The 38th Annual
ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications
September 20-22, 2019, Detroit, MI
Keep an eye on this space for the latest updates on the DCC.
- The Speaker Schedule is here
- The Banquet Speaker is Bill Brown, WB8ELK more...
- The Sunday Seminar is by Dan White, AD0CQ and Corey Shields, KB9JHU more ...
Mark your calendar and start making plans to attend the premier technical conference of the year, the 38th Annual ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference to be held September 20-22, 2019. in Detroit, MI. The conference location is the Detroit Metro Airport Marriott Hotel
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 , digital satellite communications, Global Position System (GPS), precision timing, Automatic Packet Reporting System(tm)(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, 2019 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
Use of the on-line registration form is encouraged at all times. This
will reduce any delays due to credit card processing.
Walk-ins are welcome.
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.
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.
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, Ward Silver, N0AX, and Ken Kaplan,
N0GZ, who wrote the OS/9 operating system.
This year's banquet speaker is: Bill Brown, WB8ELK
The topic will be Digital Modes on Amateur Radio High Altitude Balloons
Bill Brown WB8ELK has been flying APRS and other digital modes on high altitude balloons since 1987. He flew the first high altitude packet digipeater on a balloon in 1988 which allowed hams in 12 midwestern states to communicate with each other. Since that time he has flown over 600 balloon missions some of which have circumnavigated the World multiple times. He has developed a 12 gram APRS tracker called the Skytracker designed to fly on foil party balloons that can stay aloft for weeks. Bill currently works at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama as a Systems Engineer working with the avionics and flight software systems for the Space Launch System rocket.
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 their field.
This year's Sunday seminar is by Dan White, AD0CQ and Corey Shields, KB9JHU
The topic will be: Learn to build and operate your own SatNOGS ground station.
This seminar will be a hands-on, progressive tutorial, starting with the basics of SatNOGS and ending with the development of telemetry decoders. Familiarity with Linux and the Raspberry Pi platform is beneficial but not required. We will also interact with the SatNOGS web services themselves, and discuss other technologies in use such as: Python, GNURadio, InfluxDB, Kaitai Structs, and Grafana. Participants should leave with an understanding of how SatNOGS applications work, how to use them, and a basic familiarity with the technologies behind the scenes should they wish to contribute to the development of the project. Participants should bring a laptop and sign up (free) for an account at https://network.satnogs.org
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
Detroit Metro Airport Marriott Hotel.
It is highly recommended that you book your room prior to arriving.
A block of rooms at the special DCC room rate of $106.00 single/double plus applicable taxes.
This special rate is good until September 9, 2019. after that you will pay the regular room rate..
To book your room call the hotel directly (phone number below) and mention the group code ARRL and TAPR Digital when making reservations.
Use the link below, click the link, scroll down below the map. Take note of the default dates displayed. You can get the conference rate for any of the days within that range, but be sure to change to the actual dates you'll be staying. Then click "Check Availability".
Be sure to book your rooms early!
Detroit Metro Airport Marriott
30559 Flynn Drive
Romulus, Michigan 48174
Tel: 734-729-7555 or 888-236-2427
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 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
- 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
, 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.