[vcf-midatlantic] Is a TRS-80 Videotex Terminal functionally usable?

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Fri Feb 18 16:20:27 UTC 2022

   Hey there Dave.  So it will actually speak plan ASCII without 
starting up the NAPLPS protocol, to make a (pretty crappy) plain terminal?


On 2/18/22 11:18, Dave Shevett via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> It looks like you can dial up with straight ASCII communication
> directly over the serial port (which'll require a DIN to RS232 cable).
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_rkEoQ803k
> There's an online BBS that the folks on /r/retrobattlestations use for
> testing / dialup access like this, you should be able to connect to it
> and chat with the world :)
> https://bbs.fozztexx.com/
> Getting 'videotex' working will be challenging, I don't know of an
> existing provider that will give you that experience.
> On Fri, Feb 18, 2022 at 11:10 AM Joseph Giliberti via vcf-midatlantic
> <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
>> Greetings!
>> A friend of mine has a TRS-80 Videotex Terminal, which seems to be a very
>> limited CoCo1, intended solely for use with dial-up services which no
>> longer exist.
>> Other than being a display piece, is there any way of actually using it?
>> Could it dial in to a modem BBS?
>> Thanks!
>> Joe Giliberti

Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA

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