CENJARS October 2021 launch 10/3 12:30

Hello Rocketeers,

It’s time for our October launch. We will be celebrating Halloween this month. I have been working on a new and improved skeleton rocket. Well, it’s new and bigger. We’ll have to see about improved. Weather reports are acceptable, but there’s plenty of time for them to improve. How will you celebrate?

If I can get my act together, we will also have another garage sale. Lots of cool stuff has been donated to the club. All offers accepted.

We have been invited back to Quail Hill Scout Camp on Saturday October 16th from 10 – 4:30. We could use some help on this one since at least one of our regulars has a prior commitment.

Also, next month will be our annual meeting and elections. I’ve already heard that our treasurer is coming back for another term. As you may recall, I have decided to retire from the president position. Now is the time for you to take the helm or at least help guide the rocket ship. Let me know if you have any questions.

Happy flying,

Charlie

CENJARS at Wall Kids’ Day America 9/25

Hello Rocketeers,

We will be at the Wall Township municipal complex this Saturday. The event runs from 10 to 2. We need to be there early to setup, 9ish should work. Please let me know if you can help us. For those of you that have already responded, a quick confirmation would be appreciated. We will be talking rockets, displaying rockets, and flying (small) rockets. The weather looks to be perfect!

This is one way for us to say thank you to Wall Township for letting us use the fields every month.

Thanks,

Charlie

CENJARS September 2021 launch report

CENJARS September 2021 Launch Report

We were expecting gentle winds from the southwest and that would have allowed us to stay in the corner of the lower field. Mother Nature kicked up the wind a notch or two and sent us to the upper field (Again!). Not a big deal. We had a lot of wonderful people help get all the equipment and all the food up since this was our annual picnic.

We also were joined by Scout Troop 50, and they had a great time launching some of their new builds. Even with the brisk winds, several of them didn’t stop at the standard A8-3 motors and went with some B6-4s. That is one adventurous Scout Troop. Might be because one of their leaders is a member of CENJARS (Steve K.)

We had several memorable flights including several gliders, one of them radio controlled. Not sure if that one ever came back from its flight to the woods. We had a few Skywriters in honor of back to school, a cluster of 3 motors, and a couple of multi-stage flights. Peter had a lesson in picking the right size motor for the rocket. Brian tried very hard to fly a G motor but after 6 attempts, he decided it wasn’t his day. Eat-Mor-Chicken returned from being lost in the woods last month for a much easier recovery this month.

After some good food, good people, good launches, and all the equipment packed up, Mother Nature sent some rain to tell us to go home. A really good day. Thank you all for being part of this community.

There was a total of 78 flights and 83 motors burned. Here are the motor totals:

29 – A motors
23 – B motors
16 – C motors
8 – D motors
6 – E motors
1 – F motor
Almost 1 – G Motor

We have Wall Kid’s Day America coming up on September 25th. This is a chance for us to support Wall Township and thank them for letting us use the field. We will be doing demo launches. We are not doing builds this year.

Our next launch is scheduled for October 3rd. We will be celebrating Halloween. Will Charlie ever get that skeleton to launch? Will Brian bring back the witch? What’s in your rocket cauldron?

CENJARS September Launch

Hello Rocketeers,

It’s time for our September launch. The theme for this launch is Back to School. To help celebrate that, we will be having our annual picnic. Hopefully it will be better than the school lunches that I remember. The club will be providing individually wrapped subs, chips, and soda from Wegman’s. Please let us know if you plan to attend so we know how much food to get.

The weather reports look good for Sunday and we may be near the parking lot this time. Keep your fingers crossed

Also, we will be participating in the Wall Township Kids Day America on September 25th. This has always been a good time and a way for us to give back to Wall Township for allowing the use of the field. Please let me know if you can help us fly and demo some rockets. We won’t be doing builds this year due to the increase in COVID cases. The event is from 10 am to 2 pm at the Wall Municipal complex just around the corner from the field.


Happy flying,

Charlie

CENJARS July 2021 launch report

CENJARS July 2021 Launch Report

On Sunday, July 11 a great group of rocketeers gathered at our launch site to take advantage of some unusually cool summer weather. Partly cloudy skies even made pop-up canopies optional- a rarity for our summer launches. This was nice because winds out of the southeast meant we had to carry our equipment to the back of the field.

Once we were set up, there were plenty of awesome rockets that made great flights at this month’s launch, such as Eric’s “Eat Mor Chikin” rocket. Eric decided to have a little fun with his Estes Big Daddy kit and paint it in a cow motif and give it Chick-fil-A decals- it was quite the sight on the pad and it flew great on a D12-3. Another beautiful rocket to take to the skies on a D12-3 was Mark’s scratch-built V2 which was finished in a camouflage paint scheme.

Besides the day’s regular flights, Charlie surprised everyone with his “blind” drag race contest. All club members were invited to make a guess as to the outcome of a drag race between two mystery rockets to win some cool prizes. There were lots of oohs and aahs as Charlie pulled two vintage Estes Star Trek kits out of his box for the contest! Both the Enterprise and the Klingon Battle Cruiser flew perfectly and two lucky CENJARS rocketeers left the field with nice prizes.

The most powerful flights of the day belonged to Jenny and Brian. Jenny made a big boom with her Loc Precison Cool Spool on a Aerotech G78 Mojave Green, and Brian flew his Cherokee-H on a G54. Brian’s flight would end up landing in the canopy of some of the tallest trees around, but after a few days (yes days) of effort and with help from some fellow CENJARS members, Brian was able to recover the rocket and electronics.

In all, we burned 44 motors in 43 flights. Here’s the breakdown:

A- 0
B- 13
C- 14
D- 9
E- 4
F- 2
G- 2

See you at our next launch on Sunday, August 1st!

Godspeed,
John