Fidonet region 10 covers the western US region - California, Nevada and
What is Fidonet?
FidoNet is a worldwide computer network that is used for
communication between bulletin board systems (BBSs). It
uses a store and forward system to exchange
private (email) and public (forum) messages between the BBSs in the
network, as well as other files and protocols in some cases. To save on
long distance calling
charges when those were expensive, FidoNet used a number of techniques
to ensure data was compressed using the then-latest methods of data compression.
are approximately 1000 nodes in Fidonet as of 2019, representing most
of the countries of the world. Fidonet message areas cover topics
ranging from conspiracy theories, technical support echoes, political
echoes and cooking echoes. Participants range from old-time callers,
retro technology fanatics, kids wondering where the internet came from
and everything in between. The Fidonet file echoes are a great way to
collect files. The Fidonews magazine is a weekly magazine of
Why join Fidonet?
Fidonet offers message and file areas called "echoes", and Fidonet
email, called netmail.
Fidonet has many message areas to choose from, ranging from general
topics to specialized hobby and technical discussions. Most BBS support
has been traditionally provided via Fidonet echoes, and once you're on
Fidonet, chances are someone on Fidonet is running the same software
and is willing to help.
The most up-to-date list of message areas is shared on Fidonet as BACKBONE.NA.
File echoes cover a range of file areas, including the Fidonews weekly
magazine, Fidonet nodelist updates, programming files, utilities, games
and text files. More information about file echoes is available at http://www.filegate.net/
How do I Join?
The best way to join Fidonet is to begin by participating as a user on
an existing Fido BBS. A great list of Fidonet terms is available at http://www.filegate.net/zone1/terms.html
and will help you understand some of the tech and terminology used in
Set up your BBS., if not set up already, and configure it for
Follow the procedure outlined in POLICY4 for
The request *MUST* come in as a Netmail message.
This shows the NC that your system is indeed capable of exchanging
mail -- the basic requirement for membership.
Please be patient. It may take up to 2 weeks for your request to
processed and appear in the Nodelist.