On the 16th March we are launching our new Technology Club for adults (16+). If you’re a newbie to technology or been a long-time technology hobbyist, come along a learn about new technologies, share your knowledge with others, experiment and build.
The meeting starts at 8pm and will be held at Cottage Lane Mission in Ormskirk and everyone is welcome. There’ll be no entrance fee charged for the first meeting, but there will be pizza available (50p) and a special prize raffle (£1).
During the evening there will be an introduction to the Raspberry Pi, an overview of the club and what we’ve got planned, together with an opportunity for you to show-and-tell something that you’ve learned, something you’re working on, or request help.
We’re happy to have members with an interest in any area of technology, but if we had to specify we’d say that the main areas of interest of our members are…
Amateur radio is a popular hobby with millions of people around the world; in fact, it was probably the first technical ‘maker’ hobby having started in the late 1800’s.
Licensed amateur radio operators communicate with other licensed operators right around the world and even out in to space; there are amateur radio operators aboard the International Space Station and it is their preferred backup communications mode.
Modes of communication include: voice, CW (Morse Code), digital voice, data modes, still imagery (SSTV) and video (FSTV). Other specialist areas within the hobby include: electronic construction, space weather and radio wave propagation studies, antenna design and building and wireless experimentation.
Several members of the Quantum Technology Club are licensed amateur radio operators and we can also deliver the required training courses and exams if you’re interested in getting involved.
Interest in electronics, as a hobby, has risen enormously over the last few years, due in no small part to the launching of the Raspberry Pi single-board computer and Arduino controllers. These devices enable you to build electronic circuits and then control them using software programs you have written on the devices.
As a result, lots of folk are getting interested to see what they can build and learn some new skills at the same time.
The Quantum Technology Club has several experienced hobbyist electronic experimenters, but also some members who do this as a job. So there is plenty of assistance available to get you started, but also to help you develop your existing skills.
Computing has been an established hobby for many years, right back to the days of home computers like the Sinclair ZX-80 and Commodore VIC-20. Since then folk have always been tinkering with their computers, upgrading them, writing programs to get them to do new things.
With the launch of the Raspberry Pi has awakened new interest in programming as a hobby and not just to control electronic circuits; there are folks out there using these £35 computers to run web servers, remote control devices over the Internet, build databases, etc.
At the Quantum Technology Club as we have members who have been programming for years. So whether you’re just trying out programming for the first time, or want to hone your skills, there’ll be somebody who can help you, or somebody you can help. We even have a professional web designer amongst our ranks if that’s your interest.
These two devices have spawned a new generation of technology hobbyists. It’s now so easy to get in to designing and building electronic circuits and programming that everyone, from the youngest to the oldest, can get involved – and they are.
The Raspberry Pi alone has now sold over 11 million units and is destined to become the best selling computer of all time, surpassing the Commodore 64 of the 1980’s.
If you want to know what you can do with your raspberry Pi, or Arduino, then why not come along and find out. Alternatively, if you’ve created something, why not come along and inspire other folk to get using their Raspberry Pi.
Technology is not just all about computers, electronics and radio communication, there are plenty of other users of technology out there that are involved in a hobby. Take 3D printing, programmable embroidery machines and laser-cutting for just examples; they’re designing products and programming devices to help them manufacture them.
At the Quantum Technology Club we welcome crafters who use technology. In fact, one of our members has over £1,000 of programmable embroidery machine to produce club shirts and would welcome help and advice in how to use it properly.