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Introducing fsxNet

a fun, simple and experimental network

What is fsxNet?

fsxNet is a fun, simple and experimental network that uses Fido Technology Networking to communicate between connected Bulletin Board Systems (BBS).

Established in 2015, the network uses ZONE 21 and there are five NETs with each NET being served by a HUB.

fsxNet is not a perscriptive network. e[X]perimentation is at heart of its name and members are actively encouraged to be creative in their use of the network. Only a handfull of message areas and file bases are used - setup is quick and [S]imple.

Technologies covered by the network include (but are not limited to) BBSing, ANSI art, Amateur (HAM) Radio, Retro / Vintage Computers & Gaming, FTN communications, network protocols & topologies, encryption methods, contemporary computers (e.g. Raspberry Pi), computer coding and more.

fsxNet sees a number of messages posted to it every week. It is an active support network for several developers of BBS software spanning BBS systems, door games and more.

fsxNet is not an invite-only closed network, rather it is an open community and everyone who wishes to join is welcome.

Do you find it [F]un to learn about and use retro computing technologies? Would you like to be part of a group that enjoy experimenting and developing those technologies further? If the answer is yes, then we invite you to join us :)

Goals

Develop and encourage international communications between 100 (or more) geographically diverse bulletin board system operators (members) and their users in order to:

  • Support and create learning and experimental opportunities
  • Explore and develop new and interesting methods of online communication
  • Foster international friendships without borders
  • Raise awareness of BBS as a hobby and communications option for the 21st century

Values

  • Have fun!
  • Keep it simple
  • Be kind, respectful and helpful
  • Reject disruptive conduct that willfully incites discord

Housekeeping

  • Members of fsxNet and their users to conduct themselves with the above goals and values in mind. Failure to do so risks being de-listed and/or removed by the Network Coordinator

  • Please don’t post echomail to fsxNet about country politics or religion. These subjects inevitably seem to cause discord and are best left for discussion on other message networks.

  • The use of the fsxNet for illegal purposes is not permitted. Members or users deemed to be engaged in such activities will be de-listed and/or removed by the Network Coordinator

  • Members real names are used in the nodelist, members and users’ aliases or real names are welcome in all echoareas

  • Messages containing ANSI should use a [ANSI] prefix in the message subject line. This allows members who can’t view ANSI content to opt out reading it if they are unable to do so. e.g. Subject: [ANSI] Something I drew last night

  • Please do not gate fsxNet traffic to other FTN/QWK networks, Usenet, or any other network without first discussing your request in FSX_GEN and obtaining approval from the Zone 21 ZC.

Message Echos

Echoarea Description
FSX_TST Test messages and other experimentation is welcome here! Messages using the subject of ‘Test’ should receive an automated response from a roBOT. Humans can also appear magically with reports too.
FSX_GEN A general discussion echoarea covering many topics.
FSX_MYS Mystic BBS discussions, support and development.
FSX_MAG Magicka BBS discussions, support and development.
FSX_BBS BBS software, development and support. The echoarea is also host to fsxNet Wiki wiki.bbs.nz discussions and support.
FSX_ENG ENiGMA 1/2 BBS discussions, support and development.
FSX_HAM Amateur Radio discussions. Covers all aspects of HAM radio including DX, HF, VHF/UHF, various digital modes etc.
FSX_CRY Cryptographic discussion and experimentation. Public key sharing, encoded messages, testing etc. is welcome here.
FSX_NET Discussions about fsxNet. Chat about current network operations, plans for the future and how to best implement them.
FSX_ESP Espanol General Chat. This echoarea offers a place for Spanish language conversations. It is a general discussion echoarea covering many topics. Test messages and other experimentation is welcome.
FSX_ADS BBS and NETwork Ads. Run a BBS you want to tell the world about? Use a roBOT or manually post your BBS ASCII / ANSI ads here. Please don’t post the same thing more than once a week (7 days). Let’s keep it ‘minty fresh’ - too much of the same thing usually ends in a diet :)
FSX_BOT We welcome non-human roBOT output here. Gated or original content (e.g. weather, telemetry, entertainment etc.) lives here. BBS ads (FSX_ADS) , echomail stats (FSX_STA) or file announcements (FSX_FIL) live elsewhere.
FSX_STA Echomail + Network Stats. The echoarea for roBOT posts about echomail area stats, BBS mailer traffic and gateway activity. FTN network stats / reports are also posted here. Some people read them cover to cover while others like horoscopes better :)
FSX_FIL File Announcements. I like files, you like files, we all like files! This echoarea contains roBOT posts covering files received by fsxNet member BBS or files hatched from fsxNet HUBS to the wider community.
FSX_DAT InterBBS Data. An echomail area used by software such as InterBBS Oneliner or Double-Up (both by Darryl Perry) to send inter-BBS data between nodes in fsxNet. In most cases the data is not readable or of interest to human eyes. Sysops may wish to hide this echo from BBS users.

File Areas

Filearea Description
FSX_NODE Weekly Nodelists (fsxNet, etc.)
FSX_INFO Weekly Infopacks (fsxNet, etc.)
FSX_MYST Mystic BBS Software
FSX_MUTL Mystic BBS Utils, Mods etc.
FSX_SOFT BBS Software (Current + Legacy)
FSX_DOOR BBS Doors, Games etc.
FSX_UTLS BBS Utils, Tools, Networking etc.
FSX_ARTS ANSI Art - Groups, Individuals etc.
FSX_IMGE Image Files (Various)
FSX_TEXT Text Files (Various)

Technical Details

Net 1 HUB

The fsxNet WHQ HUB (21:1/100) accepts BinkD connections via net1.fsxnet.nz:24556 or port 24553 (SSL)

IPv4 and IPv6 connections are supported.

Net 2 HUB

The fsxNet Tholian HUB (21:2/100) accepts BinkD connections via net2.fsxnet.nz:24555 or port 24553 (SSL)

IPv4 connections are supported.

Net 3 HUB

The fsxNet Mutura HUB (21:3/100) accepts Telnet EMSI/FTS6 + ZedZap connections via net3.fsxnet.nz:60177 and BinkD connections on 24554 or port 24553 (SSL)

IPv4 and IPv6 connections are supported.

Net 4 HUB

The fsxNet Niba HUB (21:4/100) accepts BinkD connections via net4.fsxnet.nz:24560 or port 24553 (SSL)

IPv4 connections are supported.

Net 5 HUB

The fsxNet HUB (21:5/100) accepts VMODEM connections via net5.fsxnet.nz:3141

IPv4 connections are supported.

Joining fsxNet / Membership

Joining is easy, to obtain a node number just complete the application form contained in the fsxNet Infopack (see below) then either email it to avon@bbs.nz or send it as Fidonet netmail to Paul Hayton (3:770/100)

For anything that’s not applicable, please state “NA”. Thanks for your interest.

Infopack / Nodelist

fsxNet Infopack - application form, latest nodelist etc. to help you get setup with fsxNet.

fsxNet Nodelist - latest fsxNet nodelist.