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ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference

The 35th Annual
ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference

September 16-18, 2016, St Petersburg, FL

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Keep an eye on this space for the latest updates on the DCC.

  • The Sunday Seminar is by Michelle Thompson. W5NYV and Bob McGwier, N4HY more ...
  • The Speaker Schedule is here
  • Examples of previous topics and speakers are shown here
  • The Banquet Speaker is Brennan Price. N4QX Bio more...


Introduction

Mark your calendar and start making plans to attend the premier technical conference of the year, the 35th Annual ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference to be held September 16-18, 2016. in St Petersburg, FL. The conference location is the Hilton St Petersburg Bayfront

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, 2016 and should be submitted to


Register for the Conference

    Pre-registration (discounted fees) will close on September 1, 2016 to allow the office staff to complete preparations (print badges and stuff envelopes) and travel to the conference.

    Use of the on-line registration form after September 1, 2016 up to the day before the conference is encouraged, as it will save time at the registration desk vs having to fill in hard copy forms and wait for credit card processing..

    Walk-ins are welcome.

    Online Registration Form

      Tucson Amateur Packet Radio
      Phone: (972) 671-TAPR (8277)
      Email: TAPR Office


General Information

    Three-Day Conference
    (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
    • 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.


    Technical Sessions

      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.


    Introductory Sessions

      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.


    Banquet Speaker

      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:

      Brennan Price. N4QX Bio

      The topic will be New Frontiers in Wireless: Challenges to and Opportunities for Amateur Radio


    Sunday Seminar

      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

      Michelle Thompson. W5NYV and Bob McGwier, N4HY

      The topic will be: Spectrum (It's the frequency crunch for real)

      Abstract: The amateur radio spectrum above 450MHz is facing serious threats. The demand for useful spectrum is large and growing. We will explain why this spectrum is in demand and what you need to know and do in order to defend it. You will leave this tutorial with a practical understanding of digital communications, software defined radio, codecs, protocols, cognitive radio, and a better understanding of your role in the exciting, new, and innovative world of amateur radio digital technology.

      Michelle Thompson enjoys thinking and doing. Not necessarily in that order.

      Bob McGwier, N4HY has several patents in Spectrum Sharing and is co-Founder of Federated Wireless, and Hawkeye 360. Bob and his co-conspirators have had a major impact on Software Defined Radio. Bob co-authored DttSP with AB2KT and was a major early contributor to GnuRadio. He is currently Chief Scientist at the Hume Center for National Security and Technology as a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering as well as Aerospace and Ocean Engineering. He leads a team of professionals in three labs at Virginia Tech that are major contributions to communications research and develop. Bob's next major research project for which he is principal investigator is the DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge and his responsibilities are the reconfigurable radios (Cognitive Radio). His next venture will likely involve use of mm-wave technology to massively increase capacity in localities and even out in the "hinterland" in cooperation with Ted Rappaport, N9BN.


    Demonstration Room

      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

    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.


Hotel

    Conference presentations, meetings, and seminars will be held at the Hilton St Petersburg Bayfront.

    It is highly recommended that you book your room prior to arriving.

    A block of rooms at the special DCC room rate of $109.00 single/double.

    This special rate is good until August 25, 2016. after that you will pay the regular room rate..

    To book your room, use the reservation link below or call the hotel directly (phone number below) and mention the group code TAPR when making reservations.

    To use the link below, do not try to log-in to your HHonors account. You should just follow through with your selections etc. Then when you are asked for personal data, there will be a blank to enter you HHonors number.

    Reservation Link

    Be sure to book your rooms early!


    Hilton St Petersburg Bayfront
    333 1st Street, South
    St Petersburg, FL 33701
    1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667) National reservation line
    1-800-944-5500 Hotel Direct

    Come early, stay late. The conference rate is good for 3 days before and 3 days after DCC.

    Check out the things to see and do while in the area.


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.

    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:

    • 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


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!

    See above for deadlines and where to submit your paper.

    Some quick guidelines:

    • 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):
      • Title
      • Author(s) with affiliation
      • Abstract (200 words or less)
      • Key words (3-5)
      • Body
      • 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.

    Release form:

      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.

    Paper Graphic Example View Paper Example

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