I recently acquired an old Model 28KSR teletype machine to do some
old-school RTTY operating....
Works great but it seems the predominant current practice is to use a CR
(carriage return) without an accompanying LF (Line Feed) in contest
macros. This causes the machine's print position to be reset to the
beginning of the line and type over the previous text, what a disaster!
Software like Fldigi, MMTTY, etc. seem to handle CRs as CR/LF, so the
problem is not obvious unless you are using an old hardware setup.
I was surprised at the number of offenders in the SCC this morning.
While copying one station in particular, his CQ kept typing over itself,
and at least 2-3 QSOs along, the machine was still printing on the same
line, each QSO completely unreadable!!
Request: if you are using CRs in your macros, accompany them with LFs,
or don't use either
Realizing that this practice is probably the "new standard"... are there
any TUs (terminal units) to interface with the Model 28 that can
simulate a CR/LF when a CR is received? I'm guessing no because of the
nature of the teleprinter, everything being interpreted mechanically and
thus adding an unsent character would throw everything afterwards off.....
73 Eric NO3M
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