[amsat-bb] TAPR/ARR DCC (Digital Communications Conference), Baltimore, MD, 9/16-18

Mark Thompson wb9qzb_groups at yahoo.com
Sun Aug 21 20:32:50 PDT 2011



The 30th Annual 

ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference
September 16-18, 2011 - Baltimore, MD
http://www.tapr.org/dcc

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Final preparations are being made for the 30th Annual ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference.  Are you ready?  Here's a check list to help you out:

Check List:
- Have you booked your travel?
- Have you booked your hotel room? (see below for special rates and deadline)
- Have you
 registered for the DCC? Go to http://www.tapr.org/dcc to sign up.

Below is the list of submitted papers. The speakers schedule is being assembled. We have a an exciting list of paper talks, guest speakers, and Introductory Seminars.

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Hotel:

Four Points by Sheraton BWI Airport, Baltimore, MD. 

A block of rooms at the special DCC room rate of $90.00 single/double. This special rate is good until August 25, 2011 after that you will pay the regular room rate. To book your room, use the reservation link below or call the hotel directly (phone numbers below) and mention the group code DCC (Digital Communications Conference) when making reservations. Be sure to book your rooms early! 

Four Points by Sheraton BWI Airport
7032 Elm Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21240
Reservations: 1-800-368-7764 Phone: 410-859-3300

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Submitted Papers:

DATV-express: A Lower Cost Approach to DATV
Charles Brain, G4GUO and Ken Konechy, W6HHC

A Shadow Ad-Hoc TEMPn-N Network
Bob Bruninga, WB4APR

CW Mode for the NUE-PSK Digital Modem
Dave Collins, AD7JT and George Heron, N2APB

APRS and the Android Smartphone
Sagar Gupta, KC2VSG

Practical Implementations of Bluetooth in Microcontroller Circuits
John A. Hansen, Ph.D. W2FS

Public Service Event APRS Web Mapping for Wireless Devices 
Ted Jacobson, W8KVK and Rob Jacobson, KB9AFT

WRC-12 Agenda Item 1.19: Regulatory Considerations for Software Defined and Cognitive Radio Systems
Brennan Price, N4QX

More experiments with Delay and Disruption Tolerant Networking over AX.25 Networks
John Ronan, EI7IG, Darren Long, GØHHW and Kristian Walsh

A Further Comparison of Different TCP/IP and DTN
 Protocols over the D-STAR Digital Data Mode
John Ronan, EI7IG and Cathal O’Connor

Codec 2 – Open Source Speech Coding at 2400 bit/s and Below 
David Rowe, VK5DGR

PhoneSat: Balloon Testing Results
Mike Safyan

Modulation – Demodulation Software Radio (MDSR) Software for the BiLiF computer interface
Alex Schwarz, VE7DXW

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Introductory Talks (Saturday):

Introduction to Digital Voice
Introduction to Digital Modes
Introduction to D-STAR Digital Voice & Data

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Demo Room:

Be sure to bring your projects to show in the demo room. Even if you are not speaking. 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. 

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Saturday Night Banquet Speaker:

The Village TELCO
David Rowe, VK5DGR

There are now billions of mobile phones all over the world. However in many developing countries, mobile phones are simply too expensive to use. For example, in a country where people earn $1.50/day, a phone call can cost 21 cents/minute. This is a huge tax on communications. 

David Rowe, VK5DGR, will describe how a community of people from around the world set out to fix this problem, using a mix of Wi-Fi and open source software. The result is the Village Telco - a DIY telephone company that anyone can set up. 

A Village Telco is constructed from a network of "Mesh Potatoes" - small Wi-Fi boxes that are
 mounted on homes in a village. They form a mesh network, relaying telephone calls for each other. Each Mesh Potato connects to a regular telephone inside village homes. Phone calls on the network are free. A local person in the Village can be trained in a few hours to set up and maintain the network. 

To build the Village Telco we borrowed many ideas from Ham Radio, such as sharing hardware designs and community networks. 

The talk will include real world stories of how Village Telcos are helping people in several developing countries, and explain why a simple phone call that we take for granted can be so important. 

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Sunday Seminar:

Stay tuned.  We are assembling an exciting seminar.  Details will be released this week.

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Schedule:

Friday
8:15 AM Conference Registration and Demonstration Room Open
9:00 AM Welcome and Introductions
9:30 AM Technical Presentations
Noon Lunch
1:00 PM Technical Presentations
6:00 PM Break
7:00 PM Social
11:00 PM Demonstration Room Closed 

Saturday
7:15 AM Conference Registration and Demonstration Room Open
8:00 AM Welcome
8:15 AM Technical Presentations
Noon Lunch
1:00 PM Technical Presentations
3:15 PM TAPR Membership Meeting
6:00 PM Break
7:00 PM Dinner Banquet
11:00 PM Demonstration Room Closed

Sunday
8:00 AM to Noon Sunday Seminar 

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We hope to see you there!

73, Steve N7HPR
President TAPR


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