Fidonet Region 10

Welcome to Fidonet Region 10!

Fidonet region 10 covers the western US region - California, Nevada and Hawaii.

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.

There are approximately 3000 nodes in Fidonet as of 2013, 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 user-contributed content.

How do I Join?

The best way to gain this knowledge is to both participate as a user on an existing Fido-BBS, and to set up your own not-yet-linked-to-Fidonet BBS. Once you have a basic understanding of what Fidonet provides and how your software does this, you are ready to proceed with joining as an official member. Don't let this scare you -- virtually nobody knows what's going on when they first join. There will be plenty of time for questions and usually tons of help available to you later. Waiting until you have a little bit of understanding will simply ease the process for both yourself and your Net Coordinator. Remember that your NC is just a hobbyist too, has plenty of work to do already, and often has several other newcomers like yourself needing help at any given time.

How To Join Fidonet (Step-by-Step)

  1. Gain a basic understanding of Fidonet and your software. Please read and understand Fidonet Policy 4. You will also need a current copy of the Fidonet Nodelist.
  2. Set up your BBS. Make sure it operates correctly, to the best of your knowledge.
  3. Follow, to the letter, the procedure outlined in POLICY4 for joining Fidonet. 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. Do NOT request a node number in a LOCAL message on your NC's system, it will only delay the process, and may even be simply ignored.
  4. Be patient. It may take up to 2 weeks for your request to be fully processed and appear in the Nodelist. Remember that your NC may not be able to contact you at all until your address becomes official.