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. 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, 2012 and 2013 (released on high-definition streaming video). We covered every talk, including the Saturday banquet "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 2014, the DCC is in Austin, TX, far 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. Our $8,000 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 Austin and produce the video. We don't meet our goal: we stay home. Last year, you and our "corporate underwriters" met the goal and then some.
And if we significantly exceed our goal, we'll spend some extra time on the road shooting stories about exceptional hams somewhere along the route between Austin and Raleigh, NC.
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.
Risks and challenges
HamRadioNow has successfully produced DCC videos five times, 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 Austin, 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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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