MASA Summer Regional
& 28, 2009
The Minnesota Amateur Spacemodeler
Association ( MASA), NAR Section # 576
is pleased to invite all NAR members to our first regional contest.
The contest will be held at our Nowthen, MN launch site on Saturday
and Sunday, June 27 & 28, 2009.
Click here for the
spiffy event flier! (pdf file)
Informational handout about these events and the basics of
contest flying along with a few rocket plans (from June MASA
meeting) - PDF
Reminders - if you plan to compete in Open Spot Landing, that
must be your first flight of the contest. If you compete
in Random Duration, it must be before flying any of the other
Contest fee is $5.00 per competitor. (Payable at the field
when you register.) MASA members who are not NAR members
are still welcome to enter and participate; please contact Mike
if you have any questions.
Update - contest will be held on Saturday only. Sport
launch has been postponed a week.
The contest will be held in conjunction with the monthly MASA
sport launch on Saturday. Our waiver allows flights to
4,500 feet AGL. Based on field size and distances from occupied buildings, the
maximum practical flight altitude is 4,000 ft agl. Field size
supports up to a J motor. The contest range will be
located and run separately from the sport range.
1/2A PD multi-round will be held on Saturday. The other
five events will be held on both days.
The contest continues on Sunday. The regular MASA
sport range will not be set up. However, those who wish to
do some sport flying will be able to set up their own equipment
in a misfire alley sport range (separate from the contest
range). The waiver will NOT be active on Sunday.
This limits sport flights to < 3.3 lb and no more than 125 grams
This contest will be conducted in accordance with the current
U.S. Model Rocket Sporting Code and the NAR Safety Code.
You may find the "Pink Book" online at
NAR # 79922 HPR L2
Please contact Mike if you plan to enter the contest, or if
you have any questions.
PO Box 452
340 Central Ave. N.
Watkins, MN 55389
(320) 764-2319 [home]
contest will be held on a private
sod farm near Nowthen, MN. This location is just to
the east of Elk River, MN and to the northwest of the
Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area.
click here for a map
For the GPS crowd, the field is at N45* 21.201', W93* 29.961'
The sod fields are typically surrounded on all
sides by crop fields - typically corn or soybeans. By the
end of June, the corn can be knee to waist-high.
From the north metro:
Take US Hwy 10 West, or US Hwy 169 North to where they
intersect. After crossing under US Hwy 10, the road that used
to be US 169 becomes Ferry Street N ( I believe also Co. Rd. 47).
Take this road to the north. This road also gets renamed to St.
Francis Blvd/ Co. Rd. 47 after going around two corners. Stay on Co
Rd 47 until you reach Nowthen Blvd NW/ Co. Rd. 5. Turn left onto
Nowthen Blvd NW/ Co. Rd. 5. Stay on Co. Rd. 5 to the town of Nowthen,
On the north edge of town turn left onto 201st Ave NW/ Co. Rd.
65. Turn right onto Tiger St. NW/ Co. Rd. 82. This
road switches to a gravel road after going by 205th Ave NW/ Co. Rd.
82. The farm is located on the driveway leading west with the sign
"Private Drive" located at the intersection of Tiger St NW
and 211th Ave NW.
Continue on Co. Rd. 5 through Nowthen, MN. Take a left turn on
211th Ave NW. This is a gravel road. The farm is
located on the driveway leading west with the sign " Private
Drive" located at the intersection of Tiger St NW and 211th Ave
Take the Elk River / Rogers exit. Take Hwy. 101 north. Hwy. 101 becomes US Hwy. 169.
Cross US Hwy. 10 and the Mississippi River. Continue on US
Hwy. 169 until you reach Main Street. Take a right onto Main
Street. Go two blocks, then take a left at the 4-way stop onto
Hwy 13. Follow Hwy 13 until you get to Co. Rd. 34/ 205th Ave
NW and take a right onto 205th Ave NW for 1.3 miles. Turn left
onto the gravel road at the "T" intersection.
The farm is located on the driveway leading west with the sign
" Private Drive" located at the intersection of Tiger St
NW and 211th Ave NW.
As a courtesy to those competitors coming in
from out-of-town, here are the names of several hotels within 5
miles of the contest field. There is evidently a local
baseball tournament on this same weekend, so many rooms may be
18894 Dodge St NW, Elk River, MN, (763) 241-6990 [2.31 mi]
Weekend rate from $120 / night + tax.
Landmark Motel, 1153 Main St NW, Elk River,
MN, (763) 441-2592 [3.39 mi]
Kemethese Motel, 17291 Highway 10, Elk
River, MN, (763) 441-2424 [4.10 mi]
Inn, 17432 Highway 10, Elk River, MN, (763) 441-8554
[3.96 mi] Rooms from $73 / night + tax.
Elk Motel, 13291 Highway 10, Elk River, MN,
(763) 441-2552 [4.20 mi]
Holiday Inn Minneapolis NW-Elk River, 9200 Quaday Ave
NE, Elk River, MN, (888) 897-0084 or (763) 241-1780 [4.36 mi] (has big indoor waterpark)
Rooms start at $135 / night + tax.
Additional hotels are located at the junction of
I-94 and Highway 101 (about 10 miles from the contest field).
Overnight camping is NOT allowed at the launch
site. The nearest campground is:
Wapiti Park Camp Grounds, 18746 Troy St NW, Elk River, MN, (763)
441-1396 [4.85 mi]
There are a number of restaurants and grocery
stores in Elk River along Highway 169, about 4-5 miles from the
contest field. There is also a restaurant in the small
town of Nowthen, about 2 miles from the contest field.
See you there!