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TAPR - Hamvention

The 2016 Dayton Hamvention, May 20-22, 2016


      7:00 PM - TAPR Board of Directors meeting at Hilton Gardens Inn in Miamisburg, OH.


      8:00 AM - Outside Exhibits Open
      9:00 AM - Inside Exhibits Open
      9:15 AM - TAPR Digital Forum
      6:00 PM - Exhibit Area Closes
      6:00 PM - TAPR/AMSAT Dinner


      8:00 AM - Exhibit Area Opens
      5:00 PM - Exhibit Area Closes


      8:00 AM - Exhibit Area Opens
      1:00 PM - Exhibit Area Closes

Dayton Hamvention general information is available at Hamvention site.

TAPR's Booth Space

    See us at Booths 451-454, in the same room with ARRL and AMSAT.
    The TAPR booth is located in the Ball Arena of the Hara Arena

TAPR Digital Forum

Note: The exact schedule is not finalized. The following list is last year's topics.

The TAPR Digital Forum will be from 9:15 AM to 11:15 AM on Friday, May 20th in Room 1.

2016 Hamvention TAPR Forum Schedule

Friday, May 20, 2016

Moderator: Scotty Cowling, WA2DFI

Bio: Scotty was first licensed in 1967 and has been continuously active since that time. He is active while mobile on HF CW and on APRS. Scotty is an advisor for Explorer Post 599, a BSA affiliated ham club for teens in the Phoenix area. He has been involved in the openHPSDR project for the last 9 years, and is a past TAPR Director and past TAPR Vice President. Scotty is also active in the production of openHPSDR components and other SDR projects. He is a co-founder of iQuadLabs, LLC, a supplier of openHPSDR systems and other Software Defined Radio components. He currently works at Zephyr Engineering, Inc, a computer consulting company that specializes in FPGA design and SDR hardware.

Friday, May 15, 2016

9:15 to 9:25AM Introduction by Steve Bible, N7HPR, TAPR President

9:25 to 9:35AM Write for QST/QEX by Steve Ford WB8IMY, QST Editor

9:35 to 10:00AM "Hamnet Mesh: Consider the Possibilities!" by Bill Curtice, WA8APB and Bob Dixon, W8ERD

Abstract: High speed, digital, microwave mesh networks offer hams an exciting array of new communications possibilities supporting experimentation, remote sensing and control, and emergency communications. Mesh is the ultimate "experimenter's sandbox", serving as an ideal host for a wide variety of "maker" projects and applications.  This presentation will introduce mesh, describing what it is, how it works, and how it's deployed. We will then address a variety of mesh applications, to include those hosted by Raspberry Pi and similar processors.

Bios: Bill Curtice, WA8APB:  Bill leads the Miami Valley Mesh Alliance, a local Dayton area organization supporting hams using mesh technology.  He also serves as the digital coordinator for the Greene County ARES.  An electrical engineer by profession, Bill's ham radio interests have focused on digital communications for the last few years.

Bob Dixon, W8ERD: Bob is an active participant in the Delaware County High Speed Multimedia group, supporting mesh technology. He served as Emergency Coordinator of Central Ohio for 10 years, and received the ARRL Technical Service Award in 2013. He is a retired Electrical Engineer and Radio Astronomer from Ohio State University. Most recently he has constructed portable and mobile mesh stations to link mesh, cell phones and conventional radio systems together.

10:00 to 10:25AM "High Speed IP Radio" by Bryan Fields, W9CR

Abstract: A presentation on High-Speed IP radio with an emphases on building regional highly available networks.  Utilizing the same techniques which enable the Internet, Amateur Radio networks may be built; connecting projects to the Internet or other sites.  These networks form a resilient backup to cable, DSL and phone commercial internet connections.

Bio: Bryan Fields, W9CR has been a licensed Amateur Radio operator for 20+ years.  He serves on the Technical Committee of AMPRnet, and as president of Florida Simulcast Group, Inc., a 501(c)3 amateur repeater club. He is a Sr. Consulting Engineer with Alcatel-Lucent, and has over a decade in the telecommunications industry.  At ALU he is focused on wireless data performance in carrier networks and IP/MPLS networking.

10:25 to 10:50AM"Whitebox Project: New Charlie Prototype" by Chris Testa, KD2BMH

Abstract: Come check out the third prototype of the Whitebox handheld SDR project. This is a software-defined transceiver that will be FCC-legal and can communicate using essentially any mode and protocol up to 1 MHz wide on frequencies between 50 and 1000 MHz. It pairs with your smartphone, and runs all Open Source Software on an embedded uClinux system.

Bio: Chris Testa, KD2BMH got his degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Maryland. His day job is building Cloud based services, and by night his passion is to design and build computer hardware. Chris lives in Los Angeles and likes to go backcountry camping.

10:50 to 11:15AM"Spectrum Monitoring with Software Defined Radio" by Mike Ossmann

Abstract: Many of the current crop of SDR platforms support a very wide range of operating frequencies covering more than a GHz of bandwidth, but most users of those platforms find themselves looking at waterfall displays showing a few MHz at most.  Let's look at how we can use SDR to monitor activity over several GHz of spectrum and visualize the results over both short and long periods of time.

Bio: Michael Ossmann is a wireless security researcher who makes hardware for hackers.  Best known for the open source HackRF, Ubertooth, and Daisho projects, he founded Great Scott Gadgets in an effort to put exciting, new tools into the hands of innovative people.


Joint TAPR/AMSAT Banquet Friday evening at Dayton.

Dinner tickets must be purchased in advance at the AMSAT Store.

No tickets will be sold at either the AMSAT or TAPR booths.

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