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Thursday Apr 16, 2015 7:00 pm

Update.. moved to handle conflict with other event.

This is a planning meeting for all those who wish to help SYN Shop have a presence at the 2015 LV Science Festival.  Come armed with ideas, and willingness to commit. - and lets make it an awesome time. 

We have committed to an open house on April 26th, at 11:00am - 4:00pm

Link to the science festival's published brochure is HERE.

Wednesday Apr 22, 2015 6:00 pm

SYN Shop is hosting folks from the Amazing Las Vegas Cosplayers meetup group. Come build costumes with them, and show off your SYN Shop Community spirit and your costuming style.

If you aren't into costuming, come hang out and work on crafts!

While this night is focused on the crafting disciplines, everyone is welcome to show up and hang out. Bring whatever project you are working on, or just come and see what everyone else is working on.


See the  Amazing Las Vegas Cosplayers group here...

Tuesday Apr 14, 2015 7:00 pm

Join Nate T as he gives an exciting overview of Software Defined Radio. All participants leave with an RTL-SDR hardware, and the materials to make a  "planar disc" style antenna

This exciting class is going to cover the subject of Software Defined Radio (SDR).  Technology now allows the average consumer to to interact with the airwaves around us without expensive equipment. SDR allows hackers, tinkereArs, and common folks to use any computer and inexpensive hardware to see what is really going on with the radio waves in the air around us.

Come learn about this awesome and fun technology. 
The student should bring a laptop (can be Windows / Mac or Linux) to make the most of the class.

The hands-on portion of the class will focus on:
- SDR Software setup and usage
- Building a planar disc antenna

The lecture portion of the class will focus on:
- What is Software Defined Radio?
- Radio/RF background/basics as it relates to SDR
- Real world applications / uses
- Currently available software / hardware options
- Antenna types
- Common pitfalls
- Additional learning resources
- Demos of various SDR applications

Wednesday Apr 1, 2015 6:45 pm

This is a private event where I will be training vetted members on how to use the laser and handing off a curriculum for a "basic safety and proper use class". Email me directly if you wish to join.

Anyone who takes the class is expected to serve as a resource for members who wish to use the laser, and will ideally teach at least one "Laser Basics" class during the following 12 months.

Tuesday Mar 24, 2015 6:30 pm

This soldering workshop, we will be assembling the TV-B-Gone kit.

Ever wanted the ability to turn any TV off at the press of a button?  The TV-B-Gone is a kit that, when soldered together, allows you to turn off almost any television within 150 feet or more.   

The class includes the TV-B-Gone kit, as well as two AA batteries.

Details on the kit can be found here:

Saturday Mar 21, 2015 11:00 am

Basic Electronics Class 6 – Troubleshooting: What to do when electronic circuits fail!

"Don’t Panic! …and always carry a towel.” – Ford Prefect, “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” (1995)

This Class 6 will integrate the electronics concepts studied in the previous five classes of this series, as well as provide a practical approach to the subject of electronics for first-time attendees. This class is both lecture and hands-on!

The Lecture portion of the class will focus on:

1. How does a power supply convert alternating current (AC) from a 110-volt wall outlet to direct current (DC)?  What are the components of a typical AC/DC power supply?

2. What is an electronic signal and how does it compare to a waveform or pulse?

3. What does an analog signal look like compared to a digital signal? What does an audio signal 
look like?  What do motor control signals look like? What do sensor signals look like?

4. How do you operate an oscilloscope and multimeter?

The Hands-on portion of the class will focus on:

During the practical part of the class, attendees will use an oscilloscope, multimeter and test equipment to take measurements, monitor digital and analog signals within electronic devices, and perform electronic troubleshooting techniques:

1. Describe the circuit problem in detail in order to define an area to begin troubleshooting– How did the circuit fail? What part of the circuit is not working?

2. If the circuit doesn’t turn on, check the switch, fuse and power supply components.

3. Block out the circuit with a schematic or “dead reckon” the circuit flow from power supply  to cable harness and printed circuit board paths.

4. Look at individual components and use a multi-meter to make static measurements without power to the circuit.  What components are most likely to fail first?

5. Take “snapshot” voltage readings with a multi-meter when power is applied to the circuit.

6. Trace moving electronic signals with an oscilloscope while power is applied to the circuit.

7. What would be needed to repair and fix the electronic device under test?

Tuesday Mar 17, 2015 7:00 pm

Join Richard as he quickly covers the major tules in the Danger room, and the Major Rules for safety in the danger room. This is a critical subject, and if you spend any time in the Danger Room, you should attend at least one. This class will shift the specific days of the week it is held on to get as much coverage to the membership as possible.

Sunday Mar 8, 2015 1:00 pm

It's time to Hack Your Hackerspace.

This month we are going to work on the following:

- Clean up and organize under the work benches
- Decorate the display case
- And cleaning up the backyard

Come down and help make your hackerspace a shinier happier and more organized place. It's a great time to find that thing everyone forgot about which is just begging to be hacked on.

Thursday Feb 19, 2015 7:00 pm

This is a planning meeting for all those who wish to help SYN Shop have a presence at the 2015 LV Science Festival. Come armed with ideas, and willingness to commit. - and lets make it an awesome time.