Repair Night: Wed January 15th, 7:30 – 10:30 pm

WHAT: Repair Night Drop-in
Wed, Jan 15th, 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM
WHERE: 270 1st Ave E, Vancouver BC V5T 1A6 

Join us for a night of hacking and fixing just about anything. Come on down to the space with your broken computers, lamps, small appliances, buggy software, etc. Use our tools, get help, have fun.

If you’re new to VHS we can be hard to find. Walk through the parking lot to the back of the building, and go down the stairs. We’ll be there.


Introduction To Computer Networking Workshop Series – Mondays Starting January 20th

DATE: Mondays, January 20th – March 10 (excluding February 17)
TIME: 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM (new folks, please come at least 15 minutes early to get a quick safety tour)
COST:  Suggested minimum donation of 5$ per class to VHS for non-members
WHERE: Our new building (The Bunker) 270 1st Ave E, Vancouver BC V5T 1A6 

WHY: To learn how the internet works and how to fix it! The first couple of”classes” will be an introduction and will cover what is considered a Network+ level of understanding. You’ll learn things like how to crimp an ethernet cable,  to how basic routing protocols work. Paired with a bit of studying on your own time you should be confident to take Network+ and with a bit more studying CCENT. Some of us are going for the CCENT afterwards as well so support will be available if you choose to do so. This will be a fast-paced class.

We’ll have networking equipment for demoing and will have some labs setup as well. This should be a good time. Beginners welcome for the first class for sure!

Everyone is welcome! You don’t have to be a member.

Your laptop, and if you have it enterprise grade networking gear for demos (we won’t be using this the first class)


  • Networking equipment, cables and tools
  • Network+ and CCENT certification documentation
  • Network simulators

Some Photos From Learn To Solder Night

Learn To Solder Tonight 7:30, Jan 8, 2014


Tonight at 7:30, Karl will be teaching how to solder.

The plan is pretty informal -I will be giving demonstrations and individual assistance.

We will be soldering up some test leads (banana plugs and wire) and doing some PCB soldering.

I will also be teaching how to de-solder.  There will be three techniques demonstrated for this:

1. Solder Wick

2. Vacuum pump (Solder Sucker)

3. Smack-and-drop

I will supply the materials for all the above  (my treat).  The ‘Space has soldering irons, but please bring your own if you have one (and a holder for it too).

If you feel like going out to buy your own Solder Sucker today, I recommend you get a BIG one (about a foot long, overall).  The pretty little ones look nice, and fit well in a tool kit, but when it comes to de-soldering, bigger is better.  You can get the little ones to work, but they must be taken apart and cleaned after only a few uses.

This is me, now saying that you MUST WEAR EYE PROTECTION when playing with molten metal (soldering).  I’m not your mom, so if you don’t wear safety goggles, I won’t nag at you (unless you are under 19years old, in which case I expect your dad or mom to be there -nagging).

If someone with keys to the kits shows up, there may be LED blinky circuits to solder up with your new skills.  You will have to pay for those kits (I don’t know how much they cost).
Bottom Liner: Karl Brown

VHS QGM Jan 26 2014 – Sunday


Its that time again for the next VHS QGM
If you have a topic that you want added to the agenda please email the list ASAP !

Cut off date for new business is 19th of Jan. (one week before)
Please make a new vhs-members list post about all new business before the meeting so we can talk about it.

Notes for this meeting:

Notes from last meeting: (QGM Oct 27th Sunday)


  • Electing a Secretary, and Chair to host the meeting.
  • Adoption of rules of order – Explanation of how the meeting will be operated.
  • Report of the directors/members (NO NEW BUSINESS)
    • Treasure – John C,
    • Membership – Tyson
  • Old business (from our last QGM)
    • Laser committee – Richard, Adam,
    • Luke is looking for recycling solution.
  • New business
    • 2 year lease for 270 East 1st
    • Spring clean in late March
    • DJJeff for banning from the physical space
    • Vancouver Tool Library (VTL)
    • Laser Ventilation Upgrade
    • VHS Vouchers
    • 3d printer & cnc mill training courses
    • What is “critical” infrastructure

270 East 1st (the bunker)

Jan 26 2014 – Sunday, Noon

Members only

SMD January – demo video now available

Here is a demo video of the awesome vhs led badge designed by Richard Sim.  These are mostly assembled, we’re holding workshops in January to finish the build and learn about how they work.

This board has a Atmega 168/328 CPU connected to a 8×16 LED Matrix with both red and green leds via a cpld.  It is powered by the Nokia cell batteries available at VHS (external charger required). The matrix is driven by an Altera MAX V cpld that you can program in verilog or vhdl using the free (as in beer) Altera quartus software.

Example code for the cpld can be found at and matching code for the cpu at

Tickets still available at

Event is running on Thursdays in January starting January 9th, 7pm onwards.


SMD January – VHS 5th Anniversary LED Badge


The VHS 5th Anniversary LED badge is a Atmel 168 based board with an Altera CPLD driving a two colour 8×16 LED matrix.  Other features include a 5 way joystick, separate button, expansion header for i2c peripherals and a microphone.  The board was designed by Richard Sim and will be partly assembled by you!

We did a marathon assembly effort in September and 75% of the 40 boards have about 90% of the components loaded.  This workshop is for you to help load the remaining 10% of the components and walk away with a badge.  The hard stuff is done, only small pin count devices remain to be loaded.  The assembly might be done Henry Ford style (one person does same parts on all boards) or per individual.  The parts will not be separated into kits prior to the workshop so attendance is kinda necessary.

Basic download images and programming hardware will be available for the CPU and CPLD.  Further programming will require an device capable of programming an AVR (Arduino, Bus Pirate, STK500, AVR dragon etc) and/or the Altera CPLD (altera usb blaster or compatible).

The project is open hardware/open source, you can find the pcb details at and the software at  These might be refined prior to the event.

We have enough board and parts for about 30 people.  We’re releasing tickets for 24 over two nights to allow some breathing space.

We can accomodate varying levels of soldering skill, it would be best if you’ve already some smd experience.

This workshop is members first, if we can’t make the numbers, we’ll release it to non members.  Price excludes eventbrite fee as this is already below Richard’s cost.

Please bring a soldering iron and a magnifier if you can.

There are two dates available, Thursday Jan 9th and Thursday Jan 16th, both from 7pm onwards.  Credit card tickets at Eventbrite – cash payers, please contact the organiser.


Virtual Reality Night is Really Happening

and I mean happening, can you dig it?

Monday, Decemeber 23rd, starting at 7pm. Bring your VR gear, bring your curiosity, bring a little something for the donatio box, and check out what’s on the cutting edge of tomorrow’s technology. This is your chance to try Occulus Rift goggles and see what VHS is all about. Get there early as space and time are limited.

See the MeetUp page for more info.

SHHHH 0x1F – Super Happy Holiday Hacker House – 2013-12-13

What: Super Happy Holiday Hacker House 0x1F!

Friendship always finds a way.

Friendship always finds a way.

The members of the Vancouver Hack Space are pleased to invite all members, non-members, guests, friends and Mayors-of-large-Canadian-cities to join together in some holiday merrymaking.

Never been to the hack space before? This is the perfect time to visit!  Super Happy Hacker House is a social night where members and non-members are welcome to gather for conversation, beverages, lightning talks, and super happy hacking.  Bring your laptops, Arduinos, crafts, and gadgets for a night of merrymaking!

Some festive things we could do:

Our good great fiends at Storm Brewing will be supplying us with some of their most exciting fall/winter brews.  Other beverages and some snacks will also be available.  Please feel free to bring something along to share with your old and new friends.  Please bring your own cup.  All donations to the hack space will be graciously appreciated.

Our brand new building (The Bunker) 270 1st Ave E, Vancouver BC V5T 1A6 or 49.268764,-123.098187 for the numerically inclined.

Parking is available just outside the space. Bikes can be brought inside via the garage door. To get here via transit: get off at Main St. – Science World station, walk South down Main to 1st Ave (past McDonalds), turn left onto 1st Ave.  Walk until you see the VHS sandwich board (past the “Stay away from lonely places” sign, directly across the street from the Brinks building).

Friday December 13th, 2013. 7 pm until the early hours of the 14th.

Everyone, members and non-members and all of their friends.  Photo credits to Cr1mson King and David Firth.

Thank you to Lee’s Electronic

We recently received a very generous donation of electronic supplies from local Vancouver business Lee’s Electronic. Visit them online or on Main Street. They donated an amazing Mechanical Giraffe Kit, a soldering iron and a multimeter. We gave all of these items away to some lucky folks at the recent Toymageddon event. These giveaways help us to get kids and adults excited about electronics.

A big thank you goes out once again to Raymond and everyone else at Lee’s. VHS wouldn’t be what it is without donations from the Vancouver electronics community.