This Monday’s meeting will feature short (5-10 minute) talks/demos aimed at giving us ideas for future, in depth treatments as well as things to chat about during the latter portion of the meeting. If you have something you think would be interesting and can bring *the nub of it* to convey with 1-2 slides or demo gear and a few minutes, please expect to take part in this. If we can queue up/aggregate slide files or come up with other tricks to avoid the A/V equipment being a bottleneck that would be good. Send a line or two to the email list or comments here so the meeting details can be updated.
Join Fred Ebeling at the NCSU Triembed meeting on the 13th as he shares a short pictorial history of breadboarding and gives us an overview of his workbench and prototyping tools. Details here.
This week on The Amp Hour Chris Gammel’s guests are Michael Ossman, the guy behind a (cheaper, simpler than previous, highly capable) software defined radio system and Greg Charvat, the guy behind a coffee can-based synthetic aperture radar system that uses your PC’s “sound card”. One of the most easy on the ears, friendly and interesting sharing between techies I’ve listened to in a good while. For those interested in learning about SDR Michael has started a tutorial series.
The annual Cary Swapfest was held at Ritter Park this year.
I was late getting to the ‘Fest and a change of plans kept me from taking my stuff to put up for sale. But I had a nice chat with Jon Wolfe of Anibit and got the dual H-drive chip I desperately needed to move the hdd motor project forward. At least one kindred spirit dropped by to chat and take a TriEmbed info sheet home with him. Hopefully we’ll be seeing him at a future meeting. The ‘Fest was much, much larger than the last time I went, but that was eons ago. I guestimate 40-50 distinct tables of interesting stuff for sale, including lots of electronic components and devices. They had snacks and drinks and held test sessions for those interested in getting or upgrading their amateur radio license.
I saw two other TriEmbed folks who appeared to have great success finding parts for their project. I would definitely recommend this event as being worth the $4 admission just for the fun of looking at the large collection of familiar and very unusual gizmos, not to mention the chance to yack with interesting people.
Scott Hall will be hosting the TriEmbed meeting at Splatspace this Saturday afternoon the 19th starting at 2pm. Two things to notice about meetings at Splatspace:
1) It’s full of tools. If you want to solder something together or ask a Splatspace member to drill some holes, you’re at the right place.
2) It’s full of tools that require respect. Kids are welcome but keep them close to you.
More details on the Meetings Page.