New to the laser cutter? Want a quick intro on the basic workflow of taking a design and cutting/etching it? Want a neat little hive76 keychain? Stop by and see me (pete [the tall one]) during open house!


Hive76 will be moving the Open House start time from 7PM to 8PM starting next week (9/21/2016). The reason for the shift is to accommodate member meetings during the 7 o’clock hour, so be on the lookout for more awesome things™ at Hive76!!

See you at the next Open House!


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Hive76/WPPM/PhillyCam Board refurb

written by Dustin Slaughter, Hive76 has teamed up to offer space and expertise to assist PhillyCam and specifically their radio arm, WPPM, get their equipment ready to go on_the_air


And there is still time to get involved.

Saturday June 18th from 12 noon to 4pm we’ll be doing it again!


All are invited to participate at Hive76 this Saturday.



Well, I’ll tell you.


PhillyCam Radio

Sunday June 12th from 12 noon to 4pm we will be opening the space to WPPM.

They will be cleaning and testing their sound consoles to be used at their low power FM station debuting later this summer.

If you want to come down and help, or just watch, PLEASE do so. WPPM is a part of PhillyCam.

PhillyCam, WPPM, and Hive76 all welcome and provide access to anyone with an interest.

There may be more than one session. Stay posted here for further updates.

And later in the month; MORE RF.


2016 ARRL Field Day is June 25-26


I will be running (with LOTS of help) the G.O.T.A (Get on the Air) station at the PhilMont Mobile Radio Club Field Day event at:

Fort Washington State Park in Fort Washington, PA.


PhilMont Mobile Radio Club


Again, this event is open to all! Lots of RF stuff will be happening. If at all curious, please come out and check out the festivities. Amateur radio. Amateur radio digital modes. Satellite communication. FOOD. SDR radio. Mesh networking and more.

Hope to see you at these events.  …. — .–. . / – — / … . . / -.– — ..- / .- – / – …. . … . / . …- . -. – …



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Hive Retro Game Night


Join Hive76 members for one of our signature tech week events, our retro machines and game consoles are dusted off brought from the brink of obsolescence for your enjoyment! Your favorite classic consoles – NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, Game gear, Commodore 64, 3D0, and more – will be available on a ‘does it work and is there a spare CRT tv’ basis, and one of our members will be debuting something new, multiplayer, and completely righteous.

When: Tuesday May 3 7 PM – 11 PM
Where: Hive76 HeadquartersThe Bok Building
Room B06
1901 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19148

On Thursday May 5th, Hive76 will be hosting DIY Music Night which will engage participants of all experience levels in electronics, programming, and sound. The event is FREE to attend, participants can pay to take home their instructional materials at cost.
There are two activities to do, design your own analog synthesizer and design your own computer interface. Participants will be able to do both activities if they wish.
Build your own synthesizer
Using breadboards and a handful of very affordable components, participants will get hands on instruction in the field of analog signals. We will be making headphone amplifiers, oscillators, noise generators, filters, and more!Build your own USB control surface
Using a specialized Arduino board called a Teensy participants will get to create USB MIDI control surfaces that will work with any music software. Instructors will be helping everyone to adapt sample code for their unique design. Learn how easy and inexpensive it can be to create your own controller customized to your needs!

7:00 PM
Free to attend, $10 to take home a synthesizer
1901 S 9th St Philadelphia, PA 19148
Entrance is on Dudley st in the middle of the block, look for the touchpad to call a Hive76 member

We’re baaaaaaack

It was just over six years ago that we had our last grand re-opening.hive-76-logo


I’m pleased to say that Hive76 is about to re-open its door to the public once again, and in our new location! This time around, we thought we’d do things a little differently and decided to kick off our new space with a Grand Open House! If you haven’t been to a Hive76 open house before, why not make your first one a Grand one?!


When is this exciting event, you ask? Why, it’s tonight!! That’s right! Make your way to the Bok building at 9th & Mifflin (entrance on Dudley St.) this evening for all of your hackerspace needs! We’ll have plenty of our past projects on hand for you all to play with and our members will be hanging out for any & all of your questions, such as: “How do I become a member of this awesome organization?” We can’t wait to meet you!


When: Friday, January 29th, 7-11PM

Where: 1901 S. 9th St., Suite 106, Philadelphia, PA 19148 (entrance on Dudley St.)

How: RSVP here

Why? Because we like you




Announcing Hive76’s–The City Maker

Hello readers!

As some of you know Hive76 has moved into the Bok School on 9th and Mifflin Street. For over 10 years I have lived and made work in South philly. With our maker space now located in the community, I want to make a small publication championing some of south philly’s awesome Makers and Artists.











Now I’m looking for people making cool stuff! So if you know any, or are one, pass on your information and I will try and include you!

Send your info to me at


Hive76 finds a new Home

The long-awaited announcement is here. Hive76 has found a new hombok_maule1e in Philadelphia. After several weeks of searching and negotiating, we’ve managed to make a deal and sign a lease with our new home, Bok. We’re looking forward to moving in and announcing the first Open House  in our new home. Look forward to new projects, new classes, and new events.




Look! It’s Hive76!

It’s a bit late, with all the building shut downs and nautical hackerspacing lately, but here they are, pictures I took with my face-backpack-thing at Maker Faire while wearing an orange spandex skin suit! We pulled together a heroic effort to fix it after everything was basically broken on arrival, so the mask now supports a new raspberry pi and fresh camera. Other than that it went great! I even had an extra battery to swap out as needed. See you all at the next Maker Faire (and other assorted local events!)!


Playing the Lumiphonic Creature Choir!



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