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This page contains the latest news regarding Crypto Museum. Whenever something important has happened, or when we've made significant changes to the website, we will issue a news bulletin. If you are on Twitter, you will receive a notification as and when new information becomes available. Click the Twitter-button at the top of this page to read the latest tweets.

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Rohde & Schwarz donates FSH-3 spectrum analyzer
15 April 2014

For years we've been demonstrating our Rohde & Schwars FSH-3 portable spectrum analyzer for finding radio bugs. Last summer however, the FSH-3 broke down and appeared to be beyond repair. It was an anonymous gift that we had received in 2005 on a HAM radio fair in Germany.
 
After investigation by Rohde & Schwarz (R&S), our unit appeared to be an engineering sample that contained neither the appropriate hardware nor the matching software. However, when the nice people as R&S learned that it was for the Crypto Museum, they decided to donate a brand new FSH-3 to us!

 About the FSH-3
 About the gift
  
FSH-3 showing a signal at 135.2 MHz

 
Colossus behind barriers
29 January 2014

Following the news earlier this week that the Bletchley Park management has forbidden its volunteer tour guides to speak about Colossus and show the Colossus Gallery to the visitors, they have now put up a gate and barriers between H-Block (where Colossus and the computer museum (TNMOC) are located) and the rest of the park. As far as we know, this gate was not present during World War II.

 Read the reaction on the TNMOC website
 Read Gareth Halfacree's informing blog
  
The new gate between H-Block and the rest of the park. In the background the refurbished Hut 6. Photograph  Copyright TNMOC.

 
Bletchley Park fires long-term volunteer
27 January 2014

In the ongoing battle between the Bletchley Park management and The National Museum Of Computing (TNMOC), also located at Bletchley Park, the conflict has reached the next level. The BP management has now forbidden its volunteers to show or talk about Colossus on their tours.
 
Although not everyone is aware of it, the Colossus Rebuild display is actually part of the computer museum (TNMOC), one of the park's attractions, which is not owned by the Bletchley Park Trust. In the past this never appeared to be a problem and on guided tours, people would be shown everthing that is connected to wartime BP, including the Colossus Rebuild project.

Tony Carroll was one of the BP tour guides who talks passionately about BP's wartime work.
  
Tony Carroll (right) being comforted by Marget Sale (left), the wife of the late Tony Sale. Click to see the entire newscast.

Bletchley Park is currently spending Lottery money to restore a number of the wartime huts to their former glory and work is well underway to give the park a modern professional update. But the BP management is not happy with the fact that not all high profile attractions that are on diplay at the park, are theirs. In a new directive, the mangement has now forbidden its volunteer tour guides to mention Colossus, the first electronic computer that was built at Bletchley Park during WWII in order to break the German Lorenz. They no longer want to show it to the public.

Last week, the conflict reached a new height when the BP management fired Tony Carroll, a long-term passionate volunteer tour guide who still included Colossus in his tours. The management's decision came as a complete surprise and even shocked the other tour guides who had left after previous conflicts. The image above was taken from a BBC newscast that shows Tony minutes after he was fired. He now works for the computer museum (TNMOC).

Sadly, this is not an isolated incident. In September 2013, the BP management closed down David White's spy-radio display in Hut 1 and before that the Churchill exhibition and the Milton Keynes Amateur Radio Society. The dismissal of Tony Carroll is the last in a series of conflicts that has caused a massive exodus of BP volunteers, many of which are now working for TNMOC. The BP board decisions are difficult to understand. Its seems that the current Bletchley Park management is not only alienating its contributors and volunteers, but now also the public.

 Watch the full BBC newscast
 

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