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Details of Monthly Meetings

PATACS - Arlington

Wednesday, July 3rd, 7 PM

Meeting Location: Carlin Hall Community Center,
5711 S. 4th Street, Arlington, VA 22204
Zoom Session: https://zoom.us/j/894485185
Meeting ID: 894 485 185
Using Zoom

Radio Transmitter with surface mount components

Postponed to 7/24

Surface Mount Components
Electronic Fabrication

Presented by Bill Walsh

"My presentation Wednesday, July 3, will be about several aspects of what is known as Printed Circuit Board Surface Mount Technology. The heart of this is the manufacturing of printed circuit (pc) boards where the components do not have wire leads like earlier components, where components are placed precisely on top of the pc board and the boards are then precisely heated to flow pre-applied solder paste to complete the SMT portion of assembly.

From experience at two pc manufacturers, I will talk about surface mount components, the raw pc boards, and the equipment used to make it all happen."

Bill Walsh is a director of PATACS, and worked for electronic manufacturing companies.

Arlington Meeting Info & Maps       


The program planners for our First Wednesday PATACS meetings in Arlington are looking for topics that members would like to have explored or questions answered - this is your opportunity to have a say in subjects addressed at this meeting. This is a smaller meeting than the Fairfax meeting, and it allows for much more interaction between members than is possible in Fairfax. And – there's the post-meeting Pizza and Salad SIG, the post-meeting social at a nearby restaurant - another value-added feature of your membership! Please send your suggestions to our meeting program planners at arlmtgpgm@patacs.org.

OPCUG / PATACS Joint Meeting,
Saturday, July 20th, 1 PM  3rd Saturday

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Tallwood, TA1
4210 Roberts Road, Fairfax, VA 22032-1028

Fairfax Meeting Info, Maps
Agenda / Meeting Info

July 20th, 12:45 PM https://zoom.us/j/519103813 or
Zoom Meeting ID: 519 103 813
Using Zoom

TV Online
Watching TV on the Internet
Presented by Allan Hide

Today’s TV’s, computers, and mobile devices offer “over-the-top” options to watch movies and TV programs via streaming video over the Internet. Services such as Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Amazon, Sling TV, and Apple TV provide new alternatives. “Cord-cutters” are replacing, or supplementing, their cable television subscriptions with such Internet video sources. The Fairfax County Department of Cable and Consumer Services will discuss the benefits and limitations of these choices.

Allan Hide has worked as a Management Analyst for Fairfax County Department of Cable and Consumer Services in the Communications Policy and Regulation Division since 2003.  Allan reviews State and Federal communications legislation and regulations as well as enforces the franchise agreement that the County has with the cable providers Comcast, Cox and Verizon.   Allan also assists Fairfax County residents by providing outreach and education on communications topics and cable complaint resolution.  Formerly, Allan worked as a Market Analyst for Africa’s largest research and development organization, the Corporation for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in its International office in Washington DC.  The CSIR is based in Pretoria, South Africa. He has a M.S. (Environmental Biology) George Mason University and a BSc. (General Biology) from London University (Queen Mary College)

Learn in 30

On Board Diagnostics
and Blue Driver
Presented by John Krout
BlueDriver Do you dread the Check engine light on your dashboard? It covers many different failures. It is difficult to know which one has caused the light to appear, if all you do is stare at the dashboard light. Worse yet, sometimes the cause of a problem code is nothing more than a power surge, vibrations on bad road surfaces, cosmic rays, strong magnetic fields, or other short-term conditions. How can anyone tell the difference between a persistent problem and a transient one?

On Board Diagnostics (OBD), a mandatory standard in all cars sold in the US since 1996, includes both standard numeric codes to identify specific problems in cars and a uniform standard multi-pin connector for external devices to read those problem codes. This Learn In 30 presentation by John Krout will show you how to read and understand a car's problem codes using your phone or tablet and the BlueDriver hardware and software, and how to identify and ignore transient trouble codes.

This knowledge of your car's problem provided by OBD will help you minimize the cost of repairs. Plus, if the trouble codes are transient, then you can avoid a trip to the repair shop

John Krout is a frequent presenter at PATACS, and regularly writes articles for the Posts newsletter.

Contact director2 (at) patacs.org
to arrange a presentation !!

Future Meeting Topics:

August 17th - Digital Literacy: TV and Beyond;
Learn in 30: John Krout - More Power to You

September 21st - Lorrin Garson: History of Computers, Part 1

October 19th - Lorrin Garson: History of Computers, Part 2

November 16th - Latest Apple Devices and Ecosystem Update;
Learn in 30: John Krout - My Favorite Apps

December 14th - John Krout: OTG=On the Go: Adding USB Peripherals to Portable Devices;
PC Clinic

PC Troubleshooting

PATACS - Arlington,
Wednesday July 24th, 7 PM
Meeting Location: Carlin Hall Community Center,
5711 S. 4th Street, Arlington, VA 22204

Technology & PC Help Desk:
Extended Q&A

Arlington Meeting Info & Maps       
Computer Mechanic

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