Reading Hackspace

Reading Hackspace Visit

On Wednesday the 23rd of November a group of members from RADARC headed down to find out more about the Reading Hackspace, known as “rLab”.

Upon arrival at the small industrial area in the centre of Reading, a small unit with nothing more than a door and a couple of windows sits quietly in the otherwise dead industrial area.

It is 8pm and we approach the door to be greeted by a member of rLab. They led us up the stairs and told us that there would be someone around to give us a tour. My first thoughts… WOW…

The first room we came to was the electronics and desk area. People are sat working all around the room on everything from CAD designs and soldering through to Hard disk recovery and coding. We instantly started asking questions and getting to know a little bit about the group.

Once someone became available we were led around the building being shown all of the awesome equipment, tools and machinery they have there. It was one hell of an eye opener to see that this whole community runs off membership donations and kindness. There were lathes, laser cutters, 3D printers and much more.

We then went back upstairs to the electronics/workbench area and “mingled”. There were some people playing around with LED light boards, clocks, Raspberry Pi’s, Arduino’s, Hard disks, coding on (very) old hardware and much more. We got a demo of the laser cutter which was seriously cool too!

All in all it was a very nice evening and we all look forward to getting to know the hackspace community. We hope that they will also come to find out more about RADARC in the near future. As always, everyone is welcome!

Stay tuned for more posts about our events in the future!

Written by James 2E0JPM

To do on wordpress

This is my personal page to remember which things need fixing/changing before this site is finished and ready for use.

  • Contact form email to send to. The email address that the contact form sends to is currently not set or is set as a personal address.
  • fix calendar API problem
  • check settings and confirm correct security settings
  • add users for all main members/committee/admins
    • It is worth developing a policy on usernames for committee members etc so it is obvious who it is.
    • Look into adding members to the system without them having to register.
  • gallery? create one using a plugin or just forward access to a proper gallery at something like gallery.radarc.org or www.radarc.org/photos etc.
  • Sharing settings: social media accounts for the club? im happy to run a twitter account if we want it? this will raise profile of club and allow integration to wordpress to post on twitter when there are new posts.
  • New pictures for committee members for the committee page
  • contact forms for any other aliases we want
  • Sift through all other info on the old website and copy/re-instate on new site
    • simoco page?
    • do we want to move “old news” into an archive? if so… where… how?
    • continue to port all history over
    • For sale page? or just leave that to be posts in the main feed…. (probably best like that)
  • Populate with articles, past and present

Hello world!

Welcome to WordPress.

And… welcome to RADARC.

This is the first ever post on this WordPress and im looking forward to how well this site can be used.

If anyone finds this post in the future, well you’ve found the internet equivalent of a time capsule… a blog post of no use to anyone buried at the bottom of a blogging site…

Anyway, a warm welcome to the RADARC WordPress and i hope you enjoy my stay!

73’s

James_jimjam 2E0JPM

Website for the Reading And District Amateur Radio Club