Ham Radio Night (Friday, August 8 @ 7:00pm)

Mike Huhn, K3TEZ will discuss the Pixie 2, a minimalist QRPp CW 
transceiver, with regard to its roots, evolution, and design. Following 
the initial talk, there will be a brief receiving demonstration that 
will compare the Pixie 2 and another direct conversion transceiver with 
an FT-817 superhet transceiver and a Q&A session. 

NOTE:  (For those of you non Ham Types) QRPp means that you can work the 
world with less power than you have in your Bathroom night light!  CW 
stands for Continuous Wave which is another term for using Morse Code.   
If you have an interest in Electronics at all, you need to be here!   
Mike will describe how this radio works and even give us a demo on how 2 
different radios can sound different just because of the different type 
of circuit! 

We’ll also be talking about some of the upcoming events such as the MD 
QSO Party which starts right after Ham Night. 

So Come one.. Come ALL to our next Ham Night at UAS! 

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FPGA Night (29 July, 7-10PM)

We will be creating a VHDL library to hold a function that determines how many bits are needed to represent a decimal number, then creating a record that can be used to configure vga_solid. If there is time at the end, then we will begin the process of converting vga_solid to make use of the new library and record contained within.

For those of you with a Nexys3, Basys2, or Atlys, you will be able to connect a VGA cable directly. For those using a Mojo or some other board without a VGA connection, please E-Mail fpga@unallocatedspace.org stating that you need a VGA breakout cable! There are several breakout cables from last class, but we need to make sure there are enough on hand.

The slides for the upcoming and previous classes can be found here. The slides are generally made during the three days before a class.

Agenda:
1. Overview of last class
2. What are VHDL libraries
3. Create a new VHDL library
4. Brief intro to VHDL functions/procedure
5. Create and use a function for getting # of bits required for a number
6. Introduction to VHDL records
7. Create a record to hold VGA config parameters
8. Begin converting vga_solid to use the new record

If you would like to join the class, then please E-Mail fpga@unallocatedspace.org. The class is now to a point where you need to know VHDL prior to joining. We also stream the class on Google Hangouts. Please send an E-Mail to fpga@unallocatedspace.org if you would like to join the Google Hangout.

**IMPORTANT** You *MUST* have ISE (not Vivado!) installed prior to the start of class!!! ISE can take upwards of 30 minutes to an hour to install. We will not have time to wait for ISE to be installed. Please go to here and download the ISE Design Suite package for your operating system. If you have licensing or installation issues, please contact fpga@unallocatedspace.org

Required Items:
1. FPGA development board with Spartan 3 or Spartan 6
2. USB cable for programming
3. JTAG programmer if your board does not have USB
4. Laptop **with ISE installed** and either wired or wireless network connectivity
5. VGA breakout (red, green, blue, horizontal sync, vertical sync, and ground) if you do not have a VGA connector on your dev board.

Provided Items:
1. VGA breakout if you let the instructor know

We have been given ‘academic’ status from Digilent Inc (http://www.digilentinc.com). This means that the instructor can (sometimes) purchase boards from Digilent at the academic price. This discount will only apply to people who are attending the class regularly and is on a case-by-case basis from Digilent.

Since Unallocated Space runs off of donations, we would like to mention that the recommended donation for this class is $5. It is by no means a requirement! Attendance to the space, and this class, is 100% free to all!

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Intro to Soldering Class Monday July 28th 7pm

If you want to learn how to solder or maybe just brush up on your soldering skills, come by UAS for our soldering class. We will be putting together the WeevilEye kits donated to UAS by Sparkfun! These kits are suitable for all ages and skill levels. We will have some tools available, but feel free to bring your own soldering iron and flush cutters if you are more comfortable with your own equipment. If you are proficient at soldering and are comfortable teaching, we’re looking for some additional instructors. Ideally a 1 teacher to 4 student ratio would be best. Since Unallocated Space runs off of donations, we would like to mention that the recommended donation for this class is $5. It is by no means a requirement! Attendance to the space, and this class, is 100% free to all!

If you would like to help teach, feel free to come by, the more the merrier!

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FPGA Night (22 July, 7-10PM)

We will be continuing with adding generics to our vga_solid module. Last class left off with the h_counter, v_counter sizes and, red, green, and blue signal widths being generic. Now we will make the VGA signal timings generic as well as outputting the current x and y positions. Finally, if there is time, we will remove the DCM/PLL from the module and add it to the parent.

For those of you with a Nexys3, Basys2, or Atlys, you will be able to connect a VGA cable directly. For those using a Mojo or some other board without a VGA connection, please E-Mail fpga@unallocatedspace.org stating that you need a VGA breakout cable! There are several breakout cables from last class, but we need to make sure there are enough on hand.

The slides for the upcoming and previous classes can be found here. The slides are generally made during the three days before a class. An E-Mail will be sent to those attending the class via Google Hangouts with instructions for getting an SRAM chip.

Agenda:
1. Overview of last class
2. Calculate and output x and y positions
3. Make VGA signal timings generic
4. Remove DCM/PLL from vga_solid

If you would like to join the class, then please E-Mail fpga@unallocatedspace.org. The class is now to a point where you need to know VHDL prior to joining. We also stream the class on Google Hangouts. Please send an E-Mail to fpga@unallocatedspace.org if you would like to join the Google Hangout.

**IMPORTANT** You *MUST* have ISE (not Vivado!) installed prior to the start of class!!! ISE can take upwards of 30 minutes to an hour to install. We will not have time to wait for ISE to be installed. Please go to here and download the ISE Design Suite package for your operating system. If you have licensing or installation issues, please contact fpga@unallocatedspace.org

Required Items:
1. FPGA development board with Spartan 3 or Spartan 6
2. USB cable for programming
3. JTAG programmer if your board does not have USB
4. Laptop **with ISE installed** and either wired or wireless network connectivity
5. VGA breakout (red, green, blue, horizontal sync, vertical sync, and ground) if you do not have a VGA connector on your dev board.

Provided Items:
1. VGA breakout if you let the instructor know

We have been given ‘academic’ status from Digilent Inc (http://www.digilentinc.com). This means that the instructor can (sometimes) purchase boards from Digilent at the academic price. This discount will only apply to people who are attending the class regularly and is on a case-by-case basis from Digilent.

Since Unallocated Space runs off of donations, we would like to mention that the recommended donation for this class is $5. It is by no means a requirement! Attendance to the space, and this class, is 100% free to all!

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24 Hours of Booty Wireless CTF on July 19th

This Capture the Flag contest designed to test your wireless and penetration skills whether you are new to wireless or an experienced wireless penetration tester.

24 Hours of Booty Wireless CTF

Saturday, Jul 19, 2014, 2:00 PM

Unallocated Space
512 Shaw Court Unit 105

4 Members Attending

This Capture the Flag contest designed to test your wireless and penetration skills whether you are new to wireless or an experienced wireless penetration tester.Bring your wireless rig, pentesting platform of choice and expect to be challenged.The scope of the contest is 802.11 with challenges varying from the entry level to experiencedOffense…

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Bring your wireless rig, pentesting platform of choice and expect to be challenged.

The scope of the contest is 802.11 with challenges varying from the entry level to experienced
Offense is as important as defense. All systems will be on the same network. Your only access is 802.11. You must use the access gained in and remain connected.
There are clues everywhere. As warranted we will provide periodic updates so make sure you pay attention to what’s happening at the CTF desk.
Ask if you have a question, and we will determine if we will answer.
For this stage, all points are awarded by capturing and submitting flags. Each flag has its own unique number of points available.

The organizers request that participants in the CTF please make a minimum suggested donation of $24.00 per participant. All donations are tax deductible and participants will be given a receipt for their records.

This event is a fundraiser put on by the Rad Racing team to raise money for the Columbia – “24 Hours of Booty” Event that will happen in Columbia, August 23-24, 2014. For more specific information about the Columbia event you can check their Website.

This 24-hour cycling event raises local and national funds for cancer-fighting programs. It began in Charlotte as a 24 hour bike ride and later expanded to Indianapolis, Columbia and Atlanta. Held on a traffic free loop, the event brings together cyclists of all abilities. The only requirement is a bicycle (or unicycle!) and a passion for fighting cancer. When you ride, donate or volunteer at 24 Hours of Booty, you get so much more than miles on your bike.

The event in Columbia will be benefiting The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults – Baltimore, MD. The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF) was established in 1997 by Doug Ulman, a three-time cancer survivor who now serves as President and CEO of The LIVESTRONG Foundation. The UCF’s mission is to support, educate and connect young adults affected by cancer so that no young adult fights cancer alone. More information about the UCF can be found on their Website.

24 Hours of booty also supports the Livestrong foundation based in Austin Texas. The Livestrong Foundation is a United States nonprofit organization that provides support for people affected by cancer. The foundation, based in Austin, Texas, was established in 1997 by a cancer survivor. More information about the Livestrong organization can be found at their Website.

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FPGA Night (July 8, 7-10PM)

We will be converting the VGA design from last week into a module that we can reuse in other designs. The new module will make use of generics and a library that will contain settings for various VGA modes.

For those of you with a Nexys3, Basys2, or Atlys, you will be able to connect a VGA cable directly. For those using a Mojo or some other board without a VGA connection, please E-Mail fpga@unallocatedspace.org stating that you need a VGA breakout cable! There are several breakout cables from last class, but we need to make sure there are enough on hand.

The slides for the upcoming and previous classes can be found here. The slides are generally made during the three days before a class. An E-Mail will be sent to those attending the class via Google Hangouts with instructions for getting an SRAM chip.

Agenda:
1. Explanation of VHDL libraries
2. Overview of VHDL generics
3. Find out what parts of the VGA design are variable between modes
4. Using records in VHDL
5. Create a library that contains a single record for 640×480 @60Hz
6. Create and run a new design that uses the generic VGA module

If you would like to join the class, then please E-Mail fpga@unallocatedspace.org. The class is now to a point where you need to know VHDL prior to joining. We also stream the class on Google Hangouts. Please send an E-Mail to fpga@unallocatedspace.org if you would like to join the Google Hangout.

**IMPORTANT** You *MUST* have ISE (not Vivado!) installed prior to the start of class!!! ISE can take upwards of 30 minutes to an hour to install. We will not have time to wait for ISE to be installed. Please go to here and download the ISE Design Suite package for your operating system. If you have licensing or installation issues, please contact fpga@unallocatedspace.org

Required Items:
1. FPGA development board with Spartan 3 or Spartan 6
2. USB cable for programming
3. JTAG programmer if your board does not have USB
4. Laptop **with ISE installed** and either wired or wireless network connectivity
5. VGA breakout (red, green, blue, horizontal sync, vertical sync, and ground) if you do not have a VGA connector on your dev board.

Provided Items:
1. VGA breakout if you let the instructor know

We have been given ‘academic’ status from Digilent Inc (http://www.digilentinc.com). This means that the instructor can (sometimes) purchase boards from Digilent at the academic price. This discount will only apply to people who are attending the class regularly and is on a case-by-case basis from Digilent.

Since Unallocated Space runs off of donations, we would like to mention that the recommended donation for this class is $5. It is by no means a requirement! Attendance to the space, and this class, is 100% free to all!

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Lego Day on Sunday

Our monthly LEGO Day is this weekend! We will be beginning the LEGO Movie at 3pm (sharp) on Sunday along with the usual LEGO activities.

Please share this announcement and remeber to join Unallocated Space Meet Up and Google Calender to stay posted of this and other future events.

LEGO Day

Sunday, Jul 6, 2014, 3:00 PM

Unallocated Space
512 Shaw Court Unit 105

2 Members Attending

LEGO Day is the first Sunday of each month from 3pm-5pm. All LEGO enthusiast, their families and children (ages 4 & up) are welcome to join Unallocated Space for a fun filled evening of building and discovery! This fun event includes some of the following activities:- Lego Movie- Building with LEGOs!- Discover with LEGOs!- Swapping LEGOs!-…

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LEGO Day is the first Sunday of each month from 3pm-5pm. All LEGO enthusiast, their families and children (ages 4 & up) are welcome to join Unallocated Space for a fun filled evening of building and discovery! This fun event includes some of the following activities:

- Lego Movie
- Building with LEGOs!
- Discover with LEGOs!
- Swapping LEGOs!
- Drinks & Snacks @ 4pm (Juice, Soda, Fruit, Animal Crackers) *no charge

LEGO Day is also a great opportunity to:

- Show Off Your Designs
- Discuss LEGO Events / Communities
- Donate LEGOs to Unallocated Space (for Future Events)

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FPGA Night (1 July, 7-10PM)

We will continue using working with VGA by displaying color. There will be a brief instruction for how to display colors. From there, everyone will go do something that displays objects on the screen.

The slides for the upcoming and previous classes can be found here. The slides are generally made during the three days before a class. An E-Mail will be sent to those attending the class via Google Hangouts with instructions for getting an SRAM chip.

Agenda:
1. Quick instruction for displaying colors
2. Demo of displaying three color bars
3. On your own development of a design that displays something different on the screen
4. Demonstration of ideas

If you would like to join the class, then please E-Mail fpga@unallocatedspace.org. The class is now to a point where you need to know VHDL prior to joining. We also stream the class on Google Hangouts. Please send an E-Mail to fpga@unallocatedspace.org if you would like to join the Google Hangout.

**IMPORTANT** You *MUST* have ISE (not Vivado!) installed prior to the start of class!!! ISE can take upwards of 30 minutes to an hour to install. We will not have time to wait for ISE to be installed. Please go to here and download the ISE Design Suite package for your operating system. If you have licensing or installation issues, please contact fpga@unallocatedspace.org

Required Items:
1. FPGA development board with Spartan 3 or Spartan 6
2. USB cable for programming
3. JTAG programmer if your board does not have USB
4. Laptop **with ISE installed** and either wired or wireless network connectivity
5. VGA breakout (red, green, blue, horizontal sync, vertical sync, and ground) if you do not have a VGA connector on your dev board.

Provided Items:
1. VGA breakout if you let the instructor know

We have been given ‘academic’ status from Digilent Inc (http://www.digilentinc.com). This means that the instructor can (sometimes) purchase boards from Digilent at the academic price. This discount will only apply to people who are attending the class regularly and is on a case-by-case basis from Digilent.

Since Unallocated Space runs off of donations, we would like to mention that the recommended donation for this class is $5. It is by no means a requirement! Attendance to the space, and this class, is 100% free to all!

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FPGA Night (24 June, 7-10PM)

We will start working on displaying colors and shapes on a monitor using VGA. For those of you with a Nexys3, Basys2, or Atlys, you will be able to connect a VGA cable directly. For those using a Mojo or some other board without a VGA connection, please E-Mail fpga@unallocatedspace.org stating that you need a VGA breakout cable! There are several breakout cables from last class, but we need to make sure there are enough on hand.

The slides for the upcoming and previous classes can be found here. The slides are generally made during the three days before a class. An E-Mail will be sent to those attending the class via Google Hangouts with instructions for getting an SRAM chip.

Agenda:
1. Run a demo project
2. Demo of live FFT on VGA (hopefully)
3. Intro to the VGA spec
4. What logic will be needed to display a solid color
5. Yay math!
6. Start work on a very simple VGA driver that displays a single color

If you would like to join the class, then please E-Mail fpga@unallocatedspace.org. The class is now to a point where you need to know VHDL prior to joining. We also stream the class on Google Hangouts. Please send an E-Mail to fpga@unallocatedspace.org if you would like to join the Google Hangout.

**IMPORTANT** You *MUST* have ISE (not Vivado!) installed prior to the start of class!!! ISE can take upwards of 30 minutes to an hour to install. We will not have time to wait for ISE to be installed. Please go to here and download the ISE Design Suite package for your operating system. If you have licensing or installation issues, please contact fpga@unallocatedspace.org

Required Items:
1. FPGA development board with Spartan 3 or Spartan 6
2. USB cable for programming
3. JTAG programmer if your board does not have USB
4. Laptop **with ISE installed** and either wired or wireless network connectivity
5. VGA breakout (red, green, blue, horizontal sync, vertical sync, and ground) if you do not have a VGA connector on your dev board.

Provided Items:
1. VGA breakout if you let the instructor know

We have been given ‘academic’ status from Digilent Inc (http://www.digilentinc.com). This means that the instructor can (sometimes) purchase boards from Digilent at the academic price. This discount will only apply to people who are attending the class regularly and is on a case-by-case basis from Digilent.

Since Unallocated Space runs off of donations, we would like to mention that the recommended donation for this class is $5. It is by no means a requirement! Attendance to the space, and this class, is 100% free to all!

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Analog Gaming Day!

Come on out for Analog Gaming Day this Sunday, June 22nd from 2pm until 8pm.

Analog Gaming Sunday

Sunday, Jun 22, 2014, 2:00 PM

Unallocated Space
512 Shaw Court Unit 105

4 Members Attending

Bringing folks together to step away from the keyboard and play our favorite non-computer games. Bring games and friends.We seem to typically play:CarcassonneMunchkinSettlers of CatanCitadelsPitDominionOther random bored gamesShow up, bring a friend and/or a game or just show up and have fun.  I hope to see you there.

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We have fun unplugging and playing some relaxing board/card games. Come out, relax and have fun playing some games.

We would like to mention that the recommended donation for this event is $5 since we are exclusively donation funded. It is by no means a requirement! Attendance to the space, and all classes, are 100% free to all!

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