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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.

Next Launch: Feb 7, 1:00 pm
Greenbelt, MD
Next Meeting: Mar 5, 5:30 pm
College Park, MD

Holiday Party Contest

Bring your best looking rocket to the NARHAMS holiday party on December 5 and enter the Best In Show contest to win part of a $60 prize purse.
1st prize $25 gift card to Hobby Works
2nd prize $10 gift card to Hobby Works
3rd prize $5 gift card to Hobby Works

Wait! That doesn't total up to $60 you say. Where is the other $20? King Zog's slush fund? Alan Williams' AOL account dues? No! The first 20 people who enter the contest and don't win one of the top 3 prizes win $1 in cold hard American cash.

Models will be judged by the popular vote of the crowd at the party, and we want to see your best efforts in design and craftsmanship.

Night Launch Pictures

Dave Fuller was busy taking pictures of the September sport and night launch. Check them out here.

NARHAMS Gold Kits Still Available

Remember that the special limited edition NARHAMS Gold 50th Anniversary kits are still available for $30. This model features a unique ducted booster design, 2-stage styling, water slide decals, and is being professionally produced by FlisKits. Dimensions: 20" long, 1.34" diameter.

To purchase a kit, please use PayPal with the "Send Money to Friends or Family" option to:
Maria Ha
512 Chestnut St
Mt Holly Springs, PA 17065

Meeting Location Change

We're moving again! Starting with the October 4 meeting, we will be moving back to College Park Airport. Since the operations building where we were before is currently occupied by construction crews, we will be meeting in the Hap Arnold building. To get there, turn left at the airport entrance, and follow the road around the field toward the Metro tracks. Hap Arnold is the little blue house at the end of the road before you reach the hangars.

NARHAMS in the News

We got a nice mention in Carroll Magazine recently, with quotes from Jim Miers, Alex Mankevich, and Mark Wise. Check out the full article!

Goddard Launches Waiver Update

Our waiver for launches at Goddard Visitor Center has been renewed through May 28, 2016. 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 each month, starting at 5:30 pm, at the College Park Airport. 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 March 5



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.

Directions to Mt. Airy Field

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.

Directions to Goddard

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:
a) be a current member of the NAR
b) attend at least one of the previous 3 monthly business meetings

Mailing List

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.

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Additional Information

NARHAMS President
Alex Mankevich

NARHAMS Section Advisor
Mark Wise
P.O. Box 8507
Washington, DC 20032

National Association of Rocketry
P.O. Box 407
Marion, IA 52302
Sign up for the NAR's electronic newsletter here

Public Launches at Goddard
NASA Goddard Visitor Center