I was first licensed in 1975 and I have been an early adopter of ham radio digital modes starting with RTTY in the 1970s at the University of Wisconsin . Madison.
In the mid-1980s I became very active in packet radio in the Chicago area and co-hosted the first DCC (Digital Communications Conference) in Chicago in 1997.
In the mid-2000s I became very active in VHF/UHF Digital Voice starting with D-STAR and more recently with System Fusion. I have presented several dozen VHF/UHF Digital Voice forums at club meetings, hamfests & the AES Superfest.
I was the co-host of the DCC in Chicago in 2008, 2009 & 2015 and I became a TAPR Director in 2009.
I initially engaged Gary Pearce, KN4AQ of Ham Radio Now (ARVN) to record the DCC in 2008 for the first time and he has recorded the DCCs since then and made the recordings of the DCC forums available on the Internet.
Since 2008 I have supported both TAPR & the DCC by:
1) Actively promoting TAPR & the DCC on numerous digitally oriented groups & lists
2) Managing the TAPR Facebook pages, Twitter feed & YouTube account
3) Identifying both Introductory & Technical speakers for the DCC
4) Working with commercial vendors to acquire prize donations for the DCC Saturday Night Banquet
I have enjoyed promoting & assisting both TAPR & the DCC and would like to continue to serve on Board of Directors.
73, Mark, WB9QZB
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