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Every Tuesday night our Special Interest Group (SIG) focuses on fun & interesting Ham Radio DIY projects. We are meeting at Robot Garden makerspace and have (supervised) access to their fabrication tools for our ham projects - 3D printers, laser cutter, CNC mills, electronics test equipment, wood shop and metal shop tools, and more. Over the past couple of years we have worked on a variety of projects: - Earth-Moon-Earth (EME) communications using signal bounces - home made directional antenna - custom reflow soldering oven build - mesh network rollout for Tri-Valley - weather balloon launch using APRS for tracking Many attendees are members of the local Livermore Amateur Radio Klub (LARK). But, you don't have to be a member to attend these weekly Meetups. We are open to a wide range of activities and projects. You're welcome to come learn with us. Just show up with your ideas and your enthusiasm! LARK - http://www.livermoreark.org Robot Garden - http://www.robotgarden.org .
FOR EXISTING ROBOT GARDEN MEMBERS -- Please, stop in to sync up with other members, get an update on ongoing projects, and hear the latest news regarding our proposed new location - the Tri-Valley STEM Center. FOR FIRST TIME VISITORS AND NON-MEMBERS -- This is your chance to stop in and get an informal tour of the facility, meet our members, check out our tools and capabilities, and ask about the projects we have in the works. Please, do not show up empty handed. Bring food! Robot Garden will supply some pizza. You should bring something that will feed 6-10 people. Although you're welcome to bring something that feeds more, we don't like having lots of food left over. Entrees. Salads. Side Dishes. Deserts. Bring something you like to eat yourself. Store bought or home made - either is fine. Please, be sure to RSVP with the dish or food item you plan to bring.
Robot Garden recently received a grant to build a NASA inspired opensource Mars Rover. In the hopes of involving lots of different people, we are doing this as a "community build". We are planning to make significant modifications to the design originally presented by NASA. With these changes, there will be plenty of ways for people with various skill sets to get involved. In fact, our modifications are planned specifically so that many other local groups and individuals can participate and contribute. The build will be modular so that different components can be designed and built by different groups. Components can be added or swapped out over time. We will start with a basic radio-controlled rover. Over time we will add modules for command line navigation, autonomous navigation, robotic arms, multiple cameras, rock & plant identification, weather station, etc. We want lots of people involved in this project. If you would like to participate, please, join us at any one of the ongoing meetings. Or, contact Tom Manger directly via the Meetup Message feature. Individuals not associated with a group are welcome to get directly involved with the project. Below is a preliminary (but not yet verified) list of groups we hope to get involved in this project. PROPOSED PARTNER/GROUP ACTIVITIES Robot Garden - robotic systems design & construction - autonomous navigation module - command line control module - motor controller module - battery management - power distribution - robotic arm assembly NorCal Mars Society - high level design - public outreach - Rover testing - documentation & educational materials Livermore Amateur Radio Club - Wireless Communications Plan - Amateur TV module - Livermore Valley Lithophiles - mineral identification module TriValley Stargazers - TBD Livermore Flying Electrons - RC control module - Tri-Valley Coderdojo - systems programming Girl Scout Troop #30226 - circuit board design & construction Aviation Explorer Post #997 - any sheet metal work Robotics Explorer Post #987 - metal fabrication Del Arroyo 4-H - circuit board design & construction
If you are interested in joining Aviation Explorer Post #997 (Post997.org), you are welcome to attend these meetings. Existing Explorer Post members do not need to RSVP to this Meetup. Visitors are encouraged to RSVP since we meet at different locations at the airport. You might not find us without prior contact. Our meetings vary between lectures, presentation, tours and hands-on projects. We have a number of hands-on building projects underway. We will be starting with some basic sheetmetal skills and work our way up to building a Sonex-A kit airplane. Fuselage. Wings. Empennage. Landing gear. Avionics. Engine. Visit our website for info on additional activities - Post997.org - - - - - - - - Note that it is an FAA federal offense to drive a vehicle on parts of the airport grounds (inside the fence line) without proper authorization. So, NEVER tailgate another vehicle through the gate in the fence line. Instead, park only in public areas outside the secure fence line. Depending upon where we meet on the airport grounds, we will provide additional parking details each time we meet. Here are our two most common meeting places: Five Rivers Aviation - If we're meeting at Five Rivers Aviation, they have their own parking lot. Park anywhere and walk into their terminal. We'll be meeting in their multi-purpose room or in their hangar. Explorer Post Hangar - Park in front of the business addresses 180 through 186 Airway Blvd. Call Tom Manger on his cell and he will let you through the vehicle gate located next to Adamson Police Products at 160 Airway Blvd. (Do not park against the Adamson building!)