My latest quest was to use the emulated 850 and Hayes modem to connect to an Atari BBS. It took me a while to figure out so I thought I'd post a step-by-step guide. If you're more interested in using the BBS's from your modern computer, I suggest using a native terminal program. But, the point here is to (re)experience the 1980's online world available through one's Atari 8-bit computer.
I use the Altirra emulator. It can emulate an attached 850 interface and Hayes modem. To set it up, selected "Devices" from the "System" menu.
- APX Chameleon CRT TTY Emulator,
- Disk Version 3.1 by John Howard Palevich (1982). Palevich was interviewed for the ANTIC Podcast.
- 850 Express! v1.1 by Keith Ledbetter (1986).
- Bob Term by Robert Puff (1990). Download an ATR file at archive.org. The original ARC compressed files are available at the legacy CSS site.
- Ice-T XE by itaych on Atariage. This is an evolving modern terminal program that runs on the XE series (requires extra RAM) and has a software driven 80 column display.
Boot one up, change the mode to ASCII so you can talk to the modem, switch to terminal mode, type "AT" and it should respond "OK." There you go!
ATDI url port." Once connected, change back to ATASCII mode if the BBS supports it.
BBSTELNETGUIDE, although the search tool isn't useful. Even a Google search for Atari of the site is tough. I did find the YYZ-BBS.Here is its menu page in all its ATASCII glory.