SHHH 2^6 – Super Happy Hacker House 32 – 2014-June-21

Hello Hackers, Tinkerers, Builders, Crafters and Makers
The Vancouver HackSpace is opening its doors to the general public for an open house and a Super Happy Hacker House #32
  • Open house –  (2PM till 6 PM) Never been to a hack space before? This is the perfect time to visit! We will give you the grand tour of the space. There will be a BBQ on site during the day if you want to bring something down to cook.
  • Super Happy Hacker House – (9 PM – Late). SHHH 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 merry making!
  • Lightning talks – (11PM). Lightning talk is a short presentation on any subject that you want. Unlike other presentations, lightning talks last only a few minutes (2 min or less) and several talks will happen in a single period by different speakers. Challenge coins will given out to the people doing talks. Here is a video of some of our previous lightning talks
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“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 McDonald’s), 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).
Saturday June 21st, 2014. 2 pm until the early hours of the 22th.
Everyone, members and non-members and all of their friends.

DevboardAholics Anonymous Night

Do you have more devboards than you have projects? Is the teetering pile of boards threatening to topple and crush a household pet? Do you have a google alert for “arduino compatible” on kickstarter? Can you use boards running “blink” instead of christmas lights? Are the sketchy radio dev boards heating your house, and cooking eggs in their shell if you put them on the workbench?

It might be time to admit that you have a problem – and then celebrate that problem with the rest of us!

Bring your boards down for a collaborative show and tell.

What: Showing off and chatting about different developer boards
Where:  VHS (270 east 1st )
When: June 23rd, 2014. 7:30PM.
Why: we need a reason?.
Who: Anyone with or interested in different devboards
Cost: Nothing upfront, but you know in a moment of weakness, you’ll probably end up buying more…


SMD May – programming jig



This week we’re building Logic Pirate open hardware logic analysers at VHS in our SMD workshops.  The ICSP header is 0.05″ pitch so I came up with a top and bottom programming jig to load the initial firmware.  Tickets are closed, if there is demand we’ll re-run the workshop later this year.

The LP is currently OOS at Seeed (, I’m selling the extra PCBs on Tindie (

The doco page on the LP is at As above you need a pickit to program the initial bootloader and firmware image. The hex file can be found at

The Mouser project is at

SMD May PCBs arrive just in time


The circuit boards from dirty pcbs for SMD May are here just in time. The Logic Pirate is a nice cheap compact logic analyser design by Markus Gritsch. More at Dirty PCBs and Dangerous Prototypes.


Vancouver Mini Maker Faire 2014 Workshops


VHS and Vancouver Mini Maker Faire are closely associated.  The 2014 Maker Faire will be at the PNE like last year, it is only 3 weeks away.  This year, for the first time, a selection of excellent workshops are running.  You can find more details on the web site.  Some of the workshops are run by VHS members, support them and sign up today!

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SMD May – Logic Pirate




The dangerous prototypes logic pirate is a new 8 channel logic analyser design from the home of the bus pirate.  It uses the open SUMP protocol supported by the ols java client software (Mac, Windows, Linux).

This project is of similar difficulty to the internet of things arduino, except none of the chips are so fine pitched (the usb connector is however).  There are parts on both sides.  The board is very small 3cm x 3cm making a nice compact tool.  If you are a competant with through hole soldering you can easily tackle this project.

It is recommended that you bring your own soldering iron, tweezers and magnifier, limited supplies are available.  It is not necessary to arrive on time, please arrive when you can and plan to attend catchup nights if necessary.  Practice boards are available for use before you start your project.

From the website….

Here are some of its features:

  • 8 channels
  • 256 kSamples recording size
  • 60 MHz (overclocked) sampling rate (20 MHz and lower non-overclocked)
  • No compromise when combining the values above
  • Simple configurable edge detection triggers on all inputs (simple OR trigger)
  • Configurable ratio of samples from before and after the trigger (rolling sample buffer)
  • 5 V tolerant inputs (LOW-level voltage < 0.8 V, HIGH-level voltage > 2.0 V)
  • About 500 kB/s transfer speed to the PC (256 kSamples take about 0.5 seconds)
  • Data capturing can be stopped from the host software anytime
  • Cross platform host software for Windows, OS X, and Linux
  • DIY-friendly 0603 parts and SOIC packages used on a 2-layer board
  • On board 3.3 V regulator can supply up to 400 mA to an external circuit
  • Tiny 3cm x 3cm PCB
  • Firmware updates via built-in USB bootloader
  • Probe cables and acrylic case available from Seeed Studio
  • Open source PCB (EAGLE) and firmware files

Some features of the host software:

  • Precise measurement by using up to ten free placeable cursors
  • Automatic period, frequency, and duty cycle measurement
  • Displaying channel groups as HEX values and/or as an analog signal
  • Analyzers for a large number of protocols: 1-Wire, I2C, JTAG, SPI, UART, etc.

When: May 22nd and May 29th, 6:30pm ish
Where: VHS Bunker, 270 E 1st Ave, Vancouver
Cost:$22.50 plus $2.34 Eventbrite fee, click on the orange button below to buy tickets

Eventbrite - SMD May - logic pirate Eventbrite - SMD May - logic pirate


Alternative Spring Cleanup

In light of the cancellation of the VTL workshop, we’re going to do an alternative spring cleanup!

Things to be done:

  • Setup a filing system for the laser cutter wood in the workshop. Thank you, mystery people!
  • Create a breaker separation for the kitchen area.
  • Run (extra/temporary) network cables from the ceiling to the worktables.
  • Do an inventory of the power distribution around the space.
  • Do an inventory of/label all the containers to their respective shelves.  Thank you, Yuri!
  • Take an inventory of/label stuff that can be removed or needs further sorting/attention.
  • Clean up the clutter around the space.
  • Remove all of the boxes from the floor and vacuum/remove dustbunnies.
  • Mop the floors.
  • Whatever else comes to mind!

Keep an eye out for when VHS is open on and come join us in pumping some of that spring air through the space!

Vancouver Hack Space
270 East 1st Avenue
Vancouver, BC

Friday April 4th, 2014 through April 630th, 2014

Open to all, members and non-members alike . All are welcome!

VR night at VHS

Links from the night

VR night at VHS

SMD April – USB Isolator overview

You can see from looking at the block diagram above that the isolation is transformer based, it’s quite remarkable that they can fit 5 transformers in such a small package.  If you can’t attend the workshop the pcb files can be found on github and all the parts at Newark/Element14.

Newark/Element14 have an excellent video from Analog Devices embedded in their product web page for the ADUM3160/4160.  I’ve embedded it below.

When: April 17th and 24th 7:00PM

Where: VHS Bunker, 270 E 1st Ave Vancouver
Cost: $15/$5 plus Eventbrite fees, depending upon whether you have a sample chip
Tickets: Eventbrite - SMD April - USB Isolator Eventbrite - SMD April - USB Isolator

VHS Members pay it forward


As part of the recent pi protoplate/connector group buy we included funds for Adafruit, the authors of the open hardware PCB design we chose. We ordered 25 boards and aimed to include $1 per board kickback for Adafruit.

The final numbers are $169.54 paid after paypal fees, the pcbs were $80.55 inc shipping and the connectors $55.40 inc shipping (from Adafruit). This leaves the $33.59 to be sent to Adafruit today.  This leaves 33.59 for

It’s important to realise the open hardware is free to use but not always free to create.  Where possible, always try to offer some benefit to the designer of the product even when they haven’t explicitly asked for it.

 Donation receipt