SVRC FAST FINDS:
October 1 Meeting
Hellschreiber: Learn About A Fast Growing Communications Mode So Old, It's New
Hellschreiber, a form of text facsimile invented in Germany long before World War II, will be the subject of the Sangamon Valley Radio Club’s Thursday, October 1 meeting. And though the concept may sound old, it isn’t to a fast-growing group of ham radio operators, J. Mitch Hopper (K9ZXO) among them. He’ll be sharing his remarkable technical journey into the Hellschreiber world.
With Hellschreiber machines scarce, the mode had been little used by the amateur radio community until the introduction of computers into the ham shack. First gaining in popularity with the fringe ham crowd, Hellschreiber is now heard more and more often on all bands in the digital areas.
Hopper is by his own admission, a rabid Hell fan - and definitely out of the mainstream. He has taken it on himself to drag as many hams into this strange and wonderful mode as he can; a mode steeped in fascinating history and anchored with the inventor - an equally fascinating man.
Come to the next meeting of the SVRC and Mitch will take you on along on his technical journey that just might end up with you using Hellschreiber yourself. He'll dispel some myths, explain some misconceptions, and dig into the engineering theory just a bit. The program starts at 7 p.m. at the American Red Cross Building, 1045 Outer Park Drive, Springfield.
The original Hellschreiber machine.
TAKING IT ON THE ROAD: SVRC members Joe Armstrong (K9ATG) and Mitch Hopper (K9ZXO) gave a joint presentation on "From Telegraph to Television: The Amazing History of Sangamon County Communications" on September 15 to nearly 90 members and guests of the Sangamon County Historical Society. SVRC members sneak previewed the Powerpoint show a week earlier. The duo have been invited to give their history-laced presentation to other local groups. The SCHS meeting was co-sponsored by SVRC.
Updated September 20, 2015