To contact us use the MERG West Midlands Area Group contact form.
For MERG members, you might also like to look at our area group forum.
The next meeting of the West Midlands Area Group will be:
At Titford Pump House, Engine Street, OLDBURY, West Midlands B69 4NL.
There is plenty of car parking – mostly on Engine Street, some within the Pump House compound. The address above includes a Google maps link. All facilities are at ground level.
We welcome two of our own group, John Fletcher and David Roberts as our speakers.
Housekeeping: Fire exit & procedure, First aid, Toilet, Dishwasher.
Other matters Election of WMAG Co_Ordinator for the year, PCB Course Update, Arduino Course Update, Shows & Exhibitions.
David Roberts will explore the Arduino. The various types of boards and how they can be used in the model railway.
Tea, Coffee, and cake.
John Fletcher will pass on his experience (so far) as a relatively new member, cross-referencing to his articles in the Journal over the past year.
David will introduce some of the practical tools he has found useful over the years.
Opportunity to discuss things further from this morning sessions.
Bring your own or eat loads of cake!
Our usual informal session. David will bring along various Arduino boards so if you want to delve a little deeper he will be on hand to help you. Otherwise, chat to colleagues or work on your current project. We will do our best to help with construction and problem-solving. Bring your own tools etc.
Continuance of the practical session
The meeting is open to all MERG Members.
To give us an idea of numbers, could you let us know you are coming by contacting me firstname.lastname@example.org or use the MERG contact form above.
We will need a contribution of £3 to cover the costs of the meeting.
The dates below are for the quarterly meetings for 2020.
We have booked the Titford Pump House for these dates.
We are seeking views from members with regards to the structure and format of future meetings.
The areas we would welcome comments on are:
If you have a view on any of the above, please share with the co-ordinator using the contact form above.
Electrostatic Discharge: What it is and Why it is Important. David Roberts
David will explain to us what Electrostatic Discharge is, how it is caused and the damage that it can cause to modern electronic devices and systems. Simple and affordable measures to mitigate the problems will also be described.
The Theory and Practice of a Simple MERG Kit: David Roberts
Some of us assemble kits without knowing very little about the types of components used and why they are important. David’s presentation will consider a simple MERG kit – the CANACT – look at the components used and explain why they are chosen and how it works.
What is Arduino and what can it do for railway modellers
Tony Chamberlain and Dave Thomas will present all things Arduino
We were delighted to welcome David Roberts as our keynote speaker on that occasion.
David gave two talks in the morning.
The first one, focused on wiring for the railway modeller and included
• Theoretical aspects of electrical wiring • Design & Implementation of electrical wiring • Examples of wires, tools and terminations
His second talk was Power Supplies and explored:
• History • Direct Current (DC) Supplies • Linear Mode Supplies • Switch - mode Supplies • Sources of Power Supplies • Commercial Devices • Surplus Computer Supplies
Howard Watkins as our keynote speaker.
The theme of our meeting was ‘Back to Basics’
AM - Two talks given by Howard to include
- Theory and practise of Soldering. - Tools and Supplies - Component recognition - Using LEDs
PM - Practical 'HANDS ON' session to include an opportunity to build a track tester,