171227: The Queensland Narration Service has some gear that is surplus to their requirements and which might be useful for Community Radio Stations.
We’ve been getting great feedback about TR16, and thanks for the honest comments. The photo repository will be updated soon once we’ve done the uploads – there were lots of good shots.
Most people remember the food – it’s not often that a conference gets such positive comments about variety and quantity of the meals. And we hear you: next year we’ll go easier on the donuts and heavier on the fruit.
Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make it a success, and special thanks to Alan Sweeney and his team at MediaHub for making the opening night extra-special. That was an event that might be impossible to top.
Many good suggestions came out of the plenaries, and we’re going to mull over everything we heard as we move into the planning for TR17.
Meanwhile, you can help us by doing some things:
- go to the Technorama Inc resources page and fill in the survey
- while you’re there, apply for membership using the form on the back of the constitution. And while you’re there, browse the constitution. Tell us if you think we’re on the right track
Ideas we’re definitely pursuing:
- The buy/swap/sell service, and we’ve already had one offer of bulk items that is very compelling
- Wiki for white papers and other how-tos
- Forum for tips and questions
New 160728: If you have experience with using or installing (even better!) specific software for these applications, please contact us ASAP. We would like to have some tools running by mid-August.
- Seminars/webinars, and inter-TR events. We have started discussions with training organisations who might be able to help.
And what will make this happen faster: volunteer to assist with one or more of those activities. I’m sure there’s any number of webmaster/postmaster/contributor/writer/documenter types in our midst. Don’t wait for the committee to do everything, because we can’t. Drop us a line at [email protected]
We’re about to launch registration for TR17 on weekend of 16-18 June 2017.
Rates have been held at the same level (or slightly lower) compared to last year. Importantly, there are serious deals for people who become a Member of Technorama and attend: you will get a registration rate reduction that’s bigger than your membership. How’s that??
Since mid-January 2017, the Technorama IT Subcommittee has been moving our platform towards best-of-breed secureness. You will now note that this website and all our tools use HTTPS to ensure that every page-get is end-to-end secure. This is important. While we all accept that secure protocol is needed for transactions which involve financial or personal information, partial HTTPS still doesn’t fully protect those interactions from man-in-the-middle attacks. The only way to ensure that your pages and users are protected is to be totally HTTPS, for all calls to your site.
technorama.org.au is now enabled for HTTPS, our core apps have been cut over, we purchased a secure domain certificate which supports wildcard access (so we now have subdomains like member.technorama.org.au) and we use Cloudflair to provide CDN, DDoS and DNS protection, and we have some nifty plugins assisting WordPress.
Expect discussion on the topic of Web Security at TR17. Oh, and you’re only as secure as your passwords!
Technorama bulletin: the mailer
In November 2016, just ahead of the AGM, we sent a mailer to all the people who had
registered on the website or have attended a TR. If you missed it, then you can download the bulletin here.
Technorama 2017 is announced!
The program is under development and registration isn’t open yet, but all the facilities bookings are firm. We expect registration price to be similar to this year (in 2016 it was around $100 earlybird for station volunteers, and that covered everything). This year you can expect Members of Technorama to get special treatment.
Start discussing the dates and your attendance with your Board or Committee, and you can safely book travel.
Put the dates in your diary, and stand by as we call for session ideas and presentations.
November 2016: To help stations with quick tech queries and as a starting point for tech questions related to grant submissions, we’ve created a special Q&A Facebook group which you can access if you click here. It’s a closed group, so you will need to ask for access, but once that’s happened you’re in!! Start asking away.
Facebook isn’t the best tool for storing long term material, but so many of you have said that Facebook is a good way to make contact, and we’ve listened. To back that up, and ensure that nothing is lost in the Facebook mire, we’re working on ways (eg: WIKI and Forum) to do the heavy lifting and capture the excellent discussions and information that have been contributed.
Thanks to CBAA for assisting with this project.
16 April 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Technorama Incorporated, Australia’s grass-roots organization formed to support Community Broadcasting Technologists from over 440 not-for-profit radio services in Australia, has announced the dates and location of the 2016 national conference.
Technorama 16 will be held in Campbelltown, Sydney, from 22 to 24 July 2016.
Technorama events bring together broadcast engineering and management representatives from community stations across regional and metropolitan Australia, and feature special guests and professional contributions. At the core of the weekend is informality and low price-point. The ease with which community broadcasters may rub shoulders with their peers and representatives from commercial industry allows them to share experiences, learn, and take home knowledge that benefits their stations and the sector.
The Technorama Conference program focuses on technology drivers and best practice in community radio, and provides an overview of technical and regulatory issues impacting Community stations in the digital era.
“I am excited about this year’s location”, said conference coordinator and President of Technorama, John Maizels. “Our delegates asked for a conference that is easy to reach by car, rail and air, is informal in feel, close to cost-effective accommodation, and convenient for regional stations. Our 2016 location in Campbelltown is all of that, and more. And there’s a Community Station located within seconds of the conference.”
Technorama will offer participants topical discussions and hands-on practical sessions showcasing some of the latest broadcasting equipment and techniques, thanks to close cooperation from participating members.
“We have again assembled some of the top broadcast engineering talent in Australia, with a mix of equipment vendors, decision-makers and practitioners”, Maizels said. “Technorama 16 will enable broadcasters to best position themselves for future growth and to keep pace with industry trends in a fast changing technology landscape.”
Thanks to sponsorship from the Community Broadcasting Foundation, TR16 will be affordably priced and highly accessible.
Details of programming will be released in the next two weeks.
Further details and constantly updated information will be found at the website: https://technorama.org.au/trsite
Contact for further information:
Drop us a line and we can put the details here to help you get your treasures to good new homes.
The cost? Nada. That’s because we’re community!!
Eventually this part of Technorama will move to an automated eBay-like system, but for the moment it’s good old online HTML. Your ad (or request, if you’re looking for something) will get up faster if you supply all the words ready to go.