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  1. Now that winter testing is fully underway, I can see the benefit of a telemetry receiver in gauging practice launch heights. I recall at last April's try it day at Buckminster that someone was using a Lemon telemetry receiver. I assume it was a Lemon LM0051. Question is will it work safely on a single Lipo? 3.7v-4.02v. Literature for an LM0051 suggests not - 4.5v min. I currently use a Lemon RX6 which runs fine for over an hour on a 1s lipo.
  2. tonym

    CANCELLED BMFA F3K League event

    At Twywell - details in this thread -
  3. Arrangements have got to be started sometime, so here we go. Weekend of 12th & 13th May 2018 Location - Little Bentley, Colchester, Essex, CO7 8SN. We had another great event last year - 2017 thread - can even more pilots be persuaded to come? I have created the event on the F3X Vault website - pre-payment is a requirement for registration. A list of entrants will be kept here but actual entry is to be made on the F3X Vault site please. UK entrants pay direct to me to avoid conversion fees from GBP-EURO-GBP Entry fees are Senior £25 and Junior £10, pre-payment is required by PayPal to tony@quick-net.co.uk Entries by midnight Thursday 10th May Directions to the field in the attached pdf file. Camping on the field as last year as well as a barbecue on Saturday night. Rather than take a set amount for food, or adding it in to the entry fee, we will pay-as-you-eat. Bring your own beer, wine, etc. TonyM Entry List: Lorry Green - GBR - FAI 66378 Chris Biesmans - BEL - FAI 80001 Olaf Starmanns - GER - FAI 19761 Edwin Rooseman - NED - 97891 Michael Stern - GBR - FAI 66376 Simon Barker - GBR - FAI 101175 Paul Gleeson - GBR - FAI 127979 Mike Challinor - GBR - FAI 90831 Richard Swindells - GBR - FAI 66353 Maria Freeman - GBR - FAI 66426 Neil Harrison - GBR - FAI 93798 Marin Mitev - GBR - FAI 109021 Nikola Arabadzhyski - BUL - FAI 121724 Gavin Stern - GBR - FAI 83028 Carlos Dos Santos - GBR - FAI 83020 Ferenc Paskai - HUN -FAI 81469 Guido Ter Horst - BEL - FAI 80021 David P - GBR - FAI 99674 directions_to_little-bentley.pdf
  4. tonym

    UK F3K Eurotour & World Cup

    until
    See thread in F3k section
  5. Richardc

    1m DLG Competition?

    Is there a separate competition / league for 1m class DLG’s? Apologies if I’ve missed it, but cannot find any posts on the forum.
  6. Contest time again! Fingers crossed for weather like today! All are welcome, but BMFA insurance is a necessity. New contest pilots especially welcome, no experience necessary - well, you need to be able to launch and land. This F3K league event is to be held at Twywell - not far from Kettering. This is a farm field and is normally grazed by sheep. The start time will be 10:00 - please aim to arrive by 09:30 at the latest. Entries close at 18:00 on Friday 27 April. Please bring your BMFA Membership card to show for proof of insurance. An entry fee of £10 per head will be charged for this event - please be ready to pay on the day - juniors free. I'll update this table as the entries come in. The lanes around the field are narrow and used by horse riders - please take care. Tony M's map of the location is here. Let me know who is coming by posting here or PMing me. Give me your frequency and BMFA number. Pilot list: 1. Michael Stern 2.4GHz 136270 2. Simon B 2.4Ghz 185231 3. Neil H 2.4Ghz 035124 4. Tony B 2.4Ghz 66346 5. Mike C 2.4Ghz ?? 6. Neil P 2.4Ghz 029037 7. Richard S 2.4Ghz ?? 8. Nick S 2.4Ghz 117584 9. Richard C 2.4Ghz 77318 10. Lorry G 2.4Ghz ?? 11. Luke J 2.4Ghz 160499 12. Gavin S 2.4Ghz 148987 13. Marin Mitev 2.4Ghz 194534
  7. Nick Chitty

    Ollie Chitty world record

    For those that remember Ollie
  8. All pilots are welcome but BMFA insurance is a necessity. New contest pilots especially welcome. This F3K league event is to be held at Hockliffe, north of Dunstable on the A5. This is a private club site and a farm field, normally grazed by sheep. The start time will be 10:00 - please aim to arrive in time for a pilots briefing at 9:45am Entries close at 18:00 on Friday 22nd Sept. Please bring your BMFA Membership card to show for proof of insurance. An entry fee of £10 per head will be charged for this event - please be ready to pay on the day - juniors free. We have the option of flying on Saturday or Sunday (reserve day) this time. PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHICH DAYS YOU CAN DO, IE 1 SATURDAY ONLY, 2 SUNDAY ONLY, 3 BOTH DAYS If you want to enter - reply or PM me, giving your AVAILABILITY, frequency and BMFA number. I'll update a table below as the entries come in. If you want to come and watch, please PM me with your details and watch this thread in case of any last minute changes. Please note that this is a one day event scheduled for Saturday 23rd. It will only use the reserve date (Sunday) if the Saturday has to be cancelled due to a poor forecast. Then, if Sunday's weather is also too bad, Sunday's attempt will be cancelled too. Keep watching this thread! Here's the field:- ISA Field Entrants David P Sat Mike F Sat Sun Simon B Sat Sun Neil H Sat Mike C Sat Sun Marin Sat Sun Neil P Sat Sun Lorry Sat Sun Tom Sun Nick Sat Sun Paul C Sat Sun Richard Sat Sun
  9. thechalster

    F3K WC 2017

    So the journey begins to the 2017 F3k model glider world champion ships. An early start from the frozen north leaving my house at 00:15. Now at Heathrow waiting for the other mikes. Thanks to all that have helped me get here and a special thanks to Neil lhttps://www.superfly.online/ Denis http://www.ds-composites.eu/ and Richard at bowing for their support. For those interested in keeping up to date with the result they will be at http://wch2017.f3k.in.ua/
  10. COMPETITION CANCELLED. FORECAST TO BE TOO WINDY. BMFA F3K League 10 June 2017 Malvern. At the Malvern Soaring Association field in Upton on Severn. This is a great venue for gliding with plenty of space and apparently the weather is going to be brilliant! PM me or post here to enter with name, freq and BMFA number. Deadline for entries 1900 Thursday 8 June. I will make a call on the weather 1200 09 June and post here. BMFA membership required. £10 on the day. As always, first time competition pilots very welcome. Please arrive by 0930 latest for the first round to start at 1000. Directions to the field here. Some bonus directions as a few people have found it tricky previously: Google Maps satellite image view shows it very clearly. Exit the A4104 onto E(ast) Waterside. Drive to the end and turn right, heading back under the A4104 into the field. You'll end up driving along the Severn way pretty much. Please stick to driving along the track on the edge of the field. We'll park up about where the tent is on the Google maps image (shown as of 30/5/17). I will open the gate under the bridge from about 0800-0930 for competitors to drive onto the field, then lock it again. It can be opened again during the day if competitors need to drive in and out. Spectators are welcome, but unless they want to stay all day like competitors will need to park on the right along the slip road just off the main road. The parking here is obvious and used by locals who come to walk the footpath around the field. Our club hosts are sensitive about vehicle access to the field, and I will be too busy flying, timing and running a comp (or at least trying to) to be back and forward all day to the gate. Let me know if you have any questions. Entries: Tony Hickson 171108 Matt Kerrigan 200232 Neil Pritchett Martin Oldershaw 83942 Les Wood 122361 Mike Stern Mike Challinor Lorry Green Richard Swindells Simon Barker 185231 Phil P? Jonathon Bennetto 176780 Mike Fantham Carlos Dos Santos Neil Harrison
  11. mikef

    Radioglide 2017 F3K Report and Results

    Entries were well up this time on the past few years at 18 - we only had 8 in 2016. This trend has been there for all of the first three F3K events this season and is a very welcome sign. Not just more entries but an improving standard of flying across the board with several new names coming in and already flying at a good standard. We were all keen to see and try the new BMFA National Centre field and we were not disappointed. Driving up from London I met increasingly overcast conditions and a fair breeze from the west. The sky cleared during the day and the wind dropped off giving ideal conditions for a contest. F3K set up camp outside what will be the main carpark for the field with the box towards the south-western corner of the property. People were able to operate from their cars but the box was constrained by the newly seeded runways which we need to stay off until the grass is established. Once we can get on there, it will be an even nicer set-up. CD Michael Stern had set up 8 rounds of 3 slots to give a relaxed contest and make sure that the newer pilots could always get an experienced timer/caller to help them through the various tasks, which can seem a bit confusing at first. Everybody enjoyed the way the contest ran and we were treated to some spectacular flying from the top pilots who seem to able to conjure some help from the slightest waft of lift with their modern high performance airframes. Some of the tasks require pilots to make fast turnarounds – a tip catch timed to the second followed but an ultra-rapid re-launch – to maximise air time. We fly to a 10 minute slot for the 1,2,3,4 task. Here, you need to make four flights as near as possible to the maxes to win – you can do them in any order so you need to think on your feet. You cannot actually do the full times as they add up to ten minutes and you need to re-launch three times on the way. The eventual winner, Michael Stern (yes the CD!) did 0:57 1:58 3:00 4:00 making a total of 9:55 in 10 minutes! In the 5 x 2:00 round he also did 9:55 but this time with four re-launches making 2:00 1:59 2:00 1:59 1:57. That’s about one second for each re-launch given that times are rounded DOWN to the nearest second. As Team Manager, it was good to see this year’s Team of Michael Stern, Mike Challinor and Richard Swindells finish in that order in the top three places. table.tableizer-table { font-size: 12px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #CCC; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } 1 Michael Stern 7000 2 Mike Challinor 6950 3 Richard Swindells 7875 4 Marin M 7273 5 Phil P 7060 6 David P 7006 7 Neil H 6879 8 Carlos DS 6111 9 Simon B 6502 Full results are in the Forum post below Nick winds up for a big launch. Matt and Phil head out for a flight.
  12. Hi guys, Bit of a long shot but anyone in the Midlands/Worcestershire area up for having a fly with me? I have my new Snipe together but my flying is terrible, i thought i was getting there when i had my Blaster 3.5 but since switching to the Snipe i'm really having a difficult time and feeling like quitting dlg. I read you have to keep the speed up with these models, but since i always fly alone i have no idea what the optimal speed looks like. I'm also losing a lot of height in turns. And then there is my launch height, i don't know if it's not accurate as i can't get it to zero on the ground anyway and usually ends up reading minus 4m on the ground, but my Spektrum vario says i'm throwing to 20 meters!. Surely a relaxed throw could hit 20m? If it's right then clearly i'm doing something wrong somewhere. I know people will say come to a comp, but i don't feel anyone has time at a comp to spend with me, and i'm certainly not entering if i really am only throwing 20m, that's just shocking. So i'm looking for anyone local...ish that will fly with me and see where i'm going wrong. Maybe a radius or 60 odd miles from Redditch, i'll come to you and pay for your time.
  13. It's Radioglide time again and this year we get our first taste of the field at the BMFA National Flying Centre! Please get your entries in ASAP. Unlike our normal events late entries can be tricky (sorry for highlighting this so late). Entries close on Friday 19th, this Friday! As usual, new entrants are very welcome and we will do our best to take care of you. Online entry link: https://www.barcs.co.uk/store/category/5-radioglide-entry/ Start time is 10am, so please aim to get there by about 9am to get yourselves set up to be ready. Please post below once you have entered so that I can add you the list. Entries: 1.Michael Stern 2.Martin O 3.Phil P 4. MikeF 5. Simon B 6. Mike C 7. Marin 8. Nikola A 9. Carlos 10. Jonathan Bennetto 11. Tony Beckett 12. Neil P 13. Richard 14. Neil H 15. Aubrey 16.Matt 17. Dave
  14. i_am_mark_evans

    KST 08 servos

    So, over on RC Groups they are discussing the quality and life of the KST 08 servos and they seem really hit and miss. But there are a lot more USA dlg fliers than there are UK fliers so naturally problems may show up with more of them being used over there. You guys here in the UK using them, how are you finding them? i had 4 in Blaster 3 but i didn't own that for very long and have 4 for my Vortex. But, if they are becoming a bit hit or miss, i would rather not finish the build with them and use something else, i'd rather go to something not as well spec'd but that's going to last, rather than use a servo that is great on paper but you just don't know if it's going to fail and put your model in the ground. Out of the first 4 i bought for my Blaster, i did pull 2 out and swap them as they had play in the gears at centre, the other 2 and the 2 new ones i ordered were nice and tight, the sloppy ones are currently in the Vortex to be used on the tail end with pull springs. But like i said i don't know now if i want to carry on the build with them. Id rather put the SD100 on tails but would need something that will fit in the wing. How have you guys found them? any failures or issues?
  15. Its snowing outside so what better way to spend the evening than sorting out stuff for May :-) Weekend of 13th & 14th May 2017 We had a great event last year, let's see if we can encourage a few more entries and make 2017 a fantastic one! Location for the event - Little Bentley, Colchester, Essex, CO7 8SN. I have created the event on the F3XVault website - pre-payment is a requirement for registration. A list of entrants will be kept here but actual entry is to be made on the F3XVault site please. Entry fees are Senior £25 and Junior £10, pre-payment is required by PayPal to tony@quick-net.co.uk Pay direct to me to avoid conversion fees from GBP-EURO-GBP Entries by midnight 10th Thursday 11th May Directions to the field in the attached pdf file. Camping on the field as last year as well as a barbecue on Saturday night. Rather than take a set amount for food, or adding it in to the entry fee, we will pay-as-you-eat. Bring your own beer, wine, etc. TonyM Entry List: Loet Wakkerman - NED - FAI 21456 Tony Hickson - GBR - FAI 29424 Jaap Hogeboom - NED - FAI 70184 Bart Rotteveel - NED - FAI 21443 Arjen van Vark - NED - FAI 70203 Lorry Green - GBR - FAI 66378 Simon Barker - GBR - FAI 101175 Mike Challinor - GBR - FAI 90831 Chris Biesmans - BEL - FAI 80001 Its de Vries - NED - FAI 70208 Gianmaria Battistella - ITA - FAI 20193 Maria Freeman - GBR - FAI 66426 Richard Swindells - GBR - FAI 66353 Marin Mitev - GBR - FAI 109021 Carlos Dos Santos - GBR - FAI 83020 Mike Fantham - GBR - FAI 29364 Gavin Stern - GBR - FAI 83028 Michael Stern - GBR - FAI 66376 Neil Harrison - GBR - FAI - 93798 David P - GBR - FAI 99674 directions_to_little-bentley.pdf
  16. Phil C

    Swiss travel

    Planning a trip to Switzerland next year to visit family. Anyone know if they have any restrictions or requirements to flying there? Don't want to get on the wrong side of the Swiss! I'll be mostly flying DLG & hopefully some sloping from the hillsides.
  17. Sorry - cancelled! This F3K league event is to be held near Bracknell, courtesy of the Thames Valley Silent Flyers. This is a private club field and is normally 'members only'. Spectators please PM me first for confirmation. The start time will be 10:30 - please arrive by 10:00 at the latest. The entry fee is £10 payable on the day - juniors free. Entries close at 18:00 on Friday 30th September. Please PM your entry to me, giving:- Name BMFA number 1st and 2nd choices of 35MHz frequency or state 2.4GHz. I'll update this list as the entries come in. 1 Mike F. 2 Tony H. 3 Mike C. 4 Lorry G. 5 Bruce H. 6 Simon B. 7 Pete H. 8 Marin M. 9 10 Spectators Reggie P. I have put some maps below to help locate the field - it's the one we used on June 25th this year. The lanes around the field are narrow and often used by horse riders - please take care.
  18. RESERVE DATE for BMFA F3K Team Selection Contest Will only be used if required! Entry via a post in the F3K section of the Forum from about 2 weeks before the event.
  19. All pilots are welcome but BMFA insurance is a necessity. New contest pilots especially welcome. This F3K league event is to be held at Hockliffe, north of Dunstable on the A5. This is a private club site and a farm field, normally grazed by sheep. The start time will be 10:00 - please aim to arrive by 09:30 at the latest. Entries close at 18:00 on Friday 23th Sept. Please bring your BMFA Membership card to show for proof of insurance. An entry fee of £10 per head will be charged for this event - please be ready to pay on the day - juniors free. We have the option of flying on Saturday or Sunday (reserve day) this time. PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHICH DAYS YOU CAN DO, IE 1 SATURDAY ONLY, 2 SUNDAY ONLY, 3 BOTH DAYS If you want to enter - reply or PM me, giving your AVAILABILITY, frequency and BMFA number. I'll update a table below as the entries come in. If you want to come and watch, please PM me with your details and watch this thread in case of any last minute changes. Please note that this is a one day event scheduled for Saturday 24th. It will only use the reserve date (Sunday) if the Saturday has to be cancelled due to a poor forecast. Then, if Sunday's weather is also too bad, Sunday's attempt will be cancelled too. Keep watching this thread! Here's the field:- ISA Field Entrants 1. Michael Stern Sat Sun 2. Neil P Sat 3. TonyH Sat Sun 4. SimonB Sat Sun 5. Bruce H. Sat Sun 6. Mike C. Sat Sun 7. Dave H Sat 8. Mike F Sat Sun
  20. Cancelled RESERVE DATE for BMFA F3K Team Selection Contest near Hockliffe BEDS THIS WILL ONLY TAKE PLACE IF REQUIRED - WATCH THE FORUM! Entry via a post in the F3K section of the Forum from about 2 weeks before the event.
  21. Hey everyone! A question most likely for F3x competitors, what type of boxes do you use to get your models on a plane, or what have you seen in use? I've been trying to find something big enough to take a few F3K size planes, but not dramatically expensive neither. I looked at the type of transport box Hyperflight is selling, though it doesn't fill me with confidence as to the strength of one (selling a damaged box at half price now). I thought of adapting one of the Ski plastic boxes that can accommodate up to 4/5 sets of skis, but getting one big enough in UK, not to mention the price, is giving me a headache. I'm not desperate for one yet, but by next year I will. Thanks for help in advance Eryk
  22. BMFA F3K Team Selection Contest near Hockliffe, Beds Entry via a post in the F3K section of the Forum from about 2 weeks before the event.
  23. Contest is cancelled due to weather not cooperating. All are welcome, but BMFA insurance is a necessity. New contest pilots especially welcome. This F3K league event is to be held at Twywell - not far from Kettering. This is a farm field and is normally grazed by sheep. The start time will be 10:00 - please aim to arrive by 09:30 at the latest. Entries close at 18:00 on Friday 9th Sept. Please bring your BMFA Membership card to show for proof of insurance. An entry fee of £10 per head will be charged for this event - please be ready to pay on the day - juniors free. I'll update this table as the entries come in. The lanes around the field are narrow and used by horse riders - please take care. Tony M's map of the location is here. Let me know who is coming by posting here or PMing me. Give me your frequency and BMFA number. Pilot list: 1. Michael Stern 2.4GHz 136270 2. Mike Fantham 3. Simon Barker 4. Bruce H 5. Mike C 6. Neil P 7. Tony H 8. Tony B 35mhz
  24. mikef

    2016 F3K dates the UK

    Here's the F3K Calendar as it stood at the end of the season.
  25. mikef

    [ CANCELLED] BMFA F3K event TVSF 2

    BMFA F3K Team Selection Contest near Bracknell Entry via a post in the F3K section of the Forum from about 2 weeks before the event.
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