News and Announcements


November 24, 2006

HEC has undertaken a new project! We're organizing a robot laser tag competition that could take place this spring. For more information, download the tentative rules.

March 30, 2006 Announcement

Over the last two moths the HEC has been working hard on a new project. We have become well equated with the Xof1 Solar car team and now have position of their solar car at the school in EPH 100 where we work weekly on it preparing it for a world record breaking trip this summer. We encourage all to come out during the regular HEC meeting night Tuesdays from 5:00 till 9:00 as well as a new meeting night dedicated strictly for the solar car that is held on Thursdays from 5:00 till 9:00. We welcome anyone who would like to learn, and or work on the car to help us out.

Next week the HEC executive is going to start promoting the club by making announcements during various lectures. We would like to replenish the HEC with new members before the summer starts. The summer, as it did last year, offers a great deal of extra time for most students and is a perfect opportunity to get involved. We will be holding one more meetings this year, before exams, in order to get the HECís events planned for the summer. We would like for all members who still show up and those of you who have been tied up with school to show up during these times in order to help us plan the events and projects you would like to see happen over the summer and into next semester.

Next week (Thursday April 4th) we will meet at the regular HEC lab time (5:00 PM). But we will meet in EPH 100 instead of our HEC lab room. This is not a permanent change, since the EPH 100 room will be taken away from use at the end of May. We will inform you as to where we will meet each week.

Please check the website each week as we will be using it more often. We will try to have the site updated every Monday morning. We are unable to update the site on weekends due to the security restriction level of the HEC account on the network, but it doesnít take long to take a quick peak.

January 9, 2006 Announcement

The date and time to meet with the Xof1 solar car team has finally been confirmed. We are meeting them on Wednesday, January 11th , 2006 at 6:30pm. Whoever is interested please meet us in front of the R.E.C.E.S.S office (ENG109) at 5:30pm. We will be leaving at 6 p.m. sharp. The meeting will last until 8

The HEC executives have also been working on getting lab access for this semester. Although it has not yet been confirmed, it is hoped that the lab will be accessible from next week at the same time as last semester, that is Tuesdays from 5:00 pm.

November 21, 2005 Announcement

Since the final exam are beginning in less than 2 weeks, the HEC labs are cancelled for the remainder of this semester. The HEC executives will try to arrange a couple of club meetings during the holidays. Please keep checking back for news regarding the upcoming events. 

November 8, 2005 Announcement

HEC would like to invite all the members to a presentation by the Xof1 solar car team. They are a non profit, privately owned team that has been working over the past few years building a solar car. Their intention is to make it into the Guinness book of world records by breaking the distance record for solar car travel. We intend to help them reach this goal by working out some of the bugs in their systems, and at the same time learn a great deal from them.
The first step in this journey will be the presentation (time and place stated below). This presentation is geared towards the general public, and is open to all, however, it will provide us with a good opportunity to meet with the members of Xof1 and hear some of their problems they would like our help with.
Please note this is a general information session which will give a brief introduction to their project. This information session is open for all.

Where: KHE127
When: Nov. 17th from 4:30-6:15pm

This weeks HEC lab session will be a general lab. We will have some students there who are familiar with PIC chips put on a small presentation about them. We will also be programming them. Sparky will also have a few small projects and a tip or trick of the week to teach.

October 31, 2005 Announcement

This week's lab will consist of a continuation to last week's turotial on Oscilloscopes. The Oscilloscope tutorial was not completed since the majority of members had to leave the session early due to heavy work load.  

October 17, 2005 Announcement

This weeks lab tutorial is being changed form Oscilloscopes to a tutorial on how to read data sheets.  This change was made due to the fact that week 7 is a very heavy load for the majority of engineering.  We hope that you still will join us even just for an hour or two.  The following week we will have the tutorial on Oscilloscopes and the following week we will learn about various IC-chips and circuits that our available such as accelerometers,  gyros, temperature sensors, etc.  If we do not see you during next weeks lab, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you luck on your exams and look forward to seeing you again the following week.

- Shane Harris (Pres.)

October 10, 2005 Announcement

This weeks lab will consist of a lesson in soldering.  We will be building FM transmitters following the lesson in order to practice our new skills.  We will also be taking some time to analyze the circuit and recognize various parts that combine to form the transmitter.

- Shane Harris (Pres.)

September 3, 2005 Announcement

Hello everyone, this is a reminder that there will be no HEC lab in the first week of school. When we have the opportunity to book the labs we will be updating you on the new time(s) of the HEC labs.

For those of you who were interested we do have a solar car meeting Monday September 6th at 5pm. We are going to meet in front of ENG303. If you have any skills that you think might apply to the solar car please come on by. We would be happy to hear from you.

- Mike Hall (VP.)  

July 11th, 2005

Hey everyone, This is Just a reminder that for the Summer HEC will have access to ENG303 every Tuesday from 5pm to 10pm.

- Mike Hall (VP.)

June 27th, 2005 Announcement

GREAT news!!! We were able to get lab access for HEC over the summer!!! Our first lab will be Tuesday July 5th at 5pm in ENG303. We will start off by having a general meeting to discuss how the club will be run over the summer. After the meeting we will be attempting to make a device that will use a solar panel to power an mp3 player. We also urge you to bring in a project of your own to work on. It can be anything from a broken stereo lying around the house to a schematic diagram of device you want to make.

- Mike Hall (VP.)

May 21st, 2005 Announcement

HEC members. Hope you all did well with exams. Just letting you know that mid May has past and we have started working on getting summer lab access. Please check back to see the status of the club.

- Shane Harris (Pres.)

April 22th, 2005 Announcement

Greetings HEC members. We hope that exams are going well for everyone. Most of us should be almost done by now and are starting to think about the summer. We have been working on getting summer hours and we have been asked to hold requests till after the fourth years thesis open house mid May. So basically, we will not be granted access till at least that time. I guarantee most of you will want a week or two break anyhow to find summer jobs, or just relax from a stressful last month or so. The members page has been updated. We are still planning on doing a PIC theme for the first few weeks during the summer, assuming we are given access.

If you would like to attend the open house, its on May 4th 2005, from 3:30pm till 8:30pm. That is the only information I was able to find about it in a quick search.

If there are any questions or concerns please feel free to e-mail us at any time. The e-mail is checked every day and replies are sent ASAP. Thank you for your patience and good luck on the rest of your exams.

- Shane Harris (Pres.)

April 4th, 2005 Announcement

Due to the final exams the HEC labs will be canceled for the next few weeks untill exams are finished. We will however be in the lab this Monday for anyone who wishes to use the equipment or meet with the executive. We are currently working on setting up a presentation on PIC chips. We will be working with these microprocessors for the next month after exams as long as acess to the lab during the summer is approved. You can read up on them from the provided link on the links page.

- Shane Harris (Pres.)

March 13, 2005 Announcement
HECís First lab Date March 21st in Room ENG 303. At 4:00PM till 9:00PM

We will be discussing a few simple projects we can complete by Exam time, and also be talking about any lectures or topics you would like covered for the next lab period. We will also go into more detail as to what we expect from you and how small projects will be handled compared to larger projects which require excessive funding. There will be no parts supplied at this time as funds have not been received. We hope to obtain some funding within the month, however this is not a promises. If you wish to start something on your own, you may bring in your own supplies. Have a look on our links page for some simple circuit ideas. See you there!

- Shane Harris (Pres.)

March 13, 2005 News
Hello HEC members and Potential members. I would like to stress two things that have come to my attention through e-mails.

First point, this club is not solely electronics in nature. Be aware computer engineers, that we will be doing a lot of programming of various Micro controllers, PLCís, robotics, etc. However, this might not start till the summer as funding for these types of projects would be high, and we have not received any as of yet.

Second point, is that we are not accepting anyone outside the Comp. Or Elec. Engineering programs. For more information on this please visit out Link ďAbout HECĒ.

- Shane Harris (Pres.)

March 10, 2005
Hello and welcome to Ryerson's Hobby Electronics Club and our newly created website! Check back later for updates to our Projects page. If you have any questions or comments you can contact us from the Contacts page.