May 16 park launch CANCELLED

May 12, 2015 in Mail_All_Users

At this evening's club meeting, we discussed the upcoming launch at Buder Park and came to the conclusion that too many key people were going to be unable to attend. Therefore, we decided to go ahead and cancel the event so we could make an early announcement and let everyone know. The next scheduled launch will be on June 13th at Buder Park.

Tuesday May 12, 2015 General Membership Meeting Announcement

May 10, 2015 in Mail_All_Users

SLRA is having our regular monthly meeting on Tuesday
evening, May 12th, at our  meeting location: Google Map Link

Bandana's Bbq Sunset Hills
11750 Gravois Road
Sunset Hills, Missouri, 63127

We are continuing to meet at  Bandana’s BBQ Sunset Hills. Even though Bandana’s Sunset Hills doesn’t have a minimum food purchase, we are encouraging members to purchase something to support the use of the room. We have the room from 6:30 to 9:00 and we’ll need to leave promptly since 9 pm is the closing time.

The room will be available at 6:30 PM and  the business meeting will start at about 7:00PM. We'll need to be out of the room by 9:00 PM (closing).

If you're a member of SLRA, you can view the meeting minutes from previous meetings here: Meeting Minutes Page.  The meeting minutes will be the basis of our "old business" discussion.

The standard agenda for all meetings is as follows:

1. Treasury Status.

2. Recognition of Achievements

3. Recognition of Contributions

4. Members expenses.

5. Old Business - please review minutes for last month's meeting for topics

6. New Business

Please comment on this post or email me at if you have new business for the meeting.

No launch in Elsberry for March 28

March 24, 2015 in Mail_All_Users

Again, we regret to announce that although Saturday's weather looks promising, mid-week rain is re-soaking the field and not allowing the roads to dry out. Therefore, we have made the decision to cancel the March 28 date and allow club members to make other plans.

If you want to fly high-power and are willing to travel, Quad Cities Rocket Society will have a launch on March 28 at their Princeton, IL field. This is an excellent field about four hours' drive north of the St. Louis area with a standing 15,000 foot waiver. Please see their website at for more information.

As I said in my previous post, we are looking for a new high-power launch site. If you have any leads on a suitable site, please contact me at or attend one of our regular monthly meetings to discuss it. All suggestions are welcome!

No launch in Elsberry for March 21

March 20, 2015 in Mail_All_Users

The field is still too muddy for us to bring vehicles into the Elsberry field, so there will be no launch tomorrow (March 21). There is still a possibility for a launch on March 28 at this location, but we are still not optimistic.

The club officers are actively investigating a possible new high-power launch site, but continue to welcome suggestions if other members know of a place that could be suitable. The primary criteria for a high-power site are relatively flat, open terrain (free of large numbers of trees, buildings or power lines) and the further from major airports, the better. Farmland is usually ideal. Please send any suggestions to and I will forward them to the club officers. Thanks!

Buder Park Launch is Over

March 14, 2015 in Uncategorized

We had a great launch and thanks to everyone who attended.

Buder Park Launch is Go for This Morning March 14, 2015

March 14, 2015 in Mail_All_Users

Although it has rained, the weather looks good for this morning and we are leaving to set up the range at Buder. The field may be damp at first, but this should not be a problem for the grass. We expect to start flying at 9:00 am and continue until there are no rockets to fly (around noon or later). Setup should depend on the wind, but we normally set up in the northwest part of the park. We will post when the range shuts down.

Some Notes From Tuesday’s Meeting (March 10, 2015)

March 11, 2015 in Mail_All_Users

We had a small meeting and discussed several issues.

1. We are in search for a new high power field. We have not lost access to our existing field in Elsberry, but it is becoming less likely that we will be able to fly there with any consistency. It is a great field when we have access, but there seems to be very little chance of scheduling any launches there (as the last few years have demonstrated). Old timers can remember that our original field - a mile north of our current - had much more robust roads and a small amount of moisture or wet fields did not prevent access. Our future supporting high power would benefit greatly from more reliable access to a field.

We have no leads at the present but we are definitely interested in ideas or contacts for a field anywhere within an hour of St. Louis that would permit us to fly. We have to obtain an FAA waiver for a new field, but Rob Chapie (our Tripoli Prefect) indicated that our FAA contacts are very responsive to our waiver needs. Keep an eye out for possibilities and let the board know if you have any ideas for possible new fields. We won't pass up an opportunity to fly at Elsberry, but there are only 2 more dates this spring that we will attempt.

2. Since it is difficult to fly at Elsberry, we are expanding our Buder Park flying season. We have a launch Saturday morning (3/14) and the weather so far looks very good. We plan to have a launch the Saturday after our meeting from now on until the weather gets bad again later this year.

3.We have received feedback that there isn't much mentoring or fun at our meetings.  We have decided to minimize the amount of business at our monthly meetings (second Tuesday of the month) and we are planning more fun meetings in the future.  As much business as possible will now be handled using email and we hope to keep the meetings much less boring. We are also looking into having build sessions where everyone can bring projects, get advice and compare notes. We are looking for other locations and times that would allow us to spread out  bit and do some building and we're open to any suggestions.

To start off, John Buckley suggested that we have a small boost glider build session at an upcoming meeting where we'll put together a 1/2A balsa glider to fly at Buder. He is putting together a parts list it should be cheap and a lot of fun. Thanks John! Look for more details in the next few weeks before our next meeting.

We are looking for anyone who would like to demo a technique, talk about their projects, or ask questions for general discussion. We're interested in any rocketry related topics. If you have a project you need help with - bring it into a meeting or a build session. I'm also going to try to come up with some suggested meeting themes to help encourage more fun and less boring stuff at our meetings.

4. The board agreed to purge our membership records at the end of March for anyone who hasn't renewed their membership. We won't delete web site accounts or email notifications, but the member's area will no longer be accessible if your account is downgraded. Thanks to everyone who has renewed for 2015!

Event reminder: Summer Park Launches at Buder

March 11, 2015 in Mail_All_Users

Just a reminder that we have a model rocket launch scheduled this Saturday, March 14, at Buder Park. Setup will begin at 8:15 am and we expect to fly from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (as long as there are more rockets to fly). Please check the event page for directions and more details. See you there!

SLRA’s Website is Back Up

March 7, 2015 in Mail_All_Users


Thanks for your patience and the web site is now backup up for use. It appears that serious damage was done in the middle of the week to the site and several key database tables were deleted after an attempt to take over control. I'm not exactly sure what exploits were used, but the site was definitely down. I restored the site from a September 2014 and also merged the untouched database tables and the site seems to be back up and running. No one succeeded in taking over control, but someone did damage the site in the process.

The lessons from this occurrence is that more frequent backups are required and we need to keep on top of WordPress issues since St. Louis web sites were attacked in the last few days with WordPress as a prime target.  I'm still in the process of figuring out what was exploited, but I am more carefully watching access to our database and who might have had/has access.

As a reminder, we have a meeting coming up on Tuesday March 10, 2015 and I can give more info about what happened if anyone is interested.



Heino Pull
SLRA Secretary

Scrub again – no launch on March 7

March 3, 2015 in Uncategorized

Unfortunately, with continued precipitation and warm weather coming, the Elsberry field continues to be too muddy for us to bring vehicles and our club trailer in. Therefore, we're officially cancelling the 3/7 backup date for our first planned launch. While disappointing, this does not come as much of a surprise.

We are still hopeful that things will dry out over the next two weeks and we will be able to have a high-power launch in Elsberry on March 21, which is our next planned date.

Other upcoming events - we have a club meeting at Bandana's on March 10, at which all club members are welcome, and we also have a model rocket launch scheduled for March 14 at Buder Park. One of the topics of discussion at the meeting will be the condition of the field at Buder Park and planning for the model rocket launch. (At the February meeting, we decided to schedule all of the Buder Park launches for the Saturday following the club meeting, to aid with planning - this is why sometimes it falls on the second Saturday of the month, and sometimes it's the third.) Please check the calendar to the right for up-to-date information on all club events.

If you have any questions about upcoming events, please leave a comment here, or email me at Thanks!