HamRadioNow will video podcast the complete ARRL and TAPR 2013 Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) Digital Communications Conference
The ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference covers just about everything digital in Amateur Radio - hardware, software, operation. TAPR's roots are in packet radio in the 1980's, and that's still around, but their scope has widened dramatically to include software defined radio, digital voice, and all the data modes in use in ham radio. At the DCC, you'll see the first hints of what will be mainstream in ten or twenty years.
HamRadioNow.tv produced high quality video of the DCC in 2008 and 2009 (released on DVD), and 2011 and 2012 (released on high-definition streaming video). We covered every talk, including the Saturday dinner "keynote" and the "Sunday Seminar," usually a four-hour "deep dive" into a single subject. It's been an invaluable resource for hams who weren't able to attend the sessions, and even for hams who were there in person and wanted a review.
In 2013, the DCC is in Seattle, on the far side of the country from our base in North Carolina. We'd love to produce video of this year's DCC (and TAPR would love for us to do it), but we need your support... this time in advance. Our $10,000 goal is about "break-even" for our expenses and a reasonable return on production and editing time.
So the deal is simple: we meet our goal, we head to Seattle and produce the video. We don't meet our goal: we stay home. And if we significantly exceed our goal, we could spend an extra week on the road shooting stories about exceptional hams as we cross the country on our way home.
Almost as important as making a pledge is letting other hams know about this Kickstarter campaign! Please spread the word, on mailing lists, forums, Facebook, Twitter... any place you think hams will be interested in helping us produce the video, and won't feel too badly spammed.
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HamRadioNow has successfully produced DCC videos four times, so we've got a pretty good track record. Risks include the health of the producer, Gary Pearce KN4AQ (he's in pretty good shape!), severe transportation delays that prevent him and his equipment from arriving in Seattle, and "catastrophic" on-site equipment failure, since this is a one-time, live event. Sadly, these risks are "killer" (er... sorry about the health-thing, Gary. We don't mean it literally), and would make it impossible to complete the project.
The 2013 programs will become individual episodes of HamRadioNow. There are several places to stream them:
- HamRadioNow is hosted at Blip.tv/HamRadioNow, and if you subscribe there you'll be the first to get notifications whenever a new program is produced. All the episodes are there. Streaming only unless you hack a download.
- The HamRadioNow.tv web site has a little more information about each episode, and a little more organization, and the Blip.tv feed is embedded, so you can watch there. You can also download an audio version of each show from it's episode page.
- They will also be on our YouTube channel, YouTube.com/HamRadioNow. Again, all the episodes are there, going back to #1. Also streaming only unless you hack a download.
- iTunes. You'll need the iTunes app and hunt in the store for HamRadioNow, but once you've done that you'll be able to download the programs for free. It seems like only the most recent 100 programs are available there.
- And of course at several reward levels I'll be either sending a downloadable version, a USB stick, or a DVD-ROM with some set of programs.
The 2012 DCC videos are all individual episodes at www.HamRadioNow.tv. They begin with Episode 33, and end with Episode 54. I apologize - they're not all grouped together (but they're MOSTLY together - there are a few "breaking news" episodes stuck in the middle of them). I want to put a compilation page together that makes them easier to scan. There is a little note that says "From the DCC" for each DCC episode on the home page.
The 2011 DCC videos ARE all together at www.ARVN.tv/dcc2011
The 2010 DCC videos are on DVD and available from TAPR (we didn't produce them).
The 2008 and 2009 videos are mostly only available on DVD from HamRadioNow's "parent" company, ARVN:Amateur Radio//Video News. Go to www.ARVN.tv and scroll down to the TAPR DCC info. Each year has 6 DVDs. Most of the DVDs have four talks, and sell for $15. Eventually, as time allows, we will put them on the web. One popular talk from 2008 is on the web now: Phil Harman VK6APH's Sunday Seminar on designing software for the HPSDR's Mercury SDR receiver. It's Episode 62 at www.HamRadioNow.tv.
Here is text from KICKSTARTER's own FAQ:
That specifically refers to rewards, and we've received some backing below the reward level, but we expect to refund all support if we can't complete the project.
Under the "Risks and Challenges" section above, I list things like my health, transportation or equipment issues that prevent successful recording of this live, one-time event. And I point to my track record of successfully producing four years worth of DCC video.
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CORPORATE UNDERWRITER. Backers at this level will receive "on-camera" acknowledgement at the beginning of each program, and essentially a commercial in the middle of some of the programs. The acknowledgement will be part of a short introduction that precedes each program. All the underwriters will be listed, with a brief description of the company or product line and a full-screen logo or image (provided by you). The "commercial" time (think of it more like the "enhanced underwriting" on PBS) in the middle of the programs will be divided evenly among the underwriters, so each of the programs will have just one "commercial." It will consist of the host (Gary KN4AQ) thanking you for your support of the project, and reading about a minute's worth of copy provided by you. We may edit your copy for time, clarity, and "spoken" language as opposed to written text. You are encouraged to provide graphics or a short video, and we will edit it all together. We will provide you a sample of your "commercial" for approval before the programs are released, and you'll have the opportunity to make changes, although our time window will be quick.Estimated delivery:
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