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Chaos Communication Camp 2015



(find german version below)

After r0ket launching into the world of electronic name badges four years ago, this year we bring you rad1o.

We enjoyed seeing r0ket being used for all sorts of purposes, even years after camp, still in use with old and new ideas. With rad1o we want to go one step further and give you a Toy and Tool that will stay a huge, useful playground after camp.

Inspired by the HackRF, rad1o wants to give you access to the world of Software Defined Radio – the generation and reception of electro magnetic waves, controlled by software rather than analogue technology. Where previously large chunks of money had to be invested in analogue hardware, SDR can save quite some money and every camp vistor can become an SDR hacker. And if that’s not what you’re planning or looking forward to, please hand on the opportunity to someone else, e.g. in your local Hackerspace.


With the rad1o transceiver you can send and receive between approximately 50/100 and 4000 MHz. Have a look what is going on in that spectrum (for example here)
If you got your hands on the HackRF, it’s a quick switch to rad1o. The software is compatible. Exact specs will be available soon on the rad1o website:

More details on hardware and software:

Last camp we already were impressed by the large variety of projects using the name badge — but since we chose to surprise you with the first badge some projects were lacking the needed hardware (especially the micro-USB cables…).

This time we want an even larger variety at camp! We tested our first prototype and we are optimistic that they can do everything we want to offer. While we now spend the remaining time until camp moving thousands of components accross the globe* and placing them onto PCBs, the challenge for you is to find things to do with rad1o! (*please, please wait a few more weeks if you fancy a few hundred of the components on our part list in your electronics lab)

If you have rad1o questions that are not answered in the wiki, feel free to contact us, ask questions and then fill the answers in the rad1o wiki.


You want to make your village something special? Maybe some of the objects you brought can be controlled via rad1o. Or you have some SDR riddles to solve with rad1o. Or you’ll use rad1o for transmitting… radio? or …

For more fun and games with rad1o, we recommend to definitely bring a micro USB cable, and a external power bank will also come in handy. Additionally an external antenna might come in handy, see the wiki for Details. For more blinking lights we added space for LEDs (WS2812B LEDs). We probably don’t need to mention the opportunity for more crazy cases for the badge, right? :) (find CAD data in the Wiki, too).

BTW: If you like listening to the rad1o, you’ll need headphones (3.5mm standard mono headphones/microphone) or a 4-pin Headset with Microphone (like the Iphone Standard).

German version:

Nach dem r0ketstart in die Welt der elektronischen Namensschilder vor vier Jahren gibt es dieses Jahr für alle Teilnehmer des Camps ein rad1o.

Es war toll zu sehen wie auch Jahre nach dem letzten Camp 2011 die r0ket-Badges für alle möglichen Zwecke eingesetzt wurden (und werden). Mit dem rad1o wollen wir diesen Anspruch weiterverfolgen und euch ein Gadget bieten, welches auch lange nach dem Camp jede Menge Hackvalue zur nachhaltigen Weiterverwendung haben wird.

Inspiriert vom HackRF will rad1o euch den Einstieg in die Welt der Software-Defined-Radios schmackhaft machen, insbesondere für diejenigen, die mit SDR – also dem Erzeugen und dem Empfangen elektromagnetischer Wellen mit den Möglichkeiten moderner Software – bislang noch nicht viel zu tun hatten.
Wo bisher in komplexe Analogtechnik investiert werden musste, hat mit SDR Geräten viel mehr Möglichkeiten, auch sehr komplexe Kommunikationsverfahren können mit geringem Aufwand realisiert werden. Während und nach dem Camp können alle zum SDR Hacker werden. Und wer das nicht vorhat, kann Softwareprojekte von anderen für das rad1o einfach nur nutzen, es auch als ARM Microcontroller Experimentierboard nutzen, oder diese Möglichkeit an andere – z.B. im lokalen Hackerspace – weitergeben.


Mit dem rad1o Transceiver kann zwischen ca. 50/100 bis 4000 MHz gesendet und empfangen werden. Zum Beispiel hier könnt ihr einen Blick ein typisches SDR Spektrum werfen und sehen was da so los sein kann. Falls ihr schonmal etwas mit dem HackRF experimentiert habt, kann das rad1o einfach mit einer angepassten HackRF Firmware benutzen. Genaue Spezifikationen fehlen hier noch, diese werden noch vor dem Camp vom rad1o Team veröffentlicht.

Mehr Details gibt es auf

Auf dem letzten Camp war die Vielfalt der Projekte für die r0ket, die auf dem Camp entstanden sind, bereits beeindruckend — aber weil wir euch mit dem ersten Badge überrascht haben mangelte es fuer manche Projekte an der nötigen Hardware (insbesondere an Micro-USB Kabeln…).

Diesmal wollen wir noch mehr Vielfalt auf dem Camp! Wir haben unsere ersten Prototypen getestet und sind zuversichtlich, dass sie alles koennen was wir euch bieten wollen. Waehrend wir die naechsten Wochen mit aller Kraft tausende Teile durch die Welt bewegen* und fuer euch auf Platinen platzieren, seid ihr jetzt gefordert euch etwas fuer das rad1o badge einfallen zu lassen! (*bitte bitte haltet euch noch ein paar Wochen zurueck wenn ihr gerade ein paar tausend Teile aus unserer Bestueckungsliste in eure Elektronikwerkstatt bestellen wollt o.o)

Falls ihr dazu Fragen habt die im Wiki nicht beantwortet werden, nehmt Kontakt mit uns auf, stellt die Fragen und fuegt die Antworten im rad1o wiki hinzu.


Ihr wollt euer Village zu etwas besonderem machen? Vielleicht lassen sich ein paar Objekte die ihr mitgebracht habt, mit dem rad1o steuern. Oder euch fallen ein paar SDR Raetsel ein, die sich mit dem rad1o loesen lassen. Oder ihr macht… radio :) oder…

Fuer mehr Spass mit dem rad1o empfehlen wir unbedingt ein micro USB-Kabel mitzubringen, eine Power Bank für mehr mobilen rad1o Spaß ist auch sehr empfehlenswert. Ausserdem koennte eine externe Antenne und eine SMA Buchse (Spec, siehe Wiki) nuetzlich sein. Fuer mehr Blinkenspass haben wir Bestückungsmöglichkeiten fuer WS2812bLEDs vorgesehen. Die Moeglichkeit, verrueckte Gehaeuse fuer das Badge zu basteln brauchen wir wahrscheinlich nicht extra zu erwaehnen, oder? :) (CAD Daten im Wiki)

Wer gerne rad1o hoert, braucht uebrigens Kopfhoerer (3.5mm standard Stereo Stecker) oder ein 4 poliges Headset mit Mikrofon (entspricht Iphone Standard).

Wer gerne schomal rad1o hören möchte, kann sich bei den Mitschnitt der gestrigen Sendung herunterladen, wo nach ca. einer Stunde ein Mitglied des Teams ein wenig vom rad1o erzählt.


Electricity – the limited resource

(deutsche Version unten)



The camp takes place on an area which does not provide a sufficient amount of electricity to cover our needs. Deciding whether to set up our own separate transformer or augmenting the power supply through generators was a tough one. Because of financial (and time) constraints, we settled for the latter. As a consequence, there will not be an unlimited amount of power available through a central line. Instead, it will be generated on site by a bunch of generators. While we will try our best to meet all requirements, cannot make any guarantees. Still, most of your needs should be fulfill able if you look out for one another.

For example, the power distribution units provide a limited number of outlets. So plan ahead, and, more importantly, talk to your neighbours on how to best divvy (and cable) them up.

If your village requested a three-phase current connection, we expect you to bring cables and distributors along yourselves. Everybody else also should bring their own extensions, since there will not be any available on site. Spot checks of your power equipment will be carried out throughout the campsite to ensure their proper functioning. Should any of your equipment not be impeccable, its usage will not be permitted. If you have questions, just send an email to: We will do our best to sort out any issues.

Again, please think of your fellow attendees! A pizza oven or USB-charger with 63A CEE are surely fancy, but they will also burn through a lot of “precious” electricity. If you consume too much, your neighbours’ tent will likely black out—and there is quite a chance they are not going to enjoy it.

There is one more issue when working with generators: refueling. To do so, the generators have to be switched off. We cannot predict how long a full tank of gas will last, but we will monitor the consumption in order to make an educated guess so as to predict the next expected downtime, which we will then post on a sign on the generator. On the bright side, such refueling should take place at most once every 24 hours, and will hopefully not take longer than 30 Minutes.

Last but not least: Availability of electricity will begin on August 11th!

Strom – die limitierte Ressource

Das Camp findet auf einem Gelände statt, das keinen Stromanschluss bietet, der für unsere Bedürfnisse ausreicht. Wir haben viele verschiedene Überlegungen angestellt: Sollten wir einen eigenen Trafo aufstellen? Oder sollten wir uns per Aggregate versorgen? Aus Kosten- und Zeitgründen entschieden wir uns für die Aggregate. Dies bedeutet, dass der Strom nicht einfach aus der Steckdose kommt, sondern durch eben diese Aggregate direkt vor Ort erzeugt wird. Wir versuchen soviel wie möglich der Anforderungen zu erfüllen, es wird aber nicht alles möglich sein. Vieles wird gehen, wenn ihr aufeinander Rücksicht nehmt.

Zum Beispiel gibt es nur eine begrenzte Anzahl an Steckdosen in den Verteilern. Stimmt euch mit euren Nachbarn in der Benutzung der Steckdosen ab!

High Voltage Equipment

High Voltage Equipment Camp 2011

Wie üblich gehen wir davon aus, dass ihr eure Verlängerungskabel und Mehrfachsteckdosen selbst dabeihabt. Habt ihr bei der Village Anmeldung einen Drehstromanschluss angegeben, gehen wir davon aus, dass ihr auch hier die entsprechenden Verteiler und Kabel selbst mitbringt. Es wird vor Ort keine Ausleihe geben! Wir werden in beiden Fällen vor Ort Stichproben durchführen, um zu schauen, ob die selbst mitgebrachten Verteiler und Kabel technisch ok sind. Ist dies nicht der Fall, dürfen diese nicht angeschlossen werden. Wenn schon im Vorfeld Fragen dazu aufkommen, könnt ihr euch an wenden. Ich versuche euch dann soweit möglich zu unterstützen.

Bitte denkt auch an die anderen Teilnehmer: Ein Pizzaofen oder ein USB-Lader mit 63A CEE ist zwar nett, verbraucht aber jede Menge des “kostbaren” Stroms. Verbraucht ihr zu viel, wird es bei euch und euren Nachbarn dunkel.

Da wir mit Aggregaten arbeiten, kommt auch noch ein weiteres Problem auf: Diese müssen getankt werden. Dazu müssen die Aggregate abgeschaltet werden. Wir werden schauen wie der Verbrauch ist und wie lange die Tanks reichen und werden dann an den Aggregaten ein Schild aufhängen an dem die nächste “Down-Time” angekündigt wird. Um schon einmal zu beruhigen, dies passiert maximal alle 24h und dauert hoffentlich nicht länger als eine halbe Stunde.

Last but not least: Strom wird es erst ab ca. dem 11. August geben!

Camp 2015 merchandise pre-sale will close soon.

To produce your orders in time to have them ready for Camp, we will close the merchandise pre-sale on Tuesday, 18:00h CEST.

Um eure Bestellungen zeitig produzieren zu können, damit wir sie zum Camp fertig haben, werden wir den Shirt-Vorverkauf am Dienstag, 18:00h MESZ schließen.

Pre-order your #CCCamp15 shirts, hoodies, or zippers!

[deutsche Version nach dem Klick]

Sold out T-shirts have a long and sad tradition at CCC events.
We have always tried our best, but we seem to have a tendency to under-estimate the demand.

This is why we are offering a pre-sale for this year’s camp: If you select and pay your garment in advance, we’ll do everything in our power to have it ready and waiting for you to pick up at the camp site.

  • Enjoy the camp with no fear of missing out on your favorite shirt, zipper or hoodie
  • Much shorter queue, no need to juggle cash
  • We’ll avoid the risk of over-producing

Last night, we secretly added an extra garment to the collection:
You were asking for black,
you were asking for zippers,
so we added… black zippers! \o/

You can pre-order your favorite garment together with your ticket at
If you have already ordered a ticket, please note that you will need to create another account for your merchandise order.

Ausverkaufte T-Shirts haben eine lange, traurige Tradition bei CCC-Veranstaltungen. Continue reading

Water at the Camp

As usual, the Chaos Communication Camp takes places in the middle of Nowhere. That means, quite all infrastructure for the needs of thousands of participants has to be carried out to the location.

The Ziegeleipark Mildenberg is connected to the local fresh water and waste water system. But it is not designed for that many people. So we have to store water for showers and taps. And even the waste water needs to be collected, so that it can be dumped in the night, when there is less usage from the villages around. Speaking of toilets: other than during past Camps, there will be no chemical portable toilets with a waste tank. This time we will provide water toilets and urinals! No stinky porta-potties beside your tent, what an advantage! The portable toilets are storage rooms for data communication equipment only, the good old fashioned “Datkenklo”.


We learned from the past years and install more showers than before. There will be shower containers like we had during the last Camp in 2011. Separated shower cabins with heated and enough water for a good shower. But keep in mind, other attendees want to shower as well, so keep your shower time short. We will help you with a button, which will activate the water for a short time only. You can push it endless times, but don’t expect a long, uninterrupted rain on your head.

Furthermore there are three large basins for cleaning your dishes and tools. Please use these locations, as the waste water will be collected for proper removal. You should not empty any waste water on the ground.

Like at the first two Camps in 1999 and 2003 there will be a lake next to the campsite, where you can take a refreshing dip. Please don’t use soap in there – the nature and animals won’t like it.

Camp2003 Lake

Sparkled and drinking water will be provided by many food and beverage booths at the central market place. There is even an option for buying crates full of water, Mate or beer. If you or your village is interested in buying more than 10 crates, please contact for the large order. The pricing will be announced soon.

Camp 2015 Ticket Shop is open now!

We all are very much looking forward to Camp 2015 – the new location makes things very exciting but such a new location also makes it very costly: We’ll need to get at least 950.000 EUR from ticket sales, which brings us down to an average ticket price of ~212 EUR.

When we moved the Congress to the new venue in 2012 we have been facing the same issue, remember?
Back then, we didn’t want to raise the price above 100 EUR and right now we don’t want to go above 200 EUR: We leave this, again, up to everyone of you to contribute as much as you can afford to – to make the Camp affordable for everyone in sum.

You can get:

  • Standard tickets for 220 EUR,
  • Supporter tickets for 240, 260, 280 and 300 EUR,
  • Business tickets for 450, 600 and 750 EUR,
  • Up-and-coming tickets for 50 EUR.
  • If you are on a low budget, there is the option to buy a ticket for 200 or even 180.
  • As usual there is also the friends request available, so that everybody is able to attend.

We provide you in the ticket system a graph that shows the average ticket price and how far away we are from the goal of 950.000 EUR. Please help us to create a nice graph! :)


Please be aware that there will be no ticket sale on site! So go ahead and get your ticket right now: – if you have further questions please refer to our wikipage.

Shame on us, we forgot the Up-and-coming tickets for our young generation! This is fixed now.

If you are under 12 you get in for free! Between the age of 12 and 18 you are eligible for an Up-and-coming ticket for 50 EUR. That means, you must convince us to be born before August 13th 1997. Please bring a (sufficiently convincing fake of a) document / photo ID stating your age.

Plan Your Travel for Camp 2015

The Chaos Communication Camp 2015 approaches with giant steps! Whelp, it’s high time for a round of basic information, so you can plan your journey accordingly.

The dates

Entrance at the Chaos Communication Camp 2011

Entrance at the Chaos Communication Camp 2011
Picture by Sascha Ludwig

  • If you’re part of a Village or as an individual, the earliest reasonable date of arrival will be August 8th. Before that, there won’t be any power, water or Mate supply and you’ll likely stand in the way.
  • Disassembly of the event will commence on the evening of August 17th. We need to clear the venue by August 20th.
  • We’re going to need lots of people for the teardown and cleanup. You can help out, more on that in the Wiki about volunteers at the Camp!

Motorized vehicles

Cash Desk

Special announcements for motorized vehicles
Picture by Sascha Ludwig

  • Even during Camp construction time there will be little to no cars allowed at the site of the event. A special procedure will be announced at the entrance and can change from one hour to the next. Please prepare to unload your vehicles at the main entrance and relocate them to the parking lot for the duration of the event. Parking in front of the main entrance will be limited, so better gang up!
  • Caravans and Campervans will get their own designated area right next to the venue. Officially it’s outside the main Camp area, so you can move your Campervan for a shopping tour.
  • Trucks, Caravans, and Campervans may enter the venue if they’re an integral piece of your Village’s set-up. Those vehicles will need to be in place by August 12th and won’t be able to leave until the event came to a close, so please plan accordingly.

Rental tents and Village construction

Villages at Chaos Communication Camp 2011

Villages at Chaos Communication Camp 2011
Picture by Sascha Ludwig

  • If you or your Village rented a tent from our (already closed) tent rental service, we’ll likely have those set up on August 8th as well. Some tents might be set up some time later (after the weekend of 8/9 August), but still before August 13th.
  • Your Village will get its own staked out stretch of land! Build as compact as possible. Buffer overflows are usually bad, so please stay within that area to avoid reboots. You might also cooperate with similar villages for a joint space.

Tickets will be up for sale soon™, as well as more information on general infrastructure at the Camp 2015!

Sat June 20th: day of deadlines :)

It’s getting June, and August is coming fast. If you are not already totally into the planning of your village, we recommend to invite for planning meetings right now! We need your final numbers, ideas and plans in two weeks already!

1. Fill out and complete the village form!

Please note that we made some changes to the first version, so please re-check your entries! One important change is an unlucky wording: There is not the option of having „public“ bars or kitchen as in „you can sell things to the public“. With that question we tried to find out if you are providing space at your village for others (the „public“) to hang around.

2. Decide what you want to rent!

You can rent tents with wooden floors, which will be ready to move in by your time of arrival. If you want to have chairs and tables at your village, you can get them from us, too. Tents come in different sizes and variants, check the wiki for details. Please send an email with tent size, number of chairs and tables and your billing address to camp2015-orga(at) until June, 20th.


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