Christmas is fast approaching. The arrangements for meetings over the Christmas and New Year period are:
Code Club (young folk): last meeting on the 14th December, restarts on the 11th January 2018.
Technology Club (adults): last meeting on the 7th December, restarts on the 4th January 2018.
Our latest technoJAM event will be hosted by Southport College as part of their Super Saturday event. It starts at 11 am and finishes at 4 pm and is packed full of technical activities that will appeal to all ages and technical abilities.
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Rebecca (amateur radio callsign M6BUB), a member of the Quantum Technology Club in Ormskirk, is off down to Gilwell Park on the 5th of August to take part in YOTA (Youngsters on the Air) 2017. Having taken an active role in organising the event over the last 18 months Rebecca will be part of the team that welcomes young people from 30 countries around the world and runs all sorts of amateur radio and technical related activities during the week.
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Members of the Quantum Technology Club turned out in force on the 24th June 2017 to show off what it does best to folk from all over the North West at this year’s Liverpool Makefest.
Liverpool Makefest is an annual celebration of making; from craft work through 3D printing, computer coding and web design, to electronics and engineering; Makefest covers everything which involves making something.
Quantum Technology Club promoted all sorts of technology; from wireless communications using devices and equipment we’ve built ourselves, alternative electronic clocks built by one of our members, aircraft monitoring and tracking systems constructed using common components for less than £10, Morse Code demonstrations, through to thousands of pounds worth of transmitting and receiving equipment that can reach other people right around the world and out in to space.
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Our members have interests in many different areas of technology. These include, but are not limited to…
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.