Tanstel ComWriter III UK Telex System

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Manufactured by Transtel Communication Limited of Langley, near Slough UK 1985

ComWriter III - a low cost screen based telex terminal.
In the tradition of Transtel's successful ComWriter range, the ComWriter III offers you direct connection to the public telex network at an affordable price.

The Modular Approach
Each component, from the easy to use keyboard/memory module to the fast compact printer, is designed to provide exactly the right features,

Direct Connection to Telex
Gives you the impact and immediacy of live transmission, far from the uncertainty of 'electronic mail' systems.

Visual Display Unit
The non-glare orange phosphor display, with horizontal and vertical tilt mechanism, Is : designed for maximum user comfort,

Ease of Use
The keyboard looks,feels and operates like a standard electric typewriter. Communication and editing keys are cleariy marked and have been grouped into functional areas.
Simplicity of Operation
No trained operator is required to send a message on the ComWriter III. Alt you do is:-
1) Prepare the message simply by typing it in and watching it appear on the screen. Use the editing keys to correct mistakes, (You can prepare a message even while another message is being received).
2) Press the CALL key and key in the telex number.
3) Press RUN and your message is sent automatically.
If s as simple as that
If you riave pressed the AUTO CLEAR key the terminal will automatically dear the call at ttie end of the message.

UK and International Telex. Private Wire Version.

24,000 characters of user memory for message preparation and reception. Four programmable sequence keys each of 100 characters. Response text memory of 100 characters activated by received BELL character.
Automatic battery support of memory in event of power failure.

12" screen with orange phosphor designed to minimise eye fatigue.
Up to 80 characters per line- 24 lines.
Tilt and swivel for operator comfort
Full cursor control to allow ease of editing.
Brightness control.

Economically designed.
Conventional typewriter layout. Edit controls for message preparation, Programmable sequence keys,
Redial Key: automatic redialof last keyed-tn number.

Up to 120 cps printout Bi-directionai printing. Superior text quality.
Snap-in ribbon cartridge.
Operator-replaceable printhead.

Communications Interfaces
Telex modem at CCITT V21 Frequencies.
Other versions available for different applications.

Approval to BS6403 (B.A.B.T.)
Conforms to BS5850 and internationai safety standards.

Dimensions (approx)Width Height Depth
Key board/Memory
444mm 75mm 206mm in 3in
CRT Display
400mm 294mm 300mm
394mm l00mm 331mm
Power Pack
238mm 63rnm 294mm

The whole System together with the Operator's Guide was very kindly donated by Robert Spano

Date : 1985

Manufacturer : Transtel

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH13949. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

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