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

Dave Shevett shevett at pobox.com
Fri Feb 18 16:25:16 UTC 2022


Yep - check out that video i linked.  It's tricky because the text
resolution is 32x15.  Not exactly a standard.

 -d

On Fri, Feb 18, 2022 at 11:20 AM Dave McGuire via vcf-midatlantic
<vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
>
>
>    Hey there Dave.  So it will actually speak plan ASCII without
> starting up the NAPLPS protocol, to make a (pretty crappy) plain terminal?
>
>             -Dave
>
> 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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Dave Shevett
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