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The first time that a group of radio amateurs got together to rag-chew about Hellschreibers was in 1977 in the Netherlands. This has turned into an annual event with regular attendance from Holland, Germany, France, Belgium, and Sweden. The Hell Meeting now takes place every year, sometime during September-November. It is a great way to get together in a social setting, with people who are owner/operator of Hellschreibers, who foster radio history and in particular Hellschreiber history (and future)!


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2017 Hell Meeting.

The 40th annual Hell Meeting will tentatively be held on Saturday 25 November 2017, again at the collection of the Foundation for German communication and related technologies near Amsterdam. The meeting is expected to coincide with the first day of a special exhibit and presentation of the FuG136 "Nachtfee", a very ingenious and secure German WW2 system for providing radar-based remote-control guidance of fighter airplanes.





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2016 Hell Meeting.

The 39th annual Hell Meeting was held on Saturday 10 December 2016, at the Jan Corver Amateur Radio Museum in Budel (southeast of Eindhoven, The Netherlands) - the same venue as the 2008 and 2010 Annual Meetings. Throughout the afternoon, our hosts Cor (PA0VYL) and his XYL Corrie, generously treated us to numerous drinks and food items, and in the evening we enjoyed a nice dinner at a local Asian restaurant. As shown in the photo below, a number of Hell items were on display. On the table, in the foreground: three interesting homebuilt Hell-printers from the 1970s/80s. Behind them (left to right): a 1943 US Army BC-918-B Hell-scanner/printer, a Siemens-Hell T.typ.39, and a KF-108 Hell-fax.


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The 2016 attendees. Left-to-right: Philippe (F2TV), XYL of Louis (F5LG), Stella (XYL of Koos, PA0KDF), Klaas (PA0KLS) and XYL, Anton (PA0AST), Louis (F5LG), Arnold (PE1ARD), Paul (PE1BXL), our hosts Cor (PA0VYL) and XYL Corry, Henk (PA3BQS), Koos (PA0KDF), Marc (PE1RRT), Frank (N4SPP, kneeling), Arthur (PA0AOB), Arie (PE1AQB), and Dick (ON9BCB/PE1NRA). Meindert (PA3BVN) was present but not in the photo.

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2015 Hell Meeting.

The 38th annual Hell meeting was held on Saturday 31 October 2015 in the south of The Netherlands, organized by crypto-specialists Paul Reuvers (PE1BXL) and Marc Simons (PE1RRT) of the Crypto Museum. Klaas (PA0KLS) did a brief demo of Narrow Band Television (NBTV), and Koos (PA0KDF) presented the results of extensive background-noise measurements that were done at a significant number of locations throughout The Netherlands over the last year or so (city/residential, business/industrial, rural, and quiet rural). In all, a very enjoyable day, perfectly catered by Frances. One of our regular participants, Remmelt-Jan (PA0RJW), recently passed away and was sadly missed.


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The 2015 attendees. Left-to-right (back row): Arthur (PA0AOB), Henk (PA3BQS) & XYL Ankie, Meindert (PA3BVN), Cor (PA0VYL), Rommert (PE1DCF), Corrie (XYL of Cor, PA0VYL), Stella (XYL of Koos, PA0KDF), Mieke (XYL of Arie, PE1AQB), Heinz (DC4GL). Left-to-right (center row): Koos (PA0KDF), Dick (ON9BCB/PE1NRA), Klaas (PA0KLS), and Arie (PE1AQB). Left-to-right (front row): our hosts Marc (PE1RRT) and Paul (PE1BXL), Frank (N4SPP), and Bastiaan (PA3FFZ).

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Koos (PA0KDF) explaining the results of many months of background noise measurements throughout The Netherlands

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2014 Hell Meeting.

The 37th annual Hell meeting was held on Saturday 8 November 2014, once more at the collection of the Foundation for German communication and related technologies near Amsterdam. A smaller group this year, due to illnesses, life-events, and other priorities. Nonetheless, we had a good time - as usual - and enjoyed various additions to Arthur's collection.


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The 2014 attendees. Left-to-right (standing): Frank (N4SPP), Bastiaan (PA3FFZ), Gerard (PA3BCB), Arie (PE1AQB), Marc (PE1RRT), Koos (PA0KDF), Koos-2, Rommert (PE1DCF), and our host Arthur (PA0AOB). Left-to-right (front row): Paul (PE1BXL), Stella (XYL of Koos, PA0KDF).

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2013 Hell Meeting.

The 36th annual Hell meeting was held on Saturday 9 November 2013, at the exhibit of the Foundation for German communication and related technologies near Amsterdam. This time, there was a special exhibit "Secret Communications" with beautiful mechanical and electronic cypher machines from the 1920s onward, and a number of spy radio sets on top of that. It was organized by the Foundation and the Crypto Museum (crypto-specialists Paul Reuvers (PE1BXL) and Marc Simons (PE1RRT)). This same exhibit was open to the public on the following Saturdays of November 2013. Henk (PA3BQS) demonstrated a trial-version of his WinHell Hellschreiber software, with full Hell-80 functionality (start-stop and synchronous). To be released soon!


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The 2013 attendees. Left-to-right: Meindert (PA3BVN), Arie (PE1AQB), Henk (PA3BQS) & XYL Ankie, Bastiaan (PA3FFZ), Rommert (PE1DCF, Gerard (PA3BCB), Arthur (PA0AOB), Stella (XYL of Koos, PA0KDF), Koos (PA0KDF), Paul (PE1BXL), Anton (PA0AST), Karin (XYL of Arthur, PA0AOB), Marc (PE1RRT), and Frank (N4SPP)

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2012 Hell Meeting.

The 35th annual Hell meeting was held on Saturday 10 November 2012, at the exhibit of the Foundation for German communication and related technologies near Amsterdam. Once more, made possible by our generous hosts, Arthur (PAØAOB) and XYL Karin. Arthur presented a working set-up of the FuG136 "Nachtfee", a very ingenious and secure system for providing radar-based remote-control guidance of fighter airplanes. Arthur has painstakingly reconstructed and reverse-engineered this fascinating system.


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The 2012 attendees. Right-to-left (back row): Arthur (PA0AOB), Henk (PA3BQS) & XYL Ankie, Meindert (PA3BVN), Cor (PA0VYL), Rommert (PE1DCF), Corrrie (XYL of Cor, PA0VYL), Stella (XYL of Koos, PA0KDF), Mieke (XYL of Arie, PE1AQB), Heinz (DC4GL). Left-to-right (center row): Koos (PA0KDF), Dick (ON9BCB/PE1NRA), Klaas (PA0KLS), and Arie (PE1AQB). Left-to-right (front row): our hosts Marc (PE1RRT) and Paul (PE1BXL), Frank (N4SPP), and Bastiaan (PA3FFZ).

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2011 Hell Meeting.

The 34th annual Hell meeting was held on Saturday October 29, at the 2009 venue: the exhibit of the Foundation for German communication and related technologies near Amsterdam. Once again, kindly hosted by Arthur (PAØAOB) and XYL Karin. Arthur presented some new acquisitions of the exhibit, demonstrated the FuSE62D "Würzburg" radar in operation and explained some of its intricacies, and, of course, fired up the impressive 1.2 kW Lorenz transmitter (my 3D photo of the "final" tubes is on this page). As always, a very enjoyable afternoon, complemented with a nice group-dinner at the local Italian restaurant.


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The 2011 attendees, posing in front of the FuG202 "Lichtenstein" airborne radar. Left to right: Alie (PD2ALW), Cor (PA0VYL), Bastiaan (PA3FFZ), Winfried (ON7BW), our host Arthur (PA0AOB), Marc (PE1RRT), Tourin (XYL of Windfried), Stella & Koos (PA0KDF), Remmelt-Jan (PA0RJW, SK), Paul (PE1BXL), Meindert (PA3BVN), Arnold (PE1ARD), Karin (XYL of Arthur), Rommert (PE1DCF), Frank (N4SPP)

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2010 Hell Meeting.

The 33rd annual Hell meeting was held on Saturday October 9, at the Jan Corver Amateur Radio Museum in Budel (near Eindhoven, The Netherlands). Nearly twenty attendees, from Holland, Belgium, and France enjoyed the hospitality of our hosts, Cor (PAØVYL) and XYL Corry. The museum had a brand new exhibit on sixty years of cartoons by Hans Evers (PA0CX). Hans' wonderfully amusing and insightful cartoons have adorned (and continue to adorn) the cover pages of well-known amateur radio magazines such as Ham Radio and Electron, and articles therein. Arie (PA1AQB) demonstrated his homebuilt multi-mode Hell printing system. It consists of a paper transport module, a printer module, a paper supply module, and a small circuit card rack for the control and interface electronics. He has a made a printer module for Feld-Hell that is based on a needle printer head with a ribbon cassette. He has now expanded this with a second printer module for start-stop Hell-80. Probably a "world's first"! It is expected to be described in "Electron" of the VERON in due time; I have posted some photos on my "Homebuilt Hell-printers" page.


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Almost all of the 2010 attendees: (left to right) Arie (PE1AQB), Arnold (PE1ARD), Remmelt-Jan (PA0RJW, SK), Stella & Koos (PA0KDF), Marten (ON4MAR), Piet (PA0RSD), Jan (ON4FVQ; frmr. PA3FVQ), Hans (PA0CX), Cor (PA0VYL) & Corry, Ankie & Henk (PA3BQS). Front row (left to right): Frank (N4SPP), Gerard (PA3BCB), Marc (PE1RRT), Paul (PE1BXL). Two Feld–Hellschreiber machines in the foreground. Not shown: Klaas (PA0KLS).

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2009 Hell Meeting.

The 32nd annual Hell meeting took place on 14 November, at the wonderful exhibit of the Foundation for German communication and related technologies near Amsterdam, kindly hosted by Arthur (PAØAOB) and XYL Karin. With just under 30 Hellers and XYLs from France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, this may have been the best-attended Hell Meeting ever!


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The 2009 attendees (not all in the photo): Arthur (PA0AOB) & Karin (our hosts), Alie (PD2ALW), Arnold (PE1ARD), Arie (PE1AQB), Remmelt-Jan (PA0RJW, SK), Bastiaan (PA3FFZ) & Marijke, Louis (F5LG) & XYL, Frank (N4SPP), Henk (PA3BQS) & XYL, Cor (PA0VYL) & Corry, Marien (PA0MVW), Klaas (PA0KLS), Philippe (F2TV), Heinz (DC4GL), Marc (PE1RRT), Paul (PE1BXL), Gerard (PA3BCB), Koos (PA3FFZ) & Stella, Paul (PA0OCD), Winfried (ON7BW) & XYL, Don ? (PA?).

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2008 Hell Meeting.

I finally (!) decided to start attending these meetings and went to the 2008 Hell Meeting. It took place on 27 September at the
Jan Corver Amateur Radio Museum of Cor (PAØVYL) in Budel (near Eindhoven, The Netherlands). The museum had a special exhibit on "Secret messages", with spy radios and many crypto machines (including several original Enigma machines and a "Geheimschreiber"), and a WWII German jamming transmitter. The get-together was generously hosted by Cor and his XYL Corry, and it was really great to finally meet a large part of the hard-core of 30-35 years of world-wide amateur radio Hell activity. Arie, PE1AQB, presented his experimentations with start-stop Hell 80. Followed with a very pleasant group dinner at a local restaurant.

Sorry: I have no photo of the event...


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1987 Hell Meeting.

The 10th annual Hell meeting was held in December of 1987, at the home of Wim, PE1FIB (SK).


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The "Hell Gang" - left-to-right (standing): Koos (PAØKDF), Jan (ON4ASZ), Dick (PAØSE, SK), Hans (PAØCX/DJØSA), Cas (PAØCSC, SK), Aard (PE1MBP, now PA3FNC) and Helmut (DL1OY, SK); Left-to-right (front row): Cor (PAØVYL), Klaas (PAØKLS), Wim (PE1FIB), Arthur (PAØAOB) and Gerard (PA3BCB). Frans (PA3CDN) took the photo. Louis (PA3DSA) also attended the Meeting.

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Best wishes to Dr. Hell for his 80th birthday (19 December 1981), from the international amateur radio Hell-gang. Most of the signatories are in the photo of the 1987 Hell Meeting.

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The "thank you" note from Dr. Hell. The handwritten part reads:


"Mehr als 50 Jahre alt ist der Hell-Schreiber, ich freue mich er lebt immer noch.
Grüsse an alle die "Hell" schreiben.
Rudolf Hell"

"The Hell-Schreiber is over 50 years old, it pleases me that it is still alive.
Greetings to all those who write "Hell".
Signed: Rudolf Hell"

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1980 Hell Meeting.

The 3rd annual Hell meeting took place at the home of Arthur, PAØAOB.


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The "Hell Gang". From left to right: Helmut (DL1OY, SK 2009), Arthur (PAØAOB), Cas (PAØCSC, SK), Hans (PAØCX/DJØSA), Klaas (PAØKLS), Cor (PAØVYL), Dick (PAØSE, SK), Brian (F5VQ, now NI6Q), and Hans (DL1GP, Luftwaffe radio technician in WWII, SK 1998, credited with the 1st amateur Hell contact in 1958, with DM3KG)

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