The Marymoor Radio Control Club (MAR/C) promotes the hobby/sport of radio controlled model airplane flying. MAR/C manages and maintains the model airfield in Marymoor Park in accordance with a Use Agreement with King County Parks Division. Flight training and special events are held at the model airfield during the summer. Monthly Club meetings are held to socialize and share information about the hobby. Membership in MAR/C is approximately 300 members.
Thanks to the unstinting efforts of several club members, we now have the capability to continuously monitor the radio spectrum at the field, to determine whether there are environmental or malicious attempts to interfere with our legitimate use of the 2.4 GHz band. The park is still working on making a permanent power connection for this effort, so that's why you will see an extension cord going from the power panel into the large shed vent in the interim.
One of the key takeaways from the club survey last fall was the desire from many club members for an improved runway The board looked at number of options, including paving, special 'geotex' fabrics, and artificial turf, all of which would have been extremely pricey—on the order of $30,000.
Parking in the spectator area is not allowed. I think we all know that, but the park has noticed that some of us have gotten rather lax about moving vehicles out of the spectator area after unloading, thus the new sign they have given us as a reminder—driving into the spectator area is only allowed for loading and unloading, and frankly should only be done when it’s logistically impossible to transfer equipment from the normal parking area.
MAR/C is partnering with DigiPen to introduce a new generation to the hobby.DigiPen will have students (who are also MAR/C members) at the field on weekdays from 11 AM to 4:30 PM. There will be two classes: July 15 through July19 and July 29 through August 2. DigiPen will have exclusion use of one pilot station. The other four pilot stations will be shared with no exclusive use by DigiPen.