What do you do when a DCC presenter can't make it to the conference?
Invite the audience to jump in. That's what happened on Friday afternoon. Steve Bible N7HPR solicited 5-minute "Lightning Talks" and the audience stepped up.
00:00 Our fundraising pitch comes first, then...
3:57 Kurt Kiesow KF6QNC "Autonomous Wave-Powered Ocean-Going HF Station"
9:55 Sterling Coffey N0SSC "Faraday Open Source Digital Radio"
15:37 Bill Engelke AB4EJ "DWatcher: D-STAR / DX Monitor App"
21:10 Dr. Brandon Wiley KF5WVW "Emergency Data Exchange Network"
25:38 Ward Silver N0AX "Need for a Sessionless, High-Rate, Interference Tolerant Mode for Competitive Use"
31:28 Tom Holmes N8ZM "The DARA Thursday Night Group"
The impromptu Lighntning Talks were a great success. Expect a somewhat less surprising reprise in 2018.
Radio Rating: Four of the talks came complete with Powerpoint slides (who brings slides to a conference when they're not scheduled to present a talk?). Those get a Radio Rating of C+. Sterling only had a web site, but it was useful (and Steve Bible commented on how good it was), so we'll give him a B-. Ward Silver was the only one without graphics. so that gives him an A. Remember, the Radio Rating doesn't measure how good a talk was, just how good it is as 'audio-only'. And your mileage may vary.