BBS

Bulletin board system

A Bulletin Board System, or BBS, is a computer system running software that allows users to connect and log in to the system using a terminal program.

Once logged in, a user can perform functions such as uploading and downloading software and data, reading news and bulletins, and exchanging messages with other users, either through email, public message boards, and sometimes via direct chatting.

Many BBSes also offer on-line games, in which users can compete with each other, and BBSes with multiple phone lines often provide chat rooms, allowing users to interact with each other.

Originally BBSes were accessed only over a phone line using a modem, but by the early 1990s some BBSes allowed access via a Telnet, packet switched network, or packet radio connection.

Ward Christensen coined the term “Bulletin Board System” as a reference to the traditional cork-and-pin bulletin board often found in entrances of supermarkets, schools, libraries or other public areas where people can post messages, advertisements, or community news.

By “computerizing” this method of communications, the name of the first BBS system was born: CBBS - Computerized Bulletin Board System. During their heyday from the late 1970s to the mid-1990s, most BBSes were run as a hobby free of charge by the system operator (or “SysOp”), while other BBSes charged their users a subscription fee for access, or were operated by a business as a means of supporting their customers.

Bulletin board systems were in many ways a precursor to the modern form of the World Wide Web, social network services and other aspects of the Internet.

As the use of the Internet became more widespread in the mid to late 1990s, traditional BBSes rapidly faded in popularity. Today, Internet forums occupy much of the same social and technological space as BBSes did, and the term BBS is often used to refer to any online forum or message board.

Although BBSing survives only as a niche hobby in most parts of the world, it is still an extremely popular form of communication for Taiwanese youth (see PTT Bulletin Board System). Most BBSes are now accessible over telnet and typically offer free email accounts, FTP services, IRC and all of the protocols commonly used on the Internet. Some offer access through packet switched networks, or packet radio connections.

Early BBSes were often a local phenomenon, as one had to dial into a BBS with a phone line and would have to pay additional long distance charges for a BBS out of the local calling area. Thus, many users of a given BBS usually lived in the same area, and activities such as BBS Meets or Get Togethers were common, where users of the board would gather at a local restaurant, the SysOp’s home or similar venue and meet face to face.

Early examples

A precursor to the public bulletin board system was Community Memory, started in August, 1973 in Berkeley, California, using hardwired terminals located in neighborhoods. Community Memory allowed the user to type messages into a terminal after inserting a coin, and offered a “pure” bulletin board experience with public messages only (no email or other features). It did offer the ability to tag messages with keywords, which the user could search on.

The first public dial-up BBS was developed by Ward Christensen and Randy Suess. According to an early interview, with the city snowed under during the Great Blizzard of 1978 in Chicago, the two began preliminary work on the Computerized Bulletin Board System, or CBBS. CBBS went online on February 16, 1978 in Chicago, Illinois. CBBS, which kept a count of callers, reportedly connected 253,301 callers before it was finally retired.

Increasing speeds and practical use

A key innovation required for the BBS was the Hayes Smartmodem. Prior to the Smartmodem, modems were almost entirely manual in operation, having developed from acoustic couplers that used a traditional telephone for dialling and hanging up. Such systems were largely useless for BBS systems, because they could not disconnect after the call completed without the user physically hanging up the phone.

The Smartmodem included a small microcontroller that listened for key words in the data, allowing it to pick up the phone, dial numbers, and hang up again, all without any operator intervention. The Smartmodem was not necessary for BBS use, other modems could be left in “answer mode”, but the Smartmodem made operation dramatically simpler on the user end by allowing the easy dialling of any number of BBS systems.

With the original 110 and 300 baud modems of the late 1970s, BBSes were particularly slow and file transfers were typically limited to text files (lists of BBS systems were a common example) and small software applications, typically terminal programs for accessing BBSes. Speed improved with the introduction of 1200 bit/s modems in the early 1980s, and this led to a substantial increase in popularity. The demand for complex ANSI and ASCII screens and larger file transfers taxed available channel capacity, which in turn propelled demand for faster modems. 1200 gave way to 2400 fairly rapidly, followed by a delay before 9,600 became common. 9,600 was not even established as a strong standard before 14.4 kbit/s took over. Another delay followed due to a long standards process before 28.8 was released, only to be quickly replaced by 33.6.

Most of the information was displayed using ordinary ASCII text or ANSI art, though some BBSes experimented with higher resolution visual formats such as the innovative but obscure Remote Imaging Protocol. Many systems became quite sophisticated in graphic presentation, especially considering that the system was confined to ASCII codes. Several systems attempted to simulate the appearance of GUI displays which were just appearing as DOS add-ons or Apple systems. Probably the ultimate development of graphic presentations was the Dynamic page implementation of the University of Southern California BBS (USCBBS) by Susan Biddlecomb, which predated the implementation of the HTML Dynamic web page. A complete “Dynamic web page” implementation was accomplished using TBBS with a TDBS add-on presenting a complete menu system individually customized for each user.

Widespread use and rapid disappearance

Towards the early 1990s, the BBS industry became so popular that it spawned three monthly magazines, Boardwatch, BBS Magazine, and in Asia and Australia, Chips ‘n Bits Magazine which devoted extensive coverage of the software and technology innovations and people behind them, and listings to US and worldwide BBSes. In addition, in the USA, a major monthly magazine, Computer Shopper, carried a list of BBSes along with a brief abstract of each of their offerings.

According to the FidoNet Nodelist, BBSes reached their peak usage around 1996, which was the same period that the World Wide Web suddenly became mainstream. BBSes rapidly declined in popularity thereafter, and were replaced by systems using the Internet for connectivity. Some of the larger commercial BBSes, such as MaxMegabyte and ExecPC BBS, evolved into Internet Service Providers.

The website textfiles.com serves as an archive that documents the history of the BBS. The historical BBS list on textfiles.com contains over 105,000 BBSes that have existed over a span of 20 years in North America alone. The owner of textfiles.com, Jason Scott, also produced BBS: The Documentary, a DVD film that chronicles the history of the BBS and features interviews with well-known people (mostly from the United States) from the heyday BBS era.

Software and hardware

Unlike modern websites and online services that are typically hosted by third-party companies in commercial data centers, BBS computers (especially for smaller boards) were typically operated from the SysOp’s home. As such, access could be unreliable, and in many cases only one user could be on the system at a time. Only larger BBSs with multiple phone lines using specialized hardware, multitasking software, or a LAN connecting multiple computers, could host multiple simultaneous users.

The first BBSes used homebrew software, quite often written or customized by the SysOps themselves, running on early S-100 microcomputer systems such as the Altair, IMSAI and Cromemco under the CP/M operating system. Soon after, BBS software was being written for all of the major home computer systems of the late 1970s era - the Apple II, Atari, Commodore and TRS-80 being some of the most popular.

A few years later, in 1981, IBM introduced the first DOS based IBM PC, and due to the overwhelming popularity of PCs and their clones, DOS soon became the operating system on which the majority of BBS programs were run. RBBS-PC, ported over from the CP/M world, and Fido BBS, created by Tom Jennings (who later founded FidoNet) were the first notable DOS BBS programs.

There were many successful commercial BBS programs developed for DOS, such as PCBoard BBS, RemoteAccess BBS, and Wildcat! BBS which had early roots from the Colossus BBS started by the author of the popular shareware communications program Qmodem. Some popular freeware BBS programs for MS-DOS included Telegard BBS and Renegade BBS, which both had early origins from leaked WWIV BBS source code. There were several dozen other BBS programs developed over the DOS era, and many were released under the shareware concept, while some were released as freeware including iniquity.

During the mid-1980s, many sysops opted for the less expensive, ubiquitous Commodore 64 (introduced in 1982), which became popular among software pirate groups. Popular commercial BBS programs were Blue Board, Ivory BBS, Color64 and CNet 64. In the early 1990s a small number of BBSes were also running on the Commodore Amiga models 500, 1000 and 1200 (using external hard drives), and the Amiga 2000, Amiga 3000 and Amiga 4000 (which had built-in hard drives). Popular BBS software for the Amiga were ABBS, Amiexpress, C-Net, StormforceBBS, Infinity and Tempest. There was also a small faction of devoted Atari BBSes that used the Atari 800, then the 800XL, and eventually the 1040ST.

MS-DOS continued to be the most popular operating system for BBS use up until the mid-1990s, and in the early years most multi-node BBSes were running under a DOS based multitasker such as DESQview or consisted of multiple computers connected via a LAN. (Around 1990, OS/2 came out with “preemptive multitasking” of DOS, an alternative to DESQview for multi-node BBS.)

In the late 1980s, a handful of BBS developers implemented multitasking communications routines which, although run under MS-DOS, allowed multiple phone lines and multiple users to connect to the same physical BBS computer.

These included Galacticomm’s MajorBBS (later WorldGroup), eSoft TBBS, and Falken. Though most BBS software had been written in BASIC or Pascal (with some low-level routines written in assembly language), the C language was starting to gain popularity.

By 1995, many of the DOS-based BBSes had begun switching to modern multitasking operating systems, such as OS/2, Windows 95, and Linux. TCP/IP networking allowed most of the remaining BBSes to evolve and include Internet hosting capabilities. Recent BBS software, such as Synchronet, Mystic BBS, EleBBS, DOC or Wildcat! BBS provide access using the Telnet protocol rather than dialup, or by using legacy MS-DOS based BBS software with a FOSSIL-to-Telnet redirector such as NetFoss.

Presentation

BBSes were generally text-based, rather than GUI-based, and early BBSes conversed using the simple ASCII character set. However, some home computer manufacturers extended the ASCII character set to take advantage of the advanced color and graphics capabilities of their systems. BBS software authors included these extended character sets in their software, and terminal program authors included the ability to display them when a compatible system was called. Atari’s native character set was known as ATASCII, while most Commodore BBSes supported PETSCII. PETSCII was also supported by the nationwide online service Quantum Link.

The use of these custom character sets was generally incompatible between manufacturers. Unless a caller was using terminal emulation software written for, and running on, the same type of system as the BBS, the session would simply fall back to simple ASCII output. For example, a Commodore 64 user calling an Atari BBS would use ASCII rather than the machine’s native character set.

As time progressed, most terminal programs began using the ANSI standard, but could use their native character set if it was available.

COCONET, a BBS system made by Coconut Computing, Inc., was released in 1988 and only supported a GUI interface (no text interface was available), and worked in EGA/VGA graphics mode, which made it stand out from the text-based BBS systems. COCONET’s bitmap and vector graphics and support for multiple type fonts were inspired by the PLATO system, and the graphics capabilities were based on what was available in the Borland BGI graphics library. A number of companies wanted to license the COCONET GUI but Coconut Computing chose not to, and as a result, a competing approach called Remote Imaging Protocol (RIP) emerged and was promoted by Telegrafix in the early to mid 1990s but it never became widespread.

A similar technology called NAPLPS was also considered, and although it became the underlying graphics technology behind the Prodigy service, it never gained popularity in the BBS market.

There were several GUI-based BBSes on the Apple Macintosh platform, including TeleFinder and FirstClass, but these remained widely used only in the Mac market. The first BBS using the Apple Macintosh platform was the Austin Arts BBS, which was a dial-up system developed by Bill Hood of the School of Screenprinting in 1983.

The Computerized Bulletin Board System supplied news to the arts and screen printing community not only in Austin, Texas where it was based, but to the world. The small BBS was the first to market to an industry - screen printing. It was also the first BBS to produce audio for its visitors, broadcasting news about screen printing and music in a pre-recorded method in what was the precursor to Internet Radio.

In the UK, the BBC Micro based OBBS software, available from Pace for use with their modems, optionally allowed for colour and graphics using the Teletext based graphics mode available on that platform. Other systems used the Viewdata protocols made popular in the UK by British Telecom’s Prestel service, and the on-line magazine Micronet 800 whom were busy giving away modems with their subscriptions.

The most popular form of online graphics was ANSI art, which combined the IBM Extended ASCII character set’s blocks and symbols with ANSI escape sequences to allow changing colors on demand, provide cursor control and screen formatting, and even basic musical tones. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, most BBSes used ANSI to make elaborate welcome screens, and colorized menus, and thus, ANSI support was a sought-after feature in terminal client programs. The development of ANSI art became so popular that it spawned an entire BBS “artscene” subculture devoted to it.

The Amiga Skyline BBS software was the first in 1987 featuring a script markup language communication protocol called Skypix which was capable to give the user a complete graphical interface, featuring rich graphic content, changeable fonts, mouse-controlled actions, animations and sound.

Today, most BBS software that is still actively supported, such as Worldgroup, Wildcat! BBS and Citadel/UX, is Web-enabled, and the traditional text interface has been replaced (or operates concurrently) with a Web-based user interface. For those more nostalgic for the true BBS experience, one can use NetSerial (Windows) or DOSBox (Windows/*nix) to redirect DOS COM port software to telnet, allowing them to connect to Telnet BBSes using 1980s and 1990s era modem terminal emulation software, like Telix, Terminate, Qmodem and Procomm Plus. Modern 32-bit terminal emulators such as mTelnet and SyncTerm include native telnet support.

Content and access

Since early BBSes were frequently run by computer hobbyists, they were typically technical in nature with user communities revolving around hardware and software discussions. Many SysOps were transplants of the amateur radio community and thus amateur and packet radio were often popular topics.

As the BBS phenomenon grew, so did the popularity of special interest boards. Bulletin Board Systems could be found for almost every hobby and interest. Popular interests included politics, religion, music, dating, and alternative lifestyles. Many SysOps also adopted a theme in which they customized their entire BBS (welcome screens, prompts, menus, and so on) to reflect that theme.

Common themes were based on fantasy, or were intended to give the user the illusion of being somewhere else, such as in a sanatorium, wizard’s castle, or on a pirate ship.

In the early days, the file download library consisted of files that the SysOps obtained themselves from other BBSes and friends. Many BBSes inspected every file uploaded to their public file download library to ensure that the material did not violate copyright law. As time went on, shareware CD-ROMs were sold with up to thousands of files on each CD-ROM. Small BBSes copied each file individually to their hard drive. Some systems used a CD-ROM drive to make the files available. Advanced BBSes used Multiple CD-ROM disc changer units that switched 6 CD-ROM disks on demand for the caller(s). Large systems used all 26 DOS drive letters with multi-disk changers housing tens of thousands of copyright-free shareware or freeware files available to all callers.

These BBSes were generally more family friendly, avoiding the seedier side of BBSes. Access to these systems varied from single to multiple modem lines with some requiring little or no confirmed registration.

Some BBSes, called elite, WaReZ or pirate boards, were exclusively used for distributing pirated software, phreaking, and other questionable or unlawful content. These BBSes often had multiple modems and phone lines, allowing several users to upload and download files at once. Most elite BBSes used some form of new user verification, where new users would have to apply for membership and attempt to prove that they were not a law enforcement officer or a lamer. The largest elite boards accepted users by invitation only. Elite boards also spawned their own subculture and gave rise to the slang known today as leetspeak.

Another common type of board was the “support BBS” run by a manufacturer of computer products or software. These boards were dedicated to supporting users of the company’s products with question and answer forums, news and updates, and downloads. Most of them were not a free call. Today, these services have moved to the web.

Some general purpose Bulletin Board Systems had special levels of access that were given to those who paid extra money, uploaded useful files or knew the SysOp personally. These specialty and pay BBSes usually had something special to offer their users such as large file libraries, warez, pornography, chat rooms or Internet access.

Pay BBSes such as The WELL and Echo NYC (now Internet forums rather than dial-up), ExecPC, PsudNetwork and MindVox (which folded in 1996) were admired for their tight-knit communities and quality discussion forums. However, many “free” BBSes also maintained close knit communities, and some even had annual or bi-annual events where users would travel great distances to meet face-to-face with their on-line friends. These events were especially popular with BBSes that offered chat rooms.

Some of the BBSes that provided access to illegal content did wind up in trouble. On July 12, 1985, in conjunction with a credit card fraud investigation, the Middlesex County, NJ Sheriff’s department raided and seized The Private Sector BBS, which was the official BBS for grey hat hacker quarterly 2600 Magazine at the time. The notorious Rusty n Edie’s BBS, in Boardman, Ohio, was raided by the FBI in January 1993 for software piracy, and later sued by Playboy for copyright infringement in November 1997. In Flint, Michigan, a 21 year old man was charged with distributing child pornography through his BBS in March 1996.

Networks

Most early BBSes operated as individual systems. Information contained on that BBS never left the system, and users would only interact with the information and user community on that BBS alone. However, as BBSes became more widespread, there evolved a desire to connect systems together to share messages and files with distant systems and users. The largest such network was FidoNet.

As is it was prohibitively expensive for the hobbyist SysOp to have a dedicated connection to another system, FidoNet was developed as a store and forward network. Private email (Netmail), public message boards (Echomail) and eventually even file attachments on a FidoNet-capable BBS would be bundled into one or more archive files over a set time interval. These archive files were then compressed with ARC or ZIP and forwarded to (or polled by) another nearby node or hub via a dialup Xmodem session.

Messages would be relayed around various FidoNet hubs until they were eventually delivered to their destination. The hierarchy of FidoNet BBS nodes, hubs, and zones was maintained in a routing table called a Nodelist. Some larger BBSes or regional FidoNet hubs would make several transfers per day, some even to multiple nodes or hubs, and as such, transfers usually occurred at night or early morning when toll rates were lowest.

In Fido’s heyday, sending a Netmail message to a user on a distant FidoNet node, or participating in an Echomail discussion could take days, especially if any FidoNet nodes or hubs in the message’s route only made one transfer call per day.

FidoNet was platform-independent and would work with any BBS that was written to use it. BBSes that did not have integrated FidoNet capability could usually add it using an external FidoNet front-end mailer such as FrontDoor, BinkleyTerm, InterMail or D’Bridge, and a mail processor such as FastEcho or Squish. The front-end mailer would conduct the periodic FidoNet transfers, while the mail processor would usually run just before and just after the mailer ran. This program would scan for and pack up new outgoing messages, and then unpack, sort and “toss” the incoming messages into a BBS user’s local email box or into the BBS’s local message bases reserved for Echomail. As such, these mail processors were commonly called “scanner/tosser/packers.”

Many other BBS networks followed the example of FidoNet, using the same standards and the same software. These were called FidoNet Technology Networks (FTNs). They were usually smaller and targeted at selected audiences. Some networks used QWK doors, and others such as RelayNet (RIME) and WWIVnet used non-Fido software and standards.

Before commercial Internet access became common, these networks of BBSes provided regional and international e-mail and message bases. Some even provided gateways, such as UFGATE, by which members could send/receive e-mail to/from the Internet via UUCP, and many FidoNet discussion groups were shared via Usenet.

Elaborate schemes allowed users to download binary files, search gopherspace, and interact with distant programs, all using plain text e-mail.

As the volume of FidoNet Mail increased and newsgroups from the early days of the Internet became available, satellite data downstream services became viable for larger systems. The satellite service provided access to FidoNet and Usenet newsgroups in large volumes at a reasonable fee.

By connecting a small dish & receiver, a constant downstream of thousands of FidoNet and Usenet newsgroups could be received. The local BBS only needed to upload new outgoing messages via the modem network back to the satellite service. This method drastically reduced phone data transfers while dramatically increasing the number of message forums.

FidoNet is still in use today, though in a much smaller form, and many Echomail groups are still shared with Usenet via FidoNet to Usenet gateways. Widespread abuse of Usenet with spam and pornography has led to many of these FidoNet gateways to cease operation completely.

Shareware and freeware

Much of the shareware movement was started via user distribution of software through BBSes. A notable example was Phil Katz’s PKARC (and later PKZIP, using the same “.zip” algorithm that WinZip and other popular archivers now use); also other concepts of software distribution like freeware, postcardware like JPEGview and donationware like Red Ryder for the Macintosh first appeared on BBS sites.

Doom from id Software and many Apogee games were distributed as shareware. The Internet has largely erased the distinction of shareware - most users now download the software directly from the developer’s website rather than receiving it from another BBS user ‘sharing’ it. Today shareware is commonly used to mean electronically distributed software from a small developer. Many commercial BBS software companies that continue to support their old BBS software products switched to the shareware model or made it entirely free. Some companies were able to make the move to the Internet and provide commercial products with BBS capabilities.

Features

A classic BBS had:

A computer One or more modems One or more phone lines, with more allowing for increased concurrent users. A BBS software package A sysop - system operator A user community

The BBS software usually provides:

Menu Systems One or more message bases File areas SysOp side, live viewing of all caller activity Voting - opinion booths Statistics on message posters, top uploaders / downloaders Online games (usually single player or only a single active player at a given time) A doorway to third-party online games Usage auditing capabilities Multi-user chat (only possible on multi-line BBSes) Internet email (more common in later Internet-connected BBSes) Networked message boards

Most modern BBSes allow telnet access over the Internet using a telnet server and a virtual FOSSIL driver.

A “yell for SysOp” page (The original chat, before multi-line systems) caller side menu item that sounded an audible alarm to the SysOp. If chosen, the SysOp could then initiate a text-to-text chat with the caller; similar to what commercial websites have used to sell and support products. Primitive social networking features, such as leaving messages on a users profile

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulletin_board_system

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         System: 5th Dimension
          Sysop: Andrew Gleave and Grant Haugen
          Phone: (08) 396-4005 Multi-Line
        FidoNet: 3:800/876
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32
         Access: Public
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM 486/33 Clone
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: RemoteAccess+
    Established: Mar 1991 (3 Years)
           Info: Amiga, IBM, Chat, Games
    
         System: ACRO CONNECTION BBS
          Sysop: Robert Ryder and Mike Bloodworth
          Phone: (08) 262-8534
        FidoNet: 3:800/875
           Baud: V.22 V.22bis V.32 V.32bis
         Access: Reg LVA
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: ACRO 486/33
            DOS: DR DOS
     BBSoftware: Maximus
    Established: Nov 1992 (1 Year 4 Months)
           Info: Adlib, Amateur Radio, Business, CD-ROM,
               : Commercial, Education, Games, General,
               : Graphics, Off-Line Mail, Social,
               : Software Support, Windows.
               : Astronomy, SoundBlaster, Direct Weather
               : Satellite Pictures, Off-Line Mail
    
         System: aCTIV
          Sysop: Alastair Waddell
          Phone: (08) 370-8430
        FidoNet: 3:800/834
       WorldNet: 61:9000/530
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23
         Access: Mem VA
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM AT Clone
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: RemoteAccess
    Established: May 1993 (10 Months)
           Info: Bring imagination and ideas. Creative
               : people most welcome. Fax service
               : also available.
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         System: Adam
          Sysop: Greg Hicks
          Phone: (08) 370-7777 Multi-Line
        FidoNet: 3:800/805
       Internet: adam.com.au
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32 V.32bis
         Access: Reg LVA
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM 486/33 Clone
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: TBBS 64 Line
    Established: Jul 1986 (7 Years 8 Months)
    
         System: Adelaide Central BBS
          Sysop: Paul Lawrence
          Phone: (08) 344-8616
        FidoNet: 3:800/859
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32 V.32bis
         Access: Reg LVA
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM Clone
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: RemoteAccess
    Established: Jan 1989 (5 Years 2 Months)
           Info: General Health and Disability areas.
               : AIDS Conference.
    
         System: Adelaide PCUG BBS
          Sysop: David Read
          Phone: (08) 396-3539
        FidoNet: 3:800/883
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32 V.32bis
         Access: Mem LVA
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM AT Clone
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: Maximus
    Established: Apr 1992 (1 Year 11 Months)
           Info: The Adelaide PC User's Group
               : Catering for users of IBM and compatable
               : computers.
    
         System: AFTER DARK BBS
          Sysop: David Lloyd
          Phone: (08) 250-5110
        FidoNet: 3:800/882
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32 V.32bis
         Access: Mem LVA
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: Wildcat!
      Emulation: ASCII ANSI
    Established: Jan 1994 (2 Months)
           Info: Adults ONLY BBS with Gay support areas
               : and conferences.
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         Status: *** Permanently Offline ***
         System: Anarchists United
    
         Status: *** Permanently Offline ***
         System: any POINT between the FINGER & the MOON
    
         System: Arcade BBS
          Sysop: Barry Pritchard
          Phone: (08) 341-1134
        FidoNet: 3:800/808
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.32 V.32bis
         Access: Mem LVA
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM AT Clone
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: Wildcat!
    Established: Oct 1992 (1 Year 5 Months)
           Info: Games, IBM-PC.
    
         System: Archival Retrievalist
          Sysop: Kym Gotch
          Phone: (08) 341-5156
        FidoNet: 3:800/832
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32 V.32bis
         Access: Mem VA
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM AT Clone
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: Wildcat!
    Established: Aug 1989 (4 Years 7 Months)
           Info: PC's, with A-O giffs, games, utils
               : Archival and unarchival, communications,
               : software, virus killers, Wildcat!
               : Support Utilities.
    
         System: Arcturus BBS
          Sysop: Rod Schmidt
          Phone: (08) 347-3436
        FidoNet: 3:800/848
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis
         Access: Reg LVA
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM AT Clone
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: Wildcat!
      Emulation: ANSI RIP
    Established: Jan 1994 (2 Months)
           Info: Astronomy, Business, EchoMail,
               : Education, Games, Graphics,
               : Off-Line Mail, Programming,
               : Software Support, Windows.
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                 *** NEW System ***
         System: Ardtornish School BBS
          Sysop: Merv Stals
          Phone: (08) 396-1031
        FidoNet: 3:800/806
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.32 V.32bis
         Access: Public
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM AT Clone
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: Ezycom
      Emulation: ASCII ANSI AVATAR
    Established: Mar 1994
           Info: Education, K-12 Network, Online-Games.
    
         System: ASP BBS
          Sysop: Steve O'Connor
          Phone: (08) 239-0020
           Baud: V.22bis
         Access: Public
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM 386sx Clone
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: ROS
    Established: Feb 1992 (2 Years 1 Month)
           Info: Shareware Distribution.
    
                 *** NEW System ***
         System: BackRoom BBS
          Sysop: Jamie Lovick
          Phone: (08) 341-5955 Multi-Line
       Internet: bkroom.apana.org.au
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32 V.32bis
         Access: Mem LVA VA
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: Amiga 3000
            DOS: AmigaDOS
     BBSoftware: Cnet
      Emulation: ASCII ANSI
    Established: Jul 1992 (1 Year 8 Months)
           Info: Amiga, Chat, EchoMail, Games, MS-DOS,
               : Networking, Off-Line Mail,
               : On-Line Games, Role Playing, Sci-Fi,
               : Technical Support, Unix.
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
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    |                                     Date: Sun 27 Mar 1994  |
    | SOUTH AUSTRALIA                     Page: 5                |
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         System: BeeJay's
          Sysop: BJ Dibbins
          Phone: (08) 337-0021
        FidoNet: 3:800/878
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32 V.32bis
         Access: Reg LVA
          Hours: Daily: 2200 - 0800
       Computer: Amiga 500
            DOS: AmigaDOS
     BBSoftware: M A X's BBS
    Established: Mar 1993 (1 Year)
           Info: Amiga, Echomail, Fantasy, Games, General
               : Recreation, Role Playing, Sci-Fi, Social
               : Employment-related topics such as:
               : Job search, Career choice, Applications
               : Interviews, School-leaver support, etc,
               : Via online information and message area.
    
         System: BIZ-NICE BBS
          Sysop: David Wilson
          Phone: (08) 269-7029 Multi-Line
        FidoNet: 3:800/851
           Baud: V.22 V.22bis V.32
         Access: Mem LVA
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: Oliveti M28
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: RemoteAccess
    Established: Sep 1990 (3 Years 6 Months)
           Info: SA Clipper User Group.
               : Online Shopping.
    
         Status: *** Permanently Offline ***
         System: BIZLINK BBS
    
         System: Blue Lake BBS
          Sysop: Derek Hateley
          Phone: (087) 23-1354
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32 V.32bis
         Access: Public
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: Beaker 386/40
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: RemoteAccess
      Emulation: ASCII ANSI AVATAR
    Established: Aug 1992 (1 Year 7 Months)
           Info: Disability Information, General Files
               : PS graphic, Gifs
    
         Status: *** Permanently Offline ***
         System: Bushido BBS
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
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    |                                     Date: Sun 27 Mar 1994  |
    | SOUTH AUSTRALIA                     Page: 6                |
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         System: ByteBLITZ! BBS
          Sysop: Justin Viiret
          Phone: (08) 379-6604
        FidoNet: 3:800/839.5
           Baud: V.22 V.22bis V.32
         Access: Public
          Hours: 24 Hours
            DOS: OS/2
     BBSoftware: RemoteAccess
    Established: Oct 1993 (5 Months)
           Info: Inter-BBS gaming, Graphics,
               : SoundBlaster, Raytracing, Online-Games,
               : Mail, OS/2 Shareware, MS-DOS,
               : Dungeons and Dragons Gaming.
    
         System: Casper BBS
          Sysop: Kathryn Mcarthur
          Phone: (08) 272-6516
        FidoNet: 3:800/841
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32 V.32bis
         Access: Mem
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: 486 Clone
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: TBBS
      Emulation: VT-100 ASCII ANSI
    Established: Dec 1993 (3 Months)
           Info: Adlib, Amateur Radio, Astronomy,
               : Business, CD-ROM, Chat, Christian,
               : EchoMail, Education, Electronics,
               : Genealogy, General, Graphics, IBM-PC,
               : MIDI, MS-DOS, Music, Networking, OS/2,
               : Programming, Recreation, Sci-Fi.
    
         System: CDP BBS
          Sysop: Greg Parr
          Phone: (08) 370-7715
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis
         Access: Mem Reg LVA
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: i486/33
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: Opus
      Emulation: ASCII ANSI AVATAR
    Established: Feb 1994 (1 Month)
           Info: Adlib, Adult, Amiga, CD-ROM,
               : Electronics, Games, General, MS-DOS,
               : Music, On-Line Games, Sci-Fi,
               : SoundBlaster, Windows.
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
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    |                                     Date: Sun 27 Mar 1994  |
    | SOUTH AUSTRALIA                     Page: 7                |
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
    
         System: CFM McAfee's - Adelaide
          Sysop: Peter Collison
          Phone: (08) 362-4293
        FidoNet: 3:800/871
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32
         Access: Public
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM 386sx Clone
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: Opus
    Established: Dec 1990 (3 Years 3 Months)
           Info: Support for all McAfee virus Protection,
               : Detection and Removal products.
    
                 *** NEW System ***
         System: cleese.apana.org.au public access UNIX
          Sysop: Mark Newton
          Phone: (08) 373-6006 Multi-Line
       Internet: cleese.apana.org.au
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32 V.32bis
         Access: Mem
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: i486DX/33
            DOS: FreeBSD UNIX
      Emulation: VT-100 ASCII
    Established: Oct 1992 (1 Year 5 Months)
    
         System: Common Ground
          Sysop: David N Wallace
          Phone: (08) 223-2131 Multi-Line
        FidoNet: 3:800/816
       WorldNet: 61:9000/531
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32
         Access: Reg LVA
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM 386 Clone
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: TBBS 16 Line
    Established: Jun 1993 (9 Months)
           Info: Disability Information.
               : Chat, EchoMail, Education, Macintosh,
               : MS-DOS, Off-Line Mail, Social,
               : Technical Support.
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
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    |                                     Date: Sun 27 Mar 1994  |
    | SOUTH AUSTRALIA                     Page: 8                |
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
    
         System: Computer Connection
          Sysop: Vicki Crawford
          Phone: (08) 326-2388 Multi-Line
        FidoNet: 3:800/809
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32 V.32bis
         Access: Mem Reg LVA
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM 386sx Clone
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: Maximus
    Established: Mar 1989 (5 Years)
           Info: Adlib, CD-ROM, Genealogy, MIDI,
               : SoundBlaster.
    
         System: Crunchy Nirvana
          Sysop: Anthony Sander
          Phone: (08) 287-1938
        FidoNet: 3:800/889
       WorldNet: 61:9000/504
           Baud: V.22 V.22bis V.32 V.32bis
         Access: Reg LVA
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: i486/33
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: RemoteAccess+
      Emulation: ANSI AVATAR
    Established: Jan 1994 (2 Months)
           Info: EchoMail, Off-Line Mail.
               : Recreation with a perchant for things
               : a little out of the ordinary. Internet
               : Mail/USEnet News
    
         System: dbs / Electronic Frontiers Australia
          Sysop: garth kidd
          Phone: (08) 234-9498
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32 V.32bis
         Access: Mem Reg LVA
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM Clone
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: RemoteAccess
      Emulation: ASCII ANSI AVATAR
    Established: Jan 1993 (1 Year 2 Months)
           Info: Contact site for Electronic Frontiers
               : Australia.
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
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    |                                     Date: Sun 27 Mar 1994  |
    | SOUTH AUSTRALIA                     Page: 9                |
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
    
         System: Deep Woods BBS
          Sysop: Peter Partridge
          Phone: (08) 287-2224
        FidoNet: 3:800/873
           Baud: V.22 V.22bis V.32
         Access: Public
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: Amiga 2000
            DOS: AmigaDOS
     BBSoftware: DLG
    Established: Jan 1993 (1 Year 2 Months)
           Info: Catering solely for Amiga computers
    
         System: DISTRIBUTOR BBS
          Sysop: Steven Dunk
          Phone: (08) 341-5255 Multi-Line
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32
         Access: LVA
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM 386 Clone
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: TBBS 16 Line
    Established: Nov 1989 (4 Years 4 Months)
           Info: Huge file section for IBM, Amiga
               : Real time multi user chat.
               : Strong support for graphics applications
               : and large GIF picture collection.
    
         System: Eagle BBS
          Sysop: Brian Till
          Phone: (08) 281-7774
           Baud: V.32
         Access: Public
          Hours: Daily: 1200 - 0800
       Computer: i486/33
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: Maximus
      Emulation: ASCII ANSI
    Established: Feb 1994 (1 Month)
           Info: CD-ROM, Education, Games, General,
               : IBM-PC, Windows.
    
         System: Elizabeth Park BBS
          Sysop: Allan Laws
          Phone: (08) 255-0298
        FidoNet: 3:800/870
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32
         Access: Reg VA
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM 386/40 Clone
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: Opus
    Established: Nov 1990 (3 Years 4 Months)
           Info: IBM-PC, Off-Line Mail, OS/2, Windows.
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
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    |                                     Date: Sun 27 Mar 1994  |
    | SOUTH AUSTRALIA                     Page: 10               |
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
    
         System: Enigma BBS
          Sysop: Richard Booth
          Phone: (08) 43-9799 Multi-Line
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32 V.32bis
         Access: Mem Reg VA
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: Enigma 486
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: Wildcat!
    Established: Aug 1993 (7 Months)
           Info: Business, Commercial, Education, Games,
               : General, Graphics, IBM-PC, Networking,
               : Programming, Software Support,
               : Technical Support, Windows.
    
         System: Fishbowl
          Sysop: Paul Gardner-Stephen
          Phone: (08) 277-1361
           Baud: V.22bis
         Access: Reg LVA
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM 386sx Clone
            DOS: DR DOS
     BBSoftware: RemoteAccess
      Emulation: ASCII ANSI
    Established: Jan 1994 (2 Months)
           Info: Amiga, C64/128, IBM-PC, MS-DOS, Music,
               : On-Line Games, Programming,
               : Software Support, Technical Support.
    
         System: Fred's BBS
          Sysop: Randy Quick
          Phone: (08) 341-5944
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23
         Access: Reg VA
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: Amiga 500
            DOS: AmigaDOS
     BBSoftware: M A X's BBS
    Established: Jan 1992 (2 Years 2 Months)
    
         System: Gemini
          Sysop: AnnMarie Scott
          Phone: (08) 262-7532
        FidoNet: 3:800/842
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis
         Access: Reg LVA
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: Atari ST
            DOS: GEMDOS
     BBSoftware: QuickBBS/ST
    Established: Dec 1991 (2 Years 3 Months)
           Info: The Adelaide Atari Computer Club BBS.
               : Specialising in .MOD clipart.
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
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    |                                     Date: Sun 27 Mar 1994  |
    | SOUTH AUSTRALIA                     Page: 11               |
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
    
         System: Goliath BBS
          Sysop: Geoff Martin
          Phone: (08) 287-1993
        FidoNet: 3:800/881
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.32 V.32bis
         Access: Reg LVA
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM 386 Clone
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: Ezycom
    Established: Jun 1993 (9 Months)
           Info: Ezycom Distribution Site.
               : Amateur Radio, CD-ROM, EchoMail,
               : Genealogy, General.
    
         System: Ground Zero
          Sysop: David Hales
          Phone: (08) 325-1822
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis
         Access: Mem LVA
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: 386DX33
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: Maximus
      Emulation: ASCII ANSI AVATAR
    Established: Feb 1994 (1 Month)
           Info: Adult, Amateur Radio, Astronomy,
               : Business, Education, Electronics, Games,
               : Genealogy, General, IBM-PC, MS-DOS,
               : Off-Line Mail, Programming, Recreation,
               : Sci-Fi, Science, Social,
               : Software Support, SoundBlaster, Windows.
    
         System: Guru BBS
          Sysop: Jason Hatley
          Phone: (08) 377-0763
       WorldNet: 61:9000/527
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32
         Access: Reg LVA
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM 386/40
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: Ezycom
    Established: Dec 1992 (1 Year 3 Months)
           Info: Games, Music, Programming, Role Playing.
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
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    |                                     Date: Sun 27 Mar 1994  |
    | SOUTH AUSTRALIA                     Page: 12               |
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
    
         System: HOT-LINE Nitape Support BBS
          Sysop: Peter Nitschke
          Phone: (08) 373-5136
        FidoNet: 3:800/810
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32
         Access: Reg LVA
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM 386/40 Clone
            DOS: DR DOS
     BBSoftware: RemoteAccess
    Established: Nov 1992 (1 Year 4 Months)
           Info: Amiga, Business, Chat, EchoMail,
               : Electronics, Games, General, IBM-PC,
               : Macintosh, MS-DOS, Technical Support,
               : Windows.
    
                 *** Status Changed ***
         Status: *** Temporarily Offline ***
         System: IMAGE SYSTEM BBS
    
         System: Ireland's Own BBS
          Sysop: Paddy
          Phone: (08) 281-6485
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32 V.32bis
         Access: Public
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: Amiga 2000
            DOS: AmmgaDOS
     BBSoftware: M A X's BBS
      Emulation: ANSI
    Established: Dec 1993 (3 Months)
           Info: Adult, Amiga, EchoMail, Games, General,
               : IBM-PC.
    
         System: Knight Rider
          Sysop: John Knight
          Phone: (08) 252-3226 Multi-Line
        FidoNet: 3:800/884
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32 V.32bis
         Access: Public
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM 386/40 Clone
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: Ezycom
      Emulation: ANSI
    Established: Sep 1993 (6 Months)
           Info: Games. On-Line Games.
    
         System: LOST IT
           Note: Now Called
               : pOp'S pLaCe!
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
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    |                                     Date: Sun 27 Mar 1994  |
    | SOUTH AUSTRALIA                     Page: 13               |
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
    
         System: Midnight Caller
          Sysop: John Buetefuer
          Phone: (08) 281-2094 Multi-Line
        FidoNet: 3:800/818
       WorldNet: 61:9000/501
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32
         Access: Mem Reg VA
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM 386sx Clone
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: Ezycom
    Established: Aug 1989 (4 Years 7 Months)
           Info: Wide range of available message areas
               : files and games a-plenty
    
         System: Midnight Cowboy's BBS
          Sysop: Greg Johnson
          Phone: (08) 322-2046 Multi-Line
        FidoNet: 3:800/843
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32 V.32bis
         Access: Mem LVA
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM 486/66 Clone
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: RemoteAccess+
    Established: Jun 1993 (9 Months)
           Info: CD-ROM, EchoMail, Education, Games,
               : General, IBM-PC, MS-DOS, Recreation,
               : Social, Windows.
    
         System: Nexus III
          Sysop: Henry Legedza
          Phone: (08) 347-0822
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23
         Access: Mem
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: Sun 4/260
            DOS: UNIX
    Established: Mar 1987 (7 Years)
           Note: VT52, ANSI, VT100
           Info: Nexus is run by the SA Education Dept
               : and is aimed at the Educational Arena
               : Country and Interstate users my access
               : Nexus through Telecom's Austpac service.
               : Contact Angle Park Computing Centre
               : (08) 243-5559 for further information.
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
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    |                                     Date: Sun 27 Mar 1994  |
    | SOUTH AUSTRALIA                     Page: 14               |
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
    
         System: Night Shift bbs
          Sysop: David Cowley
          Phone: (08) 326-5356
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32
         Access: Public
          Hours: Daily: 2000 - 0800
       Computer: Amiga 600
            DOS: AmigaDOS
     BBSoftware: M A X's BBS
    Established: Nov 1993 (4 Months)
           Info: Amiga files only, Echo mail, Online
               : games, Sound & Mods, graphics, docs &
               : tutorials, utilities, Fun & Games,
               : treckies corner
    
         System: Odeon ][
          Sysop: Greg Doman
          Phone: (087) 23-2123
        FidoNet: 3:800/827
           Baud: V.22 V.22bis V.32 V.32bis
         Access: Mem Reg VA
          Hours: Weekdays: 0730 - 2100
       Computer: Acro 486/33
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: RemoteAccess
    Established: May 1993 (10 Months)
           Info: CD-ROM, Games, MS-DOS, Windows.
    
         System: OmegaBBS
          Sysop: Peter Connerty
          Phone: (08) 283-0553
        FidoNet: 3:800/879
           Baud: V.22 V.22bis V.32 V.32bis
         Access: Reg LVA
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: NEC PowerMate
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: Maximus
    Established: Jan 1993 (1 Year 2 Months)
           Info: A Games only BBS.
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
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    |                                     Date: Sun 27 Mar 1994  |
    | SOUTH AUSTRALIA                     Page: 15               |
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
    
         System: Option Brokers International BBS
          Sysop: Michaell Jones
          Phone: (08) 410-5533
           Baud: V.32 V.32bis
         Access: Mem VA
          Hours: Daily: 1830 - 0700
       Computer: IBM 386
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: TriBBS
      Emulation: ASCII ANSI
    Established: Jan 1994 (2 Months)
           Info: Support for Futrues and Option Traders.
               : Historical and Current Futures Data.
               : Daily local and Overseas Prices.
               : Range of software and texts, Financially
               : related shareware.
    
         System: Oracle PC-Network
          Sysop: Grayham Smith
          Phone: (08) 234-0791 Multi-Line
        FidoNet: 3:800/804
           Baud: V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32 V.32bis PEP HST
         Access: Mem LVA
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: i486/66
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: TBBS 32 Line
      Emulation: ASCII ANSI
    Established: Nov 1983 (10 Years 4 Months)
           Note: <ASP> Approved BBS
               : Authorised Mcafee Distributor
           Info: Amateur Radio, Education, MIDI, MS-DOS.
               : SoundBlaster, Extensive Macintosh Files
               : and Conferences. Vast range of Internet
               : Conferences, Vast Information Database,
               : Off-Line Reader including Net-Mail.
               : Plus PC-Lotto On-Line.
    
         System: Panorama BBS
          Sysop: Adrian Klop
          Phone: (08) 374-2307
        FidoNet: 3:800/867
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32
         Access: Public
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM AT Clone
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: Opus
    Established: Sep 1991 (2 Years 6 Months)
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
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    |                                     Date: Sun 27 Mar 1994  |
    | SOUTH AUSTRALIA                     Page: 16               |
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
    
         System: PC Media Access (The Little BigBoard)
          Sysop: Ken Richards
          Phone: (08) 326-2843
        FidoNet: 3:800/807
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32
         Access: Reg LVA
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM AT Clone
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: TBBS
    Established: Jan 1993 (1 Year 2 Months)
           Info: Adlib, Amateur Radio, Amiga, Atari,
               : CD-ROM, Christian, EchoMail, Education,
               : Games, General, Graphics, MIDI, Music,
               : Off-Line Mail, Recreation, Social,
               : SoundBlaster, Windows.
    
         System: Phone Box BBS
          Sysop: Darryl Merritt
          Phone: (08) 380-5606 Multi-Line
        FidoNet: 3:800/855
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32
         Access: Public
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM Clones/Network
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: Opus
    Established: Mar 1988 (6 Years)
           Info: IBM & clone files. Multiple CD-ROMS
               : online, DVNet Support Board
               : HAM/PDN/SDS/SDN/WINNet File networks.
               : QuickShare Point in S.A.
               : Major Mail Hub - Offline Bluewave/QWK
               : Mail, Points welcome. Multi-line Chat.
    
         System: Plucka's Bit Bucket
          Sysop: Jim O'Halloran
          Phone: (08) 278-3748
        FidoNet: 3:800/821
       WorldNet: 61:9000/515
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.32
         Access: Public
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM 386sx Clone
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: RemoteAccess
    Established: Nov 1992 (1 Year 4 Months)
           Info: Amiga, IBM-PC, Macintosh.
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
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    |                                     Date: Sun 27 Mar 1994  |
    | SOUTH AUSTRALIA                     Page: 17               |
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
    
         System: pOp's pLaCe!
          Sysop: sOn O-pOp!
          Phone: (08) 374-2242
        FidoNet: 3:800/866
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.32 V.32bis
         Access: Mem Reg LVA
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM 386/40 Clone
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: Maximus
    Established: Jan 1994 (2 Months)
           Info: Specialises in disABLED issues
               : Amateur Radio, Chat, Christian,
               : Electronics, Games, IBM-PC, Programming,
               : Social.
    
         System: Q
          Sysop: STU
          Phone: (08) 344-1225
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis
         Access: Mem Reg VA
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: Macintosh LC
            DOS: System 7.1
     BBSoftware: TeleFinder
      Emulation: VT-100 ASCII ANSI Telefinder
    Established: Dec 1993 (3 Months)
           Info: Adlib, Apple, Education, Fantasy, Games,
               : General, Graphics, Macintosh,
               : Off-Line Mail, Sci-Fi, Social,
               : Software Support.
    
         System: R&D BBS
          Sysop: Ron Conron
          Phone: (08) 269-6499
        FidoNet: 3:800/844
           Baud: V.22 V.22bis
         Access: Public
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM 386sx Clone
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: Ezycom
    Established: Sep 1993 (6 Months)
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
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    |                                     Date: Sun 27 Mar 1994  |
    | SOUTH AUSTRALIA                     Page: 18               |
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
    
         System: RELLIK BBS
          Sysop: Dean Hatwell
          Phone: (08) 240-0825
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32 V.32bis
         Access: Public
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: 486 Clone
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: ProBoard
      Emulation: ASCII ANSI RIP
    Established: Jan 1994 (2 Months)
           Info: Amateur, Radio, CD-ROM, Windows Games,
               : General IBM files.
    
                 *** NEW System ***
         System: Ross BBS
          Sysop: Brenton Wildman
          Phone: (08) 362-0444 Multi-Line
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32
         Access: Mem Reg VA
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: 486/40
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: Excalibur
    Established: Jan 1994 (2 Months)
           Info: Chat, Windows.
    
         System: SA Country CLUB
          Sysop: Martin Crockett
          Phone: (08) 284-7992 Multi-Line
        FidoNet: 3:800/852
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.32 V.32bis
         Access: Public
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM 386/25 Clone
            DOS: PC DOS
     BBSoftware: Opus
    Established: Jun 1988 (5 Years 9 Months)
           Info: Support for many machines, Apple II IIC
               : IIGS, MAC, Tandy, Tandy CoCo, Atari ST,
               : Amiga, IBM-PC, CP/M, C64/128, Archimedes
               : Games support Board for South Australia
               : DVNET Support Board.
    
         System: Sawasdi BBS
          Sysop: Philip Thornton
          Phone: (08) 261-7802
        FidoNet: 3:800/846
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32 V.32bis
         Access: Public
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM 486
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: Maximus
    Established: Oct 1993 (5 Months)
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
    | Australian BBS Listing           Release: 9404             |
    |                                     Date: Sun 27 Mar 1994  |
    | SOUTH AUSTRALIA                     Page: 19               |
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
    
         System: Simshare BBS
          Sysop: Colin Park
          Phone: (08) 347-7374
        FidoNet: 3:800/836
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.32 V.32bis
         Access: Reg VA
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM 386/25 Clone
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: Wildcat!
      Emulation: RIP
    Established: Jun 1993 (9 Months)
           Info: Adult, Astronomy, Business, Chat,
               : EchoMail, Education, Games, Genealogy,
               : Graphics, Off-Line Mail, Programming,
               : Software Support, Technical Support,
               : Windows. CAD, Virus Protection
    
         System: Soft/2 Shareware BBS
          Sysop: Trevor Lampre
          Phone: (08) 370-7339
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32 V.32bis
         Access: Reg
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM 486/50
            DOS: OS/2
     BBSoftware: Maximus
    Established: Jul 1993 (8 Months)
           Info: OS/2 software and discussion.
    
         System: Some Weird System ][
          Sysop: Michael Judd
          Phone: (08) 370-7802
        FidoNet: 3:800/845
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32 V.32bis
         Access: Public
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM PC
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: RemoteAccess
    Established: Mar 1993 (1 Year)
           Info: Linux
               : Programming
               : Online and InterBBS Games
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
    | Australian BBS Listing           Release: 9404             |
    |                                     Date: Sun 27 Mar 1994  |
    | SOUTH AUSTRALIA                     Page: 20               |
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
    
         System: South Coast BBS
          Sysop: David Deeprose
          Phone: (085) 56-3796
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.32
         Access: Public
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM 386
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: Maximus
    Established: Jul 1993 (8 Months)
           Info: IBM & Amiga Files, Mod, Amos, Arexx
               : Utilities, Docs and Tutorials,
               : On-line Games.
    
         System: SpellJammer BBS
          Sysop: Adam Cusack
          Phone: (08) 277-5447
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32 V.32bis
         Access: Mem Reg
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM Clone
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: RemoteAccess
    Established: Feb 1993 (1 Year 1 Month)
           Info: Adult, EchoMail, Fantasy, Games,
               : Off-Line Mail, On-Line Games,
               : Programming, Role Playing, Sci-Fi.
    
         Status: *** Temporarily Offline ***
         System: SuperBoard
    
         System: SWIMware support services
          Sysop: Craig Walter
          Phone: (08) 362-9893
        FidoNet: 3:800/820
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32
         Access: Public
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: Microbyte SX
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: OPUS
      Emulation: ASCII ANSI
    Established: Feb 1994 (1 Month)
           Info: Support services for Australian software
               : purchased under the SWIMware logo.
               : Special emphsis on translation software.
               : Viz The TRANSLiterATOR. Forum for
               : developers. Australian software
               : promotion.
    
         Status: *** Permanently Offline ***
         System: t Delta BBS
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
    | Australian BBS Listing           Release: 9404             |
    |                                     Date: Sun 27 Mar 1994  |
    | SOUTH AUSTRALIA                     Page: 21               |
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
    
         System: TAN80 BBS
          Sysop: Erik Rasmussen
          Phone: (08) 326-1132 Multi-Line
        FidoNet: 3:800/822
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32 V.32bis
         Access: Mem LVA
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM 386/33 Clone
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: Opus
    Established: Jun 1989 (4 Years 9 Months)
           Info: Supporting IBM-PC, Soundblaster
               : Tandy TRS-80 Models 1, 3 and 4
               : CP/M, CD-ROM online.
               : Contact point for Adelaide Micro Users
               : Group.
    
         System: That Which Is Not
           Note: Now Called
               : Gemini
    
         System: The Attic
          Sysop: Ivan Wheelwright
          Phone: (08) 384-4762
           Baud: V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32 V.32bis
         Access: Reg LVA
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: Amiga 3000
            DOS: AmigaDOS
     BBSoftware: Cnet
    Established: Apr 1993 (11 Months)
    
         System: The Clip Board
          Sysop: Steve Roehrs
          Phone: (08) 258-3939
        FidoNet: 3:800/861
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23
         Access: Public
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM AT Clone
            DOS: PC DOS
     BBSoftware: RemoteAccess
    Established: Dec 1989 (4 Years 3 Months)
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
    | Australian BBS Listing           Release: 9404             |
    |                                     Date: Sun 27 Mar 1994  |
    | SOUTH AUSTRALIA                     Page: 22               |
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
    
         System: The Cockpit
          Sysop: Jackson Harding
          Phone: (08) 388-0188
        FidoNet: 3:800/857
       WorldNet: 61:9000/529
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32
         Access: Reg
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: Chincony 386sx
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: RemoteAccess
    Established: Feb 1991 (3 Years 1 Month)
           Info: A dedicated aviation and flight
               : simulation board.
    
         System: The Dominion BBS
          Sysop: Craig Westbury
          Phone: (08) 377-1984 Multi-Line
        FidoNet: 3:800/863
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.23 V.32 V.32bis
         Access: Mem Reg LVA
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: Legend 386/33
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: RemoteAccess+
    Established: Jan 1992 (2 Years 2 Months)
           Info: Files - Amiga and IBM.
               : Adult, Chat, EchoMail, Fantasy, Games,
               : Music, Programming, Role Playing.
    
         System: The Exchange BBS
          Sysop: Andrew Loughnan
          Phone: (08) 383-6554
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.32 V.32bis
         Access: Mem VA
          Hours: 24 Hours
     BBSoftware: Ezycom
    Established: Jan 1994 (2 Months)
           Info: Amateur Radio, Games, Software Support,
               : Windows.
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
    | Australian BBS Listing           Release: 9404             |
    |                                     Date: Sun 27 Mar 1994  |
    | SOUTH AUSTRALIA                     Page: 23               |
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
    
                 *** Amended ***
         System: The GAMES BBS
          Sysop: Robert Joyce
          Phone: (08) 371-2793
        FidoNet: 3:800/849
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32 V.32bis
         Access: Mem Reg
          Hours: Daily: 2100 - 0800
       Computer: IBM Clone
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: RemoteAccess
      Emulation: ASCII ANSI
    Established: Feb 1994 (1 Month)
           Info: Adult Files, Role Playing, Fantasy
               : Echomail, Off-line Mail, Programming
               : Sci-Fi, On-line Games, PBM Games.
    
         System: The Key Board
          Sysop: Paul Lawrence
          Phone: (08) 344-5354
        FidoNet: 3:800/858
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32
         Access: Reg LVA
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM Clone
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: Opus
    Established: Jun 1988 (5 Years 9 Months)
           Info: AIDS, ARC and HIV Conferences.
               : AIDS Treatment Newsletters.
               : Medical conferences and Disabilty
               : discussions.
    
         System: The Landing Zone
          Sysop: Lenny De Candia
          Phone: (08) 347-3442
           Baud: V.22 V.22bis
         Access: Reg
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: Triumph 286/12
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: RBBS
    Established: Aug 1990 (3 Years 7 Months)
    
         System: The Pheonix BBS
          Sysop: Aidan Mountford
          Phone: (08) 373-2177
        FidoNet: 3:800/825
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32
         Access: Public
          Hours: 24 Hours
     BBSoftware: RemoteAccess
    Established: Feb 1993 (1 Year 1 Month)
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
    | Australian BBS Listing           Release: 9404             |
    |                                     Date: Sun 27 Mar 1994  |
    | SOUTH AUSTRALIA                     Page: 24               |
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
    
         System: The Software Terminal BBS
           Note: Now Called
               : USS Warspite NCC-0344
    
         System: This Sporting Life
          Sysop: Marvin Stephens
          Phone: (08) 250-3470 Multi-Line
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32
         Access: LVA
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM 486 Clone
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: RemoteAccess
    Established: May 1993 (10 Months)
           Info: Sporting and racing oriented board
               : Adult-Gifs, On-line Games,
               : Football Forum.
    
         System: Trivia BBS
          Sysop: Daron Ryan
          Phone: (08) 377-1067
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23
         Access: Public
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM Clone
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: QuickBBS
    Established: May 1987 (6 Years 10 Months)
           Info: Software Distributor
               : ASP Approved Distributor
               : ASP Disk Library
               : PC-Blue Library
               : CD-Rom Shareware.
    
         System: USS Warspite NCC-0344
          Sysop: Timothy Ellis and David Mclauchlan
          Phone: (08) 274-1363
        FidoNet: 3:800/817
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.32 V.32bis
         Access: Public
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: Legend 386sx
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: RemoteAccess
      Emulation: ASCII ANSI
    Established: Jan 1993 (1 Year 2 Months)
           Info: Adult, Business, Commercial, EchoMail,
               : Fantasy, Games, IBM-PC, Off-Line Mail,
               : Sci-Fi, Technical Support, Windows,
               : Windows NT.
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
    | Australian BBS Listing           Release: 9404             |
    |                                     Date: Sun 27 Mar 1994  |
    | SOUTH AUSTRALIA                     Page: 25               |
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
    
         System: Wombat BBS!
          Sysop: Allen Williams
          Phone: (08) 284-0754 Multi-Line
        FidoNet: 3:800/890
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32 V.32bis
         Access: Public
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM 386 Clone
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: Ezycom
    Established: Jan 1994 (2 Months)
           Info: Adlib, Amateur Radio, Amiga, Business,
               : CAD/CAM, CD-ROM, Chat, Christian,
               : Commercial, EchoMail, Education,
               : Electronics, Environment, Games,
               : Genealogy, General, Graphics, IBM-PC,
               : Medical, MIDI, MS-DOS, Music.
    
         System: Woomera Magpie BBS
          Sysop: Owen Hammond
          Phone: (086) 73-7062
        FidoNet: 3:800/831
           Baud: V.21 V.22 V.22bis V.23 V.32 V.32bis
         Access: Public
          Hours: 24 Hours
       Computer: IBM 386 Clone
            DOS: MS-DOS
     BBSoftware: Ezycom
    Established: Nov 1990 (3 Years 4 Months)
    
         Status: *** Permanently Offline ***
         System: Yogi's Cave
    
    +------------------------------------------------------------+
    | Copyright <c> 1994 - Australian BBS Registry               |
    |                                                            |
    | Please report changes or new listings to:                  |
    |                                                            |
    | National Contact: Australian BBS Registry                  |
    |            Sysop: Rodney Creer                             |
    |            Phone: (047) 35-6789                            |
    |          FidoNet: 3:713/317                                |
    |   Postal Address: PO Box 731                               |
    |                 : Penrith NSW 2751                         |
    |------------------------------------------------------------|
    |       SA Contact: Oracle PC-Network                        |
    |            Sysop: Grayham Smith                            |
    |            Phone: (08) 234-0791                            |
    |          FidoNet: 3:800/804                                |
    +------------------------------------------------------------+

     

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