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{{Trail|About|Auckland}}
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== By air ==
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: <small>''See also:'' [[Arrivals Departures]]</small>
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auckland_Airport Auckland] is New Zealand's biggest airport, and the fourth biggest in Australasia, meaning you can fly directly from any airport in the Pacific.
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* The conference is taking place near the summer holiday peak so you will need to book your flights and accommodation as early as possible to get the cheapest rates.
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* Flying from the US? Remember that you're flying into the future! Don't forget to take this into account and check what day and local time you arrive.
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=== Immigration requirements ===
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* [http://glossary.immigration.govt.nz/australiancitizensandresidents.htm Australian] citizens and permanent residents do not usually need a visa to travel to New Zealand.
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* If you are from a visa-waiver country (including USA, most of the EU, Japan) and intending to visit for no more three months, then you do not need a visa.
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* Check the [http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/stream/visit/ Immigration New Zealand website] for details
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* [http://www.customs.govt.nz/inprivate/Pages/default.aspx Customs] advice for visiting New Zealand. Note that New Zealand has stronger restrictions on bringing in food and other products that may host agricultural pests than most countries.
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=== Airport to venue transfers ===
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Auckland airport has buses, shuttles and taxis available.  Note that the Auckland domestic and international airports are about 1 km apart, so ensure you order a taxi to the correct location.
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12 Grafton Rd, Auckland, 1010~[[Location|Owen G Glen Building (OGGB)]]~This will be the main venue for the conference.;
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Auckland Airport, Ray Emery Drive, Auckland, 2022~Auckland Airport
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* http://www.aucklandairport.co.nz/ToAndFromTheAirport/PublicTransport/TaxisAndShuttles.aspx
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* Uber has a fixed price $70 fare to or from Auckland Airport to an area which includes the University of Auckland (where the conference is held) and our accommodation.
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* http://taxi.co.nz is a facility run by Air NZ. It is a price comparison facility that includes airbus, taxi, shuttles and even helicopter. Note there's a slight surcharge for its use. In order to secure those prices, you need to book + pay for it via the website. I haven't used it before but I can see how it is useful.
  
== Miniconf Program ==
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==== Airbus ====
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* Cost $16 one way
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* http://www.airbus.co.nz/
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* airport to the city - http://www.airbus.co.nz/pictures/map-1-horizontal.png
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* city to the airport - http://www.airbus.co.nz/pictures/map-2-horizontal.png
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* Route #1 ("E") ''from'' the Airport via Mt Eden Road runs down Symonds St; stop #7147 (25 Symonds St, near Wellesly St East corner) is within walking distance of both Uni Hall and Carlaw Park (about 1km), and mostly downhill.
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* Route #1 appears to [http://www.airbus.co.nz/timetable run every 30 minutes during weekend daytime] (alternating with Route #5 via Dominion Road, which runs down Queen St)
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* Note that Symonds St runs along the ridgeline, so almost everything is downhill from Symonds St.  Queen Street runs down the valley, so many things are uphill from Queen St (including Queen St itself as you go away from the water!)
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* There does not seem to be a AirBus route ''to'' the airport that runs along Symonds St, only along Queen St (see [http://www.airbus.co.nz/find-a-stop AirBus Stop Map]), so at least from Carlaw Park getting a Shuttle ''to'' the airport may be much less effort.
  
Here is the draft of the program for the miniconf. No doubt we will change the build sessions around a little bit.
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==== Local bus lines ====
Also we hope to add a few more lightning talks closer to the day.
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* [https://at.govt.nz/bus-train-ferry/bus-services/airport-services/#airporter 380 Airporter] (Connects to local trains. Slow, but nice for train enthusiasts... Or if you happen to have your accommodoation somewhere along the train line.) 
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* [https://at.govt.nz/bus-train-ferry/bus-services/airport-services/#route-375 Route 375]
  
=== 10:40-12:20 OpenRadio Introduction + Build session ===
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==== Shuttles ====
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* Cost $33 per person, one way.
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* Shuttles are door to door.
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* You must book the shuttle from Auckland to Airport. Please do this at least a day in advance.
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* Some other shuttle services may not be at the airport and you may need to book them for pickup.
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* Not all shuttle services have the same fee. So ask before you hop on.
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* Group fee is usually based on pick up from same_address1 and drop off at the same_address2.
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* Some don't like shuttles because you may have other passengers in the shuttle to drop off along the way. Most cases they try to group all to the CBD. Obviously problem is not there if there's a few LCA ppl in the shuttle all going to the same accommodation as you.
  
* Intro to OpenRadio
 
* Grokking the building blocks
 
* Intro to through hole and surface mount soldering
 
* Receive block theory
 
* Build!
 
  
=== 13:20-15:00 Tx + Build session ===
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* Super shuttle https://www.supershuttle.co.nz/Default.aspx
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** The best known in Auckland for Airport shuttle service.
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** They are at the airport and so there's no need to book for trips that start from the Airport to Auckland City.
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** Cost for airport - cbd (based on search on the [https://www.supershuttle.co.nz/Default.aspx supershuttle's website] : 4ppl $59; 5ppl $67; 6ppl $75; 7ppl $84; 8ppl $91; 9ppl $99; 10 $107  11ppl $113
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** This means for 5 ppl it works out cheaper than the airbus and you have a door to door service.
  
* Regulations
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* Other shuttle services below were found via google + searched the prices below. I think you need to book with them in order for them to come pick you up.  Note - never used them.
* Get your head around the software; fldigi & spectrograms
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* Transmitter blocks and Modulation schemes
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* Understanding what modes the OpenRadio can send
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* Build!
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=== 15:40-17:15 OpenRadio Lightning talks ===
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* Shuttlebus http://www.shuttlebus.co.nz/
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** From Airport to CBD:  4 pax 65; 5 pax $70 ;  6 - 11ppl  $85
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** From CBD to airport: 6 - 11ppl $75
  
* Paul Warren - Open amateur transceivers
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* Express shuttle http://www.expressshuttle.co.nz/
* Don Wallace - Where do these radio frequencies come
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** Auckland CBD - Airport one way: 3-4 $60; 5-6 $70; 7- 11ppl $85
from and how do I get to use them?
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* Kim Hawtin - RF in and RF out, your first antennas
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* Q&A Panel
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== Open Radio Wiki ==
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* Air Shuttle  http://www.airshuttle.biz/
Check the [http://openradio.net.au/index.php/Main_Page Open Radio wiki] for more info
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** Airport to CBD 3 - 9 ppl $80
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** CBD to Airport 3 - 9  ppl $65
  
== OpenRadio Miniconf registrations ==
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* Quick shuttle http://www.quickshuttle.co.nz/airport-terminal/
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** 1 to 2 people - $60 total price
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** 3 to 4 people - $65 total price
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** 5 to 6 people - $75 total price
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** 7 to 11 people - $90 total price
  
Good morning all,
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* Kathy's shuttle http://kathysshuttle.co.nz/
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** 2 ppl from airport to central auckland $45 Source: http://kathysshuttle.co.nz/gettingplaces/
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** Her booking page has choices for up to 6 or more. So it is probably a bigger vehicle than the car on the web page.
  
So now would be a good time to open up the registration for the OpenRadio MiniConf. This is also a good time as a reminder that the CfP for the miniconf will be closing on the 14th of December.
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==== Taxi ====
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* $75-$90
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* http://taxi.co.nz (pre-paid taxi)
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* Taxi is a metered srevice and so fare above is an approximation.  The meter still ticks when it is stuck in traffic unless you managed to negotiate a flat fee for the journey.
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* IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are at the airport and need to go somewhere, within the airport area, be aware that it could be very expensive despite the short distance.  (Also note that there is a [http://www.aucklandairport.co.nz/AirportInformation/Travel-between-terminals.aspx free airport transfer bus] around the Domestic/International terminals which runs 3-4 times an hour, so fine if you're willing to wait.  Or it's a flat 15-ish minute walk which is okay if it's not raining.)
  
As part of the registration you are booking a seat and a kit for the OpenRadio miniconf.
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== By bus ==
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* [http://www.intercity.co.nz Intercity]
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* [https://nakedbus.com NakedBus]
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* [http://www.manabus.com ManaBus]
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* [http://www.kiwiexperience.com KiwiExperience]
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* [http://www.straytravel.com Stray Travel]
  
Since this is our first build'a'thon at LCA we are setting a limit on seats to 30. We are aiming to dedicate enough time to each of the participants to complete the kit on the day.
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== By train ==
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* [http://www.kiwirail.co.nz KiwiRail]
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** [http://www.kiwirailscenic.co.nz/northern-explorer/?servicename=Northern%20Explorer Northern Explorer]
  
The whole day will be devoted to building the understanding the kit.
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== By car ==
As we have limited seats, please order only one kit.
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* [http://www.newzealand.com/int/travel-times-and-distances-calculator Travel time and distance calculator]
 
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* [http://www.aatravel.co.nz/transport-and-rentals-newzealand/rentals.php Vehicle rentals] (nationwide)
Extra kits will be made available after the conference.
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Because of the time lines, we will be ordering kits in advance and will deliver them directly at the miniconf.
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To register please head to Davids site;
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  http://www.rowetel.com/blog/?page_id=3780#cart
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For further information please email me at;
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  vk5fj@wia.org.au
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== OpenRadio Miniconf Call for Presentations at LCA2015 ==
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=== Submission Dates ===
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Sunday 14th December 2014: Deadline for submissions
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Sunday 21st December 2014: Announcements of selected proposals
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Monday 12th January 2015: Open Radio Miniconf
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=== 'No pressure' policy ===
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The Open Radio Miniconf is a low-pressure event, and we strongly encourage anyone who has an idea for an radio-related talk to submit a proposal even if you've never presented at a conference before. Please share this CfP with anyone you know who may otherwise not consider submitting a proposal.
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=== Commitment to Diversity ===
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We are especially keen to present a diverse range of experiences and voices, and actively encourage women and people from other groups that are frequently under-represented at tech events to submit a proposal. Please share this CfP with anyone you know who may fit with this objective.
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=== Suggested Presentation Topics ===
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Any topic which is related to both radio and open source technologies is considered on-topic for the Open Radio Miniconf.
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Some ideas include:
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* Hardware for SDR
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* Software for SDR
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* Protocols over the air
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* Digital voice
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* Understanding data modes
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* Encoding and Decoding data
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* Logging data or voice
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* Positioning
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* Radio direction finding
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* Here's a cool thing I did with my SDR
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* Take a look at my new modem for digital modes
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* Simple data links with cheap radio chips
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=== Presentation Format ===
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Presentations will be 'lightning talks' session with multiple 5-15 minute mini-presentations. Ideally we would like to see proposals for longer lightning talks, you can also just present on the day (this is a very low-pressure way to ease yourself into presenting, so please have a think in advance about what you'd like to present).
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=== Need some help? ===
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If you have an idea (or the beginning of an idea) for a presentation for the Open Radio Miniconf, we'd be very happy to talk it through with you to help you develop it further. Email Kim VK5FJ at vk5fj@wia.org.au or ping him at @vk5fj on Twitter to start the conversation.
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=== Code of Conduct ===
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Anyone presenting at the Open Miniconf is bound by the same Code of Conduct as presenters and conference attendees of the main conference. The full LCA2015 Code of Conduct is at http://linux.conf.au/cor/code_of_conduct
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To help ensure that presentations comply with the Code of Conduct, we require presenters to submit a copy of their presentation/slide deck for review by Monday 5th January, 2015 (one week prior to the start of LCA).
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=== Presenter Responsibilities ===
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Presenters at the Open Radio Miniconf must be registered attendees of the main LCA2015 conference. Presenters are responsible for their own conference registration, travel, and accommodation costs. The LCA2015 committee has made available a small number of miniconf-only passes that we will be using to enable Amateur Radio enthusiasts to present who would not otherwise be able to attend.
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=== How to Submit Proposals ===
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Please submit your proposal(s) by email Kim VK5FJ at vk5fj@wia.org.au
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We encourage you to submit multiple proposals if you have multiple ideas.
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72,
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Kim VK5FJ
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Open Radio Miniconf Net Operator
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== Attendees ==
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Please add a page for yourself and link it here so we can get an idea of numbers and notify you of updates.
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* Name - Callsign, if you have one
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* Kim Hawtin, VK5FJ
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* [[User:George Patterson|George Patterson]] VK3FADQ
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* [[User:Peter Chubb|Peter Chubb]] VK2FPC (will be multiplexing with Kernel miniconf)
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* [[User:Paul Warren|Paul Warren]] VK1ATP
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* [[User:Peter Howard|Peter Howard]]
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* Amitay Isaacs
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* Peter Lawler
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* [[User:Nathan Willis|Nate Willis]]
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* Andrew Mc (buildathon, then various)
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* [[User:Gabriel Noronha|Gabriel Noronha]]
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* [[User: Joshua Scott|Joshua Scott]]
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* [mailto:mike.carden@gmail.com Mike Carden] VK1MC
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* Josh Mesilane, VK3XJM
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* Bob Edwards
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* Simon Paterson
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* Michael Wheeler
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* Geordie Millar
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* Giovanni Moretti - ZL2GX
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* [[User: Jack Moffitt|Jack Moffitt]]
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* [[User: Jason Lewis|Jason Lewis]]
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* [[User:Nick Bannon|Nick Bannon]]
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* Mark Foster ZL1VMF is on the LCA2015 Org team and will try to come by and say hello as time permits :-)
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== Aims ==
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This will be the second Open Radio Miniconf, this time part build-a-thon, part lightning talks.
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There are three specific aims for this coming LCA, the three layers;
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1) Build an understanding of radio and build an SDR transceiver to cover an ISM band and the HAM HF bands.
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2) Build an understanding of the software required to Rx and Tx
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3) Encourage software developers to study existing over the air protocols and start to design new ones.
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That might not sound like a lot, but we still have a big challenge to complete the second goal. The third is obviously ongoing and we hope to be able to help facilitate new works on the ISM and HAM bands.
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Mark VK5QI has decided that his experience with the [http://www.norcalqrp.org/files/Tayloe_mixer_x3a.pdf Tayloe mixer] with [http://www.qsl.net/zl1wtt/I&Q.htm  I&Q] as used in the SoftRocks is firm ground on which to build. He has been inspired by [http://nt7s.com/2014/06/a-prototype-for-a-si5351-based-ssb-rig/ some new SSB project by NT7S], using a newly available DDS, the multiple output [https://www.adafruit.com/search?q=SI5351&b=1 SI5351]. Completing the picture, the controller is the well known [http://arduino.cc/en/Main/arduinoBoardNano Arduino], designed by Massimo Banzi (check the recent [http://soldersmoke.blogspot.com.au/2014/09/soldersmoke-podcast-165-arduinos.html soldersmoke podcast #165]).
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So moving forward the second prototype is currently on the workbend at Marks QTH. The software stack, while complex can be simplified to using existing applications like [http://w1hkj.com/Fldigi.html FLDIGI] or building the [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU_Radio GNU Radio][http://gnuradio.squarespace.com/ stack].
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Following on the the how in the now, we need to look forward. Thinking about the existing protocols, the current ways of encoding data on the wire and over the air, we are aiming to approach the design of new over the air protocols.
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We are currently working through the materials for the build-a-thon. Once we are happy with them we will update this page and put an announcement here.
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Revision as of 18:42, 10 January 2015

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By air

See also: Arrivals Departures
  • Auckland is New Zealand's biggest airport, and the fourth biggest in Australasia, meaning you can fly directly from any airport in the Pacific.
  • The conference is taking place near the summer holiday peak so you will need to book your flights and accommodation as early as possible to get the cheapest rates.
  • Flying from the US? Remember that you're flying into the future! Don't forget to take this into account and check what day and local time you arrive.

Immigration requirements

  • Australian citizens and permanent residents do not usually need a visa to travel to New Zealand.
  • If you are from a visa-waiver country (including USA, most of the EU, Japan) and intending to visit for no more three months, then you do not need a visa.
  • Check the Immigration New Zealand website for details
  • Customs advice for visiting New Zealand. Note that New Zealand has stronger restrictions on bringing in food and other products that may host agricultural pests than most countries.

Airport to venue transfers

Auckland airport has buses, shuttles and taxis available. Note that the Auckland domestic and international airports are about 1 km apart, so ensure you order a taxi to the correct location.

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  • http://www.aucklandairport.co.nz/ToAndFromTheAirport/PublicTransport/TaxisAndShuttles.aspx
  • Uber has a fixed price $70 fare to or from Auckland Airport to an area which includes the University of Auckland (where the conference is held) and our accommodation.
  • http://taxi.co.nz is a facility run by Air NZ. It is a price comparison facility that includes airbus, taxi, shuttles and even helicopter. Note there's a slight surcharge for its use. In order to secure those prices, you need to book + pay for it via the website. I haven't used it before but I can see how it is useful.

Airbus

  • Cost $16 one way
  • http://www.airbus.co.nz/
  • airport to the city - http://www.airbus.co.nz/pictures/map-1-horizontal.png
  • city to the airport - http://www.airbus.co.nz/pictures/map-2-horizontal.png
  • Route #1 ("E") from the Airport via Mt Eden Road runs down Symonds St; stop #7147 (25 Symonds St, near Wellesly St East corner) is within walking distance of both Uni Hall and Carlaw Park (about 1km), and mostly downhill.
  • Route #1 appears to run every 30 minutes during weekend daytime (alternating with Route #5 via Dominion Road, which runs down Queen St)
  • Note that Symonds St runs along the ridgeline, so almost everything is downhill from Symonds St. Queen Street runs down the valley, so many things are uphill from Queen St (including Queen St itself as you go away from the water!)
  • There does not seem to be a AirBus route to the airport that runs along Symonds St, only along Queen St (see AirBus Stop Map), so at least from Carlaw Park getting a Shuttle to the airport may be much less effort.

Local bus lines

  • 380 Airporter (Connects to local trains. Slow, but nice for train enthusiasts... Or if you happen to have your accommodoation somewhere along the train line.)
  • Route 375

Shuttles

  • Cost $33 per person, one way.
  • Shuttles are door to door.
  • You must book the shuttle from Auckland to Airport. Please do this at least a day in advance.
  • Some other shuttle services may not be at the airport and you may need to book them for pickup.
  • Not all shuttle services have the same fee. So ask before you hop on.
  • Group fee is usually based on pick up from same_address1 and drop off at the same_address2.
  • Some don't like shuttles because you may have other passengers in the shuttle to drop off along the way. Most cases they try to group all to the CBD. Obviously problem is not there if there's a few LCA ppl in the shuttle all going to the same accommodation as you.


  • Super shuttle https://www.supershuttle.co.nz/Default.aspx
    • The best known in Auckland for Airport shuttle service.
    • They are at the airport and so there's no need to book for trips that start from the Airport to Auckland City.
    • Cost for airport - cbd (based on search on the supershuttle's website : 4ppl $59; 5ppl $67; 6ppl $75; 7ppl $84; 8ppl $91; 9ppl $99; 10 $107 11ppl $113
    • This means for 5 ppl it works out cheaper than the airbus and you have a door to door service.
  • Other shuttle services below were found via google + searched the prices below. I think you need to book with them in order for them to come pick you up. Note - never used them.

Taxi

  • $75-$90
  • http://taxi.co.nz (pre-paid taxi)
  • Taxi is a metered srevice and so fare above is an approximation. The meter still ticks when it is stuck in traffic unless you managed to negotiate a flat fee for the journey.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are at the airport and need to go somewhere, within the airport area, be aware that it could be very expensive despite the short distance. (Also note that there is a free airport transfer bus around the Domestic/International terminals which runs 3-4 times an hour, so fine if you're willing to wait. Or it's a flat 15-ish minute walk which is okay if it's not raining.)

By bus

By train

By car