The Electronics Fundamentals Class Reboot starts in less then 2 weeks!

Starting Monday, October 19th the Electronics Fundamentals class will begin!
The class will kick off around 7pm and run until about 9pm.

The first class will be all theory but it will be the foundation for every other class to follow. We’ll be covering things like what electricity is, what an electron is, units such as coulombs and joules and how they tie into volts, amps, and ohms.
We’ll also talk about the equipment you’ll need for the following classes and why they’re essential in any technician’s tool kit.
Powerpoint slides will not be used for this class. Powerpoints are boring.
I highly recommend bringing a notebook, something to write with, and a scientific calculator. If you want to use a laptop, that’s fine too. Writing things will be easier. That’s all personal preference really.

Required equipment for all the classes:

  • Notebook
  • Pen/Pencils
  • Scientific Calculator
  • Variable DC power supply (must cover at least 1.5 to 15V, capable of at least an amp):
    • I own the power supply in the link, it seems worth the $30.
    • We have 3 power supplies available on a first come-first serve basis. I don’t recommend relying on there being one available.
  • Resistor assortment
    • Radio shack and other retailers carry similar assortments.
    • Several people used the sparkfun resistor kit in the last run of the class. We found the leads to be very thin and not breadboard-friendly.
  • Digital Multimeter:
    • Any DMM will work, as long as it has AC/DC volts, AC/DC amps, and can measure up to at least 2M ohms
    • You get what you pay for with meters. You don’t need a $100 fluke, but I don’t recommend the $5 Harbor Freight special.
  • Your meter will stick with you for a very long time if you get a good one!
  • Breadboard
    • Radio Shack, Sparkfun, and all sorts of other places sell breadboards!
  • Jumper wires (with alligator clips)

These are the most handy things to have in your tool box, seriously.

Optional items:

  • Spool of solid 22 or 24 AWG wire
  • Wire strippers
  • Wire cutters
  • Long nose pliers
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Soldering Iron/Solder
  • Magnifying glass
    • For those who have trouble seeing up close. You’ll be reading tiny part numbers on components and colored bands on resistors.

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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New Course starts Sunday! Basic Linux System Administration

Always wanted to feel more comfortable with Linux? Our resident Linux expert, Matthew, is presenting the first session of a basic Linux class, based on a commercial “Linux System Administrator I” class, with permission from the vendor of the class.

Sunday from 7:00 – 8:30 PM
RSVP here:

The topics of the course start off with the basics, but the class will continue beyond the proposed eight-weeks if students want to move on to advanced topics:

1. Accessing the command line.
2. Managing files from the command line.
3. Getting help in Linux
4. Creating, viewing, and editing text files.
5. Managing local Linux users and groups.
6. Controlling access to files with Linux file system permissions.
7. Monitoring and managing Linux processes.
8. Controlling Services and Daemons.
9. Configuring and Securing OpenSSH Service.
10. Analyzing and storing logs.
11. Managing Linux networking.
12. Archiving and copying files between systems.
13. Installing and updating software packages.
14. Accessing Linux file systems.
15. Using virtualized systems.

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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Arduino Night (25 Sept, 7-10 PM)

:Topic: I2C

7:00 to 9:00
saying hi over 2 wires

9:00 to 10:00
open time
please bring any projects you are working/need help on

Arduino Uno compatible board
Computer with the Arduino software installed
Breadboard and wires

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Announcing Campaign Stretch Goal: Laser Cutter/Etcher

There’s just 13 hours left of our campaign and we’ve already reached our goal and then some, but we’re not finished yet! If we can get the total amount to $11,500, we’ll be able to add an awesome laser cutter / etcher to the space. That means adding an awesome resource that will be freely available to our community. How cool would that be?

Please keep getting the word out and continuing to donate. Let’s see if we can reach that stretch goal!

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We Are 100% Funded!

img_20150831_194624427With just two days days remaining in our crowdfunding campaign we have hit $10,000. Thank you to everyone who has helped us by funding our campaign and spreading the word. We would not have been able to make this happen without the enormous support from each and every donor.

There are still two days remaining to grab some of our unique rewards. The only way to get one of our cool “backer edition” stickers, coins, badges, or t-shirts is to help fund our campaign, so don’t miss your chance to grab this awesome stuff before time runs out.

Lets see how far we can push this with our remaining two days. Help us out by sharing the link to our campaign ( and using the #growUAS hashtag.  Share with everyone you know so we take Unallocated Space to the next level.

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Saturday: Epic LAN Party ~ 12 Hours of Awesome

What: Another Epic LAN Party, coming to you for 12 hours, at Unallocated Space!
When: Saturday, August 29, noon – midnight
Provided: Food for Lunch and Dinner plus drinks (soda, beer, water, etc.) [We ask for a minimum $5 donation towards lunch / dinner]
Bring: Your gaming rig, whether laptop or desktop, any snacks you prefer or potluck you’d like to share.
What to do: Show up between noon and 2pm and we’ll feed you lunch and get you setup (files, network, minecraft, etc.) Then the gaming shall commence!!


  12pm – 2pm Grilling, Eating, and Setup
  2pm – 4pm Minecraft Hunger Games Style Deathmatch
  4pm – 6pm L4D2 / UT2004 / Quake 2 / Descent / BL2 / Other
  6pm FOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  6pm ~ 7pm TBA Tournament During Dinner Break
  7pm– 12am Open Play


  •  Minecraft PvP – (Hunger Games Style Team Deathmatch) [You need a MC account to play]
  •  L4D2 – (4 player Co-op or 8 player 4v4 versus) [Steam Sale]
  •  TF2 – (TF2. You know what it is.) [FREE]
  •  Heroes of the Storm (MOBA-esque) [FREE]
  •  UT2004 – (Team Deathmatch FPS) [Steam Sale]
  •  Descent – (Retro Team Deathmatch OR Co-op, Vertigo) [FREE]
  •  Quake 2 – (Retro FPS Deathmatch) [Steam Sale]
  •  Evolve – (4v1 class game; monster vs hunters) [Steam Sale]
  •  Guns of Icarus Online – (Team-controlled Steampunk Airship Deathmatch) [Steam Sale]
  •  Castle Crashers – (4 player Co-op Sidescroller) [Steam Sale]
  •  Borderlands 2 – (4 player Co-op FPS) [Steam Sale]
We’ll be grilling burgers and dogs and whatnot for lunch (weather permitting) and ordering in for dinner. If you’d like to bring a potluck dish or snacks to share for lunch/dinner/in-between, that’s definitely welcomed, but there’s no obligation to do so. Although, the gamer gods will smile upon you if you do.

Please let us know if you have any additional game suggestions, questions, or comments. We’re really excited for this event and expect it to be an EPIC evening of fun and surprises!!

While all events at Unallocated Space are free to all, we do ask that you consider making a small donation to help us keep putting on events like this and others.

Please be sure to RSVP on Meetup so we know how much food we’ll need for lunch!!
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Two Weeks to Go!

There are just two weeks left in our campaign! We only need $3,000 more to reach our goal! It’s time for the final push through to $10,000. If you haven’t donated, then please consider doing so. We are so very close to our goal. Remember that your donations go to help Unallocated better serve the community with free classes, events, and assistance with technical activities. If you want to see what all cool events we are involved in, check out our community page at

The other thing to keep in mind is that we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. This means that you could potentially write your donation off as a tax deduction. Please see your tax professional to ensure that you qualify for a deduction.

Keep an eye out for the final designs in the coming days. We’ve been working hard on making something interesting and think that you’re going to be quite pleased!

Please help us out by sharing the link to our campaign ( and using the #growUAS hashtag.  Share with all your friends. family, and followers.  The more people that see our campaign the better!

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Arduino Night – Reading Analog

Analog to digital
Interfacing to a 3 pin potentiometer
Now with only 2 pin2

:What you need to bring:
A computer with the Arduino software installed on it
Arduino UNO v3 compatible board and USB cable

Breadboard wires if you have them
Any resistive sensor(s) you are interested in

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Over Halfway to Our Funding Goal!

We’re two weeks into our campaign and we’re already over half way to our $10,000 goal! With just $4,000 more, we will have enough to move into a larger and better space!  We still have 28 days left for our campaign. So, if you haven’t already donated, please consider doing so.

Don’t forget that your donation will help us provide even more awesome classes, events, and workshops to the community.  Add to that the fact that we can finally have multiple events at the same time and you will see that this will be a huge improvement for us and our community!

Remember, all donations should be tax deductible since Unallocated Space is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization. However, we suggest you consult a tax professional regarding any deductions.

Please help us out by sharing the link to our campaign ( and using the #growUAS hashtag.  Share with all your friends. family, and followers.  The more people that see our campaign the better!

Thanks everyone for helping us #growUAS!

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New Event: Open Shop

We’re starting a new event that we plan to run the first Saturday of every month, starting this Saturday, August 1st. It’s called Open Shop.

Open Shop will be a time when we’re open for anyone to come by and work on whatever they want. Our space and our tools will be available for you to work on anything you like, be it electronics, software, 3D printing, woodworking, automotive work, crafts, hacking, or anything else you can imagine.

Groups and individuals are equally welcome. Tools and space are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so be courteous and share if you’re using anything that is in-demand. If you want to use a piece of equipment for your first time, please reach out on our mailing list to find someone with experience that can help guide you so we can all be safe and keep our equipment in good shape for everyone.

This is also a great time for newcomers to the space to come check us out! Bring something to work on or just check out the projects our members are working on.

We’ll be open from 11:00AM-7:00PM so feel free to drop by at your leisure to work on something fun.

As with all of our events, this is free and open to the general public. Donations are greatly appreciated though and help us continue to serve the community.

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