What happened at TR16?

These photos show that we met, learned, and had a good time.

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Technorama 2016 kicks off this Friday night, so time to warm up and get the knowledge.  All the links you need are conveniently either on the right or at very the bottom of the page (the page reformats depending on the device you’re using).  But if you don’t have time to read everything below (which you should do at some stage), then at least catch up with essentials by reviewing this important item:

Headlines and need-to-know stuff

  1. There are still cheap airfares available, especially from Melbourne and Brisbane.   Hobart is cheaper than Adelaide!!   See the Travel section below.
  2. if you’re really impatient, then check the info in this block, and then register immediately
  3. TR16 is 22-24 July, this weekend
  4. The full program (with times and session descriptions) is here.   Or follow the quicklink on this page.
  5. Location is just outside Sydney in Campbelltown NSW
  6. Great hotel deals here (we have seen under $150 for two nights)
  7. Unbelievably inexpensive registration (again), cheap accommodation (again) and a brilliant program (we try hard!), plus lots of time to hang out because that’s how you learn
  8. Register right now with this link (also: tons of useful information)
  9. Guest of Honour:  the amazing James Cridland (see below)
  10. Read on for details of program content, hotels, press releases, and other useful information for members and delegates (see below)
  11. Clear everything from your diary, book flights/train/the car, and plan to attend.   And see below.


RedButtonTechnorama is the grass-roots movement which supports the technologists who build and maintain Community Broadcasting Stations in Australia.   Technorama also provides a home for the ecosystem that exists around the technology side of Community Radio.

At the Technorama gathering each year, technologists meet and talk to share stories and experiences about their stations to help benefit others in the sector.

TR16: out of the city, but close by

TR16_Sydney_areaTR16 is being held over the weekend of 22-24 July 2016,  in Campbelltown, just to the west of Sydney.    This year’s location is great:  it’s a direct one-train one-hour comfy ride from Sydney airport.  The venue has plenty of space, plenty of affordable accommodation nearby, is easy to get to by car from places close enough to drive, and has a community radio station on-site.

And it’s not too bad for people who would prefer to commute from Sydney each day.  Just about everything that you’d want in a conference run for our community by our community.   The map will help you to get your bearings around the area.

For reference, you can walk from the RSL to the station in 5-10 minutes, so scale the map from there.

Our Guest of Honour

For TR16  we’re joined by James Cridland, one of the world’s foremost Radio Futurologists.    James is the former BBC Radio head of future media and technology. He researches and communicates all things radio, and has both a local and global view of where our medium heads.   As a futurologist, he looks at how technology changes the face of radio, and he’s all about sharing.   James has promised to come loaded with enthusiasm and a kitbag of great ideas for you to take home.

What else can you expect from a Technorama event?

The full program is here.   You’re going to be exposed to discussions on where radio is heading, tips on WebImage_Tech2how to build your station at lower cost, vitally important sector positioning from the CBAA, equipment show and tell, digital linking, best-practice streaming, and much, much more.

Will it be worth your time to travel to Campbelltown?  If comments from past attendees are worth anything, ABSOLUTELY.

Check out the historical pages from previous years right here.  That will give you an idea of what’s likely to happen.

What does registration include?

Your delegate fee gets you

  • entry to the welcome function at MediaHub
  • Saturday and Sunday sessions
  • morning tea/coffee/nibbles
  • Saturday lunch
  • Saturday night function and dinner
  • parking
  • internet access onsite

Guests of delegates are welcome

If you’re the partner of an attendee, then you may join in for the dinner and social events.   We just need to know you’re coming – see the registration page for details.

Register now

This year, the registration process is fully online.    Just click here to get started.  Earlybird pricing is discounted to $95 for station representatives, or $145 for full (organisational or personal) attendance.    TR16 is not far away, and we’re holding earlybird prices until midnight on Sunday 19 June.  After that, the price goes up.


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There are several hotels within walking distance of the station and the RSL, so you don’t need a car.  Rates and how to book is on the TR16 Housing and Hotels page.


Campbelltown is right on the Hume Freeway, and so is very drivable from Victoria, the ACT, and surrounding areas.

Cheap airfares to Sydney are still available the Technorama weekend.  As at 20 July, return fares to Sydney domestic are $230-320 return from Melbourne, $280 from Brisbane, under $750 from Perth,  $380 from Hobart, and $500 from Adelaide.  Advice is:  be quick, and there are still bargains.   Tip: if you’ve never tried it before, the site is a brilliant tool for investigating routes and prices.

The best way to get from Sydney airport to Campbelltown is by train, with 3-4 trains per hour running directly from the airport station.  It takes about an hour, and the train transfer will cost you $20.80 each way with a paper ticket (which is the most expensive way to do it).   From Campbelltown station it’s no more than 10 minutes walk to the RSL even if you get lost.  5 minutes if you know where you’re going.


If you drive to Technorama, there is plenty of all-day parking at the club, and delegates will have their parking tickets validated at no charge.  The hotels all have no-charge offstreet parking.

Technorama 2016 Media Release PR1 available

Check the Press Room for the first Press Release info on TR16.


The site is being updated all the time, but maybe we’re not fast enough for you, especially between annual events.   If you have unanswered questions, please contact us and tell us what’s on your mind.


It would not have been possible for an unincorporated group of enthusiasts to run effective events without organisational help.   Technorama gratefully acknowledges support from the Community Broadcasting Foundation  and the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia.  We are deeply indebted to the hosts of past Technorama events:  the South Australian Community Broadcasters Association Inc,  the Community Broadcasting Association of Victoria, and Artsound in Canberra.   Without the backing of these people, we would not be where we are today.

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