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

johny radio johnyradio at gmail.com
Sat Jun 13 22:11:03 UTC 2015

i would def participate!

On Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 6:03 PM, Alex Merlin Glowaski <
alex.glowaski at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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!
> cheers,
> merlin
> 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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