Maine Hacker Club

Getting nerdy at biweekly meetings in Bangor

40+ Registered members!

It’s been a long slow climb to 40+ registered members on Meetup, but here we are, thanks to all you dedicated nerds that make our meetups great.  Thank you!

Ever seen the inside of a 9V battery?

Ever seen the inside of a 9V battery?

This guy will tell you all about batteries.

This guy will tell you all about batteries.

Check out the nerd joy on @zacheryschiller

Check out the nerd joy on @zacheryschiller

Join us for some hardware hacking.

Join us for some hardware hacking.

The Arduinos Have Arrived!

Our club is getting serious about hardware hacking.  I’m psyched for tonight’s meeting @ 6pm at BAM in Bangor.  Our hackers have procured at least 3 more ardunios, and even a launchpad from Texas Instruments.  We should have a log of some hacking in the physical world quite soon! 

Personally speaking, the best part about this group is that we can support each other with our diverse backgrounds and skills.  Hardware hacking is something that I never would have taken on myself, but with the help of my fellow hackers, I’m able to tackle it.

At our last meeting, Neil showed us the radio in an altoids tin he built for morse code. Srsly 1337 skills.

At our last meeting, Neil showed us the radio in an altoids tin he built for morse code. Srsly 1337 skills.

Denis takes us through a “Electrical Circuits 101” to educate the ignorant among us (me) on the basics of volts & current as it applies to working with arduino and peripherals.

Denis takes us through a “Electrical Circuits 101” to educate the ignorant among us (me) on the basics of volts & current as it applies to working with arduino and peripherals.

Alessandro Volta to Morse Code

Tonight’s meeting was epic.  To start off we had electronics 101 courtesy of Denis.  The goal was to discuss the basic principles of electrical components.  Denis brought us from the discovery of the volt up through the way that today’s power cords work for our electronics.

We were delighted to meet Neil who showed his radio in an Altoids tin and discussed modern uses of morse code.  Apparently people can communicate across hundreds of miles with low power without an intermediary.  

I really want to build a morse code arduino bot.