Category Archives: Happenings

Upcoming events and meetings. A feed of notices in lieu of (but hopefully some day augmenting) a calendar.

Short Talks this Monday

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.

SPARKcon coming real soon now!

SPARKcon is an interdisciplinary creativity, art & design festival produced by the non-profit creativity incubator, Visual Art Exchange, in Raleigh NC.  SPARKcon 2014 will be the 9th annual event and happens Sept. 11-14 in downtown Raleigh.
 
 
geekSPARK is a showcase for the creative use of new and interactive media and technology in the local community.  Whether in the form of a large video game studio, or a solitary multidisciplinary genius, The Triangle is filled with people blending art with technology, creative ideas with technical know-how. Our goal is to bring more of these people together, and to provide a venue to promote their emerging work. There will also be 3D printers and other fun stuff.

Latest Amp Hour: SDR meets RADAR

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.

Cary Swapfest 2014

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.

-Pete AD4L

 

Next TriEmbed meeting at Splatspace

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.