FPGA Night (26 Aug, 7-10PM)

We didn’t get through all of the sides in the last class. This class will be picking up with adding LEDs to the design. At a minimum, we should be able to get the LEDs to display the analog values. If there is time left over, we will add VGA to the design so that the analog values are displayed on a monitor. An example will be given with a vertical bar that shows the value. If time permits, everyone will get a chance to come up with a way to display the analog value.

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. Add LEDs to the design
3. Wire up chip & variable resistor
4. Run design using LEDs to display analog value
5. Add VGA to the current design
6. Add code to display analog value on VGA
7. Display the value any way you want!

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.
6. Breadboard

Provided Items:
1. VGA breakout if you let the instructor know
2. MCP3001
3. Variable resistor (random value)
4. Jumpers

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 7/25 7p-9p

When: Monday, August 25th 7 to 9pm
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!

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FPGA Night (19 Aug, 7-10PM)

We will be switching gears from VGA and moving into interfacing with an SPI-like analog to digital converter (ADC). Specifically the MCP3001. For those of you attending in person, I will have enough on hand for you to use. This chip will allow us to sample an analog voltage using the FPGA. For the first class we will just focus on sampling the ADC (voltage to be created with potentiometers) and displaying the result using the LEDs on the FPGA development board. If time permits, we will plot the value on a VGA monitor.

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. Look over the datasheet
3. Explain the ADC’s communication protocol
4. Create simple VHDL module to communicate with the ADC
5. Use potentiometers to vary the ADC input voltage
6. Use the FPGA board’s LEDs to display the analog value
7. (Time permitting) Display the analog value on a VGA monitor

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
2. MCP3001

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 (Aug 12, 7-10PM)

This will be the last class of VGA before switching to a different topic. We will be covering how to control the color output of the new VGA module. The instructor will give an example of how to draw bars. The rest of the class will be dedicated to each person doing one of the following (or any other VGA idea).

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. Draw a giant plus sign
3. Draw an x pixel border around the screen
4. Draw a square that randomly ‘bounces’ around the screen
5. Same as 3, except create multiple squares
6. Control the movement of a bar/square with push buttons

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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Artemis Night – August 23rd

COME OUT AND HAIL THE MOTHERSHIP

Saturday, August 23 — 6pm until…

Come out to Unallocated Space for a special LAN gaming night. We will be playing Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator, the awesome game where you get to crew your very own spaceship. (Think the bridge on Star Trek. Yes, this is going to be great!)

If you already have the game, great. If not, don’t worry. We have enough licenses to cover everyone who wants to play.

Come on out and let’s go where no man has gone before (or lately anyway.)

Bring $5 and we’ll order pizza. Who wants to touch some stars?

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FPGA Night (5 Aug, 7-10PM) — CANCELLED

There is a good chance I will not be in the available on the 5th. I am calling the class just in case. We will pick back up with the VGA module on the 12th.

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LEGOs! LEGOs!! LEGOs!!!

This is a reminder for our monthly LEGO Day 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, Aug 3, 2014, 3:00 PM

Unallocated Space
512 Shaw Court Unit 105

5 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:- Building with LEGOs!- Discover with LEGOs!- Swapping LEGOs!- Drinks & Snac…

Check out this Meetup →

http://www.unallocatedspace.org

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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)

Location:

Unallocated Space
512 Shaw Court, #105
Severn, Maryland 21144

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 or contact info@unallocatedspace.org . The recommended donation is $5 per person or more.

Hey, for those who are interested; our friend Classic Plastic Bricks is going to be setup at a local VA Lego expo this weekend. Make sure to visit them this Saturday before joining us Sunday for Lego Day.

http://www.brickfair.com

BrickFair VA 2014
Aug 2nd & Aug 3rd, 2014
11:00am – 4:00pm at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, VA.

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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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