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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 6:00pm

TONIGHT'S SPOTLIGHT / Show & Tell Item: Getting the Most out of an Oscilloscope

Chuck Schall who has experience in numerous technologies and electronic equipment, has volunteered to introduce you getting aquainted to Oscilloscope use and basics. In addtion, if you are looking to get even more use out of your scope, Chuck can assist in demonstrating advance uses on individual questions as well. This is a great opportunity to stop by and learn or add to a resourceful skillset.

In addition, one for our newest members will also be bringing in a Hantek PC Based 60MHz USB Digital Storage Oscilloscope which turns your computer into a powerful 2 channel digital oscilloscope. Stop by and preview as well as try this equipment first hand.

Wednesday Open Space Nights are our informal nights where we work on a variety of projects: Personal, Infrastructure, or group designs. Come visit and join in the fun, We look forward to meeting you.

How to find us: Enter rear main door on second level, and take one flight up. The Rear Entrance is located up at the top of the ramp.

CT Hackerspace at 30 Echo Lake Road, 3rd floor Watertown, CT. GPS will get you to the address, then follow Silk Street around to the back of building.


Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 9:00am to Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 5:00pm

 Off the Grid / Grid Down Communications Workshop

This is rare opportunity to get informed, and prepped with useful, practical, need to know knowledge

A General Class Ham Radio Licence is suggested but by no means a prerequisite.

April 26-27, at  CT Hackerspace

  • $200 for the weekend long course and materials
  • *Free* for CT Hackerspace Members


Be ready to learn a whole bunch! The instructional staff is going to be giving out a lot of information in this intense and quick-paced class at a level of instruction that can't be duplicated in a book or blog.

The class will revolve around the basics of low power/qrp/covert operation with low-profile/improvised antennas, and communications monitoring focused for VHF/UHF COMINT. It will consist of classroom instruction and a field training exercise (FTX). The FTX will be held *rain or shine*. Dress and equip yourself appropriately. It is strongly advised that the attendee have at least a general class ham license, as HF operation will be involved. If you don't have a general license, you can do a COMINT/monitoring track on the Sunday FTX. you will ALSO receive a copy of the new book "Grid-Down Communications."

Topics to be discussed will include:

Considerations for III%er/Grid-Down Communications

Equipment Selection

Improvised Antennas

Low Profile/Covert Operations

Basic Cryptographic Systems and Techniques

Non-Radio Communications Options

IFF (Identification Friend/Foe) and Interoperability System Considerations

Basic Improvised Surveillance/Security Systems - Off The Shelf Solutions

VHF/UHF Communications Monitoring/COMINT (Communications Intelligence)
Equipment and Systems

Basic COMINT and COMINT Analysis

Registration cost for this course $200. Early bird registration is $175 if paid in full by March 8th. A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required to reserve a slot, with the balance due by March 22nd. Course fees are non-refundable, but if you've paid and can't make it for whatever reason you can take a later course or have someone take the course in your place. If the course gets cancelled by the instructor,you get a full refund by whatever means you paid (Paypal or MO). Hotel, travel, and meal arrangements/expenses are the responsibility of the course attendee.

Click here to pay via Paypal (http://www.wawejisin.com/sparks.html ) or send Postal Money Order to:

Homestead Design Works
PO Box 96
Plymouth, CT 06782

If paying via MO, please indicate the location "CT Hackerspace - Watertown" you are attending and include your email so the instructor can send you a confirmation.


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