(Source: Bank of England)
Many thanks to a number of SWLing Post readers who sent a link to this piece from the BBC News:
Computer pioneer and codebreaker Alan Turing will feature on the new design of the Bank of England’s £50 note.
He is celebrated for his code-cracking work that proved vital to the Allies in World War Two.
The £50 note will be the last of the Bank of England collection to switch from paper to polymer when it enters circulation by the end of 2021.
[…]”Alan Turing was an outstanding mathematician whose work has had an enormous impact on how we live today,” said Bank of England governor Mark Carney.
“As the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, as well as a war hero, Alan Turing’s contributions were far-ranging and path breaking. Turing is a giant on whose shoulders so many now stand.”[…]
Click here for the full article at BBC News.
Remember the weekend 40 meter Enigma message transmitted by DL0HNF? At least one recipient decoded this message:
(Source: Southgate ARC)
40m Enigma Message decrypted at Bletchley Park
On Friday, April 7 the amateur radio station DLØHNF transmitted an Enigma encrypted message on 7036 kHz to Bletchley Park
DLØHNF is the club station at the Heinz Nixdorf Museum in Paderborn, Germany. The encrypted telegraphy message they transmitted was received at the home of the World War Two UK Codebreakers in Bletchley Park. There the message was fed into a replica of the Turing Bombe which enabled the encryption to be cracked.
The message read: “Paderborn greets the Codebreakers at Bletchley Park”
Read the report and pictures of the event down the page at
I would have loved to watch the Touring Bombe in action!
Out of curiosity, did anyone record the Enigma transmission? I’ve had a number of readers inquire about this. Please comment!
(Source: Southgate ARC)
Members of the ARI Fidenza will be activating special callsigns IO4ENG and IQ4FE during the ‘Enigma Event’.
The Enigma Event consists of exchanging ham radio messages over the air encrypted with the Enigma code of WW II memory to commemorate its importance in the history of communications and encryption.
The Event Enigma is one of the “European Researchers’ Night” events on Sept 25th, when a number of initiatives will be organized by European research and cultural institutions.
An Amateur Radio Award (ENIGMA AWARD) is associated with this event. The ham activity of the ENIGMA AWARD will start on Sept. 12th.
All details and rules are available on the official Web site at: http://www.enigma-reloaded.it
This should be a fun event to hear on the air and one of the very few sponsored by ham radio operators who will intentionally transmit “encrypted” messages. I will try to tune in.