The 2003 DCC was by any measure a great success. Attendance was up after the post-9/11 downturn, the Proceedings were not only thick (in fact, the thickest ever!), but also thoughtful, and the buzz in and around the meeting rooms was exciting. My thanks go out to Steve (N7HPR) and Sheila Bible, John (W9DDD) and Laura Koster, Maty Weinberg (KB1EIB), Steve Ford (WB8IMY), and Stan Horzepa (WA1LOU), as well as the staff of the Hartford Airport Marriott, for making the show the success it was.
We had lots of papers relating to Software Defined Radios this year, and Matt Ettus, N2MJI, gave a Sunday Seminar devoted to SDR. From these presentations, it's clear the SDR is here now, and what was just a cool idea a couple of years ago is no longer a fantasy (remember what I said above about TAPR being leaders?). There's truly usable hardware out there now, with more to come, and PC-based DSP software is maturing rapidly. Our chance to advance the radio art through this technology is here now, so you owe it to yourself to get up to speed on this exciting new paradigm for radio design.
I'm happy to announce that next year's DCC will be held in Des Moines, Iowa, from September 10-12, 2004.
Proceedings are available.