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Minutes of the Minnesota Radio Control Soaring Society meeting May 19, 2005


27 members present.

Augie McKibben being unable to attend, our Vice President, David Engleson, called the meeting to order. Dave welcomed two visitors and invited them to introduce themselves briefly. One, Paul Gleich, a glider builder from an earlier decade, was welcomed back into our hobby/sport/obsession.


Dave explained this would be the last meeting held in the Edina community building. The next two meetings will be held jointly with scheduled contests. The dates set for the meetings: Saturday, June 11, at Jirik Sod Farm, in conjunction with the "Summer Jam" competition and Saturday July 9th at the Elk River sod farm in conjunction with "The Big One" competition. Our August meeting will be held at the new Roseville venue. (See directions elsewhere on this website)

Treasurer Jack Perecman reported that "We are in great shape."

Burt explained the progress his committee had made in working out the details of membership within the Yahoo groups.


Greg Stinson, CD of the year's first competition, "The Spring Tune-up," reminded us it is set for Jirik on Saturday, May 13 (weather and soggy turf permitting). The four categories will be 1.5 meter HLG /mini-start, 2 meter, RES (any size), and Open for the big birds. All events will be scored as one group to assist those working on LSF levels and sub-divided for prize purposes. Scores will be based on a ladder of duration target times with accompanying landing points. Each competitor will pay a $5 fee to enter one or all classes. Greg was reminded to call Pete at Jurik ahead of time to confirm the sod was contest ready.

SD Slopers report. That concluded the evening's formal business, so we turned to a report by members who made the recent trek to South Dakota's famed slope. Despite rain, cold and, at times, low winds, the trip was described as a great success with some sensational flying and lots of fellowship on the slope site. At the end of the stay, the motel owners threw a big dinner party for the whole group. A great weekend.

Show and Tell

Once again show and tell was filled with surprising stories, casual commentary, and lots of information on special sub-sections of our wide-ranging hobby. A brief summary (you had to be there):

Dave Edmondson showed us the latest Glide-Tek item from the wizards in the Ukraine. The Thermal Dart, a 1.5 meter, 10 oz. composite DLG has a spring loaded one-line pull-relax rudder control. Looks like a mini AVA. Sells for $280.

Larry Sorenson displayed his Durable Aircraft Models T33. Excellent EPP flyer. Highly recommended as sloper or for towing. Larry also gave us a look at his 2m Opus -- made in East Europe. A dynamic soaring jewel, it has been clocked at 157 mph.

Richard Ness showed his 3+ meter Valenta, another beautiful super sloper.

Evan DeJesus gave us a look at his 6 channel PPM synchronizing receiver, The Shadow weighs in at 8 grams and seems reliable. He told us that HiTec had a new receiver in the works that sets the channel coordination without an external device.

Terry Reissen, the owner of and a club member, has a list and images of items on his website. Members who make purchases can, if they wish, have them delivered free at the next club meeting.