PMYC Business Cards – April 2017

PMYC Has Replaced its Supply of Business Cards

Jerry Walker purchased new business cards for the Club. Packets of cards will be available at the Pond from Bill Brown or myself. As you run out be sure to request more at the Pond or call Bill or Jerry.

The space on the right side of the card is for you to put a name/email address label. Jerry uses the Avery #—- (looking it up) clear stick on label. Or, of course, you can just write the information on the front or back of the cards. The label is a bit classier and likely easier to read but the handwritten certainly works.

If you want printed labels, contact Jerry Walker. He will do a bunch for you.

Pima Micro Yacht Club Business Card
Pima Micro Yacht Club Business Card

At the Pond – May 14, 2017

Today started out just like any other day. A light breeze and a half dozen PMYC members.

Zaily really gets into model yacht sailing with PMYC
Zaily really gets into model yacht sailing with PMYC

When I arrived at the pond at about 11:30 there was a Mom and her 12 year old daughter: Zaily (I have no idea how she spells it). I immediately offered to let her sail my Micro Magic – after I did some tuning. She was a bit timid but did say – Yes. Fifteen minutes later I was satisfied with the boat’s performance. It was time to return to Zaily, who was still there. Again my offer. Although with a little hesitation she again said
– Yes.

I explained the relationship between transmitter stick movements and the boat movements, then gave her the radio. Within 5 minutes Zaily was making the boat go where she wanted it to go; well, at least most of the time. I discovered that this was not the first time she had had an rc radio in her hands. She has experience with an rc car owned by a relative. A half hour later, she still had the radio and was in another world. Then, the boat broke down – the jib tie to the boom broke. My fault. I had just replaced that tie-down this morning. It looked like I did not CA the knot.

While I was repairing the boat Zaily decided that going to the swings was more interesting than watching an old guy repair the boat. Zaily did not return.

PMYC Meeting – Agenda – April 13, 2017

Note: The format of this post is a bit clumsy. Bill Brown’s notes did not convert as accurately as either of us would have preferred. But, they are readable – after a fashion. Jerry Walker (April 10, 2017)

Directions to Bill Brown’s house

Our April Meeting is at Bill Brown’s home in Civano this coming Thursday 4/13/ 2017 at 12:01 PM.  The easy driving instructions are as follows:

Do NOT come in the main entrance to Civano

Go south to the Valero gas station and turn left.

Go straight through the first circle and left at the second circle.   –    So. NIGHTBLOOM WAY

Drive about 10 blocks or so to:    5272 So. NIGHTBLOOM WAY  –   Green house on the left with metal wall art,  yellow hand rail, five steps going up to the front door, and an American Flag waiving in the wind.

Park in front of the house, left side, on the dirt,  wherever is convenient.

Munchies and liquids will be provided.  Bring your own ideas and opinions.

Meeting Agenda:

Acting Commodore’s Statement:

Minutes of previous meeting:   Acceptance / changes

Treasurers’s Report:  Jim Haines

  • Discussion

Old Business:

Summer Sailing Schedule effective May 1   –  Day, Time, Location

Summer Membership Meeting Schedule effective May 1  –   Day, Time, Location

Refund of Dues to resigning members. (Clarification)

Publicity initiative

  • Bill Brown re: Pond side signage
  • Jim Haines  Re: Opportunities to have presence at other community and club meetings.

Clubs position on casual sailing and fun racing.

New Business:

Formalizing PMYC Policy and Procedure Document

Mission Statement

(Relating to:  having fun, social opportunities, education, model boat building and sailing.)

Definition of Club Officers

Responsibilities of Club Officers

Election of officers

Definition of Membership

Qualification for membership

Responsibilities of Membership

Communication with and between club members

  • Within the Membership
  • With other clubs / AMYA

Membership Education

Nautical Traditions, Nautical terms, Names of sail boat components, Basic rules of seamanship

Definition of the sailing season

  • Winter  –  Location and frequency of sailings and meetings
  • Summer  – Location and frequency of sailings and meetings

Marketing the club’s EC12 hull on Craig’s List  –  for $100 or so

Presentations:        Jerry Robertson and Bill Brown will present and discuss the current state of construction of their Micro Magic.  Problems encountered, and resolution of kit “issues” will be presented and discussed.

PMYC Meeting Report – March 21

Location: Bill Woodward’s Residence, Tucson, AZ
Time: 12:00 PM

Next Club meeting: April 13, 2017


Jerry Walker, Acting Commodore, Jim Haines, Acting
Treasurer, Jerry Robertson, Jerry King, Jon Malmberg, Bill Brown, James
Malmberg, and Club friend and Guest: Fred Secker.

Opening Statement

The meeting opened with Jerry Walker providing an overview of changes and updates made in the PMYC web-site. Emphasis was placed on accessing and using the site Blog. Regarding the current PMYC club membership, it was noted that seven  members have formally requested refunds of their 2016-17 dues. This issue needs both discussion and resolution. Sailing has continued weekly at the Reid Park small pond and has been regularly attended by six to eight PMYC Members. Due to the non-availability of Micro Magic kits, sailing participants have come to the pond with a variety of boats. One MM, however, has always been available for participants to experience the joy of sailing the new club boat.

Previous PMYC Meeting Minutes

None. Since the reorganization of PMYC, formal meetings and directional club resolutions have not formally taken place. It was determined by attendees that this meeting that this and future meetings will be formally recorded by an assigned PMYC Secretary


The agenda for this meeting was introduced by Jerry Walker.

Financial Report

The Club bank ccounts are held at Vantage West Credit Union

  • Treasurers Report:
  • Checking Account: $549.31
  • Savings Account: $5.00
  • Total Balance: 553.31

Jerry Walker is going to obtain PMYC business cards using the same format as the prior ones. PMYC gave out almost 200 cards over a several year period.


ISSUE: Jim Haines, Acting Treasurer PMYC noted that a new and
separate model yacht club has been formed – Tucson Model Yacht Club, Commodore: Kip North. Formation of the new club was announced at pond side in January when PMYC sailing members arrived at Reid Park for the regular Monday PMYC sailing. Sailors were advised that competing that afternoon at that location would require joining Tucson Model Yacht Club (TMYC). Dues were collected.

PMYC currently has 23 active members and seven individuals have elected to resign and join TMYC. The seven resigned members have requested and were granted a full reimbursement of their PMYC dues.
DISCUSSION: Jim recommended that PMYC assets be frozen and not be
compromised in any way. Members electing to join TMYC did so
independently and unconditionally. Those PMYC members present agreed
RESOLVED: When joining, PMYC membership dues are not prorated,
but, not refunded at a future date.

A Thanks to Jim Haines

A very sincere note of appreciation was extended to Jim Hanes,
Acting Treasurer, for his numerous contributions to PMYC – contributions
that have helped organize the development of PMYC. Obvious club
contributions would include Jim and Jerry Walker’s efforts in developing our club web site, managing club financial needs, building club boats (Tribute), and regularly contributing to monthly meetings and weekly sailings. On the pond, however, in the heat of nautical combat, it is Jim’s quiet demeanor that soothed the rage that flowed through the veins of us mere mortal sailors. We never saw Jim walk on water to retrieve a distressed vessel, but, we knew he could. Thanks Jim !!

Micro Magic Status

Currently there is one MM sailing on the pond. Two club MM’s are under
construction by Jerry Robertson and Bill Brown. Four PMYC members are
awaiting kit availability in the U.S.

Building the Micro Magic: Jerry Robertson presented his partially
completed MM kit boat. He discussed several problematic components of
construction and several of the kit’s short comings. Mast straightness,
keel / rudder alignment, and union of the deck and hull issues were
discussed. Bill Brown noted he has conducted trial test of seven different
ABS friendly adhesives These and other construction considerations will be addressed on the PMYC web site. Jerry and Bill will be contributing to the site as they progress in their construction.

Community Awareness of PMYC

Ideas for promoting community awareness of PMYC were discussed. Suggestions included: increased visibility at the pond and use of the media and presentations at community club meetings.

  • It was noted that our early -on “Show and Tell” presentations at  the Voyager community was successful five years ago.
  • Bill Brown would like to see better quality club signage / club recognition at pond side.
  • Jim Hanes volunteered to put together a list of potential
    community and city wide clubs, their meeting dates, and contact
  • Bill will pursue the pond side signage issue and present at the
    next meeting.
  • Jerry Walker renewed the Club’s event on the Tucson Happenings website.
  • Jerry Walker has approached the Star and Tucson Happenings to do an article on the Club.
  • Jerry Walker has communicated with the Tucson Sailing Club and has a tentative agreement to present at their next meeting – April.
  • A once monthly sail on the weekend might help to attract younger folk to our activity.

Purchase of Micro Magic Kits

ACTION: It was suggested that the club purchase two (2) MM kits (when they become available in the U.S.) To avoid availability issues, The kits would be sold at cost to new club members.
ACTION: When available, PMYC will purchase two MM kits.

Club Sailing Schedule

At the next meeting a decision will be made regarding the move of our sailing day to Wednesdays and to finalize our discussion about a once monthly weekend sail.

Future Club Meetings

ACTION: Monthly PMYC Membership
meetings will be held at 12 noon the second Tuesday of every month.
Location and directions will e-mailed to the membership and be posted on
the PMYC web site. Meeting Adjourned: 2:15 PM Next Meeting at: Bill Brown’s home

PMYC Website Status

The PMYC website was converted to a blog in January. Think of a blog as being a diary. It’s primary benefit is that it now gives us a means of recording Club events and actions and information and making it available to all members without the need to send emails. The problem with the email is that future members do not see them. Virtually all member communication should be done via a blog posting. Send anything you want published to Jerry Walker, our website master. Also, you can Comment on any post. You will find the Comment link at the end of each post.

The ability to have the website automatically send an email to our distribution list containing all new posts each day is in development. In the mean time members are encouraged to visit the site at least weekly and look at the posts made since their last visit. An email will be sent to our distribution list drawing attention to our Club meeting agendas and reports.

Build a MM – Product – Sails


This post contains sail prices and will be updated as new data arrives.

The products identified thus far are:

  • Velas

Velas Sails
Payment: PalPal
Transportation: 12€ ($13)
Transportation Time: 2 weeks

These sails were identified by Greg Norris, MM Class Secretary, USA.

SAIL A 45€ (about $47)

(On March 31, 2017 when this data was received the Euro was trading at about $1.07/Euros)


Building a MM – Products – Tx and Rx


HobbyKing OrangeRx R610V2 Lite DSM2 Compatible 6CH 2.4GHz Receiver w/CPPM

View the product details at the HobbyKing website and then bu
y it from a USA source that you find searching.

A typical price is $12.00 including shipping and a few day delivery.


HobbyKing OrangeRx T-SIX 2.4GHz DSM2 Compatible 6CH Transmitter w/10 Model Memory and 3-Pos Switch (Mode 2)

View the product details at the HobbyKing website and then bu
y it from a USA source that you find searching.

Pricing varies widely but it appears that it can be found for under $100. Watch the delivery time information as it can vary widely, ie, up to two months (likely coming from Hong Kong).

Alternative Tx

There are many transmitter choices on the Internet. You want one that is 2.4 GHz, DSMX/DSM2 compatible. An obvious choice is a radio by Spektrum or Futaba. But there are selections on the Internet at very low prices. Ideally you also want your Tx to support Dual Rate/Exponential. This function is used with the rudder to improve direction control.

I found this radio (Tx and Rx) on the website during a casual browsing: (THE QUALITY OF THIS PRODUCT IS NOT KNOWN). Price about $44 with free shipping.

FlySky FS-i6 2.4G 6CH AFHDS RC Transmitter With FS-iA6B Receiver