This Week at Denhac (June 3 – 9)

Oof! Denver Comic Con was a lot of fun but wow! I think it’s fair to say that we’re all going to be glad to get back to business as usual. Here’s the run down of the geekery galore we’ve got in store.

TC and Hoopes man the Denhac table on Friday, May 31 at the 2nd annual Denver Comic Con

TC and Hoopes man the Denhac table on Friday, May 31 at the 2nd annual Denver Comic Con

Tuesday, June 4, 8 p.mRadio Heads – Our bi-monthly group dedicated to all thing software-defined radio (SDR). All skill levels welcome. RSVP on Meet Up.

Tuesday, June 4, 8 p.m:  Weekly Open House. RSVP on Meet Up.

Wednesday, June 5, 6 p.m.: LPFM Admin Team meeting (via Google hangout). If you are interested in the business end of the application process – FCC rules and regs particularly – send a request to join the hangout with your gmail address included to contact (at) denhac (dot) org.

Wednesday, June 5, 7 p.m: LPFM Engineering Team meeting – The weekly meeting for the team behind the technical logistics of applying for and (eventually, we hope) maintaining the LPFM community radio station. RSVP on Meet Up.

Thursday, June 6, 9 a.m. – 4 p.mWork from Denhac Day – Work remotely? Need a little human interaction? Grab your laptop and join us for Work from denhac days. RSVP on Meet Up.

Thursday, June 6, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m: LPFM Content Team meeting – The weekly meeting for the team responsible for making content and programming decisions as well as creating content for the LPFM community radio station. RSVP on Meet Up.

Saturday, June 8, Noon – 5 p.m: Open House and BBQ. Everyone welcome! 

Saturday, June 8, 1 p.m. – 3 p.mIntro to Designing with Microcontroller ICs in the Raw with Th3 D0n – While many folks are getting exposed to embedded applications using Arduino and other embedded platforms, sometimes you want to start a design by selecting and using raw microcontroller chips in order to save cost, reduce device footprints, or just to learn about the microcontrollers at the lowest level. Some topics of the class will be:

– What is a microcontroller?
– Selecting a microcontroller IC
– Hooking it up to the real world (electrical and logical considerations)
– Programming microcontrollers in C

As a real example of a microcontroller project, we will refer to the schematics, circuit, and software developed for the 303/Denhac badge created for last year’s Defcon.

This will mostly be a presentation, with demonstrations using the303/Denhac Defcon badge. As such no materials are mandatory.

However bringing a laptop etc. to access the schematics, GitHub code repository, and other resources Don will show during class can be helpful. RSVP on Meet Up.

Sunday, June 9, 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m: Kids Coder Dojo. The Kids Coder Dojo at Denhac is a weekly computer programming class designed for elementary through high school-aged kids. Students will begin by using a free and open source visual programming language called Scratch (, available on Windows, MacOSX and Linux), and will be able to move on to more advanced languages as they progress at their own pace.

Attendees under the age of 13 are required to be accompanied by a designated guardian (though guardians are encouraged to attend for all ages). Attendees should bring a laptop or netbook for each student they bring if they can (and you are encouraged to bring extras if possible for those without access to a computer).  RSVP on Meet Up.

Denhac is a non-profit organization that provides a variety of technology, art, DIY, and craft-related classes for all ages, and survives on donations and membership dues.  As with (almost) all Denhac classes, attendance is free of charge and membership is not required. Donations are strongly encouraged.

Come check us out! We’d love to meet you!


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