Virtual meetings

Virtual meetings take place every Saturday morning starting around 10am. Please request an invite if you would like to join us.

We use Jitsi, and the meetings are usually general catch up conversations. Sometimes projects are discussed, but not usually showcased and or described in great detail. with projects happening at home now, there are not many detailed descriptions lately. (2021)

2022.06.11 Blackpool Makerspace virtual meeting

Attending:

Theo, Barry and Mike.

Theo was working on a zombie game, Barry was installing a lightweight Linux (Antix?) on a celeron based laptop, and I (mike) was altering a box loop antenna to allow my crystal radio to receive longwave transmissions. I succeeded in receiving RTE 1 from Dublin and BBC radio 4.

2022.05.21 Blackpool makerspace virtual meeting

Barry, Les, Tony, Theo, Mike.

Discussed:

How expensive the top end raspberry pi has become partly because of component shortages. The arduino Nano RP2040 Connect and the rasperry pi pico discussed and compared.

How plastic washing line pegs degrade and snap. They can be replaced by old fashioned wooden dolly pegs which are still available and may be more eco friendly.

2022.05.14 virtual meeting

Attending:

Theo, Surly, Simon, Tony and Mike. This was the first time Simon attended our virtual meeting.

Discussed:

The Mayflower automonous ship, a fully-autonomous, AI powered marine research vessel :- mas400.com Simon introduced us to the project, and showed 3D models of the ship at various scales he has made. All the data collected by the ship can be viewed using mqtt explorer mqtt.mas400.com.

2022.04.30 Virtual meeting

Attending:

Mike Theo Barry and Surly.

Discussed:

Power boats, motorbikes and two stroke engines. Gardening on clay by putting a raised bed over the clay. Lightweight Linux for old computer.

WW2 minesweeping with wellington bomber “Vickers engineers then removed the bomb racks, bombsight, guns and all unnecessary equipment to reduce weight and free up space for a Ford V8 automobile engine driving a 35-kilowatt Mawdsley electric generator. The former gun positions were faired over to streamline the fuselage. Also, because the magnetic coil rendered normal compasses useless, the Wellington was fitted with a gyrocompass.” https://www.historynet.com/aerial-minesweeping/