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Students test their HPR motors at WCC and Wade's birthday at Blaisdell

Jim and Becky are visiting from California. They basically manage the ARLISS/XPRS launch events in September (in addition to a few dozen people). Christopher and I showed up at 8am to help set up the motor test, so the UH students have experience loading their own N motor rocket at FAR in a couple months. Got some nice mach diamonds off the motor. I told the students their ears will be ringing afterwards. Still startled a few of them. They then successfully tested their ejection charge. The HonCC students were prepping the 6in rocket ejection charge for the upcoming First Nations Launch.

The girls' mom was a student at WCC and obtained her L2 about ten years ago. Now her two daughters were having fun launching several rockets I prepped for them. Helen's Graduator was suffering from short rod syndrome. Actually from my experience, the AT Classic motors don't seem to have enough oomph off the rod, even with a 6ft rod and rockets tend to veer instead of going straight up. The @GlenP rockets are always a hit.

The Big Bertha hasn't had a lot of luck. On the booster, it smacked into a tree branch and cracked the NC. That same day, I found the Mini Fat Boy that had been hanging in a tree for a year, so I transferred the NC. Might've survived the landing if it wasn't for exposure to the elements for the past year. Just need to cut off an inch on the BT.

We celebrated Wade's birthday, and his mom brought the pupus (hors d'oeuvres). I gave him my Custom Rocket Nomad. I helped his sister with the CR Egg Lofter which I have experience from launching mine years ago. The chute is very picky and needs a C6-3. The egg was double cooked because it was hard boiled and then cooked again during reentry.

The photo at the end is of Jake's Estes launch pad (with Gavin's L2 Black Death). He wanted to buy it with the Black Brant XII (because they launch payloads in a similar one at Wallops occasionally), but they were out. I guess I was lucky to grab mine during the Black Friday sale. The launch pad looks more impressive in person except for a few plastic parts it uses. Becky said the deflector plate looks like a pancake spatula.

0:00 Testing the camera
0:09 M2400T motor test
0:45 Glen Centuri Bulldog 4pts
1:23 Glen Viper 1/2A3-4T 3pts
1:59 Jake DRM A8-3
2:11 HonCC ejection test 4grams
2:27 Jake DRM B6-4
2:50 Heatseaker B6-4 252ft 4pts
3:15 Glen Downscale Quinstar A10-3T 3pts
3:34 Big Bertha B6-4 106ft 4pts
4:04 Helen Graduator E24-4C
5:11 Jake DRM C6-5
5:49 Helen Graduator E24-4C
6:11 Wade's birthday party
8:41 Total 18pts + 15 bonus = 33pts

 

Spring Break student workshops with Joe from Hobbyco.co

Joe has boxes of snap together rockets he's been saving since COVID. We got together with Joann from the Waipahu Parks Dept to schedule two morning sessions, Elementary kids on Monday and Middle School on Wednesday. Christopher helped on Monday and Garrett helped both days. The kids were expecting water rockets or something and were pleasantly surprised when Joe brought out the motors. We also launched Garrett's glider rockets which were mostly successful.

On the first day, Joe put a B6-6 in a rocket. There was less wind on Monday, and the rocket went straight up and landed several blocks away. They were much more successful angled into the wind. The Great Goblin was a big hit, except Joann was nervous it would land on one of the kids.

On the second day, the DIY launcher was having issues, possibly old 9v batteries. With the B6-6 loaded, I didn't angle the rocket enough. After the kid ran to help get his friend's rocket, I tried launching which worked but landed in the canal. The kid ran into the classroom, grabbed another one of Joe's kits, and was ready to go again 10 minutes later.

Most of the batteries are failing with four out of five swelling so sent them to a watery grave (short circuit before the garbage). I think it's time to upgrade to the GoPro 11 now that the 12 is out. The GoPro8 has had a long and prestigious career. I'm still getting used to the zoom with the iPhone.

 

More tARC student launches at Aloun Farms and H128W flight on Easter weekend

This was the last chance for local schools to get their qualifying flights in before April 8th. Assets HS had one perfect flight but it's an average, so they did okay. Mililani HS also did okay but with a wooden egg. Iolani HS tried out their 2in rocket which worked fine except the paracord they were using to attach the chute broke. They're planning to attempt their Level 1 for those who are 18. We can have H128W and H238T reloads shipped to Hawaii. The problem is their 2in rocket will likely go 3,000ft or more and probably get lost, so they need to make bigger rockets.

I didn't remember much about the high power flight. I realized afterwards it's because the flight only lasted 30sec. Need at least 2,000ft to really enjoy it. The Black Brant XII worked fine on the F15-4. Haven't found a motor yet that allows it to go straight up. The F44W was okay last time but a bit overpowered. The knot on the elastic unraveled causing the separation. As we were about to head out, a farming truck pulled up and handed the sustainer to us from the field. Good thing we were still around. Very appreciative...

The Leviathan was lucky to have the chute deployed. I had so much stuff attached to the NC that it tangled up including the JLCR. The screamer also didn't open. The Ion altimeter was working except it lost power at ejection then turned back on. I extrapolated the data for the graph. I need to install more secure JST connectors, which I have but haven't gotten around to swapping yet.

I bought a new GoPro 11 from Costco since the old batteries were failing. I still have one battery for the GoPro 8 so haven't decided if I'll keep the 11 yet. The 8 can only do 2.7K at 60fps, which is mostly fine as the ground cam. The new laptop seems to be doing well with processing the 4K videos. I'm having problems with the RaceRender program. The Ion altimeter data and flight video aren't matching up. I can still create manual data but prefer to use the real data.

The issue with using the iPhone 13 is that in 4K at 60fps, I can video 1x to 3x, or 3x to 9x, but not 1x to 9x like I can with 30fps. The question is which is better, 4k or 60fps, or both with the problematic zooming? Let me know if the comments what you think.

UH Manoa had two teams out. The Hammah Head team were testing their charges. They didn't have a test stand, so they improvised with a folding chair and Jake's foot. They tested with 2.0g, 3.0g, and 4.0g in the NC.

The Hokulele team was testing their Telemetrics electronics worth $1,000. Unfortunately, it landed in the substation. I suspect the launch wire pulled on the rocket causing it to veer. Fortunately, HECO wasn't an ass like they were to me and sent someone out to retrieve their rocket (without making them wait 4 months, without running it over with their truck, and without turning it over to HPD Lost Property).

Thank you to John for logging in all the flights. It makes it much easier for me to figure out the video timeline with an accurate log and his efforts. Also thanks to Bernard and his sister for helping us clean up. They used to fly at Kapiolani Park in Waikiki until some ahole launched an H motor but forgot to include the ejection charge which didn't make the tennis association happy and had them banned from the park. I don't know how I'd feel about launching there now because I'd hate for one of my rockets to land in the nearby Zoo.

The carpenters were working on Saturday which was rare. They cheered when the BB XII launched. The crew later helped the UH Hokulele team located the rocket. They then joined us at the shade tent for BBQ hot dogs while Christopher regaled them with rocketry stories. He said their supervisor was getting annoyed with all of the rockets landing in their yard, despite our attempts to angle them away.

0:00 Intro
0:10 LOC Patriot 4in H128-7W 622ft 7pts
1:18 Flight video 622ft
2:21 Leviathan F50-6T 786ft 7pts
3:17 Flight video 786ft
4:42 Black Brant XII F15-4 565ft 5pts
6:42 Gary SR-71 D12-5
7:18 Iolani Polaris 4C F50-6
7:55 Gary Priority Stealth D12-5
8:07 Assets Jimmy F20-7
9:18 Gary Turbo Vortico F15-4
9:43 Mililani Vagabond E12-6
10:02 Gary Cool Spool F15-4
10:32 Mililani Golden Finger F15-6
11:00 Christopher Shadow Stealth V2 A10-0T
11:24 Assets Jimmy F20-7
12:22 UH Hokulele G80-6
12:54 Assets Jimmy F20-7
13:24 UH Manoa Hammah Head 2.0g test
13:33 Assets Jimmy F20-7
14:33 Assets Jimmy F20-7
Total 19pts + 20 bonus = 39pts

 

We win some, we lose some plus several sci-fi rockets and flight videos

Both Gary and I launched 3FNC rockets with C6-5. Mine went to the east and landed on the roof. His drifted far to the west. His Mars Leaper has faired better than mine because he uses plugged motors. The air was dense with 80% humidity and mild temperatures in the lower 70Fs. I believe this causes the rockets to drift down slowly like the Mars Leaper. I'm not sure if they fly faster in humidity since they don't have a Magnus effect on them. The overhead clouds and surrounding blue sky were playing havoc on my cams. The SBB actually went 450ft on an E16-6, so 700ft wasn't too outlandish. Christopher’s nerd lore was “We float for Macrage” from Warhammer 40K.

0:00 Intro
0:43 Super Big Bertha F15-4 696ft 6pts
2:41 Flight video 696ft
4:53 Hi-flier clone C6-5 2pts
5:49 Gary Estes Mars Leaper, A10_PT
6:01 Gary Estes Zombie, C6-5
6:45 Conquest D12-3 343ft 6pts
7:56 Flight video 343ft
9:17 Gary Quest DC-Y Space Clipper, B6-4
9:45 Gary Estes SR-71, B6-4
10:37 SS Cestris D12-3 307ft 6pts
11:38 Flight video 307ft
12:53 Aerospace One C5-3 5pts
13:13 Flight video
14:33 Gary Fliskits Decaffeinator, C11-3
14:56 Interrogator D12-5 444ft 6pts
15:52 Flight video 444ft
Total 31pts + 5 bonus = 36pts



Looks like I missed this one.

 
Continue to be impressed not just with the quality of the editing and the onboard videos, but with the accuracy of fin placement. Most of your birds have near zero rotation on their camera flights. Gary’s SR71 didn’t have a camera, bit looked pretty much zero roll on its flight as well. Say Hi to Christopher for me!
 
Continue to be impressed not just with the quality of the editing and the onboard videos, but with the accuracy of fin placement. Most of your birds have near zero rotation on their camera flights. Gary’s SR71 didn’t have a camera, bit looked pretty much zero roll on its flight as well. Say Hi to Christopher for me!
Mahalo Tom! It kinda looked like the SS Cestris banked to the left in a glide before apogee. Very cool... :cool:
 

We're trying out many rockets in calm and gusty winds including the rebuilt Majestic

Gary and I were joined by our new friends, Daryl and Donald. They've been launching locally for many years. The morning started out with winds around 5mph. By 10am, they were gusting to 20mph but that's okay, I had flown the Majestic and Cherokee-E by then.

The eyelet pulled out of the Majestic payload. I made a bulkhead out of balsa and used lots of CA and glue but wasn't enough. I shoulda used epoxy (or bought a plywood bulkhead, nah). This is the rebuilt Majestic after it landed in a HECO substation and they ran it over with their truck and broke the custom made fins off. I didn't bother with an exquisite paint job so just painted it blue and added lots of stickers.

The Ion altimeter graph was decent considering the rapid descent of the NC. The abrupt landing caused some damage to the shoulder. Without the payload bay, the sustainer had a slow gradual descent. Fortunately, it just made it into the park. Daryl was able to pull it out of the tree using an old broom.

The Space Shuttle was also majestic. The glider seemed to fall like a pancake. Fortunately, no damage to the glider or fins. I asked Gary if it was worth the $80. I guess the jury is still out. I believe the Asteroid Hunter had an overly energetic ejection which caused the 100# Kevlar to snap and partially pull out the motor retainer. The busted forward BT is easy to fix. In fact, I'm gonna try a longer tube. Replacing the motor tube without cutting it open will be a challenge.

Gary was having issues with his controller. D&D eventually gave up on theirs and started using "alternative methods" that I didn't document. I mean it works. That's how I used to launch back in the day. I Had the best flight of the @GlenP Mini Viper. Always a crowd pleaser. For Donald's Boosted Chiller, I was expecting it to go 1000ft from past experience. It didn't go nearly that high and ended up lawndarting. It was nearly epic.

 
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Two Level 1 certification flights and one attempt on the Memorial Day weekend

Aloun Farms is letting us use their bigger field, so we can do certification flights. Two students and one teacher from Iolani participated along with UH Manoa students. We wanted a smaller crowd at the initial launch. We were expecting the fields to be unmanned on Sunday but were working because of the Monday holiday. The field workers were at least 100ft away and eventually moved to the far end of the field. The launch pads are 400m to the ravine and 1500m from the major roads so perfect for HPR. Next August will be at the pumpkin festival grounds again then back to Kunia around November, hopefully for more cert flights.

I launched one HPR and two MPR which worked spectacularly. The only glitch is that the screamer only worked with the Mega Max. The elastic shock cord on the Eradicator and Strong Arm didn't have enough yank to pull the pin out of the screamers. The Blue Thunder propellent is extremely fast off the rail but about the same impulse as the H128. You can hear a whistle (more like a whoo) for a brief second after launch. I knew the winds would pick up later in the morning so launched the Strong Arm with a moderate F67. With the Eradicator, I was able to angle the ground cam away from the wind and let it fall over from the exhaust. Sorry about saying 300ft several times. People were starting to panic that the chute wasn't opening. What does the Eradicator eradicate? boredom of course... Mission accomplished!

It appears that Mr. Butler's rocket had too much drag with the double fins causing the rocket to arc over and eject about 50ft from the ground. The rocket separated into two 2ft sections and landed in 3ft tall grass making it treacherous to retrieve without the chute attached. Fortunately, they retrieved the JLCR but lost the motor case. Josh and Micah's rockets were easier to retrieve because they had the chute attached. An Iolani staff, Martin did a honorary job forging through the thickets to retrieve both rockets for their Level 1 certs.

 

Two Level 1 certification flights and one attempt on the Memorial Day weekend

Aloun Farms is letting us use their bigger field, so we can do certification flights. Two students and one teacher from Iolani participated along with UH Manoa students. We wanted a smaller crowd at the initial launch. We were expecting the fields to be unmanned on Sunday but were working because of the Monday holiday. The field workers were at least 100ft away and eventually moved to the far end of the field. The launch pads are 400m to the ravine and 1500m from the major roads so perfect for HPR. Next August will be at the pumpkin festival grounds again then back to Kunia around November, hopefully for more cert flights.

I launched one HPR and two MPR which worked spectacularly. The only glitch is that the screamer only worked with the Mega Max. The elastic shock cord on the Eradicator and Strong Arm didn't have enough yank to pull the pin out of the screamers. The Blue Thunder propellent is extremely fast off the rail but about the same impulse as the H128. You can hear a whistle (more like a whoo) for a brief second after launch. I knew the winds would pick up later in the morning so launched the Strong Arm with a moderate F67. With the Eradicator, I was able to angle the ground cam away from the wind and let it fall over from the exhaust. Sorry about saying 300ft several times. People were starting to panic that the chute wasn't opening. What does the Eradicator eradicate? boredom of course... Mission accomplished!

It appears that Mr. Butler's rocket had too much drag with the double fins causing the rocket to arc over and eject about 50ft from the ground. The rocket separated into two 2ft sections and landed in 3ft tall grass making it treacherous to retrieve without the chute attached. Fortunately, they retrieved the JLCR but lost the motor case. Josh and Micah's rockets were easier to retrieve because they had the chute attached. An Iolani staff, Martin did a honorary job forging through the thickets to retrieve both rockets for their Level 1 certs.


Wow! Just, WOW!

The usual great filming and editing, but the pics and vids alone are just gorgeous. Even the lift off closeups could be printed and hung up on a wall.

Anybody that watches this should cast or mirror it to a HD TV, the colors and clarity are stunning.
 
Wow! Just, WOW!

The usual great filming and editing, but the pics and vids alone are just gorgeous. Even the lift off closeups could be printed and hung up on a wall.

Anybody that watches this should cast or mirror it to a HD TV, the colors and clarity are stunning.
I've upgraded to 4k and don't think I could go back to HD. We got a 4k TV last Christmas so was the inevitable next step.
 

Two rockets go for a swim in the canal on a slightly windy day

We were joined today by Dave who just moved to Hawaii for a one year contract. This was an advertised launch on the Hawaii Rockets Facebook page, so it's always good to see new faces joining us.
I lost the glider from the Estes Shuttle about three years ago using an E12-4. We recovered the rocket on the other side of the canal, but the glider flew off. The shuttle is a $10 Styrofoam glider that I've had for years but don't believe I've successfully used it on the Shuttle. In the past, the stability of the rocket was questionable but not today.
The Asteroid Hunter was damaged recently when the ejection charge was too energetic and burned up the motor tube and snapped the Kevlar cord. I reinserted a new MT and attached a new Kevlar cord to the coupler with a new neck tube. However, the motor didn't go in far enough so I tried to use friction fit. The motor popped out at ejection instead of pushing all of the chute out of the forward tube. Fix #2 shall commence.
It looks like the chute tangled with the Falcon 9 sustainer. The fin adapter is rather flimsy and always breaks, unlike the Estes version. In addition, the booster tube broke in half where the two 3D printed tube meet. Easy fix with plastic cement.
I haven't landed a rocket in the canal for some time. While Christopher was using the painter's pole to fish out the Blue Origin, Gary's rocket also landed in the canal. He was successful in recovering both, albeit a little stinky from the brackish water. I'll let the rocket sit in the sun for a day and then remove the motor without pulling out the mount, hopefully.
We went to Blaisdell Park the previous week and the day after my birthday. I was worried that the Super Orbital Transport would float into the water with a D12 so used a C11. Woulda been fined, but the chute was packed too tightly. Garrett can quickly replace the broken tube and repaint. I also included video from last month when the Iolani students and teacher tested their ejection charges.

 
Finally completed the Estes Super Orbital Transport I got for Black Friday last year. I tried Mod Podge on the glider. Lots of streaks that I mostly sanded out but definitely adds a shine to the paint. I used White Sand Krylon. Hopefully this one will last longer than my Samroc I lost a couple years ago.

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Two rockets go for a swim in the canal on a slightly windy day

We were joined today by Dave who just moved to Hawaii for a one year contract. This was an advertised launch on the Hawaii Rockets Facebook page, so it's always good to see new faces joining us.
I lost the glider from the Estes Shuttle about three years ago using an E12-4. We recovered the rocket on the other side of the canal, but the glider flew off. The shuttle is a $10 Styrofoam glider that I've had for years but don't believe I've successfully used it on the Shuttle. In the past, the stability of the rocket was questionable but not today.
The Asteroid Hunter was damaged recently when the ejection charge was too energetic and burned up the motor tube and snapped the Kevlar cord. I reinserted a new MT and attached a new Kevlar cord to the coupler with a new neck tube. However, the motor didn't go in far enough so I tried to use friction fit. The motor popped out at ejection instead of pushing all of the chute out of the forward tube. Fix #2 shall commence.
It looks like the chute tangled with the Falcon 9 sustainer. The fin adapter is rather flimsy and always breaks, unlike the Estes version. In addition, the booster tube broke in half where the two 3D printed tube meet. Easy fix with plastic cement.
I haven't landed a rocket in the canal for some time. While Christopher was using the painter's pole to fish out the Blue Origin, Gary's rocket also landed in the canal. He was successful in recovering both, albeit a little stinky from the brackish water. I'll let the rocket sit in the sun for a day and then remove the motor without pulling out the mount, hopefully.
We went to Blaisdell Park the previous week and the day after my birthday. I was worried that the Super Orbital Transport would float into the water with a D12 so used a C11. Woulda been fined, but the chute was packed too tightly. Garrett can quickly replace the broken tube and repaint. I also included video from last month when the Iolani students and teacher tested their ejection charges.


That Orbital Transport was painful to watch.

Fun to hear you guys chatting in the background.

Wish I was there!
 
That Orbital Transport was painful to watch.

Fun to hear you guys chatting in the background.

Wish I was there!
Wish you were here also. We should have good weather on Sunday. Not too hot but humid as heck.

I feel bad about crashing Garrett's beautiful rockets. He doesn't seem to mind because he enjoys the build process and is glad that someone gets to see them launched.
 
Eggtimer EZ-DD.

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Trekked through the ravine and found the lost rocket from last month. We used my old Army map orientation skills to follow a straight line to where the rocket came down. The grass was between 2ft and 6ft. On the way back, we found the sustainer then circled around until we found the booster. We got the motor case and the altimeter back.

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Near miss recovery of AT Mustang and recovering L1 rocket from the jungle ravine

Winds were projected to be under 5mph but was between 9 to 12mph. I had a few MPR rockets ready. The winds were a sommabeach. There would be a gust of wind, then calm luring me into launching bigger rockets, then gust of wind again. I returned the GoPro11 to Costco and bought the GoPro12. It has a new Log video mode that's hyper clear but with washed out colors, so I turned the Saturation all the way up which is why it looks weird. The video editor also had a difficult time processing the Log video.

At the end, I convinced myself (or was it Gary) to launch at least the Mustang. It dropped quickly and landed on the turnabout road across from the canal. If anyone drove around the turnabout, they probably woulda run it over. Gary watched our stuff while I quickly drove over and retrieved the rocket. The Aerotech rocket has an interesting adapter which is a hard ring that fits over the neck of a 24mm motor and screwed into place. I think I messed up with placing the aft CR about 1in from the end. The high thrust of the E20 bent inward the adapter ring and crinkled the tube. From now on, I'll stick with the Estes plastic adapters.

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I used my old Ion altimeter in case I lost the rocket. The altimeter suffers from a broken connection that disconnects the power at ejection (despite my resoldering attempts). Using masking tape, I was able to stop it from disconnecting. It also has timing issues compared to the video. This time, it matched the handcam but only with the filtered altitude which is higher than the raw altitude. Too bad I didn't include a flight cam to create a RaceRender video.

The SOT worked great with the D12 and went about 500ft. If Garret's SOT had gone that high at Blaisdell last month, it woulda ended up in the PH bay. Instead, it lawndarted with a C11 and stuck chute. His rocket is much heavier with paint or something so probably wouldn't have gone as high. At least my SOT didn't end up on the gym roof like my Semroc version did two years ago. The new glider seemed to float down to the ground. I might try adding some weight to one side, so it will spiral down instead.

The Asteroid Hunter is still off balance but at least didn't lawndart this time. I used tape to friction fit the motor. Not sure why the A8-5 didn't ignite with the Boosted Bertha. I'll send it in to Estes. I think I've only had one decent flight with the BB. Estes put out a recall of E22 D12-3/5 motors. I have five and submitted the photo to Estes. I decided to try one in the Mega Vortico but didn't Cato. I can't remember ever having a Cato in a D12 but never know.

At Aloun last month, one of the L1 attempts had too much drag and ejected about 50ft from the ground into the ravine where there's between 2 and 6ft of grass. They were willing to write off the rocket with the RMS case and Estes altimeter. I was watching the video the other day and thought, you know I'm pretty good at map orientation from my Army days. I can do this.

From where I filmed the flight, I took a compass heading and started walking toward the horizon where it went down. To get around the fields, my son and I leap frogged. When we hit the ravine, we spread out and walked along the compass heading. At the far road, we decided to go back up the ravine following the reverse compass heading. Apparently, Christopher walked past the sustainer on the way down because it was in 2ft of grass but spotted it on the way up. We then took sides and circled around until I found the booster in 2ft of grass. The altimeter was still in great condition showing 609ft. Success!

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0:00 Aerotech Mustang E20-4 655ft 5pts
1:12 Super Orbital Transport D12-3 5pts
2:42 Gary Mars Leaper A10-PT
3:03 Asteroid Hunter C6-3 4pts
4:00 Gary Nomad B6-4
4:32 Gary Flat Boy B6-4
5:21 Boosted Bertha C6-0/A8-5 4pts
6:46 Gary Rascal clone B6-4
7:20 Mega Vortico D12-3 3pts
8:20 Recovering the L1 rocket from the ravine
Total 26pts + 5 bonus = 31pts

 
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July 4th night time and Blaisdell Park launches with Joe from Hobbyco

Invited Joe from the LHS to launch at night. The Park added more lighting along the buildings (probably to discourage campers on the sidewalk) so don't really need to turn on the field lights. The fireworks aren't as crazy as they are on NYE. For the Loadstar and Phantom Blue, we placed Snapits on the pad base, some of them ignited but most just scattered. I thought I could hear a few popping with the Loadstar.

The winds on Sunday were forecasted to be 11mph but were a reasonable 7mph. I coulda launched bigger rockets. We cooked hotdogs and hamburgers at both events. A track and field organization was setting up. Last time, they were far away but this time, they were right next to use. Most stayed away from the rockets. A few didn't care. I wish I had a camera on the kids when we launched the Mean Machine. It was fun to see the amazed looks on their faces as they started scattering.

Launched the second of the D12/E22 motors that were recalled. No Cato so far. Eric has been trying to successfully launch and recover the Trident that he inherited. It has lawndarted about four times but this time, it worked. We didn't lose any rockets. We did have to rescue three that landed in the trees.

I'm having an issue with YouTube dropping frames. It seems to be happening with both 4K and HD videos. It's mostly a problem with my Surface laptop and 4K TV but not my HP laptop. In Chrome, I tried with and without graphic acceleration and relaunching.

 
I exchanged my GoPro11 for the GoPro12 which is supposed to have better heat management. I read that's why they removed GPS. The 12 worked great two weeks ago in short burst. Last week, I tried running it longer. After 15 minutes, it turns into molten lava and won't cool down until you place it in a cool dark area for a while.

Has anyone played around with the Log feature?

Here's a well done video that actually goes through the best settings.
 
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