2018 TAPR Digital Communications Conference -- Sep 14-16, Albuquerque

Brian Mileshosky

Greetings — 

For the first time in its 37 year history, the ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC) comes to New Mexico, and will occur September 14-16 at the Sheraton Albuquerque Airport hotel.  DCC is an annual national conference, attended by hams across the United States and beyond, that highlights digital communications technologies, techniques, and capabilities currently being utilized within amateur radio or under development.  This event is the largest amateur radio digital communications conference in the nation, and attracts some of the most innovative hams from across the United States, Canada and beyond.

The weekend will be filled with introductory, semi-technical, and technical presentations, meals with speakers, technical demonstrations, prizes, and opportunities to establish or build relationships with some of amateur radio’s notable technical innovators. All amateur radio operators, from beginner to experienced, would gain from the practical information and demonstrations that will be offered at DCC.

Topics that are typically highlighted at TAPR Digital Communications Conferences as well as within the conference’s 100 page printed proceedings book: 

— Software Defined Radio (SDR)
— Digital voice (D-Star, DMR, P25, WinDRM, FDMDV, DRMDV, G4GUO, etc.)
— Digital satellite communications
— Global positioning system applications
— Precise Timing
— Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS)
— Short messaging (a mode of APRS)
— Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
— HF digital modes
— Internet interoperability with Amateur Radio networks
— Spread spectrum applications
— IEEE 802.11 and other Part 15 license-exempt systems adaptable for Amateur Radio
— Using TCP/IP networking over Amateur Radio
— Mesh and peer to peer wireless networking
— Emergency and Homeland Defense backup digital communications in Amateur Radio
— Updates on AX.25 and other wireless networking protocols
— Other topics that advance the Amateur Radio art

The TAPR Digital Communications Conference also serves as the annual meeting of TAPR. Rocky Mountain Ham Radio, New Mexico has partnered with TAPR to serve as this year’s local event host.

Complete details about this year’s Conference, including the schedule of events, the presentation lineup, conference hotel information, and much more, can be found at https://www.tapr.org/dcc.html  Online registration is available at https://www.tapr.org/dccregistration.php   A flyer has also been attached to this email.

PRESENTERS WANTED: There are a few remaining speaker slots at this year’s DCC.  The kinds of presentations you saw (or gave) at the New Mexico TechFest would be perfect for the DCC audience.  If you are interested in presenting on an emerging or relevant amateur radio technical topics, technique, experiment, or project that you have been working on, please email both myself as well as Steven Bible N7HPR (steven.bible@...) with your thoughts.

Whether you attend for just a day or for the full weekend conference, we hope you’ll take part in this unique amateur radio event, meet some of amateur radio's technical innovators from across the United States and beyond, and gain from the practical information and demonstrations offered by the TAPR Digital Communications Conference.  The Conference continues its rotation to another part of the country next year, so don’t pass up a great opportunity to attend while it’s (finally) in our backyard!

Thanks and 73,
Brian N5ZGT

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