The ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference is an annual, three-day event that covers just about everything digital in Amateur Radio - hardware, software, operation. This year it's September 16-18 in St Petersburg, FL. This KICKSTARTER is to produce video of the event. We have TAPR's blessing, but we are independent, and the KICKSTARTER is not funding the DCC.
TAPR's roots are in packet radio in the 1980's, 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 five or ten years.
HamRadioNow.tv has produced high quality video of every DCC since 2008 (except 2010). The first two years were on DVD. Since 2011 they've been on YouTube - free to watch (and we're adding the 2008/2009 sessions to YouTube).
We've covered every talk, including the Saturday banquet "keynote" and the Sunday Seminar. (We don't cover the "intro" sessions if there is an intro track - sorry, but not enough cameras and crew.) It's an invaluable resource for hams who aren't able to attend the sessions, and even for hams who come in person and want a review.
You funded the video production for two years with successful KICKSTARTERS. Last year's $10,000 goal was too ambitious – an epic fail. We went and produced the programs anyway because we're dedicated to the project. We've scaled this year's goal back to $5000 (over $6000 was pledged last year). This year's goal will cover expenses like travel and lodging, and the time and video hardware it takes to shoot the programs. The scaled-back goal will not cover our editing time, so we'll continue to ask for individual contributions with brief requests at the beginning of each program.
We'll bring about $8000 worth of cameras and production gear, and we've got about $30,000 in our studio and editing system, plus the ongoing expenses like Internet and web hosting. And yes, this is nearly a full-time job for Gary KN4AQ, so he ekes out some cash now and then to buy radios. He says that when he wins the lottery, he'll do all this for free.
Almost as important as making a pledge is letting other hams – and small businesses that might want to be 'corporate sponsors' – know about this KICKSTARTER campaign! Please spread the word, on the air, on mailing lists, forums, Facebook, Twitter, Google+... any place you think hams will be interested in helping us produce the video, and won't feel too badly spammed
Risks and challenges
HamRadioNow has successfully produced DCC videos seven times, in Baltimore, Austin, Atlanta, Seattle, three times in Chicago, so we've got a perfect track record (knock wood). 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 St Petersburg, and "catastrophic" on-site equipment failure, since this is a one-time, live event. Sadly, these risks are "killer" (sorry about the health-thing, Gary. We don't mean it literally), and would make it impossible to complete the project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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