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ARRL & TAPR Meet in Seattle

Radio amateurs gather to hear about time nuts and androids

Seattle will be center of the world for American amateur radio enthusiasts Sept. 20–22 when the ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference convenes at the Cedarbrook Lodge.

The conference calls itself “an international forum for radio amateurs to meet, publish their work, and present new ideas and techniques.” There will be a nice banquet on Saturday, Sept. 21. Speaker at the banquet will be Tim van Baak, “Passion and Precision: Adventures of a Time Nut.”

As with so many conferences there will be a number of papers and talks to be heard. The topic list includes: software-defined radio, digital voice (D-Star, P25, Mototrbo, CODEC2, FreeDV), digital satellite communications, Global Position System, precision timing, Automatic Position Reporting System (APRS), 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.

Sessions, both introductory and technical will take place Sept. 20 and Sept. 21. The traditional Sunday Seminar (Sept. 22) will feature Rob Frohne, KL7NA, giving a “Tutorial on Android Programming.”