Special Interest Groups

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Vintage Computers & Electronics

The purpose of this SIG is  to preserve and restore vintage computer technology.  Starting at the moment with micro-computers.  This also includes accessories, software, and documentation for the machines.

The eventual goal is to establish a permanent “museum” type display of computer history.  Donations may be made through FCW and designated for the Computer Museum.  We are especially interested in unusual processors (eg Alpha, Itanium, HPPA) or less common machines..  Hardware may be donated, leased, or loaned to the group.

Also included is some vintage electronics.  At the moment, interest is mainly in vintage radios (both 2-way and receivers), telephones, and electronic test equipment.  Other items may be considered if unique.

Ham Radio – K4FCW

K4FCW is the FCW Amateur Radio station.  This SIG is for anyone interested in Ham Radio, whether or not they  have a license.  Topics include station setup, operation, contesting, building and repairing equipment, restoring vintage radios, and antennas.    License classes will be conducted or a one-on-one technique can help someone obtain a license.


This SIG is for anyone interested in robots and automation.  This includes the electrical,  mechanical, pneumatic and hydraulic systems; robot construction, control, programming, and construction.


This SIG concentrates on Internet of Things projects.  It is primarily an electronics and programming group.


This SIG covers the areas needed for Cosplay, Steampunk, and Stagecraft.  The areas of interest include costumes, props, sets, special effects, artistic design, sound, lighting, and video.


This SIG concerns Linux and other Unix-like systems.  Areas of interest include distributions, installing, shells, utilities, applications, and administration.

Programming Languages

This SIG is for those interested in various computer programming languages, both old and current.  Examples include Basic, Fortran, Cobol, Lisp, C, Pascal, Java, Javascript, PHP, lua, Perl, Forth, Scratch, etc.  Topics discussed include history, syntax, applications, and usage.


This SIG is for those wanting to build or modify CNC devices such as Mills, 3d Printers, laser cutters, etc.  Topics include controllers, drives, hardware, software, G-code, and control.


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