Electronics clubs/groups???

Discussion in 'Electronics Resources' started by MusicTech, Apr 13, 2008.

  1. MusicTech

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    Does anyone know of a club or group that meets in different chapters all over? I really would like to join something where I can meet many people, interested in electronics. I would join IEEE, but of course you actually have to know what you're doing to be a part of that. So if anybody know of a club that actually meets in person on a regular (possibly at least monthly) basis it would be wonderful if you could inform me, thanks :)
     
  2. SgtWookie

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    The AARL is one:
    http://www.arrl.org/
    There are ARRL-affiliated clubs all over the place. How frequently they meet depends upon the club, but it's generally monthly.

    A Google search for "HAM clubs" gave over 640,000 hits. Add your city, town, or county to narrow it down.
     
  3. MusicTech

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    are arrl clubs for electronics in general or radioing only? I looked up both of those and they seemed to be strictly radio from my research.
     
  4. scubasteve_911

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    I ran an electronics club at my college, but nobody cares. I really enjoyed the 500/$/semester they gave me to buy stuff though!

    Steve
     
  5. thingmaker3

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    First couple pages of a Google search on "electronic club meetings" looked promising. Adding terms for my own location was not so promising.
     
  6. SgtWookie

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    I can't tell you for certain; that will largely depend on your local groups.

    The best way to find out would be to attend a few meetings. Frequently, these meetings are open to the general public. After the close of business, talk with some of the members. You'll likely find that quite a few dabble in things not strictly radio communications oriented.
     
  7. S_lannan

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    This board is as close as i'll probably ever get to an electronics club :)...
    nobody at my tafe seems interested in it.
     
  8. scubasteve_911

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    A lot of people would argue that it is becoming a rare hobby. This is because components aren't as simple and easy to work with as they used to be, which is a degree of separation for the hobbiest. Myself, I find it an ideal time to get into electronics because PCBs are cheap and SMT isn't that hard to solder (unless it is a stupid BGA, of course).

    Steve
     
  9. MusicTech

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    Scuba, You mean you think PCB's are going to get more expensive,why is that? And how did you manage to get 500 a semester. You were the proctor and they trusted you would buy stuff for the club, haha.

    Thingmaker, yeah, same here, I found some really great clubs in England though. It's only an 8 hour flight from the Jersey shore though.

    wookie, ok, thanks I will look into it

    lannan, hmm I agree with steve, in most cases, with modern technology, it really has to be a profession if you want to be considered proficient, i mean come on, I don't even know how o use a 555 yet, hahaha
     
  10. scubasteve_911

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    Hey,

    I was saying that PCBs are cheaper these days, so you don't need to play around with acid in the garage and invest in basic equipment to make PCBs. Personally, I used www.4pcb.com , since they offer a 33/each (2-layer) and 66/each(4-layer) specials.

    For the club, I had good intentions from the start, but the truth was that people were too busy with their studies to care about being in a club. That apart from people that are studying electronics weren't really interested in it, which I find really confusing.

    Yeah, I was technically the president, vice-president, and treasurer of the club :p We(I) made a lot of school-financed projects when I was in college. It wasn't really deceptive because the people that operated the school events and clubs knew and didn't care. It looks good if there are a lot of active clubs in the school and it is bad if there is a lot of unused money in their division. I ran a legitimate ski and snowboard club with friends though, which had over 200 members.

    Steve
     
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