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Jan 01, 2019, 12:46 PM
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Pacific NW Hand Launch Contests 2019

2019 HLG discussion thread for the Pacific Northwest. Hopefully you can make it out and fly this contest season. We'll post updates here on contest dates and other regional HLG specific stuff. March is only 2 months away!

I'll try to capture all the dates here on the first post, so send them to me as they get finalized. More details about SASS here.

SASS 2019 (Carnation) Tentative Schedule
Sat. March 23
Sat. April 20
Sat. May 18
Sat. July 6 (Thank you Paul Bower!)
Sat. Aug 3
Cascadia - Sat/Sun. Sept 7/8
Sat. Oct 5

June 15 - F3K in Canukastan - A David Webb production!

PASS (Portland) See post 105 for field details.
Sat. March 16th
Sun. April 7th
Sun. June 16th
Sat. August 3rd
Sun. August 11th
Sat. September 7th
Sat. October 12th

PSSF (Olympia)
Sat. May 4
Sat. June 1
Sat. June 29
Sat. Aug 24

More to come.

Last edited by rdjay; Apr 02, 2019 at 09:48 AM.
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Jan 01, 2019, 01:14 PM
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Thanks Rick. Here's to a great 2019!
Jan 02, 2019, 03:16 PM
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Happy New Year all!

Tom P
Jan 02, 2019, 06:35 PM
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Hopefully that will be more achievable than last year.
Jan 02, 2019, 10:54 PM
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Let the games begin.
Jan 03, 2019, 01:12 PM
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Hope to make more than just one, this next season. Thanks, Rick.
Jan 03, 2019, 07:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Provotech
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Happy New Year all!

Tom P
Believe it when we see it.
Jan 04, 2019, 05:13 PM
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Thanks for posting the 2019 schedule.

Last contest for me in Arizona tomorrow 1/5 ... then up to the Northwest for Tax Season.

BUT ... Look at the task list for this Saturday's contest in Arizona City


Our first F3K club contest of 2019 is scheduled for Saturday 1/5 at the field just south of Arizona City

Let's have a pilot meeting at 9:30 am, and start flying around 10:00 am.


1. Task C AULD x 5 (3:00 max) RJ-5
2. Task G 5 longest (2:00 max)
3. Task H 1,2,3,4 minutes
4. Task F 3 of 6 (3:00 max)
5. Task B Last 2 (4:00 max)
6. Task G 5 longest (2:00 max)
7. Task K Big Ladder
8. Task A Last Flight (5:00 max) 7 min
9. Task H 1,2,3,4 minutes
10. Task I 3 longest (3:20 max)
11. Task F 3 of 6 (3:00 max)
12. Task C AULD x 5 (3:00 max) RJ-5

Cheers, Charles

***End AZ club post

2019 is a rolling.


PS: Flying starts are 10:00am to let things warm up a bit before the flying begins.

PPS: Webb ... beautiful planes on the end of the 2018 thread. They look awesome!!
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Jan 04, 2019, 08:55 PM
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Ah, I see that the coveted RJ-5 is making it's rounds
Jan 05, 2019, 12:20 PM
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Start and finish with RJ-5, you lucky guy!

Conrad, are you going to be at The JEM?

Jan 05, 2019, 11:23 PM
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Looking forward to the March opener!!!
Jan 06, 2019, 12:22 AM
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Yes, I am going to be at the JEM (stopping there on my drive back up to Seattle for tax season)

I see your name on F3XVault registration.

I'll be arriving on Thursday, you?


PS - RJ-5 was a blast. Such a great task for opening AND closing contests. Charlie Morris (like flying against Banks) got ALL of his 3:00 minute flights in each of RJ-5 rounds. And the air at the end of the day was definitely not 3:00 air, but Charlie did it everytime ... it was impressive!! I seem to remember Thomas doing that at one of the contests last year ... the Canuck in Jly2018?? Did we begin and end with the RJ-5 at that one?

PPS - The Arizona City contest was set up to run 12 rounds in a one day contest. With the late start 10:00 AM (due to unusually cold weather, for Arizona in January, but still short sleeves and no coats) the CD only ran 10 rounds. Sunset was at 5:30 pm. They dropped rounds 10 and 11, but still finished with the RJ-5. It was great!! The contest had 10 contestants and 2 flight groups. I do like the fact that Charles Martin (CD for the Arizona contests) generally runs 10-12 rounds each day of his contests. I 'really' like the contests with more rounds each day. The contest hits a rhythm and the extra flying is really a great experience in the same day.
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Jan 06, 2019, 11:00 AM
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Post from another thread on KST and MKS centering


Have you heard any of the discussion quoted below?
Or about the 'Spring-loaded horn set for KST X08' to add to stiffness and help with centering using the horn sets listed below?

My apologies if this 'spring loaded' horn set for KST's and centering discussion is old news ... the horn set was new news to me.


Originally Posted by blytle
A friend just pointed out the DS-75 comes with a warning to not use for pull string. I have been having centering issues with MKS servos lately... guess I should have read the documentation.

A majority of DLG installs use pull string.... so .... really?

Originally Posted by Bas B
If this is really a problem it could be solved with a spring mounted on the servo. Such a spring also reduces the current draw significantly and servo speed to both sides becomes symmetrical. See the link below for an example.

Last edited by jhconrad; Jan 06, 2019 at 11:10 AM.
Jan 06, 2019, 12:16 PM
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I land at LAX noon on Friday, hope to be at the field 2:00 ish. The Reese's will be there a couple hours later.

That servo mounted spring is the sheeeiiiite! I've tried a few times to make something that did that but never got anything successful. Would love to see those on the Armsoar site

Jan 06, 2019, 12:26 PM
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That's horn set is crazy. HAVE to see what that's about IRL.

Good hunting at The JEM, gentlemen!

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