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ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference

The 34th Annual
ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference

October 9-11, 2015, Arlington Heights, IL (Chicago)

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  • The Sunday Seminar is by Steve Bible, N7HPR more ...
  • The Speaker Schedule is here
  • Preliminary Topics and Speakers are shown here
  • The Banquet Speaker is Ward Silver, N0AX more...


Introduction

Mark your calendar and start making plans to attend the premier technical conference of the year, the 34th Annual ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference to be held October 9-11, 2015. in Arlington Heights, IL (Chicago). The conference location is the DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Arlington Heights

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, Mototrbo, CODEC2, FreeDV) , 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 August 17, 2015 and should be submitted to


Register for the Conference

    Pre-registrtion (discounted fees) will close on September 19, 2015 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 26, 2015 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
    Ward Silver

      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, and Ken Kaplan, N0GZ, who wrote the OS/9 operating system.

      This year's banquet speaker is:

      Ward Silver, N0AX

      Ward is the Lead Editor of the ARRL Handbook and the ARRL Antenna Book. He is the author of all three ARRL License Manuals and the Q&A Study Guides along with writing the monthly QST column "Hands-On Radio." The ham radio detective mystery, "Ray Tracy: Zone of Iniquity" is his contribution to the dramatic side of ham radio. He serves as a Contributing Editor to the ARRL and consults on a variety of projects and programs in the ARRL Contest Branch. You will also find his byline in the popular Wiley "for Dummies" series; Ham Radio (now in its 2nd edition), Two-Way Radios and Scanners, and Circuitbuilding Do-It-Yourself.

      An electrical engineer, he designed microprocessor-based products and medical devices for twenty years before beginning a second career as a teacher and writer. Ward was first licensed in 1972 as a Novice (WN0GQP) and enjoys DXing, contesting, and participating on his local ARES emergency communications team. He is a founder of the World Radiosport Team Championships and is President of the YASME Foundation.

      Outside of ham radio, Ward plays the mandolin, dabbles in digital photography, and enjoys camping, canoeing, kayaking, and Ultimate Frisbee.

      The topic will be Ham Radio - Now What?


    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

      Steve Bible, N7HPR

      The topic will be: 3D Modeling for the Radio Amateur

      Back in the day, if you wanted to create a technical drawing you used pens, pencils, parallels, rulers, protractors and all manner of tools for what we called mechanical drafting. Today, we have three dimensional (3D) modeling which is drawing on a computer, or computer aided drafting or CAD. Today it is easier than ever to learn how to 3D model on your computer using a variety of free and pay for programs. Why should you learn? Because 3D modeling is a valuable skill in your hobby and the work place.

      In this Sunday Seminar, Steven Bible will introduce you to 3D modeling for amateur radio enthusiasts (and other hobbies) using Autodesk 123D Design, free software for the PC, Mac, or iPad. He will also introduce you to Autodesk Inventor, a powerful 3D modeling tool to show you what you can do with paid subscriptions. To join in this seminar, and to follow along, download Autodesk 123D Design from http://www.123dapp.com/design


    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 DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Arlington Heights.

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

    A block of rooms at the special DCC room rate of $99.00 single/double.

    This special rate is good until September 15, 2015. 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 DCC when making reservations.

    Be sure to book your rooms early!


    DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Arlington Heights
    75 West Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005

    Hotel Reservation Site

    Reservations by telephone: 1-847-364-7600

    Hotel Website for general information






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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