Post by BlackRabbit on Oct 14, 2020 20:28:20 GMT
I hope that it's OK I am posting this here.
So last Friday (Oct - 09) on the ENIGMA WORLD CODE GROUP web site I submitted my info on the Join page. However it's been 5 days now and so far no one has e-mailed me back. It is possible I made a mistake typing my e-mail address but I don't think so. So today I decided to come over to this forum just to say Hello! and ask if anyone monitors the EWCG web page. It did not occur to me until yesterday to try and contact some one this way on the EWCG Forum. Below is what I wrote in the >Why would you like to join the Enigma World Code Group?< box on the Join page.
I have been interested in cryptology as long as I can remember, and I have been fascinated by the Enigma machine and the effort to break the code since I first read about it back in the 90's. When Enigma computer emulator programs that operated just like the real machine started to appear on the internet I of course started to play around with them. I thought it was just great that people had put together a computer program where you could operate it and change the settings and set up the plug board just as if you would on a real machine. The excitement about this was short lived however because I did not know anyone who thought the Enigma machine was as fascinating a quarter as much as I did. This meant I didn't know anyone who would use one to message back and forth with, and the idea of encrypting a message, then e-mailing it to myself so I could decrypt it, and then read it to myself, was just a little too sad. It didn't occur to me until recently that there might be other people out there that wouldn't mind doing this every once in a while, and that these people might put together some kind of, oh... I don't know, let's call it a club, or maybe group? That's when I found the Enigma World Code Group. That's about it.
So like I said up there, that's about it. I would say that I have a very good working knowledge of how the machine works, how the rotters turn one notch at a time, and how the signal travels threw the rotters, hits a reflector and then threw the rotters again to light up a letter and all that. I however have no experience decrypting a message that someone has sent me... because no one ever has. In the past when I would explain to friends or family members that these Enigma emulators exist now on computers and that I think it would be kinda' cool to trade encrypted e-mails back and forth every once and a while I always see the same look of confusion/mild horror/worry on their faces. I think I'm use to it now though.
Thank you for your time.