Archive Apr 2015

WHATS THE DEAL WITH FPV QUAD RACING?

4/25/2015 - With all the news stories about drones and people flying them near airports or flying around major cities the quadcopter hobby is getting a bad name. 

Not everybody is interested in high altitude flying or capturing a view of a landmark up close and personal. There is a growing RC sport known as FPV Quad Racing where the racing is usually done in wooded areas, empty parking garages and through derelict buildings. Courses are laid out using visual indicaters such as cardboard arrows or caution tape. The pilots fly using First Person View (FPV). Their quads have cameras and video transmitters. The pilot wears a pair of video goggles connected to a video receiver and they fly using the view presented in the goggles from their quadcopter. Recently they have begun adding LED’s to the rear of their quads to better spot a competitor in flight as they approach. The effect this has is to remind you of a scene from Return of the Jedi in the forest of Endor.

The sport has its own collection of hot shot pilots. Most of these guys go by the handle they use in online forums instead of by name. Some of them are guys like Charpu, Boris B, UmmaGawd and a number of others.

There are different classes, but the 250 size is one of the most popular. Companies like GetFPV,  ReadyMadeRC and others provide the technolgy in the form of quadcopter kits, goggles, transmitters and receivers.

If you want to see more of this sport check out this link to YouTube. For more information about the technology, kits and expert advise go to FPVLab for forums and news.



CRCS FIELD RULE & BY-LAW CHANGE VOTE TO TAKE PLACE AT THE MAY 4 CLUB MEETING

4/25/2015 - All members should have received a ballot and copy of proposed changes to the clubs Field rules and By-laws in the mail. These changes will be voted on by the membership present at the May 4th regular club meeting. The ballot must be mailed before April 27th OR brought to the club meeting to be counted.



CRCS CLUB LOGO FACEBOOK DISCUSSION

4/25/2015 - There was a lengthy disussion on FaceBook in the Charleston Area Radio Control group this week about the CRCS logo. Some members feel the logo could use an update. The following sample was created and crowd sourced on Facebook and via email with other members which resulted in changes and additions.The background is white for visibility on the website but could be any color or transparent. Here is the result:

This subject may be a topic of discussion at the monthly club meeting. Do we want to change the logo? If we do, should we have a contest to provide the membership the opportunity to submit designs and then vote on one at a later meeting? If you have feelings one way or the other on the subject please voice them at the meeting. 



BOY SCOUTS S.T.E.M 2015 EVENT

4/22/2015 - Several members braved a rainy weather forecast to participate in the Boy Scouts S.T.E.M. event Saturday. While it was raining everywhere else Camp Ho No Wah was sunny and warm. Thanks to Richard White for providing the photo’s taken by Jon Patterson of Flyover Systems.



CRCS 2015 MEMBERSHIP CARDS

4/18/2015 - We have gotten a couple of questions regarding when new membership cards for 2015 will be sent out. Since membership renewal runs through the month of April and the cards are mass produced the new cards will be created the first week of May and mailed to members when complete. The club roster is updated with who has paid by the Treasurer.  When the cards are ready to send all paid members will receive an email letting them know the cards are on the way. The email will also include the new login password for the Members Only private web site. The current password will be changed the first week of May.



TOLEDO 2015 COVERAGE

4/15/2015 - Want a peek at what’s coming to your favorite hobbyshop or Online hobby supplier? Check out the latest stuff presented at the Toledo Weak Signals Expo! Brought to you by the folks at RC Groups.



TSA BATTERY AIRLINE TRAVEL GUIDELINES

4/15/2015 - If you are planning to do some airline travel this spring/summer/fall and anticipate taking along some RC goodies or buy some while way from home you might want to take a look at the TSA guidelines for batteries permitted on a plane. You can read all about it HERE. This helpful tip is brought to you by Bob Call.



APR 2015 CRCS CLUB MEETING MINUTES

4/7/2015 - The club had its monthly meeting on April 6. If you were unable to attend you can read the meeting minutes here or click on the CRCS Logo



CRCS PROPOSED BYLAW AND FIELD RULE CHANGES

4/7/2015 - The committee to review\update the club bylaws and field rules has completed its work. They have been reviewed by the board and discussed at the April club meeting. You can read the proposed changes of the bylaws HERE and the proposed field rules HERE. 

These changes will require a vote of the club at a regular meeting to be enacted by the membership. The date for the vote has not yet been announced but at least two weeks advance notice will be provided to the club membership in addition to mailing a hard copy of the proposed changes to the membership.



LARKS SPRING FLING AT THE SOD FARM 2015

The Welcome centerThe Raffle prizesThe airplane field as seen from the heli fieldThe airplane flightlineThe Airplane FieldThe Heli FieldBBQ LunchPlenty of room and nice soft grassPanarama of the goodies for drawingWhen he is not flying his F-22These big red BAE Hawk turbines are popularSomebody really likes cubsNice foamy collectionNice F4uNice F-22 turbine very stealthy in gray skysF-22 turbineNice collection of warbirdsLancaireGood collectionGary Jones EurosportEPP EagleDymond Hobbies P-47 - very large foamyDymond Hobbies P-47 with sounds systemScale prop from Dymond Hobbies P-47BAE Hawk Turbine take offAnother good collection

4/5/2015 - Larks RC Club had their annual spring fly-in at the SOD farm in Dalzell, SC Apr 3&4. The event takes place at a HUGE field with plenty of nice soft grass and long runways. The event benefits cancer treatment and is known for its huge raffle. This year did not disappoint! A 50cc aircraft from Extreme Flight and an Align TRex 500 helicopter were the top prizes, but there were transmitters, ARFs and a ton of other items raffled off. It started out pretty gloomy with heavy overcast, showers and light wind. This didn’t stop a lot of people from showing up. As the morning progressed the winds increased and the showers passed. By lunch time the skies cleared but the winds were in the 10 to 15mph range. This pretty much kept the airplane flying to a minimum, but the heli field was hopping with Marcus Kim and several factory pilots represented. Didn’t see a whole lot of crashes. I know of two helicopter crashes, but considering the large number of flights by heli’s over the two days it was not a big deal. There were a good number of the CRCS membership in attendance and flying. Lunch was BBQ with coleslaw, beans and cookies. The Larks did a good job of organizing the event and weather aside it was a good turn out. 



WHAT? ANOTHER CRCS CLUB MEETING RAFFLE?

SPIRIT ELITE WITH RADIO AND HISTART 001

4/3/2015 - We will be raffling off some more stuff at the monthly club meeting Monday. A little birdy told me the items to be raffled this month will be a Spirit Elite sailplane complete with a transmitter and servo’s! Tickets will be $1 each or 6 for $5. You must be present to win.



CUSTOMER SATISFACTION

P-47 Crack city

4/3/2015 - While at the Southeastern Model Show this year I bought a Hangar 9 60 sized Razorback P-47. New in Box!  I got it at an INCREDIBLE price from the guys at the Atlanta Hobby booth. Looked awesome until I got home and discovered the box in the bottom of the packaging that contained the canopy was packed with the landing gear, motor mounts and misc metal hardware. Needless to say the metal bits put 3 large cracks in the canopy. None of the packaging had been previously opened so it was just bad luck. There is no way to repair it without making it look worse. The replacement part is backordered until August of this year. I called Horizon Hobby support and they didn’t have a replacement available in any returned kits and with the kits backordered also until August they could not help me. This was a month ago.

Jump to today. I came home to find a large box sitting at my front door from Horizon. I wasn’t expecting anything to arrive so when I opened it and found a brand new canopy I was very pleasantly surprised! The replacement was packaged, so was not out of a kit and the website still shows them backordered. I don’t know where they found one, but my hat is off to the FANTASTIC support team at Horizon Hobby! I should add that they did not require a picture, proof of purchase or anything else except to ask me where I bought it. This is not my first experience with them where they went the extra mile. I’ve heard similar stories from others over the years as well. 

 


THE JESUS NUT SONG

4/1/2015 - If you are a rotorhead then you know the term 'Jesus Bolt’. Closely related is the Jesus Nut. These terms refer to the single bolt and/or nut that hold the rotor head to a helicopter. The second video is a good example of the results when there is no Jesus Nut holding the Jesus Bolt. We came across this music video courtesy of the RC Today Show Podcast. Somebody also combined the two HERE.



ALL GEARS ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL

4/1/2015 - The following video gives you an idea of the kind of enginering behind gear drives for RC helicopters. While mainly geared (pun intended) toward helicopters it is interesting to anyone that has a gear train in their life. Found this video by listening to the RC Today Show podcast.

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