By a miracle, I actually did get to go to Hearne with several people from my club and enjoy the hospitality of Tripoli Houston. The night before the launch, I spent several hours going over the NAR L2 questions and was feeling confident. I got out the TRA questions and hit 2 roadblocks. The first was that for me my eyes, at least, the printout I had made was almost too small to read. The second was that it was late and I was tired.
It was at that point that I made dumb decision number one. I assumed that the TRA questions would be much like the NAR ones and went to bed.
Yes, I know I can just certify with one organization and get cross certified by the other but, opportunity presenting itself, I wanted to certify under both sets of rules.
My NAR exam proctor was not at the launch site as early as my TRA proctor so I took the TRA test first. The "science questions" were easy and very similar to the NAR ones and I aced that part of the test. It was on the "safety" questions that I got into trouble. There were plenty of areas not covered under the NAR questions. I missed one too many.
I was bummed but still feeling pretty confident about the NAR exam. My proctor had arrived and I aced it. Now it was time to prep the Cyclotron and bad decision 2 came into play.
I had been told that with this rocket, "if it fits, it flies". David Bachelder of Quickburst (not the one who told me that) was serving as the LCO/RSO at the time. He had earlier told me that I was the only one to whom he had sold one of the Loki 24" cases or the reloads. I decided to use the J650, a sparky that fit that case. The motor went together fine was was presented to Art Applewhite for the NAR inspection.