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Special Event

2018 Beginners' Workshop
Beginners' Workshop April 21, 2018

General Meetings

Presentations are given at the meetings on a variety of topics from speakers within the group as well as from outside sources. An open forum portion of the meeting allows members to find solutions to problems. Visitors are always welcome to attend the general meetings and meet our members.

Next Meeting

At the OPCUG March meeting we announced that we may be returning to the Canada Science & Technology Museum in April. This will NOT be the case. We expect to continue at the Canada Aviation & Space Museum for our April, May and June meetings.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Speakers: Art Hunter and Stewart Dibbs
Topic: Ottawa Microgrid

April MeetingThis home microgrid generates and stores electrical energy, sells energy to the grid while storing and using geothermal energy. This presentation will briefly describe the project with emphasis on displays and energy flow control. Art Hunter will describe the project and what needs to be controlled and Stewart Dibbs will describe the control system, display, and the monitoring with links into Raspberry Pi3 platforms.

A live demonstration of the sensor and display technology and the controller is planned.

Art Hunter PhD and PC owner since 1984 has spoken to the OPCUG in the past on his energy freedom project. Now his project has 3 Tesla Powerwall 2 batteries, an Electric Vehicle, microFIT solar, Net Metering Solar and a control room. Geothermal installation is scheduled for April 2018.

Stewart Dibbs is a Computer Science graduate of Macquarie University (Australia) and principal at PiXCL Automation Technologies in Gatineau. His experience includes product development with interpreted languages and compilers, imaging photometers, video, device drivers, USB sensor/control/LCD and LoRaWAN devices for Internet of Things applications.

April Raffle Prize

Case Logic LoDo Satchel

This month’s raffle prize is the Case Logic LoDo Satchel.

The thickly padded laptop compartment fits laptop with up to 15" screen size. Also includes a protective space for a 10” tablet. The unique wide-mouth opening provides easy access and visibility to gear. It has a cotton canvas exterior with leather-wrapped handles and zipper pulls and an adjustable shoulder strap. Two easy-access external accessory pockets have magnetic snap-closure. The removable shoulder strap adjusts for a custom fit. Two interior pockets keep your gear neat and there are two exterior water bottle pockets.

Tickets are $1 for one, $2 for three, or $5 for ten.

Questions and Answers (Q&A)

There is a Q&A Session at 9 pm after the regular meeting. Information is published on The Pub for members. There is also a public Q&A section on our website.

Upcoming Meetings

May 9TBATBAXtreme Dash Cam
June 13Annual Pizza Night and Presentation (TBA)TBATBA

Call for Presentations

The OPCUG is always interested in procuring guest speakers for our monthly meeting. If you’re able to give a talk on a particular subject or if you know someone who is, please contact our Meeting Coordinators. Our club has a proud history of delivering informative and provocative speakers for over 35 years! Check out our list of past speakers and presentations with links to their websites. Please consult the OPCUG’s speakers' information page if you require additional information about our venue.

Jeff Dubois and Bob Herres

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Meeting Schedule
General meetings are usually on the 2nd Wednesday of each month (no meetings in July and August).
Auditorium opens at 7:00 p.m.
Main presentation - 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Q&A Session - 9:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Meeting Location
Meetings are at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum (CASM), 11 Aviation Parkway, in the main Mauril Bélanger Theatre [Museum floor plan (PDF)].

Canada Aviation and Space Museum
(C) Photo by Gordon King Photography
Reproduced with permission of
COLE+Associates Architects

PARKING: Paid parking is available for flat fee of $4.00 after 5pm, paid in advance. Park in the main lot and enter through the front entrance of the museum.
Payment methods include coins, VISA, and MasterCard, and the proof of payment must be left in the car and be visible in the front windshield.

There is no OC Transpo bus service to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in the evening.

Our thanks go out to the staff at both the Canada Science and Technology Museum and the Canada Aviation and Space Museum for their assistance in finding us this location for our meetings.