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Photos from: Soldering 101/Learn to Build a Radio

Recently VHS member Logan lead a very successful workshop teaching the basics of soldering and how to build a radio! Attendees had a great time learning the ins and outs of using a soldering station, making good solder joints, the purpose of different types of components and how to read an electrical schematic. All equipment and supplies were provided by VHS.

This workshop proved to be very popular and sold out quickly. If you’re interested in building a radio like this, let us know.  Hopefully we’ll be able to have another radio workshop in the future. Thank you and congrats Logan! And thanks to everyone who attended. We hope to see you back at the space soon.

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DIY Portable Bluetooth Boom Box Workshop

DIY Bluetooth Boom Box Workshop. Open to all ages.

This workshop will provide you will all the materials to put together your own bluetooth boom box!

Do you dream of being able to hear your music loudly, clearly and through a laser cut wooden boom box you’ve made yourself. Do you crave a a richer musical experience that you can take with you, then this workshop is for you!

During the workshop we will be discussing the design and process involved in creating this Boom Box as well as assembling your own Boom Box to take home.

When:
7pm – 8:30pm Monday 23rd Novemeber

Where:
The Vancouver Hackspace,
1715 Cook Street #104, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Who:

The workshop is open to non VHS member. VHS members receive a discount on the fees.

Note: If you are a minor, a parent or guardian will need to sign a liability waiver for you and accompany you while you are at the workshop.

Equipment
You must bring yourself. A phone with bluetooth to rock out is optional.

Parts included with the workshop
These parts are included and used for the workshop, and are yours to take home:

1 x Bluetooth Audio amplifier

2 x speakers

1 x Laser cut wooden case

1 x USB rechargeable battery pack w/battery

1 x micro USB cable

Sign up here: https://www.picatic.com/event14480026141631631#/

Learn Arduino at Makers Local 256 Public Night!

This coming Tuesday (Nov 3) at 7:00 PM, we have some amazing people from YourDuino.com coming by Makers Local 256 to give a presentation/demo/Q&A on Arduino microcontrollers and embedded electronics in general. They’re touring around the Southeast and ML256 is one of the many places they chose to stop by!

Their main objective is to talk to people about Arduino and what you can do with it. They’ll have some kits and parts available during and after the presentation, so if you don’t have an Arduino (or two) already, you can pick one up then. They’ll be showing off a neat display of a few different Arduino projects and circuits, so it should be interesting and fun!

They’ll be going through the entire process of designing, connecting, and coding up a simple Arduino project from start to finish. If you have any questions about your own project, they would love to discuss ideas and give help where they can.

There’s no cost to attend the presentation, but they will have parts available for sale if you need them. Anyone is welcome to attend!

Workshop: Lighting With Arduino, Sunday, October 25th, Noon – 5 PM

Have you been interested in Arduino microcontrollers? Don’t know where to start?
This workshop will teach you all the basics while you build a small project.

At the end of this workshop you will go home with an Arduino controlling a color changing LED strip.

Included in the workshops fees is a full Arduino starter kit. This includes an Arduino, color changing LED strip, knobs, buttons, and more.

This is an intro course, no previous Arduino or programing experience is needed or expected.

What is an Arduino?
An Arduino board is an open-source, easy-to-use device that enables makers, students, hobbyists, artists, programmers, and professionals to make their projects come to life. If you can imagine it, you can build it with an arduino.

What makes Arduino so great?

  • Inexpensive – Arduino boards are relatively inexpensive compared to other microcontroller platforms. The least expensive version of the Arduino module can be assembled by hand, and even the pre-assembled Arduino modules cost less than $50
    Cross-platform – The Arduino Software runs on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
    Simple, clear programming environment – The Arduino Software is easy-to-use for beginners, yet flexible enough for advanced users to take advantage of as well.

Where:
The Vancouver Hackspace,
1715 Cook Street #104, Vancouver, BC, Canada

When
Sunday, October 25th, 2015
12:00 Noon – 5 pm

Who:
Limit of ~10 people, RSVP on eventbrite.
The workshop is open to non VHS member.
VHS members receive a discount on the fees.

Note: If you are a minor, a parent or guardian will need to sign a liability waiver for you and accompany you while you are at the workshop.

Equipment
You must bring your own laptop (Windows or Mac)

Parts included with the workshop
These parts are included and used for the workshop, and are yours to take home:

Helpful links

Feb 12th Workshop: Soldering for Beginners

Illustration by J.L. Martin

Cost: Only $3 (payable on the night)
Experience level: beginner
Class Size: 10 people
Date: Thursday feb 12th
Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: VHS, 1715 Cook Street, Buzzer #104
Sign up: RSVP to reserve a spot

Come down and learn to solder or to brush up on your soldering skills for future workshops. You’ll learn the basics of through-hole soldering with the Soldering is Easy comic book and build your very own flashing LED VHS badge.  No previous soldering experience required!

Feb 12th Workshop: Soldering for Beginners

Build this at VHS!

 

 

November 1, 2014 Class: Programming 101 with Arduino and LEDs

What
Learn the basics of programming AND a bit about Arduino AND feel the dopamine rush of making electric rainbow colored fire light!

We’ll be using the same kind of lights that are in one panel of our giant wall of LEDs4. That’s 64 LEDs. If you already have the LEDs and power supply from our group buy then you can attend for free.

When
November 1, 2014 (Saturday) @ 13:00. See your job for registration deadline.

Who
Anyone! You? YOU. Max 10 people.

Where
VHS main room

How
…much: $75 for the LEDs + power supply you get to keep! $30 Arduino UNOs are available from the vending machine.
If you already have the LEDs and power supply from our group buy then you can attend for free.

…long: 2-3h, based on interest.

Your job
RSVP to this thread so people can count how many spaces are left.
Register on or before November 25, 2014.
Contact dan through https://www.marginallyclever.com to register.

You must provide your own laptop and a USB cable.

SMD July – Build MakeyMakey on July 24th at VHS

When Kickstarter came to VHS to talk about launching campaigns they showed MaKeyMaKey as an example. They chose well. This has to be close to the most fun you can find in a circuit. You can find out lots about it online, it is even more fun than it looks!

MaKeyMaKey is open hardware, all the information we need to build the project is available online and we’re building them at VHS this month. “The code is beerware; if you see me (or any other SparkFun employee) at the local, and you’ve found our code helpful, please buy us a round!”.

The real MaKeyMaKey is a quality product finished in a nice box with clip leads etc.  You’re getting a bag of parts here and a cheap chinese pcb.  It works, it looks a bit substandard compared to the real thing, but it works well and you built it!

The parts on this board are mostly 0603 so the soldering is reasonably difficult.  The pins on the IC are 0.8mm apart, this is the same as the cpu on the internet of things board and not that hard (the very fine pitch stuff is usually 0.5mm or even 0.4mm spacing).  Please consider a beginners class before this one if this is your first time.  If you’ve made any of the other projects in our workshops you’ll be fine.  Please plan on coming for 2 weeks or doing some homework, there are a lot of parts on this board.

The socket connectors like the ones on the real MakeyMakey are quite expensive so I’ve added them as an additional option – you can see one in the photo below, there is just 1 at the bottom.  If you don’t choose them you’ll get pins like the 3 shown in the photo below to keep the cost down.  Both work fine, there is more risk of a short to something metal with the pins.

There are only 11 tickets for sale at the moment.  I’ll rerun next month with another 10 tickets – there seems to be a shortage on the cpus at the moment.  If there is more demand than that, I’ll do another pcb run (takes 4 weeks).

SMD July – Build MakeyMakey on July 24th at VHS

If you want clip leads, I suggest these on ebay for $2.30 inc. shipping, they fit the holes in MaKeyMaKey nicely.

Refunds are possible, please contact me – you may need to find someone else to do the project or do it another time.

What: SMD soldering workshop
Where:VHS 270 E 1st Ave
When:July 24th at 7pm
Cost:$18.50 plus eventbrite fees
Tickets:http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/makeymakey-smd-soldering-workshop-tickets-12142944875

SMD May – Logic Pirate

 

 

 

The dangerous prototypes logic pirate is a new 8 channel logic analyser design from the home of the bus pirate.  It uses the open SUMP protocol supported by the ols java client software (Mac, Windows, Linux).

This project is of similar difficulty to the internet of things arduino, except none of the chips are so fine pitched (the usb connector is however).  There are parts on both sides.  The board is very small 3cm x 3cm making a nice compact tool.  If you are a competant with through hole soldering you can easily tackle this project.

It is recommended that you bring your own soldering iron, tweezers and magnifier, limited supplies are available.  It is not necessary to arrive on time, please arrive when you can and plan to attend catchup nights if necessary.  Practice boards are available for use before you start your project.

From the website….

Here are some of its features:

  • 8 channels
  • 256 kSamples recording size
  • 60 MHz (overclocked) sampling rate (20 MHz and lower non-overclocked)
  • No compromise when combining the values above
  • Simple configurable edge detection triggers on all inputs (simple OR trigger)
  • Configurable ratio of samples from before and after the trigger (rolling sample buffer)
  • 5 V tolerant inputs (LOW-level voltage < 0.8 V, HIGH-level voltage > 2.0 V)
  • About 500 kB/s transfer speed to the PC (256 kSamples take about 0.5 seconds)
  • Data capturing can be stopped from the host software anytime
  • Cross platform host software for Windows, OS X, and Linux
  • DIY-friendly 0603 parts and SOIC packages used on a 2-layer board
  • On board 3.3 V regulator can supply up to 400 mA to an external circuit
  • Tiny 3cm x 3cm PCB
  • Firmware updates via built-in USB bootloader
  • Probe cables and acrylic case available from Seeed Studio
  • Open source PCB (EAGLE) and firmware files

Some features of the host software:

  • Precise measurement by using up to ten free placeable cursors
  • Automatic period, frequency, and duty cycle measurement
  • Displaying channel groups as HEX values and/or as an analog signal
  • Analyzers for a large number of protocols: 1-Wire, I2C, JTAG, SPI, UART, etc.

When: May 22nd and May 29th, 6:30pm ish
Where: VHS Bunker, 270 E 1st Ave, Vancouver
Cost:$22.50 plus $2.34 Eventbrite fee, click on the orange button below to buy tickets

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