I am very pleased to host these two groups, as they grew out of the Codec2 project to develop an Open Source digital voice codec for Amateur Radio, which I evangelized because I was concerned that hams were using the proprietary AMBE codec. But I didn’t have the chops to write a new CODEC, much as I wanted one. Jean-Marc Valin (Speex author) introduced David Rowe VK5DGR, an Australian ham with a Ph.D. in digital voice coding. David had a codec from his 20-year-old Ph.D. thesis sitting on the shelf, and took on the project. He has made incredible progress since.
I wish I had as much progress to show for my $14 Remote Rig Controller. My latest work on this has been to hack the ESP32 Flashing Software to support configuring the device’s WiFi from the console. Unfortunately I had a heart attack and double bypass surgery in November, a flood of my hamshack and workshop this winter, and have had to concentrate on my main business, and thus I am delayed on this project. Fortunately I am entirely recovered from the heart attack (actually I have never been able to exercise as easily as I can now) and am making progress in reassembling the hamshack.
At the show, I have been speaking with ARDC about funding some future projects. ARDC has money to grant because they held IP version 4 addresses for Amateur Radio, and sold 1/4 of that IP block to Amazon for about $134 Million. Fortunately, ARDC has lots of IP version 4 addresses left for hams, and so many IPV6 addresses that we could give one to every person in the world. They are good folks and have supported many important projects.