Most nodes are -7 and BBS/PBBS are -1. RMS gateways are -10, Chat servers -11.
Tune to 145.01 and listen for beacons to see who you can hear. Most stations are sending a beacon every 10 minutes.
To connect to the BBSes via a node, if you can’t hear them directly, first connect to the NODE-7, then to the BBS. For example:
Connect to N8LXY-7 with “C N8LXY-7”. And then when you get the node prompt, connect to the KM8V BBS with “C KM8V-1”. You can do this in your terminal program from your TNC, or with EasyTerm using Direwolf or a soundmodem. If you are using Winlink Express, you can use a connect script to route through a node.
To connect using a digipeater, you can do something like: C KM8V-1 v KC8NZJ. Most node callsigns (e.g. W8EDU-7) should also digi. Note that using a node is more efficient and reliable than using a digipeater, and should be used if possible.
Note: Many of my beacons are using pretty long digi paths. This is not generally a good practice, but I’m doing it for the time being so that new stations tuning in will see them.
Some stations on the air:
Some useful links: