Free electronic workshop makes all the right noises

Nutclough Mill, home of Calrec Audio
Nutclough Mill, home of Calrec Audio

Two established Calder Valley companies have joined forces to help people hone their technology skills and boost their electronics knowledge.

Calrec Audio has teamed up with Bridge Rectifier, a hackerspace group based in Hebden Bridge, to host a free electronic engineering workshop on Saturday, June 22 (10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm). Registration is now full so no further places are available on this course.

At this Calrec-sponsored workshop, participants will be able to build a small portable audio amplifier that runs from a single 9V battery, suitable for use with an MP3 player, laptop or mobile phone.

The amplifier has been designed by Calrec exclusively for this workshop, and the printed circuit board (PCB) is being manufactured by long-established technology company P&M Services of Todmorden. Plans for the Calrec Audio amplifier will be published under a creative commons licence and made public after the event for other people to copy, use and develop the design.

Hackerspaces are community-operated spaces for people with an interest in technology, electronics, computers and much more.

Calrec’s operations manager Dave Carr said: “We are very pleased to get involved with Bridge Rectifier. Calrec was started by a group of local people who shared an interest in DIY hi-fi equipment, so this is the perfect workshop for us to host. These events are about engaging people to connect with technology, and we are perfectly positioned in the industry to be able to help.”