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MA-4230A
Morse burst encoder (Arabic version)

The MA-4230A was a morse burst encoder, built by Racal Datacom Ltd (UK) in the late 1980s especially for the Iraqi Army. It supports the Arabic character set and allows messages, stored in its internal (1024 character) memory, to be sent as a high speed burst, in order to minimize the chance of interception and detection. It was part of a family of devices, that included a complementary decoder, a printer a various power sources.

The MA-4230A was in fact a special version of the MA-4230, albeit with a different key pad. The image on the right shows the Arabic version of the MA-4230.   
MA-4230A (Arabic version)

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Documentation
  1. Technical Manual MA.4230 MA.4230S Morse Encoder (with Battery Charger MA.4232)
    Racal-Datacom Limited. 1 October 1980, issue 1.10.80-100.

  2. Technical Manual MA.4231 Automatic Morse Receiver
    Racal-Datacom Limited. 2 February 1980, issue 2.2.80-100.

  3. Conversion notes for the Racal MA4230/4231
    John's Radio, Conversion from Arabic to English. Date unknown.
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