4th Annual Amateur Radio Utah Digital Communications Conference.
February 15th, 2020

2020 RECAP

Thank you everyone who came out and made the conference great. Special thanks to our presenters for the hard work and dedication to prepare materials to share. The table demonstrations were a great addition. We had a record turnout this year and look forward to next year.

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First Bird - Anderson Power Pole Kit

Turkey Bird Registration - N3FJP Software Suite

Early Bird Registration - TYT MD-UV380 Dual Band DMR HT

Main Prize - Bioenno LiFePO4 12ah Battery

Other Sponsor Prizes - TNC PI Kit, ARRL Bookstore Certificates


Amateur Digital Modes - Something for Everyone

No matter what aspects of the amateur radio hobby are of interest, there is a digital mode for you! This presentation will cover some of the popular modes used on the ham bands for on-air activities: including emergency & event communications, e-mail, DIY projects, DXing, antenna modeling, satellites, moon-bounce, meteor-scatter, television, and other data transfer methods.
Presenter: Jon Mitton KK7L

Northern Utah WebSDR

The Northern Utah WebSDR hams have turned a large HF antenna station near Corinne Utah into a Web based Software Defined Radio that anyone can tune in and listen to Amateur Radio Signals across HF and other bands. This session will cover the concepts, technology used, and how you can tune in using only a web browser and speakers.
Presenters: Utah Web SDR Team


8:30am - 9:00am - On Site Check-In/Registration
9:00am - 9:10am - Welcome
9:10am - 10:10am - General Session #1
10:10am - 10:20am - Prize Drawing
10:20 am - 10:35 am - Break
10:35 am - 11:35 am - General Session #2
11:35 am - 1:00 pm - Lunch (On Your Own)
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Breakout Session #1
2:00 pm - 2:20 pm - Break
2:20 pm - 3:20 pm - Breakout Session #2
3:20 pm - 3:40 pm - Break
3:40 pm - 4:40 pm - Breakout Session #3
4:40 pm - 5:30 pm - Meet-up's/Q&A (Lobby)


Afternoon Session #1

Set-Up Your Own Hotspot for DMR

This session will focus on setting up a hotspot for the first time so that you can make your first QSO over the hotspot.
Chris Andrist KC7WSU & Roger Davies N6DVZ

FLdigi Narrow Band Emergency Messaging System

How to use the emergency messaging system in emergency response communications.
Joan Rapp K6QJU

APRS – Introduction to APRS, Software and Hardware option

APRS is the Automatic Packet Reporting System. This session will cover the hardware and software options available for use in the vehicle, and access via computer or on your smartphone. Utah and the surrounding states have lots of APRS Digipeaters and i-Gates. Learn how to get started in this fun part of Amateur Radio.
Tyler Griffiths N7UWX

Afternoon Session #2

Computer- to Radio Interface Engineering

Interfacing computers to radio transceivers is getting easier and less expensive. Gary will Share some basic concepts involved in such electrical interfacing and then cover some software engineering examples such as using the Python, C, C++ and Linux shell programming languages.
Gary Crum KK7DV

Packet is Dead, Long Live Packet

Packet radio has been around for a long time, and has seen a resurgence of interest with the Winlink worldwide radio email service. This presentation will cover the hardware used to setup a packet station. We will cover the previous generation hardware as well as some exciting new options, including the TNC-Pi9K6.
Matt Murdock K2MJM

CW Academy -- The Why, How, and What

The CW Academy trains students to hear, understand, and send quality Morse code at 20wpm or more. CW is the original "digital communications mode" and is increasingly popular. This presentation will show what the CW Academy does, how it goes about the teaching process, and how interested students can apply.
Roland K. Smith K7OJL

Afternoon Session #3


Slow Scan TV is alive and well aboard the International Space Station. Several times a year the ISS Hams will send images over SSTV. This presentation will get you started with the gear and software needed to decode the messages. This is a great activity for youth or school groups get introduced into Amateur Radio.
Presenter: John Jacobs W7DBO

Internetworking Between Local Networks and Mesh

This would be an intermediate to advanced discussion about traversing the local network mesh network boundary.
Chuck Killian WB6YOK

Antenna Modeling with 4nec2

How to set up and model typical amateur antennas.
Kelby Davis AD7VO


Conference will be held at the Salt Lake Community College Conference Center. Located at 9750 South 300 West Sandy Utah. Please note there is new directions for arriving from the south on I-15
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Cost is $15 per person, $20 at the door.

Prefer Cash/Check? Email utahdcc@gmail.com for instructions.

Pre-registration is closed. There is limited number of seats available at the door.


The conference will be a fusion of amateur radio communications and maker topics. Amateur radio is the pioneer of digital modes. This conference will focus on the amateur radio hobby that surrounds utilizing digital modes or technology in the hobby. Current emerging topics such as digital modes for emergency communications and building your own components. If you have questions please email UtahDCC@gmail.com

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