What is a BBS? It is a Bulletin Board System. It is a message distribution system. It can receive personal "email" messages and bulletins, deliver personal "email" messages and bulletins, and distribute messages to other locales. It can provide data, news, information, forums, etc.
Packet BBS Service
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The service is specifically designed to provide full-service BBS functionality messages and bulletins throughout Santa Clara County even if the entire Internet is completely down. But the service is not in any way dependent on the Internet. This page describes the features and functionality of the service. Two fictitious entities are used in the examples below to avoid posting real packet addresses:. The service works just like other packet BBS services and has the following standard packet networking capabilities:. This means that the packet BBS service includes the following additional capabilities:. Therefore, if the Internet is completely down, the service will continue to operate within Santa Clara County.
Raspberry Pi Packet BBS
The network provides multiple services, each of which is described below. Each service can be accessed using different radio and networking technologies, also described below. Some access methods are best suited for fixed locations with clear lines of site over the top of trees and other buildings. Other access technologies can accomodate users in virtually any location in the county. The network incorporates commercial-grade installation and operational practices, security, and monitoring technology to help ensure it is ready when needed.
Not only are there few full-service BBSs these days, there are fewer-still doing RF message forwarding. One that eventually may help re-establish an RF-linked network of packet messaging throughout the region. David also piqued my curiousity in the tiny Raspberry Pi. So, I'm off and running, loading up the Pi with the basic OS and configuring it.