The FCW Amateur Radio (HAM) station is now official with the callsign K4FCW. We hope to have antennas up soon. We have HF, VHF and digital capabilities with others to be added in the future. There are plans to offer Ham Radio license classes in the near future.
The construction for the classroom and railroad/model shop room has started. Joe, Warren and Gene are starting the construction stage of FCW’s phase 2.
The classroom will allow FCW to provide instruction in numerous topics for up to 24 persons at a time. The model shop will contain a large model railroad – provided by Gene – and a model shop for railroad and RC models.
The electronics shop is now in operation. We have a 350Mhz scope, several meters, function generator, power supply and several trainers. Over the next few weeks we’ll be adding additional parts, tools and equipment. We will be using arduino, PIC, and propeller microcontrollers; FPGAs; and discrete digital for a while.
An introduction to electronics is planned for a limited group in two weeks, then that workshop, soldering and arduinos will be scheduled in the near future.
Michelle is the the coordinator of the electronics area. She brings 40 years experience in analog, digital and embedded systems to FCW.
The machine shop is now operational. We have a CNC mill, lathe, bandsaw and grinders. Pictured are Warren, a retired machining instructor, and Rich, who converted the mill to CNC and furnished the equipment.
The shop has already been used to assist a local high school in fabricating parts for a robot. Regular training in Basic Safety and Usage is offered.
We are holding our very first class at the space on 1/28/2012 BSU (Basic Safety and Usage).
Our open house went great! We could not have asked for a better time. I want to thank the Hackerspace Charlotte Group for coming down and also the soon to be open Asheville group. Sadly to say with all the people and fun during the open house I forgot to take more pictures. So my picture count of the event is down to two picture.
Our friends from HSC
The only picture I thought about taking while people was talking
We start to move the larger machinery in. The machinery is on loan from Rich.
We are coming close to being finished with Phased 1 of the space.
With the end of Phase 1, we are planning to have an open house on Dec 17. Come see our space and meet our people.
|Let there be light!!|
A few of us working and wiring up the FCW space.
|October 15, 2011|
Our friends at Hackerspace Charlotte has been working on what might end up being the largest QR in the world