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Bulletin Board System -- BBS

There are several bulletin board programs currently in use on Amateur Radio packet. As of this writing, August 2017, the TARPN distribution and operational scripting does not enable or deploy a BBS program. That shouldn't stop anybody on a TARPN system from adding one. Billy, KE4VNC, had one running on his node in Wendel, NC for a while.

What is it?

Much like the CROWD node, 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.

To make this TARPN friendly, we'd probably make so any node op could turn on the BBS option on the node and go through a configuration exercise much like we do already for the node. With the available software we could set up bulletin boards at many of the nodes and make it so each network participant could have a home BBS. Messages sent from one BBS could automatically be forwarded to the BBS used by the destination. The forwarding would be strictly over packet but we could send between disparate TARPN systems via HF or something. I just want to make sure we keep it in the packet domain except where somebody wants to do hand copying and pasting.

Anybody want to volunteer to figure this stuff out?

There are two viable options, without having done any studying of the problem. F6FBB and G8BPQ? The G8BPQ bbs is already delivered in the node package. It just needs to be turned on and configured? KE4VNC got it turned on but he didn't completely figure out the configuration.

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 athis 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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