The experience of Technorama 2016 – wow!

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:

  1. go to the Technorama Inc resources page and fill in the survey
  2. 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]

Web updating:

Shortly, we’ll archive everything that happened at TR16, but meanwhile stay in touch.  I’d love to hear from you.   Drop the team a line via [email protected], or me directly through [email protected]

Best,
John Maizels
President, Technorama Inc

 

technorama.org.au goes HTTPS!


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 2017 Announced

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!

We’re excited:  Technorama 2017 will be held on the weekend of 16-18 June 2017, and by popular support we’re going to be back at the Campbelltown RSL.

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.

Technorama Question and Answer FB Group created

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.

Final week mailout


Headlines:  It’s not too late to sign up for Technorama 2016.  Only $110 volunteer/station rate for the conference / meals / everything (except your travel and accommodation).  Dare you to find better value.  And some seriously cheap rooms STILL available at Rydges if you’re quick: $233 for two nights hotel.  Please help spread the word to all sector techs and interested people.  All on the website.  And help us by sending this note to someone who might not know about….

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this weekend: 22-24 July 2016!

Hi.    Are you (or your station techs) already registered for Technorama?   It’s only a few days away now and we’re pumped.   If you’re registered or have someone going, ignore this bit and read the News below.  But if you haven’t yet registered, this is the important reminder.

It’s not too late to register, and it’s the cheapest full-on tech education event you will find.  Period.  This is how you support your volunteers.

Registration:  do this any time, even an hour before we start.  Click here, read all the info, then register before it’s too late.

Who can come, and who will benefit?  If you support tech for a station, if you are interested in radio technology, if you’re passionate about education and training, if you are involved with the sector in any capacity, if you work for a commercial radio station, or if you just want to join the gang for the weekend:  you can come and we will make you welcome.  And bring your friends/partners/relatives.

Newsflash:  The cheap two-days for one accommodation offer at Rydges was still available when this note was sent.  The rate has increased a few times, but for two nights it’s the cheapest around AND it’s an international class hotel.  Book now while two nights of hotel costs less than a Sydney taxi fare!

The full program is here, and even more details about the event, the location, the social times, and how to register are at www.technorama.org.au.  While you’re there download the cool (we think) TR16 poster from the website for your station noticeboard!

Our special welcome event is on Friday night at MediaHub.   You have to experience the facility to believe, so check the video here and see why we’re excited.  Technorama delegates will get an up-close and personal tour of some of the most advanced broadcast technology in the country.
Send any questions to [email protected]

Just a small sample of the buffet meals on offer...If a tech army marches on its stomach, this is one event where nobody goes away hungry or frustrated.   We have the most wonderful lunch lined up, and dinner gets better.  It’s all included in the conference fee, along with morning and afternoon teas, and all the technical discussion that you can handle.

The agenda

Check the full program to see what’s on.

  • James Cridland, our Special Guest of Honour at TR16: a globally recognised radio futurologist
  • CBF attending to talk about grant applications and the new CBF structure
  • Introduction to Dante:  bulletproof digital audio on your LAN
  • Solving your transmission problems:  major focus thread on the program
  • What happens when the 850MHz link to your transmitter or OB is regulated away?
  • CBAA on your tech future, the state of the nation, and developments in CRN

Also while you’re online, like us on Facebook (TechnoramaAustralia), follow us on Twitter (@technorama_aus) and retweet your heart out with the hashtag TR16AU.  We want everyone to know about Technorama!

Looking forward to seeing you/your techs/your family/our guests…

John Maizels
TR16 convenor

Get info or register now

 

Technorama announced for 2016

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MEDIA RELEASE

 

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:

John Maizels
Conference Coordinator

[email protected]
+61-412-576-888
Technorama Incorporated
ABN 26469202335

Buy Swap and Sell is here!!

garagesaleWe said we would, and we have.   Buy Swap and Sell is open for business.  Do you have an item that you want to pass on to the technical community?

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.