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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A look into some projects at Unallocated Space

We have seen some cool projects going on! We got a visit from a 2-axis Scara Arm controlled by an Arduino, rebuilding the bases for our 3D Printers and attempting to build a mini-forge.

2-axis Scara controlled by Arduino – Max

SCARA, Selective Compliance Assembly Robot Arm, using an Arduino to actuate motors to draw a image using a pen.

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Assembling 3D Printing Supplies – Bowie

This is PEI (Polyetherimide) film aka Ultem film being bonded to a sheet of 3M 468 double sided adhesive. The intention is to change the PET and kapton print surfaces on the 3D printers at the space to PEI. The following link goes into why we think changing out the bed surface is worth the trouble. Bed Material info on Reprap Wiki So far, the replacement beds for Taz, Taz Mini and Delta have been put together.

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Mini-Forge – Buddy

After checking out a number of online tutorials, I decided to take a shot at creating my vary own forge. It’s a work in progress. The next step is cleaning up the edges and place a layer of Fire Concrete on the inner sides, bottom, and lid.

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LEGO Day (Jan 3, 3-5 PM)

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:

Featuring

– 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)

Please RSVP at http://meetu.ps/2R2wCr

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Unallocated Space (UAS) is an active hackerspace location in Anne Arundel County (Severn, MD) that supports the DC / Baltimore Metro Area. As an open technology-based community lab, we invite you to share your creativity!

Our mission is to foster our community to “Teach, Learn, Build”. Our 1600+ sqft space is minutes from BWI, between Baltimore and Washington DC. Equipped with a wide range of tools, UAS welcomes DIY tech enthusiasts of all skill levels and interests. Our space enables everyday people to share ideas and work on group and individual projects. Our facility has resources that support electronics (soldering, circuits), fabrication (wood, plastics, metal), and is fully wired/wireless network with a VM lab for network experiments. Our classroom can handle 20+ students and hosts courses in electrics, web development, programming and computer networking.

Our members offer a steady stream of free and public events, classes, activities, and anything that gets people building, making, and learning. We serve the community on 100% donated funds as a non-profit organization. For more information, visit unallocatedspace.org for upcoming events.

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Next Minicon 3pm on December 19th

Every few months, we host an event called the Minicon that creates a forum for you to share your interests and learn about others. Between 5 and 10 speakers present in 15 minute to 1 hour sessions. Regardless if you have preparing your material for a conference presentation, getting comfortable speaking or have something interesting you know about, we ask that you please share with the Unallocated Space community. Regardless if you present a refresher on something many people already know or share something new your learning, your input is valuable.

Here is the list of previous presentations and requested ideas: http://www.unallocatedspace.org/uas/minicon/

Please email Forgotten {at} Unallocated Space {dot} org if your interested in speaking.

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Arduino Night (4 Dec, 7-10PM)

Topic: NeoPixels

Agenda:
7:00 to 9:00
-Benifits of the NeoPixel
-basic theory
-NeoPixel library
-planing our display

9:00 to 10:00
-extended constructive playtime
-any other projects

Things to bring:
-Computer with Arudino Software installed
-Arduino Uno board (Adafruit says the Mega does not work “out of the box)

I will have NeoPixel strips for everyone, but if you have your own please bring them for MAXIMUM BRIGHTNESS!!!!!!!!!1

If you want to run a lot of pixels please bring a 5v power supply. At 60ma per pixel power consumption starts to add up quick.

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Announcing UAS Ham Radio Net!

Starting this Wednesday, Unallocated will be sharing an existing Net with the National Electronics Museum, which is already open to all amateur radio operators, not just members of the K3NEM club. Likewise, you don’t have to participate with the UAS Ham group, but we hope you may find interest in either or both clubs!

Unallocated (W3UAS) will be sharing net controller duties with the K3NEM club, alternating each week. This will be the first week of the collaboration and K3NEM will be hosting.
 
If you are interested in acting as Net controller, we need volunteers. Next week will be our turn to host the Net. Please send an email to W3UAS@unallocatedspace.org if you are interested.
 
Wednesday Evening 2M EM-C Net Details:
When: Wednesdays 1930 Eastern until 2030 Eastern
On: 146.76 MHz (WA3DZD repeater)
Repeater Details: https://goo.gl/MEukcx 
 
Background: This is an open net for the Baltimore – D.C. metro area. It is conducted in a Q&A format with a weekly topic facilitated by the week’s NCS. Participants are
welcome to bring their own questions about amateur radio or electronics history
to the discussion. Our objective is to promote camaraderie among ARCNEM members and local hams while sharing knowledge about amateur radio and its history.
 
For more details, see: http://k3nem.org/node/9
For the Net Controller Script: http://goo.gl/hb2dJU (PDF)
 
 
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Arduino Night (20 Nov, 7-10 PM)

Topic: Stepper Motors

Agenda:
7:00pm to 9:00pm
-Theory of operation
-manually stepping the motor
-Stepper.h

We will be working with the 28BYJ-48 motor and driver board. So that means motors and blinkenlights at no extra cost!

9:00pm to 10:00pm
-extension
-any other projects people are working / need help on

What you need to bring:
-A computer with the Arduino software install
-Any Arduino or compatible 5volt board
-breadboard and wires

Optional:
-any stepper motor(s) you would like to play with.

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Join us for Ham Night this Friday @ 7pm

Got an interest in Electronics?  Radio?  or just being able to makecontact with someone on the other side of the earth without the use of apaid network?  Then Ham Radio Night is for you!

Hams do a lot with microcontrollers and electronics.  A good understanding of numbering systems can go a long way.  This month Charlie will present a quick and simple way to convert between 4 different numbering systems.  Bring your pencil and paper as we will be going old school to show you how we can show the same number 4 different ways!

We will also talk about winter projects coming up and start our planning for 2016!

Hope to see you there!
73’s

 

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Solder Class (10 Nov, 7-9 PM)

Have you ever wanted to learn how to solder? Come to Unallocated Space on Tuesday, November 10th at 7pm. We will walk you through the basics of safe soldering. You will be assembling the SparkFun WeevilEye kit. We have plenty of kits on hand, so come on by to this free event and gain a new skill!
All tools and materials are provided free of charge, however you are welcome to bring your own tools if you want to get comfortable working with those.

This event is in conjunction with the Maryland STEM Festival

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