30, 2009Our final launch of the season has been slipped a week. It will now be on Saturday November 7'th.
WHEATCHEX starts today
June 05, 2009All systems GO for WHEATCHEX this weekend featuring Midway Elementary on Friday. Battery charging sequence is complete. Porta potty is on site. Fresh wheat is about a foot tall so bring beepers if you've got em. Overnight camping is welcome. Be prepared for some potentially stormy weather. Tear down on Sunday whenever those in attendance have had enough. During the time Midway is on-site (approx 80 students + faculty + parents between 1000 and 1500), we will be running the range with the objective of ensuring all students get their rockets in the air. Specific range policies are listed below.
2009 season in progress
May 01, 2009Membership applications continue being accepted for the 2009 season. You can download a form from the CLUB FORMS section of the web site. Current 2009 membership count is up to 20. 3 remaining launches are scheduled for this year. Only annual members will receive e-mail messages.
April 11'th launch concluded
April 11, 2009The first launch of the season is now in the history books. Morning showers slowly morphed into partly cloudy somewhat breezy conditions none of which kept a nice group of rocketeers from flying all day. Next launch opportunity is Mothers day weekend. president bob
Launch Go For Oct 6 & 7
October 05, 2007Weather looks like being pretty good for Saturday. Set up will start at 9 with launches to start around 10am. (Bob you put the wrong weekend in your field condition report :-) )
September 26, 2007Our October launch will be held on the 6th & 7th of October. Weather permitting. Check back here for updates.
July 20, 2007Kudos to SPARC member Gregory Ashworth for getting in a flight at LDRS the 3'rd weekend of July near Las Vegas!
June 12, 2007Turnout was light and weather was a little off but everyone in attendance sure seemed to have a good time. Mission accomplished! This concludes the early season of launching for SPARC. Next launch is scheduled for September and will be dependant on fire danger. Bob Yanecek
Launch tomorrow is GO
June 08, 2007We are GO for Wheatchex this Saturday and Sunday. Trailer is loaded and ready. Forecast is fantastic for Saturday and deteriorating through Sunday. This will be a 2-day event June 9-10. Overnight camping is encouraged. Lou Bragg is launch director. Field is in fantastic shape. Avoid the area west as it's tall grass. Only two portions are planted in wheat this year and the rest is all fallow field. PSP has decided not to attend so no vendors are anticipated. We'll be tearing down as soon as lack of interest dictates. Bob Yanecek
May Launch concluded
May 20, 2007While is was breezy, we did get in a full day of rocket launching on Saturday May 19'th. Bob Yanecek
May 18, 2007We are GO for launch tomorrow (Saturday 5/19). Trailer is on site. Porta potty is on site. When I left at sunset there were 6 souls keeping watch. The field is in good shape with the majority laying fallow this year. The area imediately west of our launch site and one just South of Wild Rose has been planted in wheat and is about 10" high. The waiver has been called in. Good news, there is now a left turn lane at Wild Rose on 395! Mark Howe will be the launch director. Set up begins at 9 A.M. and we plan to tear down around 3 P.M. so plan accordingly. Bob Yanecek
April 15, 2007It was wet all day Saturday but we still got 37 rockets in the air. Sunday was beautiful with a steady stream of cars and consistently full racks. Stay tuned for launch reports. Bob Yanecek
Launch this weekend is GO
April 14, 2007Trailer is on-site keeping a few hardy souls company. Set-up will begin as soon as critical mass is achieved. We continue to expect poor weather Saturday with conditions improving to a downright nice by Sunday. Both Puget Sound Propulsion and Sunriver will be vending. Come be a part of a launch report......yours Bob Yanecek
GSE Maintenance report
April 08, 2007We had a good turnout Saturday for a pre-season inspection of the clubs equipment. Before noon, the rods and rails were cleaned, the P.A. verified, loose/corroded clips replaced, leads inspected, Launch controller to relay voltage verified, and the tailer was emptied and re-organized. We elected to replace the old tables and ditch the two gazebo/shade thingamajigs. These are availble for free to anyone who picks them up before I can get them to goodwill or the dump. Later this season we'll be putting on a fresh coat of paint. The panels/roof will remain white, the current plan for the trim is red (but not fire engine red). Bob Yanecek
April 06, 2007We have initiated our pre-launch checklist for a 2-day launch Saturday/Sunday April 14-15. Lou Bragg is the Launch director. Updates will be posted regularly between now and launch day with status reports. Bob Yanecek
GSE Maintenance event
April 03, 2007We will be having a pre season GSE maintenance event this Saturday (April 7'th). On the agenda is cleaning of leads, rails, rods, and the trailer in general. Also confirming the P.A. and voltage through the launch control system. Lunch will be provided. If you are interested in participating, please call 509-220-7280 for timing and directions. Bob Yanecek
T-2 hour pre-launch update
January 13, 2007We are GO for launch today (1/13). Set up begins around 1100. Conditions are less than optimal due to cloud cover and possible snow showers but winds are predicted to be light.
January 11, 2007Thanks to Lou Bragg. We have a Launch Director for this Saturday (1/13). Set up is set for 1100. Last minute GO-NOGO weather check scheduled for 0900. Please holler if you plan to attend (contacts listed on club flier) as we plan superlimited GSE dependant on expected flights.
Happy New Year
January 02, 2007Happy New Year!! We are 12 members strong as of January 1'st. If anyone remembers the stable weather conditions of late December and felt the urge to put up a rocket, take heart and make your interest known. We will be monitoring the field and weather over the coming months and if conditions look favorable we may conduct a quick pick-up launch. Whether it's model only, FAR101, or a full activation of the waiver will depend on expressed interest so make your voice heard if you need a mid winter rocket fix.
End of season meeting report
November 13, 2006The call for interest in local launches next year was well received with 13 of the 27 paid members for this year in attendance. In case anyone is counting, the next new paid member will be #69. Ray immediately stepped down as president and requested takers. Not sure how long I waited but I raised my hand and was attacked like a wounded critter.
November '06 launch cancelled
November 10, 2006
Due to weather concerns the launch scheduled for tomorrow has been canceled.
A VERY IMPORTANT meeting will be held at HobbyTown at 10:30 tomorrow (11/11/06) to elect new officers of the club and to plan for next year. If you want your voice to be heard, you need to be at this meeting. Currently, nobody has stepped forward to volunteer for any of the club officer positions. If you have the ambition and would like to continue to hold regularly scheduled launches at SPARC next year, step up and volunteer for a position.
Trailer Maintenance Party
November 03, 2006
The Spokane Area Rocket Club will be holding an equipment maintenance party on Sunday Nov. 5 and currently plans to hold our last launch of the year along with a club meeting on Sat. Nov. 11, 2006.
October 06 launch
October 12, 2006
SPARC will be holding a two day launch on Saturday and Sunday October 14 and 15, 2006. Start time Saturday at 10am for launch, 9am for Setup. Please come and help with the setup and tear down. Waiver will be open until 6 saturday evening and open again at 8 Sunday morning...We'll close down the range in the 3-4 hour.
Dress warm, it'll be cold at night.
September '06 two day launch cancelled
September 08, 2006
Due to fire danger the September '06 launch is cancelled. We will hold the two day launch in October if there is enough interest.
July 22, 2006 Club Meeting Cancelled
July 21, 2006
Most of the people that attend the meeting on a regular basis have other plans for this weekend...so the meeting is cancelled.
July '06 launch is a GO
July 06, 2006
Just letting you all know that launch on Saturday July 8, 2006 is a go.
Bring your rockets, lets do launch.
Setup begins at 9, launch commences at 10.
June Club Meeting
June 22, 2006
It's time for a club meeting this Saturday June 24, 2006. 10:30 am at HobbyTown at the North Division Y. Hope to see you there!
WheatChex '06 is a go!
June 09, 2006
Even though rain is predicted. We are hopeful that it will be patch and scattered at worst.
Sunday weather is looking much better than Saturday.
Come out and join us!
Launch on Saturday and Sunday June 10 and 11, 2006
June 07, 2006
Just a simple reminder that SPARC is holding Wheatchex this coming weekend. This is our "premier" launch of the year. It is two days, both Saturday and Sunday. Set up begins at 9:00am and we can always use help, launch begins at 10:00am. We'll stop launching later than normal because its two days. Sunday will begin around 8am or so...no definite times, just when people are ready to go, we'll try to stop around 3:30 or 4:00 and clean up the site. We can always use help tearing down of the GSE. The weather looks a bit unsettled for the weekend, so check the website and keep an eye on the list for a final confirmation.
Launch on Saturday May 13, 2006
May 10, 2006
Does anybody really need a reminder that we have a launch on Saturday? Well if you do, here it is.
Launch begins at 9AM for the setup, 10am for the actual flying...we'll quit when we get tired, usually around 4 or so...then we tear down.
Just a couple of things to remember for this Launch...its one of the last chances to have a qualifying flight for one of the K700 motors that are up for grabs. There should be some nice flights for this one.
Waiver is 11,500ft with a self imposed limit of 7000ft that can be exceeded with special conditions.
I understand that PSP is going to be there with a fresh load of AP for all us junkies.
Its supposed to be a nice day, with almost no chance of rain (FINALLY).
I'll call in the waiver tomorrow, hoping to hear that battery charging sequence is begun.
Lets do LAUNCH!
April '06 Meeting Minutes
May 02, 2006
April's meeting took place in Mansfield on Saturday evening of the launch. In attendence;
APRIL MEETING IN MANSFIELD
April 20, 2006
There is a launch in Manfield this weekend, and most of the folks that would normally attend a meeting are going to be there. Therefore, we'll hold the meeting at the launch site, we'll gather about 7pm around my trailer. Bring a chair and, if you want, a beverage to satisfy your thrist!
Hope to see you there.
APRIL LAUNCH CANCELLED
April 07, 2006
Due to weather concerns the April Launch is cancelled.
Weather report calls for high chances of rain, and pretty strong winds. With the cold temperatures predicted its thought that the best thing is to cancel the launch. Additionally, the access road into the field could be damaged during the exodus that typically happens when the rains begin. Emerson just fixed it from our last launch.
Let hope for better weather in May, and look forward to the launch in Mansfield in 2 weeks.
Launch on Saturday and Sunday April 8th and 9th
April 06, 2006
Its that time again, LAUNCH weekend! Of course the weather looks nasty.
According to Weather.com we have a 80% chance of rain on Saturday and 60% on
Sunday...Keep an eye on the list and the website for the go/no-go call.
If we are go, setup begins at 9, launch commences at 10. With the newly
cleaned up field (thanks to all that helped!) we will have a nice area to
Bring firewood if you have it, it promises to be cold on Saturday night.
Hoping to hear that battery charging sequence has begun, waiver will be
called in today.
Lets do what ever we can to change the weather, if you have any contacts,
get in touch with them!
SPARC is a GO for launch tomorrow (3/11)
March 10, 2006
SPARC is a GO for launch tomorrow (3/11).
I checked the field again today and it has about 2" of snow left. The ground is firm and since the snow only had 0.18" of moisture in it to begin with, I hope it won't impede vehicle traffic as the snow melts off.
However, pay attention as you drive out and stop if you feel
uncomfortable, or are rutting up the road.
Based on phone calls over the past couple hours, interest is high with a TARC qualification flight and a couple attempts at those K700's on the schedule.
Still some maintenance to do on model and mid power pads so we'll stay busy even if the racks aren't.
No porta potty for this launch so be prepared. There is a SHELL station (used to be EXXON) about 2 miles away.
Set-up begins around 0900 with launching ready in the 10'ish timeframe.
Batteries are charged, the trailer is ready.
If you have some fire wood, bring it along, its going to be a cool day, a nice fire may push some of the cold away.
Come on out and help us kick off the 2006 season!!
Launch on Saturday March 11, 2006
March 08, 2006
Just a reminder that we are scheduled for a launch this coming Saturday. Setup time is 9am, start time is 10 am, quitting time is when ever we get tired of launching.
Keep an eye on this website as the weather doesn't look great between now and then.
Note that the waiver we were worried about has come through, we will be fully waivered to our normal altitude of 11,500 ft, with special criteria for over 7,000 ft flights.
Feb. Club Meeting
February 22, 2006
Just a reminder to those watching this site that we have a club meeting this coming Saturday Feb, 25, 2006 at HobbyTown at the North Division Y.
Hope to see you there!
January '06 Meeting Minutes
February 01, 2006
Doug, Ruth and Joel Phillips
November 05 meeting Minutes
December 03, 2005
We started with a discussion of the club officers. As far as I know all except Krys want to remain as officers. Current officers are; Ray Stoner - President, Mark Howe - Vice President, Bob Yanecek - Treasurer and Krys Davidson - Secretary.
November 05 Meeting announcement
November 25, 2005
Just a reminder that this is the 4th weekend of the month...that means that there is a meeting at HobbyTown at the north division "Y". Meeting will begin at 10:30am...
Hope to see you there.
November 05 Launch is a GO
November 12, 2005Weather looks good, lets GO for launch! Trailer onsite about 9:15 for setup... Lets do launch.
November 05 launch is a GO...sort of
November 11, 2005
I think its time to make a decision...although, I am still going to be hedging my bets...
I say lets GO, but check back here in the morning for the final answer. Check the skies, if its raining, we'll cancel, call Bob on his cell phone, just to make sure (509)220-7280.
Club Meeting Cancelled
October 20, 2005
Due to the launch at Mansfield this weekend, the club meeting Scheduled for the 22nd of October is cancelled.
We are planning on flying the club project this weekend. Hopefully it will fly late Saturday afternoon. Marty needs to be on the flight card, he's the only level 3 flyer from the club that will be there (as far as I know) and he won't arrive on site until around the 4 o'clock hour.
The flight will be on 4 x K700 in the booster and 1 x K700 in the sustainer.
New launch pad to handle the bird is constructed (thanks for the help Harold) and prep work on the bird will begin tonight. All systems go at this stage.
Saturday Launch is GO
October 06, 2005
Launch on Saturday is a GO.
Setup at 9am (we need help!) Launch starts at 10am.
We'll launch till everybody gets tired (usually around 4-5 pm)
We are going to need help tearing down.
We also need someone to get the trailer back to Bob's.
Launch on Oct. 8, 2005
There is a planned launch on the 8th of October, 2005. Setup for the launch will begin at 9am and launch at 10am. We need some help setting up in the morning.
The weather is questionable, so we'll use Sunday as a back up day for the launch. Watch this website to make sure launch is a go and what day it is going to be.
September 05 meeting minutes
September 29, 2005
Following are the meeting minutes from the September meeting, it was a short meeting with little to cover, so the notes will be short. On the other hand, it gave us a lot of time to jabber.
September 07, 2005
After reviewing the comments made by members of the club, the plan is to CANCEL the launch this weekend, and reschedule for the following weekend.
Rain between now and the weekend looks unsure, rain on the weekend looks probable. Launching in the rain isn't pleasant and we can't launch until there is rain (fire danger is too high).
The weather predictions show improving weather mid-week next week, so the launch looks promising for the end of next week.
SO, in summary, no launch this weekend, 2 day launch the following weekend Sept 17 and 18th...
Sorry for the late call...
July 05 Meeting Minutes
July 25, 2005
Here are the minutes from Saturdays meeting.
Discussion started around where and when to fly the Club Project. It was decided to fly it in Mansfield at the October Launch (October 1-2). It should be fully prepped and virtually ready to fly upon arrival in Mansfield.
Mark Howe and others are going to contact the media for a pre-story and story on site.
Alternate launch sites are being investigated by Jim Kurilich. There is a small airport near Rosalia that looks promising. Jim will contact the City of Rosalia to see if it is a possible site to launch at.
Marty was issued a check for the motor purchase for the club project. The club project fund is fully depleted.
Treasury report indicates approximately $400 balance following Marty's reimbursement.
Stainless steel rods will be purchased for the Model pads, 1/8" and 3/16" rods are needed.
Four rails will be purchased for the high power pads, they will be six feet long each.
A trailer maintenance party will be held on the 4th Saturday of August (the 27th) following the club meeting to perform some needed repairs, cleaning and other items. The roof needs repainted, doors repaired and rods and rails cleaned. A check out of the launch control system also needs to be done.
June 05 meeting minutes
June 29, 2005
Krys Davidson & daughter
The Phillips family (Mr. Mrs. & Joel)
Harold and Donna Kellams
June 16, 2005Just a reminder that SPARC is holding a launch this coming Saturday and Sunday, June 18-19, 2005 at 10 am. Launching will continue until we are tired or the waiver closes at 6. It will be held at our traditional launch site.
You can find a map to the location here.
The weather is looking a bit unstable for the weekend, so be sure to call the launch hotline (509)624-2658 prior to driving out.
We are having a great raffle with lots of items this launch, its purpose is to help pay for motors for the club project flight at LDRS in Canada.
A Pot luck dinner will be held Saturday evening. Bring your favorite dish, or desert.
Camping is available on site.
I am going to check with the FAA to see if a Night Launch is OK, I'll post details if its approved.
Looking forward to a great launch! Praying for good weather.
Launch day a comin'
May 11, 2005
Just a friendly reminder that we have a launch this coming Saturday, May 14th. Make offerings to the weather gods that we have good weather.
At the launch we will have a raffle to help fund the club project, a 1/4 scale Nike Hercules Missile. Hopefully if we can locate 65-70 feet of shock cord and a drogue chute, it will fly on a K1100.
There is even a rumor of a level 3 shake down flight.
Puget Sound Propulsion will be on site to vend motors this time.
Launch will commence at 10 am with setup beginning at 9 am.
Bring the rockets you have, the motors you have and lets do launch.
Meeting minutes April 2005
April 24, 2005
SPARC had it's monthly meeting Saturday morning at HobbyTown. The minutes of the meeting follow.
Launch is a GO!
April 08, 2005
Saturday launch (April 9, 2005) is a GO! Weather, according to weather.com shows decent weather in the morning, with some low percentage predictions of rain in the afternoon.
Lets launch some ROCKETS!!!!!!!
T-Minus 87 hours to launch
April 05, 2005
SPARC is holding a launch this coming weekend, April 9th at 10 am at our customary launch site. You can find a map here.
Center of thank you card from the scouts
March 30, 2005
This is the center of the card from Scout troop 216 received following the March launch.
Front of the thank you card from the scouts
I received this thank you card from Scout troop 216 following the March launch
Meeting Minutes March 2005
March 27, 2005
The club meeting was held on March 26, 2005 at HobbyTown a the north division Y. In attendance were Bob Yanecek, Harold Kellems, David Stubbs, Marty Weiser, Jim Kurilich, Ray Stoner, Krys Davidson, Mark Howe and Terry Morre-Read.
March 10, 2005
Just wanted to give you an update on the launch this coming Saturday.
The waiver hasn't arrived, but a call to air traffic control at the airport was a pleasant surprise. Paul (didn't catch his last name) told me that we could fly under last years waiver paper work. He cited the reason as "you guys have been great, never caused us any trouble and called at the beginning and end of every launch." The good news is that we can fly any rocket (up to total of "K" impulse) to an altitude of 10,500 ft (the NAR limit on our field size).
A port-a-potty has been arranged to be on-site, that's good news.
The weather report is getting better and better, so let's all hope that the trend continues and we have a great day for launching.
SO, lets all show up, launch some rockets and start the season on the right foot!
Can't wait to see everyone there.
Club Meeting Minutes
February 27, 2005
Club Meeting Minutes 26-Feb.-05
1. Matt from Hobby Town spoke to us for a few minutes at the beginning of the meeting. He covered topics related to how Hobby Town is planning to support SPARC. Matt is still working on getting set up with AeroTech, they have lost his paperwork several times, he plans to submit the paperwork everyday, until he gets results. He is expanding the rocketry related area and plans to carry PML, LOC, parachutes, altimeters and other items like motor cases can be special ordered. HobbyTown will be offering paid SPARC members a 5% HobbyTown discount along with another 5% SPARC member discount, for a total of 10% discount on purchases. I will be sending a membership list to Matt.
January 06, 2005I am pleased to announce the results of SPARC's first ever contested election of officers (previous selections have involved arm twisting and such). For 2005 Ray Stoner was elected President and Mark Howe was elected as Vice President. Krys Davidson and Bob Yanecek agreed to continue to serve when no one volunteered as Secretary and Treasurer respectively.
November 08, 2004
SPARC plans to hold our last launch of the year on Sat. Nov. 13 with Sun. the 14th as the backup date in case of bad weather. However, the preliminary forecast for Sat. is looking fairly good. Please contact us if you want additional information or want to check on the status.
Call our 24hr Launch Information Line (509) 624-2658