Introduction to Linux Redux

Intro to Linux is back for a second run, starting from the beginning. Join us tomorrow, Wednesday October 19th at 7:30pm for the first session where we’ll introduce the largest collaborative software project in human history: Linux, what it is, where it came from and why it runs billions of smartphones and over half the Internet.

Introduction to Linux will meet nominally every other Wednesday at HacDC. Check our MeetUp schedule for details:

For the first session, bring whatever laptop you use and we’ll help you install Linux inside VirtualBox. Or, if you’re ready to take the plunge and replace your current OS, install Linux on your machine. We also have a few Linux laptops available in our classroom. Intro to Linux costs as much as Linux itself: it’s free, as always.facebook-ad

As the series goes on, we’ll cover the Linux file system, package managers, networking and firewalls, compiling software from code and more.

Maker Faire Silver Spring September 25th

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HacDC Amateur Radio Club is partnering with Montgomery Amateur Radio Club and the Kid’s Museum at the Silver Spring Maker Faire September 25, 2016.   This event runs from 12PM to 5PM. This event is held at the SILVER SPRING CIVIC CENTER, 1 VETERANS PLACE, SILVER SPRING, MD, 20910

Maker Faire Silver Spring: Maker Faire Silver Spring is a free, family-friendly event that brings together Makers of all types for a spectacular display of art, science, technology, craft and engineering. It is being presented by KID Museum, a new museum in Montgomery County dedicated to inspiring the next generation of innovators.

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  • Tinker
  • Build
  • Invent

National Park Service 100th Birthday Celebration

HacDC Amateur Radio Club operated from President’s Park (White House) August 25, 2016, celebrating the 100th birthday of the National Park Service.  We operated 20 and 40 meter ssb and cw from NPOTA # DZ10 “The White House”.   A special callsign of W3H was issued for this event.  Pictured (left to right) Pat, K0OO, John, KB3EBN, Phil KC3HMY, and Scott KI4YOE.

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Microcontroller Monday is a weekly gathering of HacDC members and guests interested in microcontroller programming and projects. HacDC stocks a variety of microcontrollers for projects. Upgrading of an existing commercial laser cutter is a recent theme of Microcontroller Mondays.

Spaceblimp is HacDC’s high-altitude balloon project; it’s tracked in real-time by GPS and amateur radio and can carry several experiments. The fifth iteration reached 118,000 ft and took some beautiful photos of the Earth’s curvature. Spaceblimp 6 is in it’s planning and fundraising stages. Meetings are the first and third Tuesday of the month.

Although Linux is generally HacDC’s operating system of choice, some people know more than others! Intro Linux is a bi-weekly gathering and workshop on basic aspects of the Linux operating system, from installation, the file system, shell scripting to firewalls and more. Intro Linux is generally the first and third Wednesdays of the month.

HacDC’s Amateur Radio Club (HARC), callsign W3HAC, transmits worldwide from a 35-foot microwave tower the roof of our location as well as a nearby repeater station on 448.875 MHz. Club meetings are the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month and often feature invited speakers. Licensing study sessions and exams are administered on Saturday mornings.

3D Thursday is a weekly gathering of HacDC members and guests interested in 3D design and 3D printing. HacDC’s workhose printers are a LulzBot Mini and LulzBot Taz. The preferred design tool is the open-source ImplicitCAD, based on OpenSCAD. 3D Thursday has recently focused on designing and printing parts for a laser cutter.

Projects with upcoming (not yet scheduled) events:

Project Optical Table Robot aims to build a large-format 3D printer, laser cutter and pick-and-place multi-tool on an 8-foot optical table currently in HacDC’s dungeon. Project OTR activities often involve Microcontroller Mondays and 3D Thursdays.

Project Scanning Electrom Microscope aims to refurbish a scanning electron microscope currently in our classroom, first for imaging and eventually for lithography. Project SEM is currently pending the purchase of a vacuum gauge to troubleshoot the built-in microscope gauge and interlock, but expect an SEM Workday in the coming weeks.

Project CRISPR will demonstrate gene editing on a shoestring budget using the CRISPR-Cas9 system. Look forward to the first Project CRISPR event in the coming weeks.