Radio-Holland USA, B.V. Automates Coastal Station WLO's Radiotelex Service

Radio-Holland USA, B.V. recently announced that Mobile Marine Radio, Inc., owners/operators of Coastal Station WLO Radio, North America, has awarded Radio-Holland USA, B.V., in Houston, and Thrane & Thrane A/S in Denmark the contract to supply an automatic radiotelex system that will be used by WLO Radio, North America, for its automatic marine telex service.

The system initially includes a minimum of eight simultaneous radio- telex modem channels each equipped with automatic free signal generation and provision for later direct computer interface. The system includes channel processors for automatic forwarding of ship-toshore messages into the international telex network.

The channel processors include features that will later permit direct ship's dialing to domestic/international telex subscribers and automatic rerouting of messages to predetermined subscribers.

The initial phase should be installed mid-1985, and will be prepared for later upgrading with Model TT-1000 communications processors for store-and-forward telex handling in both shore-to-ship and ship-to-shore directions.

WLO Radio pioneered radiotelex at sea 11 years ago and was the first United States coastal station to offer this service. The station was also the first to receive a Selcall number (No. 1090) issued by the FCC for coastal stations in the United States. The station at present is the largest provider of radio-telex communication and now will be the first coastal station in the USA offering completely automatic end-to-end telex-at-sea communications.

Worldwide, WLO Radio, North America, will join Singapore Radio, Scheveningen Radio, Lyngby Radio, and Burnham (Portishead) Radio, all of which are now operational with the Thrane & Thrane automatic channel processor radiotelex system.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 5,  May 15, 1985

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