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  • June 29, 2013 · 12:00 PM
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I have a plan for our first meetup where I could show how some common devices work and yet can be improved easily.

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  • Mike H.

    We discussed the following topics: VISA: Voltages In Series Add
    Polarised components: LED, meter, batteries, motors
    Use of Digital Voltmeter for Voltage and Resistance measurements
    AC voltages
    Oscilloscope
    Component symbols
    Plug Top Power supplies [PTPS]: what is in them and why
    How to check your batteries and PTPS
    Resistor colour code
    Regulator circuit that copes with AC OR DC input voltage

    Handouts:
    Resistor colour code
    Circuit symbol table from IET

    The room was quite suitable for our requirements. It is likely that the next meetup is in the same place at the same time however I am investigating the use of another venue in Altona. As we are now in the local school holidays it is possible that we have a meeting in the middle .......

    June 30, 2013

    • Richard

      Sorry Mike it's illegal to measure AC voltages without a licence

      July 1, 2013

    • Mike H.

      So I'll have to rectify (!) the situation

      July 1, 2013

  • Mike H.

    So hi there - I have arranged a small room in the local library. It's book for the 2 hours shown which will include my set up time. Our meetings could well be more often than once a month and at a different location. I have a plan to use an existing facility when the details are sorted out. The venue location and time are not fixed in stone. We can adjust to suit our availability. The library is a safe - low cost intro situation with whiteboard, table and chairs. It is next to a shopping mall with car parking and bus links. There might not be much (any) soldering on the first meetup but I plan to have other connection methods available. Feel free to chip in (!) There will be a few blinking lights.

    June 24, 2013

    • Mike H.

      Yes Kat - that would be the idea -. Thanks I am looking forward also to seeing you. the room is straight across from the entrance - there may be a poster on the door !

      June 25, 2013

  • Mike H.

    So the initial parts and bits to demonstrate and talk about are collecting in my back room. If you have any broken bits that you feel are light enough to bring along we can examine and talk about them. Just about everyone knows some keywords about electronics and I plan to have this space as a safe place to check out ideas and create or modify things.

    Thanks Richard for the youtube link - I wondered where it was going at first - but it finishes well !

    June 24, 2013

  • Richard

    @Reply to Welcome solderers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Td0P9Mqu68

    June 22, 2013

  • Trevor W.

    Would love to come. Am away until 5th of July. Keep me posted.

    June 21, 2013

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