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ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference

The 33rd Annual
ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference

September 5-7, 2014 in Austin, Texas

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  • The Sunday Seminar is by Chris Testa, KD2BMH more ...
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Introduction

Mark your calendar and start making plans to attend the premier technical conference of the year, the 33rd Annual ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference to be held September 5-7, 2014, in Austin, Texas>. The conference location is the Austin Marriott South, Austin, TX

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 Position Reporting SystemŪ (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 15th and should be submitted to


Register for the Conference

    Pre-registrtion will close on August 30th 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 August 30th 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
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      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.

      Introductory sessions are scheduled throughout the conference to introduce new technical topics for beginners and experts alike. Here are some of the introductory seminars scheduled:


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

      This year's banquet speaker is:

      Gerald Youngblood, K5SDR

      His topic will be "Accidental Company", the making of Flex Radio.


    Sunday Seminar

      This year's Sunday seminar is by

      Chris Testa, KD2BMH

        Introduction to SoC FPGA Programming for Mixed Signal Systems

      Abstract: The latest generation of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) offer an unprecedented level of integration, combining a full ARM processor with standard peripherals like USB and Ethernet on the same die as customizable logic. These Systems-on-a-Chip (or SoC's) are available from all major FPGA vendors, and they allow the hobbyist to hack together a state-of-the-art embedded system with all of the bells and whistles of a modern smartphone, all with minimal effort.

      In this seminar we'll cover the structure of these SoC FPGA's, from a high level discussion, down to the nitty gritty of designing and interfacing custom logic to meet your needs. We'll start with the basics like state machines, and end with integrating and processing real-world, mixed signals. The perfect setup to start you off on your next software radio or robotics project. This is not a vendor tool tutorial - all of the tools used are 100% Open Source. You'll go home with a set of working example projects that simulate the full concert of an embedded SoC FPGA, ready for your imagination to run wild.

      Seminar Outline:

    • Introduction, overview of embedded systems programming and Systems on a Chip.
    • The system bus & it's functional model. State Machines.
    • Testing and simulating a simple design with project1.
    • Intro to Mixed Signal processing and the DSP flowgraph.
    • Testing and simulating a hierarchical design with project2.
    • Making a DSP block, techniques for testing signal processing applications, explanation of project3
    • What do you need to bring? . The computer labs are optional and will be held during the 30 minute breaks. If you would like to follow along, the best case scenario is to install Ubuntu or Debian on your laptop prior to coming to the seminar. Or we will provide you with a .1-line installer script. at the seminar for Ubuntu/Debian that can be adapted for th.s seminar.


    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 Austin Marriott South, Austin, TX.

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

    A block of rooms at the special DCC room rate of $105.00 single/double.

    This special rate is good until 5:00 PM CDT , Wednesday, August 13, 2014. 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 when making reservations. (note: the group code will show as TAPTAPA on the web reservation form)

    Be sure to book your rooms early!


    4415 South IH-35
    Austin, Texas 78744

    Hotel Internet Site: Austin Marriott South
    Reservations: 1-512-441-7900

    Hotel Reservation Link






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 Position 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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