Saturday, November 16th, 2013 Monthly NTEAA Meeting

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Monthly NTEAA Meeting

Date : Saturday, November 16th, 2013

Time : 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location : Dallas MakerSpace (DMS)

Address : 2995 Ladybird Lane Dallas, TX 75229 (off Monroe and Walnut Hill)

Website :

All monthly meetings are free to attend and open to the public.

The meeting was called to order by president, Ron Swanson

Ten members were present.

The minutes of the October meeting were read.

The treasurer gave the treasurers report.

Old Business:
Ron restated that a home was found for the available 240 volt charging station.

Monthly Activities:
The October meeting was split between helping Thad Thigpen with his BMW EV conversion and the Grand Prairie Auto show. Ron and Mike attended the Grand Prairie show; while seven people were at Thad’s where we got his BMS to talk to all six strings of batteries.

Meeting Discussion
Neal Ferris talked about our group attending the national Solar Challenge this next year which will be held here in 2014.

Research has identified the following:
There are two events:
(1) The Formula Sun Grand Prix – This event is the qualifing event for for the 1500+ mile cross-country
(2) American Solar Challenge.

The American Solar Challenge web site ( shows July 2014 for the next event with no dates
and no location for the event.

Neal also described a penny battery made from pennies and lemon juice soaked cardboard. Neal handed out kits for making the battery.

Mike Harris talked about the problems he is having from the current limiting of his motor controller. Mike drew graphs on the board and says that he hopes to eliminate the problems by going to a synchonous motor controller.

Someone mentioned that Tanner Electronics 1100 Valwood Pkwy in Carrollton was having a robotics demonstration by the Dallas Personal Robotics Group on meeting day,
Nov 16th, 10:30am to 2 pm.


Upcoming Meetings and Events:
December 2013
The December meeting is scheduled at Joel’s Christmas Train in Richarson on the 3rd Sat, 21 December at 10 am.

Joel Occhiuzzo
156 Hidden Circle
Richardson, TX 75081
Phone: 972-690-8158

April 2014
Earth Day Dallas
Fair Park Dallas, Texas
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
April 26 and April 27 2014
Manager: Lanny Shivers 972-567-1788

Member Projects:

Nov 16, 2013 Monthly Meeting
Mike Harris and Neal Ferris both showed and talked about their respective VW EV conversions after the meeting. Neal showed his new A/C unit and talked about adding a future power steering pump.

Photos of the two VW conversions at the November meeting are at the link below.

Nov 16, 2013 Monthly Meeting

Photos from the November NTEAA meeting
-= Jim Bradbury =-
NTEAA Secretary

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