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Bulletin Board System -- BBS

This page is old.
There are now instructions for setting up the G8BPQ BBS under the TARPN BUILDER page.
In days of old (many buffalo ago) there were computers hooked up to phone modems. People would dial in and leave messages for each other or store files that other stations could download. Later editions of bulletin boards could converse with each other, again via telephone, and would enable people to send messages via remote cities and such.

The packet radio bulletin board has some of that capability but is accessed via ham radio. The bulletin boards share public messages (bulletins) and take care of forwarding messages between one another. A ham can connect to one bulletin board, leave a message for a friend at a distant board, and have that message moved to the bulletin board of the friend. It is pretty easy to check the local bulletin board and see if you have any incoming messages.

As of September 2017, the TARPN management scripts enable any node op to turn on a bulletin board on their node. The G8BPQ package includes a system which is pretty easy to administer.

What is it?

Much like the Chat service, a BBS is an application which accepts connects from stations. It presents command prompts and has many commands available to the user. The major purpose of a bulletin board is to enable bulletins to be entered into memory, and to have those bulletins available to future visitors. Secondary purposes might include indefinite storage of data for later retrieval, and forwarding of data, including bulletins, to other BBS systems.

Here is an old session from the 90s

WNDHM2:K1TR-2} Connected to BBSDSW:WB1DSW-1
WB1DSW - 2 Users>
Msg# Stat Size  To    From   Where  Date/Time Subject
12508 P     868 KA2DEW WB1DSW        1101/1019 re: 386
WB1DSW - 2 Users>
r 12508
Date: Sun, 01 Nov 98 10:19:51 EST
Message-ID: <12508@WB1DSW> (12508@WB1DSW)
Subject: re: 386
Path: WB1DSW

KA2DEW wrote to WB1DSW on Sat Oct 31 23:30:32 1998:

> Yes,
>   the machine with the mono monitor will work perfectly.  2 serial ports
> is good.  One will run to the 9600 baud port and the other backbone RF, the
> other to the BBS TNC and to the user port, or something like that.
> Are any of your TNCs capable of 38.4Kbaud on the serial port?

No - all TNC's here off the matrix are at 9K6.  Never bothered to upgrade -
didn't make any sense.
> We still need another computer for Ed.  I will call him on the phone tomorrow.
> He's going to need 2 or 3 serial ports.
>     Tadd

I'm pretty sure he's got at least one '386 over there - perhaps from the
contest station prior to my purch of the '486...

73 de Herb WB1DSW.FN42LV.NH.USA.NOAM (NEGate)
        or whftherb@nh.ultranet.com
WB1DSW - 2 Users>
*** Timeout.
WNDHM2:K1TR-2} Reconnected to WNDHM2:K1TR-2
*** DISCONNECTED [11/01/98  12:05:27]
cmd:c wndhm2
*** CONNECTED to WNDHM2 [11/01/98  12:31:37]
c bbsdsw
WNDHM2:K1TR-2} Connected to BBSDSW:WB1DSW-1
WB1DSW - 4 Users>
sp wb1dsw
Ed FlexNet on old 8088 PC
Enter message. Control-z (or /EX) to end, it will be message 12535
I talked to Ed.  I'm going to see him later in the week and I'm going to 
give him what he needs to put FlexNET on his old 8088.  He's going to run
that at his user station with one 6pack TNC.  We're going to look for an
additional serial port card for that PC so it can have 4 serial ports.

There is a computer show at Rockingham park later this month.
I think it's Nov 21.     www.ncshows.com    has the latest scoop.

More later
Message to WB1DSW accepted.
WB1DSW - 3 Users>
WNDHM2:K1TR-2} Reconnected to WNDHM2:K1TR-2
*** DISCONNECTED [11/01/98  12:48:38]
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