Don B

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  1. Reminder, 25 days until the Sportcast USA Northeast Casting tournament. Dates: Sept 8 & 9, 2018
  2. There were some problems with bait casters using higher gear ratios. Some pinions stripped when under high load/torque. This occurred with 6.3:1 gear ratios. Omoto produced 5500 and 6500 size bait casters with brass gears having ratios of 5.3:1 and 6.3:1. No problems were experienced with the 5.3:1 brass gear sets. To enhance the 6.3:1 gears, the set was modified to have a stainless steel pinion and brass main gear. After one year, wear was noted for the brass main gear. The condition was corrected by changing the pinion to bronze. All this happened a few years ago. The bronze pinion is easy to spot by its' rose tint as compared to brass. Regarding using zinc as a handle, it may be beneficial to do a google search on sacrificial zinc anodes. There are some very informational youtube videos on the subject. For more general info on corrosion, check for data about galvanic corrosion. galvanic corrosion brass vs aluminum etc.
  3. Sportcast USA, Casting Tournament Northeast Regional, Dates: Sept 8 & 9, 2018 Location: Kenilworth Athletic Field (DC) 4001 Deane Ave NE, Washington, DC 20019 The entrance to Kenilworth Athletic Fields (active recreation area) is located at the westernmost end of Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue, N.E. It is approximately 0.5 mile south of the Aquatic Gardens entrance. There are no facilities at the site. Coming by auto: Take Route 295 southbound if you are coming from north of Route 50 or Route 50, to the Eastern Avenue Exit. Go straight up the ramp to the second street on the right, Douglas Street. Make a right onto Douglas Street. At the end of Douglas Street, make another right onto Anacostia Avenue to get toKenilworth Aquatic Gardens. Go left to get to Kenilworth Recreation Park. If you are coming from south of Route 50, take Route 295 north to the Burroughs Street Exit. At the bottom of the ramp go left. Go straight to Kenilworth Recreation Park. GPS Field Location 38°54'31.64"N 76°57'0.83"W Additional Info (non commercial): https://www.sportcast-usa.org Visitors are welcome. Due to insurance requirements, membership in Sportcast USA is required to participate in the event. Start time is 9:00 AM on Saturday. Start time Sunday to be determined by casters on Saturday
  4. Generalities (NGC) The size of the stripper/butt guide is about 50% of the diameter of the spool. In this case about a size 25 guide. The choke or first running guide is located a distance of 27 times the diameter of the spool from the spool. In this case about 54 inches from the spool. The running guides are the guides between (and including the choke guide) and the tip top. They are usually the same diameter. The reduction train are those guides between the reel and the choke guide. Perhaps three guides (?) If a line is attached to the top of the choke guide and the spindle (center of spool), the top of the reduction guides should just touch the line. Although the above applies a cookie cutter approach, it should be close enough to allow for evaluation of needed changes.
  5. Sportcast USA, Northeast Regional, Canceled. Due to rain the field is not usable. Will attempt to reschedule.
  6. The SO2 may be heading my way Thursday or Friday. It's a wait and see type of thing. I usually go to one of the other Sportcast USA events. You may want to give Jimmy a call.
  7. Sportcast USA, Casting Tournament Northeast Regional, Dates: May 19 & 20, 2018, 2018 Location: Kenilworth Athletic Field (DC) 4001 Deane Ave NE, Washington, DC 20019 The entrance to Kenilworth Athletic Fields (active recreation area) is located at the westernmost end of Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue, N.E. It is approximately 0.5 mile south of the Aquatic Gardens entrance. There are no facilities at the site. Coming by auto: Take Route 295 southbound if you are coming from north of Route 50 or Route 50, to the Eastern Avenue Exit. Go straight up the ramp to the second street on the right, Douglas Street. Make a right onto Douglas Street. At the end of Douglas Street, make another right onto Anacostia Avenue to get toKenilworth Aquatic Gardens. Go left to get to Kenilworth Recreation Park. If you are coming from south of Route 50, take Route 295 north to the Burroughs Street Exit. At the bottom of the ramp go left. Go straight to Kenilworth Recreation Park. 38°54'31.64"N 76°57'0.83"W Additional Info (non commercial): https://www.sportcast-usa.org Visitors are welcome. Due to insurance requirements, membership in Sportcast USA is required to participate in the event.
  8. Hi Roddy, eBay, Amazon, Overstock, New Egg, and a couple others that I can't remember. You get the idea. I made the mistake of buying some before learning about the manner in which the Talos reels are sold. To say more would be wrong. Don
  9. Frazer, You are on track. "The other thing is having people from the local area who are willing have the commitment to form a club and work together. " A club is often nothing more than a group of people with a common interest. While a club with a charter is not necessary, a strong commitment to hold an event is required for obvious reasons. I did notice that a Lion's Club is associated with one of the fields. Since the Lion's are normally associated with community service, they may be an excellent source of help and guidance. If you can work out some of the details, counting yourself, I believe there can be 3 or 4 Sportcast USA members to help with an event in your area. Let's take this off line for coordination and detailed info. Thank you, Don
  10. FlatWing, I am sorry to hear about your physical issues and your wife's health problems. New discoveries in health care are frequently being made. Do not give up and stay as active as is possible. Both mentally and physically.(easy to say, but may not be easy to do) If I recall correctly, the Marlton field cost $40/hour to rent. That's about the same as some other places. " According to Charlie P., the fact that all visitors to JBMDL would need to have US citizenship was a show stopper. " I only recall seeing non US citizens cast at two Sportcast USA event in Marlton. Jeremy Schraeder & friends and Peter Thain giving lessons. Perhaps McGuire AFB is still an option. (Thank you)
  11. " Here's 2 possibilities for Eastern Long Island & wonder how many Sportcast members there are above the Mason-Dixon line - Don or Flatwing is that info available ??? " Well, I come from the most southern state that is west of the Mississippi river. So, that counts me out. There may be about 3 previous members from New York and a couple of folks from New Jersey that may be interested in learning distance casting. Thank you for the examples. They provide enough information to go forward. Usually the requirements are: Low or no cost casting field Low cost hotels Minimal driving distance for folks Are the fields seasonal and limit availability until crops are harvested? The other thing is having people from the local area who are willing have the commitment to form a club and work together. Thank you again, Don
  12. FlatWing I apologize for not providing timely updates. A person was contacted and asked to provide information and it was not forth coming. There is a small shopping area and commercial buildings next to the field. I was not able to get information from Google Earth to be able to determine who owns the property or contact information. Are you in the vicinity of the field, and could you get needed information for us? I understand the discontent with so many events being held in the DC area. Kenilworth Park in DC costs $50 per tournament. The Crisfield air field in Maryland is free. Earlier this week it was pointed out that fairgrounds existed in Long Island that might be usable for a casting tournament. The fields were 400 feet or less. One park was found to have a field large enough. Smaller fields that were not close to being large enough, cost from $200 to $325 per day. Sportcast USA is incorporated in the state of Maryland as a non profit and has limited funds. The available funds do not permit paying for expensive fields. The Sportcast USA Articles of Incorporation (Art II, Section 4) does promote helping small clubs getting started up. If you desire to follow this path, it should be possible to discuss any help needed on a telcon (after tax season). To my knowledge the field in corn is no longer under the jurisdiction of the park. That may be the case for the second field to which you refer. Your conclusions are in error. The Board of Directors is working to get the organization back on track (not club as Sportcast is governed by Articles of Incorporation) . Earl was doing his best to move the organization forward. He is missed.
  13. Are there scheduled times? Yes, and are now up on our site. Thank you for pointing out the issue. On the site, they are at the bottom of the 2018 Sportcast USA Tournament Dates & Locations section Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Sunday To be determined by casters on Saturday. Usually 800 AM to 4:00 PM
  14. Sportcast USA Long Distance Casting Tournament Event US Southeast Regional Event - April 28 & 29 Riverview Farm Park Riverview Pkwy, Newport News, VA 23602 Intersection of Menchville Road and Youngs Road Due to the vague location description, we are providing the GPS location 37° 5'27.85"N 76°31'41.30"W There are several moderately priced hotels in the nearby Newport News area. Due to insurance requirements, membership in Sportcast USA is required in order to cast in the event. Visitors are welcome to visit and chat with the casters.