CW / QRP Night

Do you have an interest in Morse Code? Would you like to see how it’s possible to send intelligent radio signals for hundreds of miles with just milliwatts of power?

Come out for CW/QRP night!

Our first meeting will be on Tuesday night 7/5/16 from 7 to 10pm.

This first meeting will be to discuss what people are looking to get out of this and to provide some tips on learning Morse Code, the fundamental mode of communications for QRP or low power communications. We’ll also give you some tips on how you can use today’s tech to decode this and see what everyone is talking about without even knowing Morse Code!

Everyone who attends will receive a Morse Code cheat sheet with each of the letters and some of the special Q codes commonly used in CW communications.

Even If your not sure if you’d be interested in this, come on out anyway to learn about this popular part of the Amateur Radio hobby.

73’s and 88’s!

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Arduino Night

Arduino Night: digitalWrite
Friday 6/24/2016 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Learning how to control pins on the Arduino Uno. So, bring yourself and your board(s) and lets blink away.

RSVP on meetup http://meetu.ps/2YlrKb

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Community Tech Swap Meet/Garage Sale SAT 6/18: 8am – 4pm

We’d like to invite you, your family, and friends to our second community tech swap meet / garage sale this Saturday, June 18th 2016, from 8am until 4pm, rain or shine.

The purpose of the sale is to clear space, raise money for future projects, and encourage the community to recycle.

WHAT WILL YOU FIND?

Anything is possible. Things to expect to see for sale will vary, but here are a few examples of what to expect.

* misc. servers and computers equipment * misc. antiquated hardware * Ethernet switches * sever racks * ham radios * capacitors * audio equipment * peripherals * cameras / microscopes * WiFi equipment * lights * extension cords!! * mouse (mice) * mystery box! * UPS * old and new TVs * high voltage power supplies * tools * game systems * electrical equipment * etc.

SELL YOUR STUFF!

For those considering setting up a table or taking a space at this community event, we are asking for a $10 dollars donation and welcome any other donations (cash or items). We will have tables for you to use, but space will be limited (first come, first serve), but you are welcome to bring your own table.

Members and participants are encouraged to park in the back near the garage.

If you’re interested in table space, please contact info (at) unallocatedspace (dot) org with the subject line “SWAP MEET SETUP”.

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Finishing Field Day Planning/Testing Weekend

Field Day is almost upon us! This Friday we will be putting the finishing touches on our Field Day Planning. All who are hoping to attend field day should come out to this planning meeting.

We should also note that this SATURDAY 6/11/16 from 10am to ??? we will be testing our gear and doing a preliminary pack up in preparation for Field day.

Field day is the weekend of Saturday 6/25 through Sunday 6/26 2pm to 2pm. at Greenbelt Park. it’s a 24 hour event and we will need volunteers to come out and hang with us. You don’t have to work a radio if you don’t want to but we encourage everyone to give it a try!

We will also have our display tables on show for everyone to see. This will be a great way to get the word out about UAS and boost membership!

So Put Field day weekend on your calendar and plan on attending Ham Radio night this Friday at 7pm!

73’s

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May 21 – LAN Party w/100% More Table Flipping!

We have an awesome new twist to our much beloved usual LAN Party, coming to you May 21st…

For this LAN Party, we will be running our first ever *Table Flipping* event. We decided to try this awesome idea out after seeing how much fun it was at MAGFest.

We’ll be running this event to raise funds for the space. We have determined the following ‘tables’ for your flipping and destructive pleasure. >:D

– A bare table can be flipped.
– A “Kitchen Table” can be flipped, with tablecloth and (fake) food/items.
– A “Toys Table” can be flipped, with stuffed animals / toys.
– A “Gaming Table” can be flipped, with board games and cards.
– A “Office Supplies” table can be flipped, with stapler/tape/keyboard/etc,
– A “Printing Station Table” can be flipped, with a printer/scanner/etc. and office supplies.
– A “Tech Table” can be flipped, with a Laptop and other office/tech items.
– UPGRADE: We’ll make the “Tech Table” a workstation/tower instead of a laptop.
– ADD-ON: You can also add-on use of a baseball bat to follow up your flip and smash the laptop/tower/printer for 10 seconds of pure destructive bliss. “PC LOAD LETTER?!!” …Want more time? Stack this add-on!

Donation levels for each table are currently TBA, but will start at $20. We will accept cash and paypal donations for this event.

We will provide safety glasses or you can bring your own. Supplies for this event are limited. So, show up and sign up early!!

We’ll run this for at least 5 hours, during which, we’ll also be grilling food and gaming. So, come hang out and behold the mayhem.

Schedule:
Noon-3pm: LAN Party Setup / Pick-up Games / Table Flipping Event
3pm-5pm: Grilling Food / More Table Flipping / Tourney / More Gaming
5pm-12am: All the fragging fun you can handle…

RSVP Here: http://meetu.ps/2WYrsL

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Join Unallocated Space at the National Science & Engineering Festival

The 4th USA Science & Engineering Festival, the largest and only NATIONAL science festival, features nationwide contests and school programs, including our popular ‘Nifty Fifty’ science speaker program and X-STEM Symposium. The Festival will culminate in a Grand Finale Expo on April 16-17, 2016, with Sneak Peek Friday kicking off the weekend on April 15. More than 350K+ attendees will celebrate science at the Expo, and engage in activities with some of the biggest names in STEM, hear stories of inspiration and courage, and rock out to science during our incredible stage show performances. Get involved by exhibiting, sponsoring, volunteering or attending!

Don’t forget to visit Unallocated Space! We will be more then happy to tell you about the exciting things we do! The Unallocated Space booth will have a variety of friendly demonstrations and FREE projects for all ages!

Date & Time:
April 16 & 17, 2014
SAT 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
SUN 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location:
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Pl Nw
Washington, DC

The Expo will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place (between 9th and 7th Streets NW on L Street NW)

We strongly suggest to use public transportation: The Green and Yellow line Mt. Vernon Square/7th St Convention Center Metro Stop exits into the Convention Center.

USA Science & Engineering Festival
http://www.usasciencefestival.org/

Make sure you get your free tickets!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-usa-science-engineering-festival-expo-tickets-17318556268

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SDR CTF and Cookout

April 12th, 2016
6pm to 10pm
 
Come out to Unallocated Space for the Software Defined Radio (SDR) Capture the Flag competition and cookout!
 
We will be having an informal CTF style final exam to test what you have learned in the “Introduction to Signal Analysis” class. Everybody is welcome to participate!
 
We will fire up the grill about 6pm and start serving burgers shortly after that. This will give you a some time to eat and socialize with other attendees.
 
If you can, please sign up to bring something for the cookout: https://goo.gl/mJTk9e
 
Everyone should have everything setup and in place by 6:45pm. I will explain how the CTF works and make sure everyone can connect to the scoreboard. I will start transmitting flags at 7pm.
 
The goal of this is to come out and have some SDR fun!
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Techno-Swap Fest

Techno-Swap Fest – Join Unallocated Space!
Saturday, February 27, 2016
9:00 PM – 2:00 PM

National Electronics Museum
1745 West Nursery Rd, Linthicum, MD

On Saturday, February 27nd, National Electronics Museum (NEM) will be holding it’s 7th Annual Techno-Swap-Fest. The Unallocated Space (UAS) invites you to join us and bring hobbyist, family, and friends together to show off your techie spirit. This is a perfect opportunity to meet people with similar interest, find what your looking for, trade up, trade down, or donate what you don’t need. All entrance proceeds support the National Electronics. Adults $5, Kids under 16 FREE.

The UAS is a club sponsor and will be attending this event. Don’t forget to visit us! We will be more then happy to tell you about the exciting things we do. We will be bartering, selling and accepting donates at this event, as well be entering in a contest for the most unusual, least useful, best dust collector item, so come out and see what it is. Vote for us!

Let us know you’re joining us at http://meetu.ps/2Rj6g5

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5.25 Year Anniversary Party

Due to the expectation to move in October, we delayed having our 5 Year Anniversary Party…. it is finally time to celebrate now that the holiday insanity and Shmoocon are over.

Details: Saturday, February 6th 2016 starting at 7pm

Form for PotLuck-style Dinner (count and food):
Current List
Input Form

* 06:00p-07:00p Setup
* 07:00p-08:00p Dinner
* 08:00p-08:30p Unallocated in 2015: Whats Happened?
* 08:30p-09:30p Music, Mingling and Merriment
* 09:30p-09:45p Fire Tornado
* 09:45p-12:00p Music, Mingling, Merriment, Exploding Kittens and Crabs Adjust Humidity

Please sign up so we know what everyone is bringing and how many people to expect!

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Preparing for ARRL Field Day (HAM Radio)

Greetings!

This Friday starting at 7pm is Ham Radio Night.

This month we will start planning Field day operations. We will list our goals that we want to accomplish for this year. Since we are looking at a different location this year, we will need different items. Such as needed shelters, food, and other logistics.

Since we will be in a more public location, we will really need an information table so I’m hoping we can get more volunteers from the general membership to come and hang out with us.

So come on out and find out what it’s all about.

73’s

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