From: "Peter O. Brackett"
Subject: Re: telex interface
Date: Thu, 28 Nov 2002 19:12:20 -0500
Organization: MindSpring Enterprises
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The Bell System ran the TWX network, using voice frequency carrier telegraph
systems, in the US only Western Union
ran the DC 20mA loop Telex network.
Indialantic By-the-Sea, FL
"Spehro Pefhany" wrote in message
> On Thu, 28 Nov 2002 13:26:42 -0500, the renowned "Peter O. Brackett"
> >Wow is the Telex network still in operation?
> >In the USA it used to be Western Union that ran that network, who runs
> >in the USA today?
> >The line protocol... it's a simple DC 20 mA current loop driven by
> >DC battery [-48VDC] on-off keyed [OOK], runs asynchronous protocol, i.e.
> >character at a time, 45 baud, International Alphabet #2(ITU/CCITT 5 bit
> >code). But you gotta know your WRU code, heh, heh... All of this is
> >documented in "old" CCITT documents, probably Yellow Book or Blue Book
> Neat, so I was in the right ballpark. I can still remember 'chatting'
> with a supplier in Japan, one character at a time
> HOW R U?
> Normally you (for some reason most companies had operators doing this,
> it was considered too specialized for normal folks(!)) cut a paper
> tape with the entire message and then ran the tape. If you made
> mistakes you could null them out by punching a character that
> consisted of all holes in the tape. You could then, if it was
> worth it, run the tape through the reader and made a copy without
> the money-wasting null characters. A typical Telex message might have
> cost $5 or $10 to send to Asia. Now we can all receive graphic
> pornographic spams from Asia for free- we've come a long way, in
> I thought Western Union in the US ran the TWX network, which was
> distinct from Telex, but you could send messages between the two
> Best regards,
> Spehro Pefhany
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