I’ve been interested in DCC since I first heard about it, which was before it came out. But I was a student in those days, so I couldn’t afford a recorder until much later.
I wrote the first version of the DCC-FAQ in 1996, about 2 weeks before Philips announced that they were going to discontinue the format. The DCC-FAQ was pretty much the only source of information about DCC on the Internet for a long time.
I emigrated from the Netherlands to the United States in 2000, and my DCC-175 with PC-link cable was so valuable to me that it was one of the few things that I took with me on the plane. But my interest in DCC waned a bit because life just got in the way. But around 2014, I became interested in it again and bought a couple of DCC recorders on eBay, and wrote the English Wikipedia page about DCC.
In 2015, my wife and I moved to Southern California and I finally got my DCC-730 back from my dad who had had it in his attic in the Netherlands and Spain for 15 years. A short time after that, Ralf “Dr. DCC” got in contact with me, looking for some information about DCC for the DCC Museum. We discovered that we live close together so we became friends. And the rest is history, as they say.
I’m mostly interested in the technology of DCC: How do recorders work (and why do they break), how does music get compressed and stored on a tape, and would it be possible to add features to recorders such as easy editing of song titles and recording your own prerecorded cassettes including the continuous table of content and ITTS information.