The only thing consistent is a constant state of change
What a great tech party. We’ve had a great year!
Burt Nate Homer Roy Jim Dave Vern and John at the last weekly tech party to he held at Verns. Another fun and productive meeting!
All things must change, and so with the Wednesday Night Tech party. Vern announced that there is a health issue in his family and he is needed at home.
We all appreciate the marvelous host that Vern has been since the establishment of the BiTX20 builders group and the ensuing Solder Social which grew into the Tech party.
Thank you, Vern! We wish you all the best and pray for a full recovery.
The Tech Party needs a new facility.
Burt and Nate checking out the data ... note all the cool digital toys surrounding them. Click the picture for a closer view.
Perhaps two? Vern says he can probably host one meeting a month after a bit. Which got me to thinking, what if we did three tech parties a month, one at Verns, then one near the east side and one near the west side? Perhaps a ‘triangle’ with Vern to the North and spots to the Southwest and Southeast. That way everyone will have one tech party per month that is ‘closer’ to them.
Before we got the BiTX project going I had started doing the Technet from guest locations – Local amateurs homes, restaurants, parks, etc. So moving around isn’t a new concept to the technet, shouldn’t be a problem for the tech party, don’t you think?
This is a large metropolitan area and so there will never be any one location that is more convenient than another. There will always be someone excluded because of distance. This way I think more people will have a chance to participate.
SO, if you have an idea for a facility please email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment on this article. This coming Wednesday we’ll probably take the night off – if we haven’t secured a facility by then everyone is invited to my place in Winter Garden until we find locations more convenient to everyone else.
This past Wednesday
was a lot of social but we got some great discovery done in the microprocessor world. I gave Nate a couple of PIC chips to play with on his new proto board and encouraged him to pick up a PIC programmer. There was some really god discussion on the various development kits available for the PIC, AVR and STMicro uP’s.
The BiTX project is coming along nicely
Coming along nicely! the crystal filter is installed, but needs to be tested, as is the audio amp. Go Vern!
for most. More of us are conquering the VFO, although we will need to do a session on the VFO circuit again to learn to recalculate the other capacitors in the system to accommodate different values of variable capacitors.
I found this awesome calculator online. Can someone get this figured down to C code? This is nice –
Most of the guys have populated the crystal filter and audio amplifier portions of the board but haven’t tested them yet. Jim has almost the entire board stuffed, he’ll be mounting it in a chassis soon! This is going to get exciting when we start putting these things in enclosures and getting them on the air!
The next meeting, wherever we are, will be spent mostly on testing. We’ll have the IFR to run them on and several of us will have lab power supplies to run them with. It will be a hoot, ya’all come on out now, ya hear? ;]