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Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 9:00am to Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 4:00pm

 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.

Oct 4th & 5th, 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. 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.


Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 8:00am

CTH is looking to possibly put a Carpool Together to Engadget Expand Expo in New York City. Expand is designed from the ground up for technology fans. The consumer event gives tech enthusiasts the unique opportunity to hear from favorite technology and science luminaries on stage, talk directly with Engadget editors, and get their hands on some of the latest and greatest new devices at the show floor exhibition. Expand NY is held annually in the North Hall of Javits Center, Manhattan’s premier venue for large-scale events.

The Expand stage offers live panel and one-on-one sessions with some of consumer electronics’ greatest visionaries, putting attendees face to face with the people behind the most interesting and innovative devices on the market today. Panelists including CEOs, scientists, futurists, and roboticists from companies like Google, Microsoft, Toyota, NASA, OUYA, and 3D Robotics who took the Expand San Francisco stage in March 2013. And cutting-edge companies like Ekso Bionics and da Vinci stole the spotlight on the show floor with the truly awe-inspiring robot exoskeleton and surgical robot, respectively.

We will keep discussion and signup on our meetup page.




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