Feb’17 Hackerthon Tin to Software

14 02 2017

17Feb Hackathon was again a great success, as a group we are running these on a near monthly basis. The purpose of which is to get together with a specific focus of completing components for both personal and club projects. Key to this is the Sheperd Board designed primarily as a way of contacting a remote balloon with robust two way LoRa comunications and a WIFI downlink it also was designed with earth bound projects in mind be that home automation, robotics or even remote telemetry!


We have now completed several of these boards meaning we have several with each developer so that basic comunications software can be developed at home free of another developer.

Expect things to move more quickly now and also become more diverse with this flexible device in the wild!

Feb End of Month-Home Automation

31 01 2017

homeauto Feb 23rd @the Cock Hotel Wellington 7pm Roger has kindly Volunteered to go through the technologies used in his home automation project  as well as their implementation problems, solutions and unintended benefits.  Get your self a nice comfy seat as well as the usual fair of Pie, Chips +tipple and join us and Roger in a journey down the rabbit hole of home automation!

Feb Mid-Month more Extreme Time!

31 01 2017

industrial-wall-clocksFeb’ mid month is  a continuation of last month’s very successful “Extreme Time” theme again as always at the Arleston Inn 09/02/17 @7pm. Everyone welcome. Find out how accurate timekeeping is the basis  of modern computing and the Internet.

Jan End of Month-Linux vs BSD !

6 01 2017

tux_vs_daemon Jan 26th @the Cock Hotel Wellington 7pm Stuart Always the mal-content  will enter the ring and deliver the BSD vs Linux smack down. Not since the days of Saturday Afternoon Wrestling has such a bout taken place. Get your self a ring side seat beer and grub and let the melee begin!

Jan Mid-Month NTP Extreme Time

6 01 2017

industrial-wall-clocksJanuary’s Mid Month meeting is on the 12th Jan @ The Arleston Inn starting at the usual time of 7pm. Heather will be talking on all matters time related including NTP, the concequencies of Leap seconds and how long it takes to eat the dinner at the inn 😉 . How does the apparently simple subject of time effect you and your computer, come down and learn how to do Extreme Time keeping(tm)

Mini-Hackathon goes down a treat!

6 01 2017

17Our latest mini-hackathon event went down well over the Christmas break thanks to all those who came and worked towards completing their projects. Most were biased towards forms of telemetry both for the balloon launch project but also home automation and radio astronomy. It was a fun day and much progress was made, I for one will be happy to run another event in the near future!


XMAS do a total success.Yum Yum

11 12 2016


Well it’s near the end of the year and the Xmas do is near mandatory. Nice to report no fighting or drunken brawls only good Beer at the Cock Hotel and Curry at the Taj Mahal which every one enjoyed very much ..even Roger for what is his first ever Curry do!!! Thanks to everyone for coming hope to see you all and many more at next year’s events.