East Anglian Rocketry Society - Flying Rockets in Cambridgeshire, UK
Index: Launches: Etiquette

Launch Etiquette

There are a number of do's and don'ts that are enforced at EARS launches, most of these are so that we don't upset the land owner, but there are a few to make the launch day more enjoyable for everyone.

Recovering Rockets

Once you've flown your rocket and the RSO has given you permission to recover it, there are some rules that we would like you to follow. These are mainly aimed at minimising crop damage, as the farmer has specified to us that he wants the minimum number of people walking over his fields.

  1. There should be no more than two people sent to recover a rocket, unless the weight of the rocket means more people are needed to carry bits of it.
  2. Always walk down the tractor wheel paths to reach you rocket. Please walk as far down one of these as possible before cutting into the crops to recover the rocket.
  3. If you can't find your rocket, please don't wander aimlessly around the farmer's field. The chances are someone back at the launch site got a good line of sight to where it landed, so please come back and talk to the RSO about where your rocket came down.
  4. Due care and attention must be taken when traversing the farmers fields. By their very nature they are bumpy and uneven, for your own safety we ask you, or your children, not to run.

Laying Out Launch Controller Cables

When laying out launch controller cables, can you please keep them all to one side of the dirt track. This is to stop the wires getting all tangled up, but also to stop them all getting trodden on by flyers as they take their rockets out to the pads. If you are the first to put a launch controller out, then please put the wires down the side of the grass embankment, as then they will not get accidentally trodden on.

Clearing Up

Once your rocket has flown, or when you are dismantling your pad at the end of the day, can you please pick up any used ignitors, motor end caps, masking tape or other rubbish that is in the vicinity of your pad. All flyers at EARS events have a responsibility to clear up after themselves, not only on the range, but also around their cars and preparation areas. If you see any litter lying around on the site, if you could please pick it up and put it one of the bin bags that are provided at each launch, we would be most grateful.

Use of Electronics

To avoid conflict with electrical items at EARS launches we would ask you to follow these simple guidelines to make sure that you don't interfere with the running of the launch, or the recovery of other flyers rockets.

Use of Radios

Generally 2 way radios may be used at EARS events. There is one case where we would ask for your cooperation. PMR446 radios are very popular and are what EARS use to help run launch events. We would ask that you, please, do not use the two channels used by EARS RSO's and event organisers for announcements and talkback. If the EARS RSO or one of the committee asks you to stop using your radio equipment please comply. The channels used by the EARS members running the launches will normally be channels 4 and 5. On some occasions these may differ due to other PMR users in the vicinity. The channels in use will be shown on a sign at the event. Anyone caught abusing the EARS event channels during a launch may be asked to leave the site and EARS members may be brought before a disciplinary committee.

Use of Radio Trackers

There are many flyers now using radio trackers on the licence exempt 433MHz band at EARS launches. To avoid any conflicts with flyers who have flown their rocket and are trying to recover it, please don't switch your tracker on until the last possible moment. Also when you recover your rocket, can you please switch the tracker off at the earliest opportunity. This will then enable others to use the frequency as soon as possible.

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