Telegraph Receiver

telegraph receiver

[′tel·ə‚graf ri‚sē·vər]
A tape reperforator, teletypewriter, or other equipment which converts telegraph signals into a pattern of holes on a tape, printed letters, or other forms of information.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Telegraph Receiver


a device designed to receive from a communications channel the signals transmitted by a telegraph transmitter and to print on a paper tape or roll of sheets the characters corresponding to the signals. The telegraph receiver is a fundamental component of modern start-stop printing telegraphs.

A receiver consists of a receiving electromagnet, a decoder, a printer, and several auxiliary mechanisms. When an incoming telegraph signal enters the receiver input, the armature of the electromagnet is moved into a specific position and, through a transfer mechanism, controls the operation of the decoder. The decoder determines the character corresponding to the received signal, and the printer prints the character.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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