Model Rocket Club, Section #139
Serving Maryland and the Washington Metropolitan Area
2000 - 2001 and 2003 - 2004 National Championship Section
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The NARHAMS model rocket club serves Maryland and the Washington Metropolitan Area. The club is an official chapter section of the National Association of Rocketry (NAR). First established in 1965, NARHAMS is the oldest continuously operating model rocket club in the United States and was named Section of the Year for 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006, and 2007. We are also the National Championship section for 2001 and 2004.
2014 Meeting Location
Thanks to the efforts of Alec Waterhouse, we have been granted use of the House at the Crossroads meeting room at Wallace Presbyterian Church in College Park, MD. Meeting dates and times remain the same for now, but we may need to be flexible since church events would take priority over us. See the Event Details page for additional info and directions.
The calendar has been updated to show 2014 events. Please take a moment to review and check for any errors or omissions. There are still several open slots for launch managers and refreshment providers for meetings. If you would like to sign up, please send Chris Kidwell an email.
50th Anniversary Models
NARHAMS 50th anniversary is coming up in March 2015. To celebrate, we would like to do a limited edition run of a new kit. We will be holding a competition next year to select the design. There are no constraints on the size or type of model. Just build a prototype, and bring it to the February 2014 meeting for judging.
ABC Triathlon Fun Event
We had a total of 14 participants in the 2013 Triathlon fun event. Congratulations to the winners!
December 1, Goddard
December 21, Mt. Airy
December 7, Greenelt
Goddard Launches Waiver Update
Our waiver for launches at Goddard Visitor Center has been renewed through June 28, 2014. We will continue with our normal launch schedule on the first Sunday of the month at 1 pm. Special thanks to John Hochheimer, Jennifer Ash-Poole, Jim Filler, and Ed Pearson for working with the FAA and TSA to get a waiver approved for our launches. With that waiver come new restrictions: flights are now limited to D impulse motors and 2000 feet altitude.
Meetings are usually held on the first Saturday of the month, starting at 5:30 pm. Due to construction at College Park Airport, the location will be moving around. Please check the calendar page for the latest updated on location and time. The first part of the meeting will be a building session or discussion. The business meeting will start around 7 pm, and will end around 9 pm. Any leftover items will get discussed over a late dinner at Ledo's.
The next scheduled meeting is January 4
Club launches are held on the third Saturday of every month, weather permitting, at Old National Pike Park in Mt. Airy, Maryland. The field can support up to G-powered motors with the appropriate FAA waivers. Launch times vary throughout the year, so be sure to check the Calendar for details. Our launches are always open to non-club members who wish to fly.
NARHAMS also supports the oldest public demonstration launches in the United States. These launches are held on the first Sunday of each month at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, starting at 1 pm. Anyone who wishes to fly at these events may do so. Due to the limited recovery area, the flying of high power models and untested designs is discouraged. The impulse limit at Goddard is D engine or less.
Becoming a Member
If this sounds like fun, why not become a member? Dues are only 10 cents a week, with 50 cents minimum required to join. Download the membership form and send it in today!
Please note that to be eligible to vote at club meetings or to compete as a
member of NARHAMS, you must also:
The NARHAMS-members Yahoo group is primarily for NARHAMS members to discuss upcoming events related to the club. Non-club members are free to join in the discussion, but please keep the postings at least somewhat related to model rocketry.