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.
December Launch Cancelled
The December 21 launch at Mt. Airy is cancelled due to poor field conditions and COVID restrictions.
November Launch Update
NARHAMS is sorry to advise the Maryland area model rocketeers of the following:
CANCELLED: November Mt Airy launch on 11/21/2020 (and likely into 2021 as well).
Thanks to those of you who were planning on launching with NARHAMS for the Saturday November 21, 2020 sport launch at Old National Pike Park.
However, the Frederick County Parks and Recreation has officially notified us that they have limited outdoor gatherings at the Parks to no more than 25 people. Due to that, and the increasing COVID positivity rates in general, NARHAMS has cancelled all model rocket launches and in-person activities for the remainder of 2020 and into 2021.
You may read the November 13, 2020 COVID Restriction announcement here.
We will evaluate the possibility of returning to flight after we have been advised by the Frederick County government that they had lifted their current restriction on gathering size limit, and the NARHAMS membership agrees it is safe to meet in person again.
We have a December virtual meeting coming up and both a T-shirt and Spaceman contest for your participation pleasure. I hope to see you online!
Stay safe and healthy out there.
Updated Rules for Launches
Due to COVID-19, the State of Maryland requires NARHAMS and all park patrons to follow these rules.
Goddard Launches Cancelled
Goddard Visitor Center closed to the public on March 13. Therefore, NARHAMS launches at Goddard are cancelled until further notice.
New Launch Site Approved
NARHAMS has received approval for a launching at a new site in Carroll County. The new site is at Krimgold Park, 5355 Woodbine Road (MD Route 94) near Woodbine, MD.
Site is limited to G-powered models and below (same as Mt. Airy). No vehicles or pop-up tents are allowed on the grass, and no PA system is allowed.
Come on out to check out the field, do some fun flying, or get in some TARC practice flights!
Mt. Airy Launches
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 provides launch controllers and pads with 1/8", 3/16", and 1/4" rods, as well as 1010 and 20mm rails.
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.
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 February 6
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 mailing list 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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