The Wireless Innovation Forum's SDR Technical Conference this year was a blast. I was able to catch up with a lot of old friends, meet new ones, and learn about a lot of new things. I was also involved in a number of sessions on GNU Radio, and each was incredibly well attended. The community interest in our work was pretty astounding.
The first session I was involved with was on Open Source Software in Military and Commercial Wireless. This was put together by Philip Balister and John Scott, and we had far more people interested than I had anticipated. We all cut our talks short a bit to make enough time to have a Q&A session with the audience, which went very well. There were many questions from the audience, and I felt like we had a good dialog about some big issues in OSS.
Even more astounding was the turnout on Wednesday night. After a long day of conferencing and the exhibits session with food and drink, we still had an almost packed room for our GNU Radio Meetup. We learned about some of the projects you guys are interested in, and went over a few of the new things we're introducing into GNU Radio as well as new stuff coming from Ettus Research. I had a lot of fun with this, and I also really enjoyed getting to know quite a few of you better at the pub later that night.
My final GNU Radio session occurred Thursday morning when I gave my half-day tutorial. Again, the attendance was much bigger than expected, and I hope everyone learned a few things from it.
I'm looking forward to next year!