The 32nd Annual
ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications
September 20-22, 2013 - Seattle, WA
Keep an eye on this space for the latest updates on the DCC.
- The Sunday Seminar is Rob Frohne, KL7NA more ...
- The Speaker Schedule is here
- The Banquet Speaker is Tom van Baak more...
Mark your calendar and start making plans to attend the premier technical conference of the year, the 32nd Annual ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference to be held September 20-22, 2013, in Seattle, WA. The conference location is the Cedarbrook Lodge, Seattle, WA
The ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference is an international forum for radio amateurs to meet, publish their work, and present new ideas and techniques. Presenters and attendees will have the opportunity to exchange ideas and learn about recent hardware and software advances, theories, experimental results, and practical applications.
Topics include, but are not limited to: Software Defined Radio (SDR), digital voice (D-Star, P25, Mototrbo, CODEC2, FreeDV) , digital satellite communications, Global Position System (GPS), precision timing, Automatic Position Reporting SystemŪ (APRS), short messaging (a mode of APRS), Digital Signal Processing (DSP), HF digital modes, Internet interoperability with Amateur Radio networks, spread spectrum, 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, using Linux in Amateur Radio, updates on AX.25 and other wireless networking protocols.
Call for Papers
Technical papers are solicited for presentation at the ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference and publication in the Conference Proceedings. Annual conference proceedings are published by the ARRL. Presentation at the conference is not required for publication. Submission of papers are due by July 31st and should be submitted to
Maty Weinberg, ARRL
225 Main Street
Newington, CT 06111
or via the Internet to email@example.com
Register for the Conference
Online registrtion has closed due to office staff travel to the conference.
Your walk-in registration will be welcomed at the conference registration desk. You may save time by filling in and printing this walk-in registration form and bringing it with you.
Tucson Amateur Packet Radio
Phone: (972) 671-TAPR (8277)
Email: TAPR Office
- Technical and introductory sessions will be presented all day Friday and Saturday.
- Friday Evening Social. Join others at the conference for a Friday evening social get together.
- Saturday Evening Banquet with an invited speaker that concludes with award presentations and prize drawing.
- The ever-popular Sunday Seminar that focuses on a topic and provides an in-depth four-hour presentation by an expert in the field.
- This year the DCC banquet topic is Passion and Precision: Adventures of a Time Nut
- Tom Van Baak is a retired operating systems software engineer with a serious amateur interest in precision timekeeping. He has a large collection of time & frequency instruments in his home electronics lab ranging from astronomical pendulum clocks to quartz oscillators to atomic frequency standards. He lives near Seattle, Washington with his wife, three children, two dogs, and a dozen cesium clocks.
Three-Day Conference(Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
This is a must attend conference for technically inclined amateurs.
Now, more than ever, Amateur Radio needs this great meeting of the minds
to demonstrate a continued need for our current frequency allocations by
pushing forward and documenting our achievements. The ARRL and TAPR
Digital Communications Conference is the best way to record our
accomplishments and challenge each other to do more.
Just review past DCC proceedings to the see the depth of topics presented since 1981.
The ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference is for all levels
of technical experience, not just for the expert. Not only is the
conference technically stimulating, it is a weekend of fun for all who
have more than a casual interest in any aspect of amateur digital
electronics and communications.
Introductory sessions are scheduled throughout the conference to introduce new technical topics for beginners and experts alike. Here are some of the introductory seminars scheduled:
Each year the conferences invites top amateurs in the field to speak. Past speakers have included Geoff Baehr, N6LXA, Chief Network Officer of Sun Microsystems, Dale Hatfield, W0IFO, Chief of the FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology, Yutaka Sakurai, JF1LZQ, Vice President of Japan's Packet Radio User's Group, and Ken Kaplan, N0GZ, who wrote the OS/9 operating system.
This year's banquet speaker is:
Tom van Baak
Each year the conference holds a in-depth four-hour seminar on
Sunday. Past seminars have included such topics as Software Defined
Radios, Spread Spectrum Design and Theory, RD Design and Deployment,
PICmicro MCU design and development, Packet Radio Networks with Millions
or Billions of Stations, and others. Seminars are given by experts in
This year's Sunday seminar is by
Rob Frohne, KL7NA
Tutorial on Android Programming
Each year at the DCC a separate (and lockable) room is
provided for people to bring and show off their latest projects. Tables
and power will be provided. Bring your equipment and display for all to
see, learn, and ask questions about. Be sure to bring a small sign and/or
flyer naming and describing your project.
Meals are not included in the registration. Two lunches and the banquet are available for purchase at the time of registration. Since numbers must be provided in advance to the hotel, trying to buy meal tickets after arrival at the conference does cause difficulties.
Conference presentations, meetings, and seminars will be held at the
Cedarbrook Lodge, Seattle, WA.
- Courtesy Shuttle to/from Seattle Tacoma International Airport, Link Light Rail and Tukwila Amtrak Train.
- Enhanced Continental Breakfast including steel cut oats, homemade pastries, smoked trout, bagels, yogurst, hard boiled eggs, charcuterie, homemade granola, cereals, coffee, tea and juice.
- 24 hours snack bar in guestroom lodge communal living rooms including bottled water, whole fruit, chips, sweet treats, string cheese, yogurt and ice cream.
- Complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel (for both overnight and day attendees)
It is highly recommended that you book your room prior to arriving.
A block of rooms at the special DCC room rate of $145.00 single/double.
This special rate is good until 5:00 PM PDT, Wednesday, August 28, 2013. after that you will pay the regular room rate..
Complementary Services and Amenities
To book your room, use the reservation link below or call the hotel directly (phone numbers below) and mention the group code DCC when making reservations.
Be sure to book your rooms early!
18525 36th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98188
Hotel Internet Site: Cedarbrook Lodge
Use code DCC when booking online at Cedarbrook Lodge
Go to the quick reservations and click on check availability, put the code DCC in the far left box under Group Code along with the dates of stay and then hit continue. The ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference rates will show up to book.
Complimentary Airport Shuttle Instructions
ARRIVING FLIGHTS SeaTac Airport to Cedarbrook Lodge: The airport shuttle picks up from Islands 1 or 3 only in the parking garage. After departing your flight, please proceed to Baggage Claim, follow the signs for Ground Transportation which will take you across the sky bridge to the parking garage. Go down one floor where there are three islands for shuttle pick up. There is a courtesy phone at ISLAND 1 or 3 with direct dial to Cedarbrook (#56). Please call once you arrive at ISLAND 1 or 3, at this time we will dispatch the driver for pickup. Cedarbrook is approximately ten minutes from the airport.
DEPARTING FLIGHTS Cedarbrook Lodge to SeaTac Airport: Reservations are required for return shuttles to the airport. Please make your reservation with one of our Front Desk Guest Service Agents. The shuttle departs Cedarbrook on the hour & half-hour with a confirmed reservation. Reservations may be made in person or by calling the reception desk at 206-901-3268. Shuttles drop off at Islands 1 or 3 only.
Please note . Shuttles are not permitted to wait at the islands or circle the airport in compliance with Port of Seattle/SeaTac International Airport security regulations.
Reception Desk/Request Shuttle Pick-up: 866-901-9268 or 206-901-9268 18525 36th Avenue S. Seattle, WA 98188
The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is less than 5 minutes from the Cedarbrook Lodge.
- Proceed from parking garage or airport terminal to International Boulevard (also known as Pacific Highway South and Washington Highway 99).
- Turn right (south) on International Boulevard.
- Proceed less than 1/2 mile to South 188th Street and turn left.
- Travel less than 1/4 mile; then turn left onto 36th Avenue South.
- Proceed straight ahead into Cedarbrook.
- Travel I-5 to Exit 152, South 188th Street.
- Merge onto South 188th Street and proceed 3/4 mile.
- Turn right onto 36th Avenue South.
- Proceed straight ahead into Cedarbrook.
The Cedarbrook Lodge has a complimentary airport shuttle.
SEATAC AIRPORT to CEDARBROOK LODGE SHUTTLE: The airport shuttle picks up from ISLAND 1 or 3 in the parking garage. Follow the signs for ground transportation which will take you across the sky bridge to the parking garage. Go down one floor where there are 3 islands for shuttle pick up. There is a courtesy phone at ISLAND 1 or 3 with direct dial to Cedarbrook (#56). Please call once you arrive at ISLAND 1 or 3, at this time we will dispatch the shuttle driver for pickup. Cedarbrook is approximately ten minutes from the airport. Our shuttle accommodates a maximum of 11 guests per trip.
Address: 18525 36th Avenue South SeaTac, WA 98188 Reception Desk: 866-901-9268 or 206-901-9268
CEDARBROOK LODGE to SEATAC AIRPORT SHUTTLE: Reservations are required for return shuttles to the airport. Please make your reservation with one of our Front Desk Guest Service Agents. The shuttle departs Cedarbrook on the hour & half-hour. Reservations may be made in person or by calling the reception desk at 206-901-3268. Shuttles drop off at ISLAND 1 or 3.
Please note shuttles are not permitted to wait or circle the airport in compliance with Port of Seattle/SeaTac International Airport regulations.
General Driving Directions to Cedarbrook Lodge
From Sea-Tac International Airport (Northeast) - less than 1 mile; 5 minutes
From I-5 North or South
Details on Call for Papers
Technical papers are solicited for presentation at the ARRL and TAPR
Digital Communications Conference for publication in the Conference Proceedings.
- Software Defined Radio (SDR)
- Digital voice (D-Star, P25, WinDRM, FDMDV, DRMDV, G4GUO)
- Digital satellite communications
- Global position system
- Precise Timing
- Automatic Position Reporting System (APRS)
- Short messaging (a mode of APRS)
- Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
- HF digital modes
- Internet interoperability with Amateur Radio networks
- Spread spectrum
- 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
- Topics that advanced the Amateur Radio art
Annual conference proceedings are published by the ARRL. Presentation at the conference is not required for publication.
The ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference is an international forum for radio amateurs to meet, publish their work, and present new ideas and techniques. Presenters and attendees will have the opportunity to exchange ideas and learn about recent hardware and software advances, theories, experimental results, and practical applications. Topics include, but are not limited to:
Submission Guide Lines
Anyone interested in digital communications is invited to submit a paper for publication in the Conference Proceedings. Presentation at the Conference is not required for publication. If you know of someone who is doing great things with digital communications, be sure to personally tell them about this!
- Papers should be on 8-1/2 X 11 inch paper with the following margins: left and right, 0.75 inch; top, 0.8 inch; and bottom, 1 inch (very important).
- Structure of paper should be (see single column example below, two column should follow a similar format):
- Author(s) with affiliation
- Abstract (200 words or less)
- Key words (3-5)
- Reference List
- Papers can be in one- or two-column format.
- Use 12-point Times Roman for the main body of text; do not number pages.
- Photos and drawings should have good contrast. Note: a photocopy gives a good indication of print quality.
- Electronic submissions can be made in any of the following formats:
- Adobe Acrobat PDF;
- Microsoft Word
- Reference citations and other topics not explicitly discussed in this list should follow a recognized standard format (APA, IEEE, etc).
- A biographical page is to be included with the manuscript. It should contain Name, Address, Phone, and E-mail for each author as well as a short descriptive paragraph about the first author. The bio page will be used to contact authors concerning the conference and presentation schedule.
See above for deadlines and where to submit your paper.
Some quick guidelines:
A formal release form is not required, but indicate that the paper is being sent for use in the Proceedings of the ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference. You are only giving permission for your paper to be printed in the Proceedings.
Example Single Column Page Layout
Two column would be similar in nature, but with two columns.