# 8: Field Notes 2020: Part 1

2020 was a tough year. Rocketry really helped some of us get through it.

I took a recorder along to almost every launch I went to, and the result is this 2-part series, Field Notes 2020.

Because of the uncertainty, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to fly at all this past year. The NAR prohibited organized club launches for a while, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eventually, I made it out to some casual, 2-3 person launches. And then the clubs were able to fly again.

Despite the difficulties, I might have had more actual flights this year. At club launches, I spend a lot of time chatting with people, and don’t always fly as much as I mean to.  Informal launches are where I fly much more frequently in fewer hours’ time.

I introduced Little N00b to flying this year. He seemed to enjoy it, for a bit, until the excitement became a little too much for him. Two A-motor flights to start the year – it was better than nothing.

I finished a few new builds early in the summer, and they looked quite nice. I get nervous flying a model rocket when it turns out too nice, but they’re made to fly, so I eventually make myself do it (when the wind isn’t too bad!).

I flew my first Semroc models, the Cherokee D and Bandit, two “Retro-Repro” kits from earlier Estes designs.

When the club got back together, I wasn’t sure if I was more excited about the rocketry, or just seeing other people again! I took along my new camera and tried to capture some launch photos. I didn’t really get the hang of this at first, and it would be later in the season when I would get my first decent liftoff shots.

But I did get plenty of what I call “rocket boudoir photos,” rockets on the ground with the chutes out after a safe recovery.

I spent a lot of time after launches taking pictures. I didn’t always find the rocket I was looking for, but I got some nice shots of flowers and bees. And other peoples’ old, lost rockets.

It turned out to be a rather nice summer with mostly good weather. I hope you enjoy the episode.

105: Tim Van Milligan of Apogee Components!

Welcome to Episode 105 of The Rocketry Show! This time around, we are joined by Tim Van Milligan of Apogee Components!  Tim hangs with us to talk about some new projects from Apogee, including some insights into the direction of RockSim! Tim Van Milligan and his X-15 rocket. We also find time to talk general rocket shop too!

104: Workshop Talk With Toby Vanderbeek

In Episode 104, we are joined by Toby Vanderbeek in our second workshop show in the new format! We talk rockets, and a little about what toby has done with his work on rocketry with his https://www.vander-burn.com Vander Burn-rocketry project. Vanderburn Estes Goblin fin upgrades. Listen to the episode to find out why! The gang talk about their favorite motors, rocket adventures, and CG gives a glimpse into his 2021 flight computer tests, and more! Jesse's favorite propellant. This is the photo he mentions in the podcast.  

103: The Continuing Adventures of Joe Barnard

Joe Barnard joins us to fill us in on his continuing adventures in thrust vector rocketry, including his latest twist: Landing under rocket thrust -- not parachutes! Joe Barnard and his "Scout E" Rocket You can dig deeper into his adventures by visiting his site, BPS.space. Also, Jesse talks about his home paint booth, and the gang talk about what they are up to. Listener feedback from the last couple of episodes We talk briefly on the sale of Mach1 Rocketry  

Season 2 Episode 1 Teaser: Field Notes 2020

The N00b has hours of audio to edit.

I took my recorder along to document (almost) every single launch I went to this  year. There weren’t as many formal launches as we had planned, obviously, but I still managed to fly quite a lot.

A big two-part episode is coming – Field Notes 2020. But since there’s so much audio to wade through, here’s a short episode of a few highlights you’ll hear in the full length episodes, a teaser episode.

101: Workshop Talk: Shear pins and the Marco Polo tracker with Andrew Kleinhenz

The Rocketry Show gang try a slightly new format for the workshop shows.  We are now inviting fellow rocketeers to the workshop to teach us some of their tips and tricks, and to just talk rockets. Our first guest is Andrew Kleinhenz, friend to both CG and Gheem, Andrew taught us many of the tricks we have built our rocketry tricks around.   He with us, answers these questions sent to us from listeners of the show! Shear Pin Questions: How do you figure out how many pins you need? Any issues with the LOC-high power type cardboard tubing and small size 2-56 or 4-40 plastic screws for shear pins? Do you use any reinforcement on the cardboard airframe and components? What size do you recommend? Mid Power, to High Power Cardboard and Fiber Glass recommendations for shear pins Where to place them?  Any math equations or an online calculator? Do you test those with ejection charges first? Fig. 1. Shear Pin view. Fig 2. Another view of Andrew's shear Pin. The Band of CA used to reinforce the cardboard. Note: The shear pin remains from the last flight is still in the hole. Note the lack of stress around the cardboard airframe. Marco Polo Tracker What actually is that type of tracker? Approximate cost? Where do you buy it? Difficulty of use? What is the range of the unit?  (How far away can your rocket be from you and still get data)? Advantages of this and disadvantages vs others on the market Andrew using the Marco Polo tracker to find his rocket in the bean field. Andrew's rocket in the bean field...found thanks to the Marco Polo.   Gheem and Andrew on igniters. We had some folks today launching some upgraded BT-55 Goblins today… they used those igniters that came with the package… What would the Rocketry show gang have used? Gheem's pile of dipped commercial igniters. Close up view #1 of one of his dipped commercial igniter. Close up view #2 of Gheem's dipped commercial Igniter

Episode 100!

The entire Rocketry Show team gather for Episode 100 to look back on some of their fond memories, and talk about their projects, and more! Here is a brief "100 Episodes" scrapbook! Daniel, James Barrowman, and CG! Col. Rick Searfoss Steve Eves   The n00b sanding fins during the show...                   Gleda Estes, Gheem, CG, and Vern Estes Virgin Islands TARC Team Gheem and his composite B motor from Quest Robin Thurman - AIA, CG and Gheem Gheem, Daniel, and CG at NARCON 2019

Workshop! With The Rocketry Show Guys

After a hiatus (you know, it’s 2020…), we’re back with The Model Rocket Show!

This episode is a classic “workshop” episode fans of The Rocketry Show have come to enjoy – and the N00b is joined by Jesse and Gheem from The Rocketry Show! CG is there, too, but just listening quietly in the background (you know how Gheem and the N00b can ramble on…)

In the first half of the show, we answer listener questions, including one from a Patreon patron which slipped through the N00b’s email for a while (sorry about that, Les!).

After our break, we get to talking shop with a fun, longwinded conversation which culminates in… MURDER!!!

…of the N00b’s Mercury Redstone escape tower.

A lot of rocketeers have been frustrated by a build over the decades, and sometimes smashing a piece which is getting your goat feels like the only solution…

99: Season 7 Premiere! – Cris Erving of Eggtimer Rocketry

We are pleased to have Cris Erving, founder of Eggtimer Rocketry  with us on this episode! We discus the Eggtimer products, and also give lots of tips and tricks to help you figure out how to solder one together! Some pointers: ) If you're a beginner, use a 20 watt soldering pencil for best results.  This one from Weller is a nice one: Weller soldering pencil           Fancy temperature controlled irons are nice, but not if you are a soldering newbie!  the wrong temperature settings will either not work well, or can destroy the electronic components you are trying to solder. 2.) Practice soldering things together first.  Cris says go ahead, and use the eggtimer kit for practice.  If that thought makes you nervous, then get one of these surface mount soldering practice kits. Surface Mount solder training kit. IMPORTANT:  We'd suggest reading your excellent Eggtimer Rocketry kit manual all the way through to get a feel for what you are practicing for!! 3.) To ensure success, use as little solder as possible!  The bigger the blob, the more likely it will flow to another pin, and short out your connections! 4.) Do not overheat.  Some parts can be damaged by having the soldering tip touching them for longer than 30 seconds.  In fact, this is a nice simple video that is pretty good: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qps9woUGkvI Good luck!!