Connecting to BBSes

Gone are the days of dialing BBSes and listening to the grind and whine of the modem. Instead now you can connect with telnet BBSes using several native terminals on the Commodore. We will cover that later. Here we will cover the ways you can connect to Commodore BBSes, like ours, from a native Mac or Windows client. This page is a work in progress.

Thanks to the excellent 1200 baud blog for much of this!

You can download a pre-compiled mirror of CGTerm version 1.6 hosted here:

cgterm-1.6-macosx.tar.gz (53 downloads) (CG Term for Mac)

CGTerm 1.6 for Windows (15 downloads) CGTerm 1.6 Source Code (10 downloads)

CGTerm is an open source client which allows for true PETSCII translation so you can see Commodore/Color 64 sites in all their glory. Once you fire it up just press ESC then D and enter the address. Addresses are entered as such:

address (space) port

So Oasis BBS would be oasisbbs.hopto.org 6400. See the screenshot:

I have been having problems compiling the latest version of CGTerm for macOS Mojave but I am working to get that fixed. I’ll post an update when we get there.