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TAPR is a community that provides leadership and resources to radio amateurs for the purpose of advancing the radio art.

Interested in:
• general packet radio information?
• high-speed packet operations?
• other types of digital communications?
• experimenting or building kits?
• keeping up-to-date on national digital and packet issues?
Then you might be interested in TAPR!

The goals of TAPR are to 1) support R&D efforts in the area of amateur digital communications, 2) disseminate information on packet and digital communications, 3) provide affordable and useful kits for experimenters and hobbyists, 4) pursue and help advance the amateur art of communications, and 5) support publications, meetings, and standards in the area of amateur digital communications.


If you have used a packet radio TNC, then you are already a part of TAPR history. The TNC (Terminal Node Controller) project grew from a discussion in October of 1981 at a meeting of the Tucson Chapter of the IEEE Computer Society. A week later, six of the attendees gathered and discussed the feasibility of developing a Terminal Node Controller that would be complete and available to amateurs at a modest cost. This was the genesis of TAPR. On June 26th 1982, Lyle Johnson, WA7GXD, and Den Connors, KD2S, initiated a packet contact with the first TAPR unit. The project progressed from these first prototype units to the TNC-1 and then finally to the TNC-2 which is now the basis for most amateur packet operations worldwide. TAPR was founded in 1982 as a international organization with interests in the areas of packet and digital communications. Today, TAPR continues as a membership supported non-profit amateur research and development organization. TAPR currently has more than 2000 members, worldwide and continues to develop kits for the amateur community and is working actively on publications and communications standards. TAPR is the place for digital communication information and research. (Read more)

Membership Membership in TAPR includes:

  • Subscription to the quarterly published PSR.
  • Access to the TAPR digital library.
  • The latest information on TAPR R&D projects and other activities.

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PSR Newsletter TAPR publishes the Packet Status Register quarterly. This membership journal features both technical and non-technical articles. PSR has been published since 1982 and is recognized as an authoritative source for up-to-date user and technical information on digital issues. Much of the material in PSR is timeless. Read more

Board of Directors

DirectorTerm Ends
Stana Horzepa, WA1LOU 2020
Steve Bible, N7HPR2020
Darryl Smith, VK2TDS2020
George Byrkit, K9TRV 2021
John Koster, W9DDD 2021
Scotty Cowling, WA2DFI 2021
John Ackermann, N8UR 2022
Dave Larsen, KV0S2022
Bruce Raymond, ND8I2022
TAPR Officers
PresidentSteve Bible, N7HPR
Vice PresidentScotty Cowling, WA2DFI
TreasurerTom Holmes, N8ZM
SecretaryStana Horzepa, WA1LOU
TAPR Office Manager
John & Laura Kostertapr

Annual Meeting Byon Speaks to a conference full of ARRL and TAPR DCC Attendees TAPR holds its annual meeting in conjunction with the TAPR/ARRL Digital Communications Conference.

The TAPR and ARRL Digital Communications Conference is an international forum for radio amateurs to meet, publish their work, and present new ideas and techniques. Presenters and attendees will have the opportunity to exchange ideas and learn about recent hardware and software advances, theories, experimental results, and practical applications. Read more

Dayton Activites TAPR has been attending the Dayton HamVention since 1986. If you frequent the HamVention, be sure to drop by our booth to see our latest projects and say hello to the TAPR members working the booth. During the HamVention, the TAPR Digital Forum hosts national and international presenters discussing the latest topcis in digital communications. On Friday night, AMSAT & TAPR have a joint Banquet. The Banquet combines a buffet dinner and a keynote address for an evening of fun! Read more

Logo Merchandise Several Logo Merchandise items are available from TAPR or other sources.

The TAPR mug has been a long time favorite.

We also have the TAPR Badge to tell all that you support TAPR.

Regional Groups TAPR maintains a list of regional ham radio groups that are interested in digital communications. Groups come and go and we try our best to keep this list as up to date as possible.

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President's Corner The president's corner is the quarterly president's column in the TAPR packet status register. This page contains selected columns from 1993 on. These columns present a snapshot of activities within the organization and digital communications in amateur radio.

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