DEF CON 28 Safe Mode Schedule & Info

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Village Information

This year, the village will be organized on the DEF CON Discord server, with live presentations, demos, and talks streaming over Twitch. Here are the discreet channels we have on discord:

Channel Name Description
#hrv-announcements-text Announcements of talks, demos, and other pertinent village info.
#hrv-general-text General chat and "hang-out" space in the village.
#hrv-exams-text Discussion around ham exams, test questions, studying, resources, etc.
#hrv-skeds-text Use this channel to coordinate on-air QSO's with other hams
#hrv-foxhunt-text Home of the Virtual Ham Radio Fox Hunt contest
#hrv-get-on-the-air-voice Voice/Video channel for practicing good operating skills, practice nets, etc.
#hrv-ask-an-elmer-text Have a ham radio question? Ask other experienced "elmer" hams here for help!
#hrv-ask-an-elmer-voice (Human Plus Only) Have a ham radio question? Ask other experienced "elmer" hams here for help!
#hrv-presentation-text Channel for discussion and Q&A for live talks/presentations/demos
#hrv-presentation-voice (Human Plus Only) Voice/Video channel for discussion during & after live talks/presentations/demos

DEF CON Schedule

Friday, August 7th

Village Opening Remarks

10:00 - 10:15 PT

Twitch / #hrv-presentation-text (Q&A)

Welcome to Ham Radio Village @ DEF CON Safe Mode

Talking to Satellites

11:00 - 12:00 PT

Twitch / #hrv-presentation-text (Q&A)

Reaching out into space may seem like it would require a PhD and thousands of dollars of equipment, but it can actually be done for about $100. In this talk I will detail how to get started talking to satellites using basic equipment. With just a Ham Radio license and some gear, you too can talk to satellites and by extension people thousands of miles away.

Ham Radio USA License Exams

11:00 PT

Online

The Ham Radio Village team is happy to announce that we will be offering virtual license exams this year during DEF CON Safe Mode. The team has negotiated a special discount rate of $5 for the exams. Additionally, the fee is waived for any applicants that are under the age of 18, a student with a current student ID, active military, or a veteran of the armed forces.

Registration for exams is required. Click here to find out more information and to register.

A Basic Ham Station Setup

13:00 - 13:30 PT

Twitch / #hrv-presentation-text (Q&A)

In this live demo, we'll go over a basic home ham radio station setup, including all of the components and how they work together.

So You Got an SDR: Common Signals and the Wiki

14:00 - 15:00 PT

Twitch / #hrv-presentation-text (Q&A)

Come learn about how to use an software defined radio (SDR) to pick up and signals, and how to identify what they are and what they mean.

Saturday, August 8th

Single Board Computers in Amateur Radio

10:00 - 11:00 PT

Twitch / #hrv-presentation-text (Q&A)

Have you ever tried Raspberry Pi and Ham together? It's a surprisingly good combination. In this talk, learn about how Raspberry Pis (and other single-board computers) play with ham radio.

Discussion: What makes a good ham radio operator?

11:30 - 12:30 PT

Twitch / #hrv-presentation-text (Q&A)

Panel discussion around what makes a good ham operator, asa opposed to a "lid" (a bad operator). We'll also talk about all of the strange lingo ham radio loves to use.

Practice "Net" via Discord

13:30 - 14:00 PT

#hrv-get-on-the-air-voice

In this "demo", we'll be hosting a practice "net" (ham-speak for on-air meeting) on the #hrv-get-on-the-air-voice channel in the village. All persons, even non-hams, are invited to join us in this practice so you can become familiar with expected etiquette.

And later on, you can put these skills to use on the DMR Net!

Ham Radio USA License Exams

14:00 PT

Online

The Ham Radio Village team is happy to announce that we will be offering virtual license exams this year during DEF CON Safe Mode. The team has negotiated a special discount rate of $5 for the exams. Additionally, the fee is waived for any applicants that are under the age of 18, a student with a current student ID, active military, or a veteran of the armed forces.

Registration for exams is required. Click here to find out more information and to register.

OSTWERK Initiative

15:00 - 16:00 PT

Twitch / #hrv-presentation-text (Q&A)

OSTWERK stands for Open Source Tactical Wireless Emergency Radio Kit, an all-in-one customizable solution for building ham radio kits. This will be a a 30 minute talk and Q&A about the initiative, my sample kit, and what I hope to accomplish (website features, sponsorships for kits for schools, etc). Feel free to ask any questions after the presentation, or at my information table in the Ham Radio Village discord server!

Sunday, August 9th

The K0BAK Rover Van

10:00 - 11:30 PT

Twitch / #hrv-presentation-text (Q&A)

Come see how Pete (K0BAK) is converting an old TV news station van, the kind used to produce and relay live TV reporting, into a mobile ham radio station!

Ham Radio Snail Mail: The National Traffic System and the Radiogram format

11:30 - 13:00 PT

Twitch / #hrv-presentation-text (Q&A)

In this video Aaron Hulett (K8AMH), Section Traffic Manager for the North Texas section, walks through the National Traffic System and the radiogram format used to move emergency, priority, welfare, and other traffic (messages) across the country and around the world

Ham Radio USA License Exams

15:00 PT

Online

The Ham Radio Village team is happy to announce that we will be offering virtual license exams this year during DEF CON Safe Mode. The team has negotiated a special discount rate of $5 for the exams. Additionally, the fee is waived for any applicants that are under the age of 18, a student with a current student ID, active military, or a veteran of the armed forces.

Registration for exams is required. Click here to find out more information and to register.

APRS: Automatic Packet Reporting System Demo

13:00 - 13:30 PT

Twitch / #hrv-presentation-text (Q&A)

In this live demo, we'll go over what APRS is, what you can do with it, and a quick primer on how to get started.

Village Closing Commentary

14:30 - 14:45 PT

Twitch / #hrv-presentation-text (Q&A)

As our village wraps up for this year, a huge thank you to everyone for participating!