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Science Alive! 2013 Flyer


Download the flyer and print it off and pass around to friends, family, etc and hope to see you there.

Organisation involved
University of Adelaide
Dept for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources & Energy
Flinders University
University of South Australia
Forensic Science SA
BAE Systems Australia
Australasian Radiation Protection Society
The Curiosity Show
Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (SA)
Coastal Concepts
Engineers Australia
Goyder Institute for Water Research
SA Water
The Australian Society for Medical Research
South Australian Neuroscience Institute (SANI)
Australian Science and Mathematics School
Royal Australian Chemical Institute
Reef Watch
bugs n slugs
Nature Education Centre
Arid Recovery
Animals Anonymous
Elizabeth Amateur Radio Club
Giant Games
Vital Veggies
Astronomical Society of SA
Nutrition Society of Aust
Growing More Than Trees Project
Malacological Society of SA
Microscopes and More
The Young Scientists of Australia, Adelaide Chapter
CSIRO Education (Friday)/Double Helix (Sat & Sun)
Science Alive! Showbags (Saturday & Sunday only)
Institute of Backyard Studies
The Fly
Dan Burt the Pianola Man
Australian Dalek Builders Union
Imagine If
Physical Prints (3D printing)
Adelaide Electric Vehicle Association
Plaster Fun House
Adelaide Magic
ZigZag Circus
The Beer Show (Friday Night)
Jesse Deane-Freeman (Friday night)
Deane Hutton’s Magic Show (Friday night)
Rob Morrison’s Jazz Septet (Friday night)
SciWorld Stardomes
Robotics Workshops (Uni Adelaide & Flinders Uni)
YSA Buskers
Solar Panel Tours

Science Alive! 2013

Australia’s largest science expo event with spectacular science, animal and magic shows and a huge range of hands-on fun for all ages. Archaeology and antiquity, Human body and movement, Energy and transport, Environment and nature, Health and medical, Space and astronomy, Innovation and technology

Goyder Pavilion Adelaide Showground, Goodwood Road, Wayville, SA, 5034

Friday 9th August – 9am-3pm Careers Day for high school students and their teachers
Friday 9th August – 5pm-7pm National Science Week Launch, Goyder Pavilion
Friday 9th August – 7pm-11pm Science Alive! Cabaret, Goyder Pavilion
Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th August – 10am-4pm Science Alive! public event

for more info refer to:

As part of a booth organiser for the Amateur Radio & Electronics booth this year we are planning to be more hands on and are going to have a remote station that we’ll have access to in country Victoria we can us to access and transmit on the 40m band via the internet, which we’ll allow the public to make contact with other stations to get a first hand fell to what one aspect of amateur radio is about.

Also hoping to have some IRLP action going to via the VK5RAD 70cm repeater.

Adelaide 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

Official website: http://www.makerfaireadelaide.com

udev rules for ADB

# nano /etc/udev/rules.d/51-android.rules

SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="0502", MODE="0666", GROUP="plugdev"
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="0B05", MODE="0666", GROUP="plugdev"
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="413C", MODE="0666", GROUP="plugdev"
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="0489", MODE="0666", GROUP="plugdev"
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="091E", MODE="0666", GROUP="plugdev"
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="18D1", MODE="0666", GROUP="plugdev"
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="109B", MODE="0666", GROUP="plugdev"
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="0BB4", MODE="0666", GROUP="plugdev"
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="12D1", MODE="0666", GROUP="plugdev"
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="24E3", MODE="0666", GROUP="plugdev"
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="2116", MODE="0666", GROUP="plugdev"
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="0482", MODE="0666", GROUP="plugdev"
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="17EF", MODE="0666", GROUP="plugdev"
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="1004", MODE="0666", GROUP="plugdev"
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="22B8", MODE="0666", GROUP="plugdev"
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="0409", MODE="0666", GROUP="plugdev"
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="2080", MODE="0666", GROUP="plugdev"
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="0955", MODE="0666", GROUP="plugdev"
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="2257", MODE="0666", GROUP="plugdev"
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="10A9", MODE="0666", GROUP="plugdev"
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="1D4D", MODE="0666", GROUP="plugdev"
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="0471", MODE="0666", GROUP="plugdev"
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="04DA", MODE="0666", GROUP="plugdev"
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="05C6", MODE="0666", GROUP="plugdev"
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="1F53", MODE="0666", GROUP="plugdev"
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="04E8", MODE="0666", GROUP="plugdev"
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="04DD", MODE="0666", GROUP="plugdev"
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="0FCE", MODE="0666", GROUP="plugdev"
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="2340", MODE="0666", GROUP="plugdev"
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="0930", MODE="0666", GROUP="plugdev"
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="19D2", MODE="0666", GROUP="plugdev"

# chmod +x /etc/udev/rules.d/51-android.rules

Using Hardware Devices

Softrock RX Ensemble II HF Receiver build and Quisk Config

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.

Here are some pics from the build

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SeaSDR_40 and Quisk

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.

ENE Technology, Inc. SD card reader (UB6250)

This is how I got the ENE UB6250 card reader working under Debian testing one my Acer Aspire One D255E


Bus 001 Device 005: ID 0cf2:6250 ENE Technology, Inc. SD card reader (UB6250)

This card reader uses the ums-eneub6250 module and needs firmware to operate correctly which is currently not included in the Debian firmware-linux or firmware-linux-nonfree packages.

The way I have gotten around the problem at the moment is to downloaded the Ubuntu linux-firmware package and extracted the deb package to copy the directory ene-ub6250 from the extracted directory /lib/firmware/ to /lib/firmware/ on my working system as I not wanted to install 40 odd megabyte of other firmware I not needed.

After moving the files over run the following and all should be ready to use
# depmod -ae
# update-initramfs -u


[EVENTS] AHARS Hamfest Sunday Nov 4th

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.


[How to] Prey 0.5.3 under Debian

Today I setup Prey 0.5.3 on my netbook running Debian testing.

# apt-get install prey

Here is what I modified in my ‘/etc/prey/config


# autoconnect feature, disabled by default until we are 200% sure it
# works flawlessly in all platforms. feel free to try it out though.


# you can get both of these from Prey's web service


# if you're having trouble getting requests across your firewall or proxy,
# you can try adding '-0' to make curl perform HTTP 1.0 requests
curl_options='-0 --compress'

# this option prepends a random number as a subdomain to the check URL on http mode
# makes it harder for other programs to block Prey so its a good idea to be on

Also I added to my root crontab for updates

# crontab -e

*/10 * * * * /usr/share/prey/prey.sh > /var/log/prey.log
now is

*/10 * * * * /usr/lib/prey/prey.sh > /var/log/prey.log

Nouveau GLX problems

Well switching from nVidia propietry drivers to the open source Nouveau drivers for nVidia GPU’s I found I had no 3D acceleration, and when running glxinfo etc I was getting

Error: couldn't find RGB GLX visual or fbconfig

And in Xorg.log.0 output file I was seeing

Failed to load module "glx" (loader failed, 7)

Turns out after stuffing around trying to find a solution, I did a search to find the package that held libglx.so and that was in the xserver-xorg-core. Well I reinstalled xserver-xorg-core and it fixed the problem and I now have 3D goodness :-)

# apt-get install --reinstall xserver-xorg-core