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 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
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
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)
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.
Set up your BBS. Make sure it operates correctly, to the best of
Follow, to the letter, 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.
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.
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.