TR20: we’re going to Toowoomba! 29-31 May

The news is out:  TR20 will be held in Toowoomba, Queensland from Friday 29 to Sunday 31 May 2020.  Programming will include all the regular and favourite technical and sector information sessions, plus this year we’ll provide special sessions to help you and your station cope with events like those of the past summer.

TR20 will have a solid slant towards preparation for the unexpected: how your station can position for emergency broadcasting support, what to do to protect yourselves with solid disaster recovery and business continuity planning, and a technology focus on keeping your transmission secure.

Details of Education Day (the full day of Friday 29 May) will be announced shortly, and here’s a hint:  expect hands-on RF and transmission training.

Registration for TR20 will open on March 8.

Big buzz:  We’re VERY excited to be heading to Queensland and especially to such an accessible and interesting regional area. You might not know, but last November the Pechey forest just 40km north of Toowoomba was one of the earliest places to be ravaged by bushfire.  Through TR20 we’re proud to bring people and revenue back to an affected area, and to do our bit to raise awareness for the massive bushfire and emergency services support that Community Broadcasting provides.

Perfect spot:  The Toowoomba CBD is a great location for a Technorama.  There are two community radio stations in town, and many others not far away.  The city is served by major airports (BNE and WTB), with cheap and quick connections (only 90 minutes drive from Brisbane CBD, and a bit over two hours by coach from Brisbane airport).

Down down, prices are down: The total cost of attending TR20 will be lower than Melbourne or Sydney, which is a big plus.   The venue and hotel rooms are in final stages of negotiation, and you can expect brand new international-class hotel rooms to be under $130/night (with twin share under $100 and some CBD rooms as low as $50. Yes, really!).

Low cost air: We’re also spotting cost-effective airfares to Brisbane.  A check on 27 Feb revealed return pricing around $530 from Perth, $245 from Sydney, $360 from Melbourne, and $359 from Adelaide – that’s on Qantas, and we’ve seen even cheaper on Virgin and Jetstar.

Did you know that you can fly directly from Melbourne, Sydney and regional Queensland into the truly wonderful Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport (WTB)?  All will be explained on the travel page coming this weekend – so keep checking the Technorama website (and watch for our next announcement).

Maybe think about bringing your partner, or staying a few extra days for some very cost-effective sightseeing. There’s lots to do.  And if you’re in Northern New South Wales (or even Sydney) it’s a comfy drive on good roads.

In the diary now:  Lock the date 29-31 May in your calendar right now, and reserve the TR20 weekend.  You won’t regret it.