Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Just an update on my MPX Profi 4000 tx Problem

My Profi 4000 was sent off the Mike Ridley Monday lunchtime via Parcel Force on 48 hour delivery.

Mike emailed Tuesday lunchtime to say it had arrived and again at 4:00pm to say it was all repaired.

What an excellent service and thank you Mike.

Most of us that use Mulitplex gear know about Mike excellent services, but if you don't and you need to contact him the details are below.

Happy New Year

Andrzej

Mike Ridley
Model Radio Workshop
12 Quilter Close
Sholing
Southampton
SO19 0DW
Tel: +44 7708 436163

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Results - SWSA 2013 Woollybacks F3F Chrsitmas Bash

Well as you can see from my previous post things were conspiring against me for this weekend. With only my spare transmitter left which had only had one F3F model, my trusty old Elita in the memory I thought I should have a test fly which resulted in me popping a servo on landing, silly me..! 

That was the final straw and as a result I decide to sit it out in the centre for the day.

The forecast had suggested that the westerly would quickly swing to south-westerly and finally move around to south southwest so Martin and Simon had quickly got the course up on Mickey's.


It was left to Simon to get the Woollybacks which would probably be the last F3F of 2013 in the UK underway.

Mike Evans came out with all guns blazing and took the first round with the only sub 40 for the round with a 39:90. Grag Dakin has been conspicuously missing  from the slopes this year due to the sad loss of his Dad. Greg took second spot with a 43:09. Tony Livingstone took third spot with a 44:88.


Round two saw Mike stamp his authority on the competition by taking the second round with a 41:36.  Martin Newnham was second with 41:95 and Greg was in the frame again with a 43:28.

Round three would see journey man Pete Gunning who had made the long trip from Scotland take the round with a 42.01 with his Stinger.  Mike and Martin were just behind him again with a 43:20 and 42:84 respectively.


Round four saw Mike taking the honours again with 45:15. Martin Drewett took second spot with a 47:31 with Martin Newnham in third with a 48:37   

The fifth round would go to Greg with a 43:47, followed by Simon with a 45:20 and  Martin Drewett again in the frame with a 45:79.

Round six would see Greg in command again flying a 41:76 just beating Martin Newnham and Mike with 42:22 and 42:84.

I don't know if it was the excesses of the festive period and everyone struggling under pressure of Turkey and Christmas pudding or just how the slope was working. The wind speed had been generally pretty good  but we hadn't seen the plethora of sub 40's I had been expecting with these conditions  but all of a sudden thing got a lot quicker!

Greg suddenly found a 34:74 to stake a claim on the competition. Pete was finding the conditions to his liking clocked a 36:13, just beating Martin Newnham 36:29.

This had clearly fired Martin up and he grabbed his next opportunity to fly the fast time of the day a 34:44. Mike sensing the threat pulled out a 36:44 to take second spot and Simon  was just behind him with a 37:10.


Everyone was sensing that it was starting to get very close at the top and with Martin flying a 36:23 to take the penultimate round follow by Greg with a 37:01 and Simon 38:22.

Going into the final round there was hand full of people who could finish on top, especially if anyone made a mistake of got bad air.

Greg would win the final round with a 36:71, Mike wasn't giving up without a fight an flew a 37:29 and Pete would finish third with a 37:98.

So before the final results, a big thanks to Martin, Simon and Peter who organised the course and collected the money. Thanks to everyone for supporting our events this year and helping out.


So who would be the 2013 SWSA Woollyback Champion. Even though the conditions weren't blistering it turned out to be a very enthralling contest.

Maybe quite fittingly after loosing so much of the year due to personal problems it was Greg Dakin who came out as a worthy and deserved  winner, I am sure your Dad will be looking down from on high somewhere enjoying this victory .


Mike Evens who made so much of the early running finished second with Martin Newnham finishing third.
        
Thanks again and my I wish you all a happy New Year

Andrzej

1 Greg Dakin 8696.29
2 Mike Evans 8658.88
3 Martin Newnham 8637.15
4 Peter Guning 8462.01
5 Simon Thornton 8219.96
6 Graham Mahoney 7848.74
7 Andy Burgoyne 7827.78
8 Martin Drewett 7744.65
9 Tony Livingstone 7490.00
10 Ian Mason 7281.89
11 Clive Jones 7025.28
12 John Treble 6865.95
13 Chris Studley 6477.98
14 Mark Williams 6460.97


Saturday, 28 December 2013

I don't think this is a good thing......!

Getting my gear ready for the "Woollyback" Christmas Bash I was greeted with "Data Loss Immanent - Contact MPX Service" is not want you want to see.

If anyone out there has had this and found an quick fix please let me know!



Talking of the Woollybacks, the Farmer will be opening the gate for us at 08:30 am if you want to have a quick fly before the comeptition

All the best

Andrzej

Friday, 27 December 2013

Woollybacks F3F Bash Sunday 29 December

Hi All

I hope we have all had a good Christmas.

The weather forecasts are mixed for Sunday, but most will put us on the Mickey's and give us a good opportunity of flying with only a minimum chance of rain with some heavier stuff not arriving until mid/ late afternoon.

For those of you who are interested we will meet at the 'T' junction at 9:00 am on Sunday morning. Obviously, if you let know beforehand I can start cobbling together a flying order, but don't worry if your want to turn up on the morning we will still let your fly.

See you Sunday and all the best

Andrzej

Saturday, 14 December 2013

SWSA F3F Winter League is off

Hi All

I am sorry to say that although one or two forecasts are suggesting the rain might not arrive until mid afternoon quite a few others are suggesting that it will arrive around or before midday. Added to this we have a mild and moist south to south-westerly air flow this time of year which could well mean clag prior to the rain. This in all reality means we won't have enough time to get a competition in.

So I am sad to say I will have to call tomorrows competition off!

On a more brighter note may I take this opportunity to  wish you all a happy Christmas. If it's  Christmas, it means  it's Woollyback time! Looking at the calendar Sunday the 29 falls nicely between Christmas and New Year. So if I get enough interest I will propose to  run it on this date.

I look forward to seeing you all soon and all the best


Andrzej 

SWSA F3F Welsh Winter League call on hold

Hi all

Hum, I have to say that pissing people off on a Friday night is one of the worst jobs of being a CD!  Looking at the a couple of forecasts  they really don't give us a lot of hope of getting a competition on Sunday with clag in the morning giving way to rain in the afternoon.

However, there are one or two forecasts starting to show signs of improvement. So seeing as we haven't managed to get a round in yet for the winter league I will give it every opportunity to improve and make a call by midday tomorrow .

Sorry for the delay but I think we need to give it every chance and all the best

Andrzej


Wednesday, 11 December 2013

SWSA F3F Winter League

Hi All 

We will try again! Sunday is the first round of the SWSA F3F winter league. I will make a call Friday if the competition is on and if so mare details of meeting times.

If I can have entries by Saturday I would be grateful as it helps with organising the flying order and get things running on the day. However, if you wake up Sunday morning and decide at the last minute you want to fly you will more than welcome, but you might find yourself early in the flying order!

If you are thinking about having a go in F3F the winter league is a great place to start, it's all pretty informal and don't worry if you haven't got the latest state of the art carbon fibre dream machine to have a go.  Sure it nice to have but it is more important that you have a go at standing in the center of a course and trying to fly a kilometer as fast as you can with what ever plane you have got.  Better to find out flying a foamie that F3F is for you than spending thousands only to find out you have made an expensive mistake!   

Looking forward to seeing you all Sunday


Andrzej

Saturday, 16 November 2013

First Round of the Welsh F3F Winter league is OFF

Hi All

sorry for the late post but I have just got in from work. I have to be honest it doesn't look good for Sunday. For the last couple of days rain was the main concern but this now has past. The real problem now is no wind as there appears to be a big high pressure sat on top of us.

Of the five weather sites  I have looked at only one is giving us flyable conditions which is the Met office mountain forecast on the Wrecker, true this is one of the most reliable.  Every other site is give between 2 to 5 mph with variable directions with everything from the Crest to the VR slope s we could end up chasing the wind all day.  

As always with the Bwlch you could go up Sunday and it could be great but I have to make a call now as I am working tomorrow and I am afraid that with the way things are looking at the moment I think the best thing is to call it off.

All the best


Andrzej 

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

First Round SWSA F3F Winter League

Sunday is the first round of the SWSA F3F winter league. I will make a call Friday if the competition is on and if so mare details of meeting times.

If I can have entries by Saturday I would be grateful as it helps with organising the flying order and get things running on the day. However, if you wake up Sunday morning and decide at the last minute you want to fly you will more than welcome, but you might find yourself early in the flying order!

If you are thinking about having a go in F3F the winter league is a great place to start, it's all pretty informal and don't worry if you haven't got the latest state of the art carbon fibre dream machine to have a go.  Sure it nice to have but it is more important that you have a go at standing in the center of a course and trying to fly a kilometer as fast as you can with what ever plane you have got.  Better to find out flying a foamie that F3F is for you than spending thousands only to find out you have made an expensive mistake!   

Looking forward to seeing you all Sunday


Andrzej

Monday, 14 October 2013

2013-14 Welsh F3F Winter League Dates

Hi All sorry for the late posting but I have been having fun In Spain at La Muela.

We will stick with the third Sunday of the month for the winter league dates which will be as follows:

November 17

December 15

January 19

February 16

March 16

As always we I will make a weather call on the Friday night before the Competition.

I will post near the date and I look forward to seeing you all

Andrzej

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Day Two Welsh F3F Open

No flying today due to the conditions, Clag :-(

Well it wouldn't be a Welsh open with and a bit of rain and Clag!

Friday, 20 September 2013

Day one Welsh Open 2013

First Day of the Welsh Open

After three round this how it stands, but with the discard kicking in on the next round there could be some noticeable movement!

See you in the morning

Andrzej

place
pilot
Team
total
1
Peter Gunning
Mickey's Massive
2718.40
2
Jose Luis Alvares
Paketes
2691.74
3
Martin Newnham
GBU
2672.17
4
Gerardo Plaza
TWC
2659.98
5
Simon Thornton
GBU
2658.85
6
Joel West
Mickey's Massive
2605.30
7
Inaki Elizondo
TWC
2585.88
8
Graeme Mahoney

2574.37
9
Paul Upton
RPM
2563.81
10
Scott Ravenscroft

2556.87
11
Fernando Moro
Paketes
2547.35
12
Paul Garnet

2540.18
13
John Phillips

2534.15
14
Richard Bago
RPM
2481.68
15
Mark Abbots
Team Wrecker
2475.84
16
Frank Hulton
Team Willow
2472.23
17
Tom McPherson
FARTS
2465.90
18
Mark Redsell

2464.56
19
Kevin Newton
GBU
2441.58
20
Tony Livingston

2431.44
21
John Edison
FARTS
2414.37
22
Keith Wood
FARTS
2410.04
23
Alvaro Silgado
TWC
2409.57
24
Carlos Rivero

2403.09
25
Mick Walsh

2370.47
26
Andy Burgouyne
Team Willow
2369.13
27
Jorge Medina
Team Buckaroo
2368.37
28
Markus Meinssner

2327.25
29
Ronnie Lampe
Team Wrecker
2320.70
30
Inigo Herrera
Team Buckaroo
2283.72
31
Dave Rumble
Team Wrecker
2281.01
32
Tony Robertson
Paketes
2270.99
33
Ian Web

2259.82
34
Mark Treble

2259.23
35
Lazaro Martinez
Team Buckaroo
2253.90
36
Martin Drewitt

2241.99
37
Ian Mason
Team Willow
2198.36
38
Daniel Schneider

2190.95
39
John Treble

2174.04
40
Stefan Bertschi
Mickey's Massive
2156.82
41
Mike Evan

2148.55
42
Thomas Hsnselmann

2132.16
43
Tom Foreman
RPM
2111.87
44
Paul Stubley

1950.19
45
Marcelino Punal

1589.01






place
team
sum
1
GBU
7772.60
2
TWC
7655.44
3
Paketes
7510.09
4
Mickey's Massive
7480.52
5
FARTS
7290.30
6
RPM
7157.35
7
Team Wrecker
7077.55
8
Team Willow
7039.72
9
Team Buckaroo
6905.99
10
Tea Swillers
4725.10


Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Welsh Open Practice update

Hi All

For those of you lucky enough to be at the Bwlch today you should be enjoying some sunshine. The forecast has changes a little and is indicating that there is now more west in the wind direction. If you are finding the air a bit bumpy on the Ice Cream Slope it might be worth having a look at the Westerly slope on Mickey’s.

The good news is that Thursday was looking like a washout but it now looks like the rain could well clear by mid afternoon (16:00 onward) so if you are travelling down there could be a good chance of getting a couple of hours flying in. Again there could be a bit more west in the wind than previously forecast so you may need to go over to the westerly slope on Mickey's for the best conditions.

Enjoy and all the best

Andrzej

Monday, 16 September 2013

Welsh Open Practice

Hi All

For those of you coming down early for a practice for the Welsh Open I will ask the Farmer to open the gate to Mickey’s from Wednesday onwards.

Current forecast are suggesting Ice Cream Slope Wednesday, on Thursday Mickey’s during the day (with some precipitation) swinging back to The Ice Cream slope in the evening. However, as we all know 24 hours is along time in for a weather forecast on the Bwlch and it could all change by this time tomorrow!

If it is your first time to the Bwlch, best bet is always go to the landing area for the Wrecker to judge wind direction (see Kev’s old web site http://www.knewt.com/bwlch/thebwlch.htm ) before making a decision where to fly.

Any questions contact Kev or myself and I am looking forward to seeing you all on the weekend.

All the best


Andrzej

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

VV Sting for sale


My good friend Mike Young is selling his Sting and Pylon Racing plank  if anyone is interested. This would be an ideal model for anyone wanting to dip their toe into the F3F pool for the first time. Please have a look at the trailing email below and contact Mike via email at if you are interested
 
 
Failing that please get in touch with myself and I will let Mike know
 
All the best
 
Andrzej
 
Hi Andrzej
 
If you hear of anyone after a starter F3F / back up model can you point them in my direction? I have a 2.8m F3F Sting for sale. Its not pristine but certainly serviceable. Way back when I bought two Stings to make one good one hence the colour differences. There are 2 x Sanwa 792s in the fuse, 2 x JR 368s on the ailerons and either multiplex or Volz on the flaps, they are red anyway. I’ll remove the battery as it maybe a little suspect now sitting on the shelf for a couple of years. I've also got a 60” plank I was racing with before packing it in, ballast tubes in fuse and wing, no idea what servos, can’t remember and without cutting the wing open to find out, 2.4ghz Rx but I’d remove the battery as I wouldn’t trust it, again no idea on price. I’d ring around but unfortunately my phone crashed and deleted the address book.

 
Cheers

Mike





 

 

 

 

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Forecast for the Wrecker but Flying on Mickey's

For a long time I have been meaning to have a look at EM style for F3F. A number of conversations with Simon, Martin and Mark have revealed that I would have to change my current setups before I could start to even have a look at this style.

So after a evening of playing around with my Ascot settings with some sound advice form Martin I was ready to go. Why the Ascot? Because she has a ballast tube in the fuselage it gives an easy option quickly to move the C of G to see what effect it will have on the technique.   

The forecast was for a nice 10 mph on the Wrecker which would have been ideal. However when I got there John the Taxi was flying his electric model at the Wrecker car park. Why the electric well slope lift was coming and going all the time as there only a slight breeze.

A wonder up the highest point didn't help either. The windmills over Treorchy were still indicating north easterly direction and the new windmills at the far end of Mickey's were suggesting the Crest, but what wind there was at the top was now feeling more like the back of the Wrecker!

John had now landed so I headed over for a chat hoping the conditions would build a bit more as flying of the Back of the Wrecker in very light conditions were just not holding any attraction what so ever!

After half and hour I wondered back up the top the Treorchy windmills were still indicating north easterly but the new ones at the far end of Mickey's were showing southerly and standing on the edge of the Back of the Wrecker the breeze had picked up a bit more but there was quite a bit of west in it by now.  No forecast I had looked at suggested any hint of south westerly with nearly all of them shown the wind moving from north easterly though east south east over the next twenty four hours.

With what wind there was still quite light, I much rather be on Mickey's than the back of the Wrecker even though it would mean a long walk, so over I went. By the time I got to Mickey's the wind had picked up a bit more and was smack on Mickey's proper. Wind speed was now hovering around 6 or 7 mph and occasionally picking up to around 10 mph, although I suspect this was more to do with thermal activity.

A quick fly with the Ascot dry proved that the air was quite buoyant so I landed and put about a third ballast in. Even though the condition were light I spent a very enjoyable hour and half  playing around with my settings and trying to get the EM style to work.

Like everyone I have played with EM with my standard F3F setups but have found it very easy to kill the speed. Ever though the conditions were light the new settings seemed to be working and look like a good base to start from.

So what has changed? Well basically everything is a bit softer and I find running with a little more differential helps kick the plane back into the slope, although this might get wound off a little as in big air this might kick the model in to much.          

The next step will be to have a look at the effects of rudder inputs on the turn, but that is for another day and by now the wind had dropped right down again so it was time to go home.