The 37th Annual
ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications
September 14-16, 2018, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Local Host: Rocky Mountain Ham Radio, New Mexico
Keep an eye on this space for the latest updates on the DCC.
- The Sunday Seminar is by Nathaniel A. Frissell, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor, Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research, New Jersey Institute of Technology, W2NAF more ...
- The Speaker Schedule is here Very Preliminary!
- Examples of previous topics and speakers are shown here
- The Banquet Speaker is Dr. Philip J. Erickson, W1PJE more...
Mark your calendar and start making plans to attend the premier technical conference of the year, the 37th Annual ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference to be held September 14-16, 2018. in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The conference location is the Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel
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 , 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 July 31st, 2018 and should be submitted to
Maty Weinberg, ARRL
225 Main Street
Newington, CT 06111
or via the Internet to email@example.com
Register for the Conference
Use of the on-line registration form is encouraged at all times. This
will reduce any delays due to credit card processing.
Walk-ins are welcome.
Tucson Amateur Packet Radio
Phone: (972) 671-TAPR (8277)
Email: TAPR Office
- 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.
Three-Day Conference(Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
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.
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.
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, Ward Silver, N0AX, and Ken Kaplan,
N0GZ, who wrote the OS/9 operating system.
This year's banquet speaker is: Dr. Philip J. Erickson, W1PJE
Dr. Philip J. Erickson, W1PJE, is an assistant director and head of MIT's Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences group at Haystack Observatory. Since the late 1950s, MIT Haystack in Westford, MA, has used radio science to conduct frontier research into the properties of the near-Earth space environment including the ionosphere, neutral atmosphere, overlying plasmasphere and the magnetosphere that surrounds our planet. He holds B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and space plasma physics from Cornell and is a member of the American Geophysical Union and the International Radio Science Union. Dr. Erickson is an Extra class ham and member of TAPR, ARRL, RSGB, Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club and the HamSCI initiative. Starting his radio career with a random-length wire and a Hallicrafters SX-110 receiver, he now enjoys 6-meter and HF propagation, QRP, EME, RF design and digital weak signal modes. Dr. Erickson is the lead principal investigator of a National Science Foundation-sponsored UHF Megawatt class ionospheric radar at MIT Haystack and has authored or co-authored over 75 articles about the ionospheric and magnetospheric phenomena and radio physics.
The topic will be Towards A 21st Century Understanding of Earth's Upper Atmosphere: The Value of Radio Based Amateur-Scientist Partnerships
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 Nathaniel A. Frissell, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor, Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research, New Jersey Institute of Technology, W2NAF
The topic will be: HamSCI Personal Space Weather Station
As ham radio operators, our communications are constantly influenced by the affects of space weather. We look to measurements such as the Sunspot Number, Solar X-Ray Flux, Kp, Total Electron Content, foF2, and others to help us predict which are the best frequencies and modes to communicate on at any given time. What do all of these numbers mean and where do they come from? Is it possible to measure them at your QTH? How would these measurements fit into a global perspective?
During this seminar, we explain how these space weather measurements are made, their underlying physics, and how they affect amateur radio propagation. We will talk about space weather not only on a global scale, but also show that there are numerous localized affects due to time of day, the shape and position of the geomagnetic field, and differences in atmospheric chemistry at different heights. We also discuss some of the problems with current space weather characterization, and ideas on how measurements might be able to be improved in the future.
Today, most space weather observations are made by professional observatories. They provide a good characterization of global space weather, but there simply are not enough of these observatories to provide detailed local measurements. What if we could create a system that would allow individuals to make space weather observations in their own backyard? These measurements could give information about local space weather while also providing contributions to the global picture. Observations made by such a system could signifcantly enhance knowledge of the current radio propagation conditions and would be of great use to the ham radio community and others interested in space weather conditions.
At the end of the seminar, we will present ideas for how we can develop such a personal space weather station. We are looking to collaborate with TAPR and the larger amateur radio community to develop an open source, open hardware design. We will discuss system architecture, selection of instrumentation, and data collection, processing, and distribution. We will be looking for volunteers to help work on (or lead!) the different teams that will be needed to make this project a reality.
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 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.
Conference presentations, meetings, and seminars will be held at the
Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel.
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 plus applicable taxes.
This special rate is good until August 12, 2018. after that you will pay the regular room rate..
To book your room call the hotel directly (phone number below) and mention the group code ARRL and TAPR Digital when making reservations.
Use the link below, click the link, then click "BOOK A ROOM", then enter Check In & Check Out Dates plus number of rooms and adults etc, Click "SEARCH", Choose a Room Type and Click "RESERVE"
Be sure to book your rooms early!
Sheraton Albuquerque Airport
2910 Yale Blvd SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
505-462-3966 or 888-625-4937
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.
- 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
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:
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!
- 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):
- Author(s) with affiliation
- Abstract (200 words or less)
- Key words (3-5)
- 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
, 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.
See above for deadlines and where to submit your paper.
Some quick guidelines:
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.