Chairman’s Corner for March – April 2020

Well guys, it shouldn’t come as a shock to you that our site is currently shut down amid the coronavirus outbreak. Now is the time we keep saying we are waiting for to get the damaged models fixed, or the projects you have been saving, onto the workbench and in progress. For now, please stay away from the club field as the San Diego Police Department has issued warnings of citations and/or arrest for people utilizing Non-critical parts of Mission Bay. All activities at the club site are currently suspended.

Thinking ahead to when the crisis ends, I hope everybody returns happy and healthy!  As I mentioned a week ago, please be careful of who you come in contact with, and who enters your home.

One thing we will need when the crisis subsides and we progress into summer is your old lawn furniture.  Please bring used, but not broken, chairs to the field as you replace your items at home with new product. We are down to about 15 chairs on site and a decent Saturday this summer could see the need for 50 or more chairs to keep members comfortable.

 I am happy to report that my stolen iX20 radio was returned – thanks to the efforts of local modelers who kept an eye out for it and found it after the thief posted it for sale on the online site “Offer Up”. THANKS Brian and Mike!! These guys actually responded to the ad and went to the thieves apartment complex like GANGSTERS and picked it up for me. Once they powered it on and saw my name on the screen, they gave him the choice of giving it up now waiting for the police to arrive. So that should be a reminder to us all to be careful what you leave out on the tables at all times. While I respect and trust our members, we have no control of who visits the field, or who rolls through on Bikes.

For now, it would be a good idea to put all of your batteries at a standby charge, so they will be ready to go! Now is also the time of year I ask everybody to check the charge on their fire extinguishers, and the freshness of their first aid kits in their vehicles. A little preparation now will go far if there is an emergency at the field!

I have heard reports of some people being able to fly smaller aircraft at their local junior high and high school football fields. Please continue to fly safely and respect structures and people sharing this type of site to ensure there are no negative reports of out of control modelers in the news .

If you are able to, get out have fun!

Until next month, my best wishes to you and your family,

Brad