Category Archives: Course

Build-Your-Own Quadcopter Workshop

Today there was a build-your-own-quadcopter workshop at rLab. The quadcopters were designed by one of our members (Jon), the main elements of the airframe cut from acrylic with our laser cutter, and all of the parts ordered and assembled into kits in advance.Total price per quadcopter – ~£100!

The build was a great success, with eight out of nine of the quadcopters in flight by 5:30 – the ninth had a faulty motor.

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Telemetry Workshop – Saturday 21-06-2014 10:30 – 4pm

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RLab is organising a workshop on Telemetry to be held Saturday 21st June initial details below:

Please contact us via the Google Groups mailing list indicating if you wish to attend..

Topics

 

  • rlab telemetry projects & opportunites
  • High Altitude Balloon project
  • Demo of HAB RTTY telemetry components and toolchain

* NTX2B, uBLOX MAX-7, SDR# and dongle, VB Cable, dl-fldigi

 

HAB project opportunities and challenges
Low Power Radio technologies and products
  • Bluetooth
  • Hope RFM12b
  • Nordic nRF24L01
  • Xbee
Practical projects

 

  • * Nordic nRF24L01
  • scanner
  • beacon
  • point – point
  • sensors
What you will need to bring

 

  • laptop with Arduino environment, any necessary additional software will be notified ahead of the workshop
  • 3v3 capable Arduino, USB adaptor and PSU (majority of sensors are 3v3, the radios are 3v3 powered but are 5v tolerant)
  • breadboard and jumpers
Cost


As usual a contribution of £5 for the rlab plus a contribution for pizza
A charge will be made if you wish to keep any radios/materials

 

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Arduino Intro Course Day

This weekend we ran our first micro electronics course based on the popular Arduino learning platform and we were very well subscribed. We had some great kit to demo on the day and during the session guests managed to work out how to:

  • about the differing Arduino board/options
  • basic communication protocols
  • differences between analog and digital pins
  • how to install the drivers and IDE
  • upload code to the microprocessor
  • layout some circuits and troubleshoot
  • get everything hooked up and working

On top of that the attendees made:

  • a working night light
  • a heating/cooling system

I’m pretty sure everyone had a fab day and we’ve now accumulated some great kit and we hope to have a follow up programming course too soon.

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Reading Hackspace SMD course

Last night on the surface mount course held by Alan Wood, was a great intro into SMD techniques and the home brew reflow oven made by Andrew was incredibly impressive. The evening ended with a workable Raspberry Pi stepper motor driver and was incredibly good fun!