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  Dates March 24, 25, 26 - 2016

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Bio: Richard Brisson: Canada,

    Richard Brisson is a graduate from the University of Ottawa (B.Sc. Math-Physics in 1978 and M.Sc Systems Science in 1980.
    Upon graduation, he was hired by the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) from which he recently retired. His career at CSEC largely involved duties that encompassed various fields of Mathematics and Computer Science - he is also a graduate of NSA's 3-year Cryptologic Mathematics Program. Over the last 20 years, he has been collecting vintage cryptographic and clandestine artifacts dating up to and including the Cold War.

Title: "The Imitation Game" & "Breaking the Code" -
Review of What's Fact & What's Fiction
Presenter: Richard Brisson

The movie "The Imitation Game" and play "Breaking the Code" are both based on the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges. They cover the story of Alan Turing while interleaving three periods of his life: i) his teen years at a British boarding school, ii) when he recruited by Bletchley Park and joins a team to break Enigma, and iii) the 1951 police investigation into an alleged break-in at his home in 1951. For the general viewing public, the movie TIG was an excellent success especially given the story and quality of actors involved. There has been great debate about what is fact and what is fiction in both movie and play versions and this talk will discuss lists of them.

Alternate: for AWA (Antique Wireless Association)
Title: Transforming one's cryptologic collection into a main exhibit at the "National Air Force Museum of Canada"
Presenter: Richard Brisson
Abstract: With two years of negotiation and preparation, my collection of cryptologic and espionage artifacts (mainly WW2 and Cold War) is being transferred to the National Air Force Museum of Canada which is located in Trenton Ontario. It will form a 1500 square feet exhibit which will include both real tradecraft, children's toys and decoders related to secret writing and the art of spying, and including memorabilia from radio/TV shows and movies since the 1930's. This presentation will cover the before (the collection in my basement) and the after (exhibit at the museum) and the pros and cons of working with a museum on such a collection.
Richard's website:


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Bio: Jim Oram
Jim Oram in Shop
In the Enigma Shop


"Repairing and restoring Enigmas"


Speaker : Jim Oram
James W. ‘Jim’ Oram is a graduate electronics and software engineer who received his degree from the DeVry Institute in Chicago. Based in Charlotte, NC, he is currently a self-employed consultant in such diverse fields as WiFi alert systems and computer-controlled pumping equipment for a number of hi-tech companies in the US. Several years ago Jim became interested in the history and mechanical details of the WW2 German Enigma system, applying his skills to their maintenance, repair and development: he is kept busy using those skills regularly on behalf of NSA’s National Cryptologic Museum, several other institutions and a number of private owners of these increasingly rare and valuable machines.


Bio: Tom Perera ....

About Tom:

Tom Perera received his doctorate from Columbia University where he taught and researched in the field of Brain science and coding strategies of the nervous system for 35 years. He has been hunting for, collecting, studying, and writing and lecturing on the German Enigma for over 25 years.

Tom's website

Talks :
1) Dissection and Autopsy of a German Enigma Machine:
    A real-time, hands-on disassembly and analysis (with Dan Perera)  of an Enigma machine.

2) Enigma Adventures: The Excitement of the Hunt for Enigma Machines    and Information.

3) Enigma Declassified: New Discoveries:
    NeuroCryptology, TICOM, Alan Turing and Sabotage..

Tom with Enigmas






Bio: Jim Oram of will be speaking on:
" Restoration techniques of the Enigma"

Jim will present the
"Bletchley Park 70th Enigma Reunion" video made on his 2009 trip the Bletchley.

* Inside Bletchley Park itself, with the historical features.  
* The Turing Bombe in operation, with inside views.  
* The Colossus Mark II, in operation, with all inside views of 2500 tubes and special cooling system.  
* The Turing Memorial .  
* Views of the 'HUTS' .  
* The Lancaster Bomber flyover .  

This 35 minute video is all about Bletchley Park and the return of Codebreaking Veterans including Mavis Lever - the young girl who broke the Italian Enigma cipher which led to the battle of Cape MataPan in March 1941.

The session includes showing of a presentation on restoration process.

Jim, photo taken at his shop

Bletchley Park Video by....
Jim Oram : 35 min

Video includes Tony Sale and Colossus operating

A1214 ~Italian Navy ~1932


Bio: Ron Lawrence welcome and introductions.

Ron Lawrence w4ron is President of the Carolinas Chapter of the Antique Wireless Association and also Chairman of their annual conference "Antique Radio Charlotte" for more than 25 years. He has been a antique radio collector for more than 40 years having bought his first old radio while still in high school.
He was trained in US Air Force Crypto maintenance in the early 70s.
He's been a Ham Radio operator for just over 20 years.
He got interested in Enigma machines after meeting Jim Oram when they both worked for the same company.
He assisted Jim in the restoration of A17105 for the National Cryptologic Museum.
He got the idea for hosting a meeting of crypto collectors and historians during "Antique Radio Charlotte" after the subject of having a U.S. Crypto conference was discussed on the Crypto Collectors YahooGroup email reflector.

Ron's Special Links:
Radio Heaven
and U-Tube Videos .

Ron Lawrence at the Enigma Shop



There is a tentative plan for the NCMF
National Cryptologic Museum Foundation, to set up a display of some type.
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