SilverHawk BBS was founded by Stian Andre Olsen and Espen Skog in the very early 90's after discovering the magnificent gadget called: The modem :-)
Together with helpful people, we managed to set up an A500 with a GVP external HDD using ABBS (Amiga version of MBBS) which shortly after shaped SilverHawk BBS.
The Norwegian telephone company, Televerket, sponsored us with two free phone lines which were open for incoming calls only. Kristoffer Egeberg arranged this and thanks to him, we had 2 nodes! This meant that the only expenses we had were the personal time invested in the BBS. And as we all know, this meant several hours every day. But it was fun :-)
The BBS quickly grew and gathered several thousand users. Our board was targeting Amiga users, but we allowed anyone to connect. Of course, we had some nice PC vs Amiga wars going on in the conferences from time to time. That was part of the fun back in those days.
Our board was later migrated to an A2000 which Stian bought. It was installed with a serial-board and some new harddisks. This model ran the BBS for a few years before we instead put the BBS on an A1200, which was sometimes tricky because the Apollo 030 accellerator card tended to freeze from time to time. Still, we kept it running by being true to the BBS and keeping the uptime as good as possible.
Sadly, when Internet (gross!) began to be more and more popular, this BBS faded away like all other did here in Norway during that period.
SilverHawk BBS was down for quite a while because both Stian and I had little time because of school, military service and other work. In the early 2000 we brought the BBS back online. This time using a telnet-emulator for the serial device. This worked well, and we got the BBS back to life. But the users were all gone. They were all on the dark side (internet made us all into zombies) and the BBS was more or less idle. It was now running on an A4000, but this HW started to behave unstable. We then migrated it all over to run in the eUAE emualtor on an Ubuntu server. It worked well like this for a couple of years. In 2015 the BBS was kickstarted again after a period time. Now on a OSX MacBook Pro with FS-UAE. It is not running smooth on this setup, and it kind of reminds me of the time it ran on the A1200 :-)
There has never been any major downtime (caused by system crash) and it is now more stable than when it ran on real classic Amiga HW back in the days. How ironic is that ? :-)
It's now 2016 and we're soon approaching our 25 year anniversary. We have had enormous fun being part of the BBS phenomenon and even though the activity on the BBS is not as high as it was during its glory days, we still enjoy logging in and keeping in touch with everyone there.
Thanks for your time. Now connect and join us :)