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 on: May 27, 2020, 09:09:10 PM 
Started by rpmcaninch - Last post by rpmcaninch
I am sad to report that the Tripoli Mid Ohio season is closed until November or so. The corn is on the move up; you can actually see a green haze in the fields as you drive (at 5 mph I might add) down the lane.
[/color][/size]We could set up pads and launch, but this activity would damage the crops in the vicinity of the pads; traffic to and from the pads could not be hidden. The last words from the land owner were that we could fly there as long as we did not damage the crops. Damage would be inevitable and I do not want to have that conversation, no matter how much money we could throw at the issue post launch.[/font]
See ya in the fall. Until then: Stay safe, be cautious. Remember that there is no such thing as over-building; only under-powering.
For the staff of Tripoli Mid Ohio #31-
Gary Dickinson
President - Tripoli Mid-Ohio #31
Director - Tripoli Rocketry Association
TRA #5520; L3; TAP Member

 on: May 22, 2020, 07:47:26 AM 
Started by Todd Knight - Last post by Todd Knight

Tomorrow, May 23 launch is a go! Forecast looks pretty good, high 70's, light winds and partly cloudy. Bring your water and sunscreen.

Should be a good one. See everyone tommorow.

 on: May 18, 2020, 10:19:11 AM 
Started by Gary - Last post by Gary


On Saturday May 16, Tripoli Mid-Ohio got a break from both the COVID-19 pandemic and the weather. We were able to have a launch. Our last launch was on February 29. All of the fliers maintained “social distance requirements” and were wearing masks. Besides AP exhaust, the scent of hand sanitizer was heavy in the air. Well enough of this and off to the fun part.

The “Frequent Flier Award” goes to Mark Coburn from Wooster with four flights. Mark turned in three excellent flight on Research motors burning NASSA K2 Fast propellant and one flight which we believe to be an ancient AT K550W. With Mark, one never knows for sure.

TMO also had FIVE fliers finish second in the “Frequent Flier” race:
Kelvin McMillan turned in in excellent flights including a screaming flight of his “Weekend Warrior’ on one of the new AT H169 motors. It is always good to see Kelvin and Mel.

David Sears made the trek down from Kent to burn some serious Research newton seconds on an I class motor and two K class motors. David was also runner up in the closest to the pad competition on a day when there were numerous long walks to recover rockets.

The Research motor making bug has infected our friend and frequent attender Andrew Kleinhenz. Andrew launched a couple of AT G class motors and a Research NASSA K2 H265. He was also seen merrily dancing around the site, waving a 75mm 3-grain Ed Romani case over his head. We shall see what Andrew graces us with in the near future.

Jim Rosmarin turned in excellent flights on AT reloads, including a screaming flight with his beautiful ‘Back in Black’ rocket. Well done Jim!

We at TMO were honored to have Steve Eves from Akron (yes THAT Steve Eves) launch with us. Steve brought quite the fleet with him and punched some serious holes in the sky with a couple of AT reloads. He is also the winner of the “Closest to the Pad” competition. Sadly Steve’s rocket ‘Please Paint Me’ suffered a CATO on a Research J308 purple motor. Post flight analysis turned up that the motor was from a bad batch of red propellant. PSA here for all you EXers: Label your grains to aid in tracking in case of problems.

Gerald Powell and Mark Brush both had good flights on AT reloads

Bob Goffena launched his beautiful scratch-built upscale of the Estes D.A.R.T.  on an AT J250W. Bon even turned the nosecone and labored over filling the fiberglass. Well done Bob!

Bill Good launched his ‘Cosmic Interceptor’ on an AT G motor. We are patiently waiting for Bill to upscale this and launch it on an M motor.

Martin Quanci had his TARC Rocket, Estes Leviathan, on an AT G79-7 for a nominal flight and recovery. I guess Martin is saving AP for that planned TRA L3 flight in a couple of weeks.

The TMO staff even got into “launch mode” on Saturday. Prefect Todd Knight launched an EZI-65 on an AT H153 with motor ejection and single deploy.

TRA TAP Member and NAR L3CC Joe Grubb launch his well-worn ‘Cherokee K’ on an antique AT 38mm J510W. This motor has been assembled since LDRS 31! The motor lit and performed flawlessly.  The recovery was almost flawless, as the nosecone and its parachute drifted off the west. It was later returned by Mark Coburn on one of his recovery treks. Thanks Mark!

TMO president and TRA director Gary Dickinson launched ‘Star Crossed’ on a Research L663 Mad River Red to 7326 feet AGL for a nominal flight and recovery.
No launch report would be complete without a standing ovation for:

•   Land owners Charles “Chuck” Wildman and Marty Spears. We could not do this without their support. To give you an idea how fantastic these two are, Marty retrieved our bridge after a torrential rainstorm washed it and our porta-potty many yards to the east. Chuck also was kind enough to bush hog our parking area so that we were not walking through knee-high grass.
•   Merlin Missile and Lee Berry for continuing to provide kits, motors, and recovery stuff for all fliers.
•   The staff and volunteers that help with set-up and tear-down.
•   Last but not least: the fliers from TRA and NAR. We do this for you! Well for us too.

Stay tuned as we try and squeeze a few more week of launching in before we must vacate for crops.


 on: May 15, 2020, 12:43:34 PM 
Started by Todd Knight - Last post by Todd Knight
Here we go! Like it's always said, wait 24 hours and the weather forecast will change, it's Ohio. We are GO for tomorrow. Forecast says partly cloudy changing to partly sunny in the early afternoon. 6-10 mph winds. We are expecting some rain tonight so field will probably be a little muddy to start with so bring appropriate footwear.

There is a chance of pop up rain showers in the afternoon so be aware.  If it looks like there are incoming storms we will Obviously shut down.

Waiver is called in for 10 am.

Special Rules:
1) Social distancing rules apply to parking/prep area. Masks not required but recommended in these areas.
2) Masks required at RSO/LCO tables. Masks are also required at the pads if staff is present.
3) We will be asking for contact information of participants in the event we need to alert you about possible virus contact.

Normal rules:
As per website. 5mph speed limit, no driving in fields and etc.

See everyone in the morning!

Todd Knight
Prefect - Tripoli Mid Ohio

 on: May 14, 2020, 07:50:47 PM 
Started by Todd Knight - Last post by Todd Knight

Wanted to give a quick update on Saturday's launch. Typical of Ohio in spring, it doesn't look good. I will hold the official call for tomorrow but wanted our friends traveling a heads up. We are gonna do our best to get as many days in as we can before the summer break.

Stay tuned.

 on: May 10, 2020, 12:15:26 PM 
Started by Gary - Last post by Gary
Candidate resumes for TRA BoD positions are posted on the TRA website. Please review them and vote for those who will best represent the interests of the hobby. Your vote DOES count!!!

 on: May 08, 2020, 07:54:11 PM 
Started by Todd Knight - Last post by Todd Knight

Alright folks, you hoped and waited for it. It's time for rockets again! Tripoli Mid Ohio is open for business.

We are having launches the last 3 Saturdays of May. 5/16, 5/23 and 5/30. Subject to Ohio weather of course. Watch website and here for any changes or cancellations. Flyer meeting at 9:45 AM and waiver opening at 10:00 AM. Lee Berry and Merlin Missile Works will be at the launches on the 16th and 30th.

The rules for these launches.
1) Social distancing rules apply for parking and prep areas. Masks not required but encouraged.
2) Masks are REQUIRED at LCO/RSO area.
3) Masks will also be REQUIRED at the pads when more than one person is present.
4) Please be considerate to everyone and have fun.

We are very excited to see all of you again and burn some AP!

 on: May 07, 2020, 09:28:19 PM 
Started by Gary - Last post by Gary


It took a little bit of effort but the access bridge at the TMO site has been returned. What a wild ride that must have been for the bridge during that storm. Oy Vey!

The bridge still needs some minor repairs, but should suffice for normal pedestrian traffic. Since we now have a means to access our primary field, all we need now are some rocket launches. We hope to publish a schedule and some rules for these difficult times in the next few days. Stay tuned and by all means, stay safe.


 on: April 04, 2020, 06:25:11 PM 
Started by Gary - Last post by greylond
The new bridge was screwed into the wood resting on the steel I-beams. I hope that the flood merely lifted the new construction off the beams and could be picked up and carried back to the original location. Maybe secured with cables or bolts? We'd probably need four men to do do it. Securing the bridge later would need one. I'm volunteering for both.



 on: April 04, 2020, 11:58:45 AM 
Started by Gary - Last post by bgarrison
Gary, any help needed to repair the location?

Let me know I will come down


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