[Noisebridge-discuss] Reflow soldering / Hardware Classes at NB (interest check)

Alex Merlin Glowaski alex.glowaski at gmail.com
Sat Apr 25 01:03:57 UTC 2015

I'm very interested in learning about some of these things! Soundsystems
especially. I've got an amp/speaker kit from the audio electronics Coursera
that I never put together.

It sounds like you might also have experience with synths (analog or MIDI)?
Douglas built a beautiful analog synth rig at Noisebridge before, but I'm
not sure what's happened to it since the reboot. It's something I've long
wanted to learn, though, and an in-person class would probably motivate me
more than a MOOC or scattered YouTube videos. :)

Thanks for sharing your knowledge!


On Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 4:30 PM, Zach R <organicunity at hotmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Phillip (and NBers):
> I've got a full reflow station at home I've been using to fix GPUs and
> other stuff.  I could teach you this among other things (though I'm not
> sure your specific project lends itself towards reflow).
>      I have been trying to gauge interest for a hardware class for a few
> weeks now.  I think my email keeps bouncing because I haven't heard from
> anyone.  All I need is a message from a few people saying they'd show up if
> I taught a class (thinking monday evenings with Mitch are a good time).
> Below is a forward of my last email.  Also, feel free to check out my
> website at: freewebs.com/vgmods
> -----------------------
> Hi Henry (and everyone else),
>   I actually taught a class for the reboot that covers a lot of this
> stuff.  I specialize in hardware (NOT code, heh) and have been doing
> professional technician work and hardware hacks for nearly 12 years now.
> The class I taught before was a big success and I've been trying to gauge
> interest and availability for doing another one.
> I could do next Monday at 6pm, would that work for people?
> The idea is to have an intermediate class that takes the skills people
> learn from Mitch and others to apply them to more projects.  Here are some
> topics we could work with:
> * DIY soundsystems: Intro to everything about making a soundsystem from
> scratch.  opamps, preamps, gainclone amps, classic AB setups, newer class D
> systems, speaker physics, crossovers (passive and active) and speaker
> frequency info.  This would be for people that are interested in having a
> soundsystem on their bike or making a DIY/Hifi one for home
> * Basic electronics components introduction: crash course on resistors,
> capacitors (ceramic, electrolytic, etc), diodes, fuses (glass, pico),
> transistors, SMD v. thru hole, etc. etc.
> * Video hacking: learning about encoding/decoding/transcoding video
> formats and what they all are: composite, s video, component, vga, hdmi-
> upscanning, downscanning, etc.learn to build your own RGB encoder.
> * Laptop / desktop repair: taking apart and repairing all sorts of
> computer stuff.  Could do basics on RAM, HDDs, etc or more advanced like
> GPU reflow/ taking apart those MACs.
> -Zach
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