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A Short Introduction For BBS Newbies

Here`s a short tutorial for those people that would like to call a telnet bbs and never worked with Amiexpress (/X) or Fame before.

Here’s a short article for those people that would like to call a telnet board (a bbs) with a static ip and they never had anything in common with Amiexpress (/X) or Fame before.

In case you have an Amiga, install the freeware telnet client DcTelnet. It can be easily found in the Aminet. Windows and macOS users should have a try with SecureCRT. Make sure you set Appearance=ANSI in the Session Options menu. Then call by telnet (no ssh etc!) to with port 23. I picked Uphold The Law as an example because its ip is public.

When being asked first READ what they want you to know and AFTER reading accept the terms by entering yes. Now it`s time to enter your username. Not Guest or something like that. If you call the first time, you will be asked if you want to register as new user. I guess you know the answer??! ;-)

In case of Uphold The Law bbs its sysop Ramses would like to have your private phone number for making sure all users only upload LEGAL demorelated stuff and no illegal shit.

After your complete registration, you see all messages written to all users. Then you are in a menu system where you are asked to enter something. Enter ? for getting the complete list of available commands. With H you can display a short help textfile.

Now enter 0 for operator chat and C for writing a comment to the sysop of this bbs. Choose Ramses standing on top of the sysops/cosysops list and enter your subject. Just leave him a short mail including your real phone number – yes, it might happen he will validate it and call you up!!

Okay, give him two days and then call again with your username and the password you have choosen previously while the registration procedure.

So far, so good.

Some real simple commands. Enter X for eXpert mode, else always the list of available commands will be displayed.

Enter J to join a conference. You can only find c64 related files in the c64 conference, miggy releases in the Amiga conference etc. pp. Use your arrow to make your selection, that makes it easier.

To see the complete list of ALL files, enter f and the number of the filelisting. Better you press FR for Files Reverse instead. Then the newest files stand on top of the list etc. In order to download a file, while scrolling and then press return when you`re on the file that you desire. With Q you can exit watching all files reverse.

For downloading press D. If you found something which is not present press U for Upload. In case you want to leech, set the download path for your telnet client first so that you can locate the files afterwards.

If you have pressed U you are asked for the file name and description but it makes more sense to enter it AFTER the transfer is complete. Remember: You have a limit when it comes to the lenght of the name. For example the filename GDS-JP15.LHA is possible, not one character more!!

The commands inside Amiexpress

You’d like to contact other users? Press E to Enter a message and then you’re asked for the subject.

Who else did call today? What are the top uploaders? All those statistics can be watched by pressing B for Bulletins. Again use the arrow keys to navigate.

You would like to chat with the sysop? Press o for operator paging. Who is – that is a command to see who’s eventually on the other telnet nodes for sending them a small online message.

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ANSI von einer BBS, die auf einem PC läuft.

Game over, you want to leave? Press g to leave the bbs

It’s all quite easy as soon as you know which commands to enter. Fame and Amiexpress were coded for making a real EASY file transfer possible. The users didn’t want to enter complete commands, just the first button of them. Simple and easy as possible.

You got struck somehow? At any moment you can as said help yourself by pressing ? for the commands list and H for help. After doing some experiences you will agree that it`s funny to see how 100% of all Amiga, Pc and Consoles warez have been spread worldwide in the early 90s.

Telnetting is a trip back into the true ROOTS of the illegal Scene. It means many colours, ASCIIs and fun is granted as well!

You need further assistence connecting to a bbs? Mail me at and write me about your problem, I will help you! You can also ask your questions inside Facebook at the group BBS Central. A lot of experienced sysops and users are reachable there.


Lars Sobiraj


Lars Sobiraj fing im Jahr 2000 an, als Quereinsteiger für verschiedene Computerzeitschriften tätig zu sein. 2006 kamen neben noch zahlreiche andere Online-Magazine dazu. Er ist der Gründer von Außerdem brachte Ghandy, wie er sich in der Szene nennt, seit 2014 an verschiedenen Hochschulen und Fortbildungseinrichtungen den Teilnehmern bei, wie das Internet funktioniert.