ENIGMA 2000 Newsletter - Issue 31

November 2005
Articles, newsreports and Items of interest :enigma2000-owner@yahoogroups.com

Morse stations | Voice stations | Oddities | Polytones
Beginners corner | German branch | Numbers predictions
Confirmed end user of number transmissions
Verwaltung Aufklärung | E10 schedule research
HJH's watch | Secret service on the short wave | Killing of Colonel Callan
News Items | Web sites | Contribution deadlines
Index | E2K NL Home


ENIGMA 2000 newsletter November 05
Articles, news reports and items of interest: enigma2000-owner@yahoogroups.com
Issue 31
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/enigma2000

5th Anniversary Issue

MI5 HQ

MI5 HQ Thames House

[aka Robert Hendy-Freegard House!]

Issue 31

November 2005

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/enigma2000

ENIGMA Newsletter, Issue 31 Fifth anniversary issue

What an eventful past 5 years this has been. Yes - I know we’re all that much older, but what a success story for your Editorial staff, Desk Managers and all our various contributors.

Issue 1 was 15 pages and Issue 2 struggled to 20 pages. At this point your two editors (Paul & Mike) were thinking “maybe we can get to about 30 pages”, we were wrong !

Offers of help / suggestions / comments etc came in a steady and increasing flow, against which we had to continually update our objectives and “tune” our editorial and presentation strategies.

As editors we reached major milestones when a number of regular contributors offered to take some of the workload, thus leading to the creation of our station specific “Desks” and a team of dedicated sub-editors who not only collate information but investigate, analyse, forecast and tabulate their results for publication by E2k, either as part of the Newsletters or as separate reference documents posted on the group site.

The inception of E2kDE, Enigma2000 Germany, ably organised by “Kopf” added a further dimension to our coverage keeping us informed of its activities with its regular NL reports.

The average Newsletter now numbers some 60 pages, probably the optimum, and our incoming info has to be heavily edited to prevent “information overload” and “page inflation.” If all info was reproduced “as is” we would be producing 120+ pages.

The worldwide “Numberist” hobby has never been so accurately and so timely served as it is today by the E2k team.

What even a few years ago was regarded as a very specialised interest is now gaining new participants at an unprecedented rate.

The “pull” of the E2k Newsletter has been as high as 15,000 (from all authorised sources), actually higher than the circulation of many published mainstream hobby magazines.

What will the next 5 years bring to the interest? Whatever it is our members and readers can be assured that E2k will be a leading light in it.

Your editors are aware of some very interesting developments coming up and will be keeping a “ear close to the ground”

ENIGMA 2000 is proud in preserving the ideals of those who have gone before us by creating and sustaining interest in such a fascinating hobby. This interest is now further aided by the speed and benefits of modern communications technology and we are pround in carrying this banner forward.

Our heartfelt (but severely understated) thanks to all those who have contributed to the success of ENIGMA 2000.

Happy Birthday to ENIGMA 2000!

Paul, London & Mike L

Co-editors ENIGMA 2000 Newsletter.

And now on with the show :-

It never surprises us, well not completely, when a number station does something unusual, as we have regularly made comment on these little “glitches” in almost every Newsletter since Issue 1.

We indicated in last Issue that there were some “happenings” going on and for this Newsletter there’s been quite a handful to report, in addition to the expected scheduled September/October changes.

Listening conditions overall reasonably settled with the exception of a large? “hiccup” in early Sept with 2 warnings received (11th & 12th Sept, from the 7/8th Sept flares). Reports indicated that the sunspot 798 was huge, many times larger than the earth, and resulted in an X-17 flare followed by lesser ones, this was commented on by the scientific community as being one of the largest in the past 30 years. No wonder we had a period of HF blackout.

[Strange that our usual warnings of high Solar Activity were a few days behind the events, first time this has happened since Feb 1998]

Editors Comment
Watching closely the activity on our “ENIGMA 2000 Group site” we’re encouraged by the number of requests to join, however the downside of current submissions is the very high number of efforts, by newcomers, to “re-invent the wheel”.

Although these offerings are well intentioned a majority offered to us contribute very little to that previously examined by other members whose work is/was subsequently published in our Newsletters.

We earnestly encourage new members to take the time to read through, and understand, the contents of the Newsletters, there are 5 years worth available, before investing your time and effort into duplicating already published information.

You will also find a wealth of helpful information in the ENIGMA Control List and other documents in the Groups’ file sections.

If you then think you have a worthwhile project let us know, you will have our full support.



Morse stations | Voice stations | Oddities | Polytones
Beginners corner | German branch | Numbers predictions
Confirmed end user of number transmissions
Verwaltung Aufklärung | E10 schedule research
HJH's watch | Secret service on the short wave | Killing of Colonel Callan
News Items | Web sites | Contribution deadlines
Index | E2K NL Home

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