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Computer nerd bit
While down loading some music I accidentally downloaded a WMA file instead of an MP3,  when I tried to open it, it installed Uptown adware. This kept popping adverts and was soon  removed.
Unless you are an expert in media it would be wise to avoid wma files, perhaps there are Adware programs that will detect  infected wma files

News List, Does size matter?

Last week's news letter was little large and took half a day to download on Dialup or 0.2 secs on broadband. I would like some feed back from those on dialup. Occasionally people send items that are to big to download. Look up telnet and use it to log onto your mailbox and delete oversized messages. I will try to keep the newsletter below 300K. Not being able to read or write well I prefer pictures, we can see these on the Photo pages of the club website, follow the link at the bottom of the photo page for more photos. Yes it's the same as the A-ha record the sun always shines on my photo page. There was nice sunset to finish the month with.

Stef who used to work at Antics has sent us some photos, they are posted at 
They are sorted in date order and the oldest are deleted to make room. The web software makes a list of these, so I only have FTP them.

I am trying to import my backup address book, please use the links at the top to join or leave or remove duplicates, if you did not receive this letter as an email, I have lost your address please add yourself again with the link.
I have changed the address and will find out why my club address is not working

Club News
There is no club meeting this month, the next meeting will be September 19th 8.00PM at the Bear.

F3J European Championship  19th 16th August this can be followed at 

Thanks to long-term experience of organizing of the World Cup and serial competitions of the Slovakia Championship in F3J cat., we can guarantee nice weather in august. Temperature about 25C - 35C.

Aug 11-12 North Cotswold MAC Fly In
Camping on Site. Far Heath Farm, Moreton in Marsh, Glos. GL56. Contact Harold Herbert on 01608 651335 or

Updated, please read
Sunday 19th August  Woodspring E-Fly 2007 THE ALL ELECTRIC DAY 
The condition of the site gives concerns for the event.  If the ground does not dry up enough, the event will be cancelled.  Check the Woodspring site or here for the latest

Although we have every intention of proceeding with the Woodspring Wings E-fly on Sunday 19th August 2007, I must issue a warning to all those intending to attend.

The Woodspring Site was inspected on Saturday 21st of July and is completely waterlogged. It will not support foot traffic let alone vehicles. Unless we get the minimum of two weeks of dry warm weather prior to the 19th it will not be possible to proceed.

The following mobile numbers are available from the 15th August to the 19th August for flyers and spectators to check the status of the event before travelling.

Bob Everitt 07973 396190
Neil Dare 07816 327585

Aug 18-19 Greenacres MAC Electric Fun Fly

Camping by Arrangement. Walsall Airport, West Midlands. Contact Chris Moseley on 01922 726187 or or Sid Lines on 01922 448873 or or see 

August 17,18 &19TH
Thornbury model Exhibition Post Code is BS35 3JB (recommended Phil & Mike)
If you've been before we hope to see you back again this year, if you haven't yet visited our show, then please come and see what "Model Engineer" magazine described as the "Superb Bristol Show"

18th & 19th  AMRC Bristol 
An open weekend, with visitors invited to watch flying, try their hand a flying a Trainer and enjoy the hospitality of the club. Food and drink available


Aug 25-26-27      BMFA British National Championships Radio Control    Control Line     Scale
iggest Model Flying Event in the WORLD
Scale - F4B, F4C, R/C Clubman, R/C Open, F/F Power, Rubber, CO2/Electric.
Radio Control - Aerobatics, Pylon Racing, Helicopter (Team Trials Event), Fun Fly, ALL CLASSES
Control Line - Speed, Aerobatics, Team Racing, Combat, Carrier, Vintage, ALL CLASSES EXCEPT ‘B’ TEAM RACE. Team Selection Event for F2 Classes.


  • SUNDAY ONLY - Giant Swapmeet 


Barkston Heath, Nr Grantham. Contact BMFA on 0116 2440028 or

Much Marcle 1st-2nd September
A great show with donations of the funds made given to local charities. A great way to end the show flying year. Sponsored by Herefordshire MAC at their flying field just off the A449. A map and accommodation details are available here. postcode HR8 2LX  Multimap 

9-16th Sept Model Flying Week at Berrow. Models of jets,
helicopters and World War One planes.
Come along to Brean Leisure Park to experience the Model Flyers Special Week between Saturday 1st to the Saturday 8th September 2007.

More info at 

Once again in th includes:
Pilots Briefing, Pilots welcome (including punch), Bring & Buy Sale, and on Thursday 6th September a three course meal held at the Tavern for just 12.50 per head.

And now for Something completely different, see for CB,s autogyro on their club blog



Some of Laurie's fancy vinyl graphics from his computerized laser cutter.
He has a day job when not on nights so the prices will be reasonable to fellow model fliers. 
The two models are excellent for slope flying, Andy's Whisper floats better than the MiniBlade. I flew the Miniblade fast and very stable

Email or phone to discus your requirements 


Larger photo at with less Jpeg aberrations 

A simple field charger

A couple weeks ago my all singing, all dancing and playing stupid tunes charger went wrong. It had stopped raining, I wanted to go flying and my transmitter had a low battery. I quickly made up a lead, two crocks a power plug and 6V 0.5amp torch bulb to limit the current.  A 2 amp 12v lead acid supplies the power. Using this my transmitter was half charged by the time I had got to the slope and set up my model

 A friend has repaired my charger an open circuit resistor, but I still use this simple charger. The bulb would be safer in a plastic tube.
If you use this to charge a 4 cell packs you would need a 12Volt bulb.

Monday Michael launching his Discus

Tuesday, a day of light winds and some good thermals, photo Brian's Depron model on Minchinhampton

Wednesday, a good breeze swinging  between Frocester and Selsley, I went to the wrong slope twice. Frocester is OK in a westerly as the bowl can be used, but Selsley can be horrible if the wind goes south of west. There was some power flying on Minchinhampton in the evening, photos on the club web pages

A warm sunny day at Haresfield on Sunday with plenty of lift. Bryan flew his Graffiti and EPP Stan Yeo model. The other photo is me flying Mike's Zagi