WHAT IS A MINI MAKER FAIRE?
A Maker Faire is where makers of all kinds get together and show what they can do. Adelaide Mini Maker Faire will have all kinds of demonstrations from 3D printing to blacksmithing and knitting to digital fabrication and everything in between.
Maker Faires feature innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft.
Maker Faire is part of a growing DIY local and global movement of people who look at things a little differently and who just might spark the next generation of scientists, engineers and makers.
Date: Saturday 6 April 2013
Venue: Adelaide College of Arts 39 Light Square, Adelaide
Time: 10.00am to 6.00pm
Following the many expressions of interest from our members, we have now arranged the weekend 23rd and 24th of March for another Foundation Licence training and examination course. Thanks again go to Paul Hoffman VK5PH for taking the time to organise and host this event.
Location: Parkside Primary School Date: 23rd & 24th of March 2013 Time: 0900-1700 hrs
Yesterday my Softrock RX Ensemble II HF Receiver arrived from Five Dash Inc. in the US within ten days and was very well packed. Any way like most grown men with a new toy I descided to take the day out and build it, the took me about 15 hours in total. The guide by WB5RVZ is comprehensive and easy enough to follow in a half dozen so steps. I also have a nice box for the Ensemble II RX coming from the KM5H store and it will make it to be a nice looking package.
My SeaSDR_40 kit arrived from Italy. Last night I finished off building the kit together, the is rather easy to put together and the only real thing to watch out for is the toriod with the primary and secondary windings on it, to soldering it in correctly.
I also got the SeaSDR_40 working with Quisk by only having to make a couple minor alterations to the ~/.quisk_conf.py file.
near the top of the file I changed the hardware import
import quisk_hardware_model as quisk_hardware
import quisk_hardware_fixed as quisk_hardware
This will allow you to have frequency shown in Quisk based on the VFO of the SeaSDR_40.
To alter the VFO to that of the SeaSDR_40 change
fixed_vfo_freq = 7056000
fixed_vfo_freq = 7080500
All that is left for me to do is buy a metal box to mount the board into with some socket and connectors.
Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society Inc. When: 4th Nov. 2012, Entry from 9am, entry to sale hall from 9.30. $5 entry includes 2 raffle tickets Where: Goodwood Community Centre 32-34 Rosa St Goodwood.
See AHARS for full details of vendors present and the generous door prizes offered. NERC and ALARA will provide refreshments.
I have added a gallery of some the pictures I took while I was at Science Alive from Thursday to Sunday at the Wayville Showgrounds. Thursday was setup day for the 3 day event with Friday set a side for the high school children. I was a part for the Electronics and Communication, and Hackerspace stalls.
It was a great event and ran rather smoothly, we had a lot more interest in the Amateur Radio side of things this year compared to last year. and the Reprap 3D printers of hackerspace were a hoot with the public aswell.
This is a quick video of an AR Drone that one of the people part of our stalls bought in.
Last couple weeks I have a had a problem with my 897D doing double SSB on RX and TX. Last night I was looking around for a firmware update for the 897D to see if that might fix my problem as I have tried other things like full CPU reset on the rig etc.
Well I found the page below in my travels and it had reference to relay cleaning by hold down the UP and DWN keys and powering the rig ON will start the cleaning of the relays and display CLEANING RELAYS on the screen. The great news is that this little unknown trick to me has fixed my double SSB problem
As of the 1st of March the ACMA has permitted the trial of 1000 watt PEP for advanced licensed amateur radio operators, and this trial is to run for about 12 months where it will be reviewed by the ACMA.