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 became SilverHawk BBS in the summer of 1992.
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 thousands of users. Our board was targeting the 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 but that was just part of the fun back in the days.
After a couple of years, our board was later migrated to an A2000 which Stian bought. It was installed with a multi-serial card and some new harddisks. The A2000 hosted the BBS for a few years before we later decided to migrate the BBS over to an A1200, which proved tricky because the Apollo 68030 accelerator tended to freeze up from time to time. Still, we kept it running by being true to the BBS and kept the uptime as good as possible with daily maintenance.
Sadly, in the late 90's when Internet gained more popularity, the activity on our BBS faded just like it did for many other boards here in Norway during that period. Most of the boards died and never came back online and a piece of history was lost forever. However, SilverHawk BBS never died -- it just idled for a while.
The BBS was idling for a while mostly because work, school and military service took up more and more of our time. But, in the early 2000 we brought the BBS back online. This time we were using a telnet-emulator as a serial device instead of modems. This worked very well, and we brought the BBS back to life again.
But -- the users were all gone. They hovered on the dark side (internet made us all into zombies) and the BBS had very few visitors. It was now running on an A4000, but this HW was starting to behaving unstable, so we decided to migrate to the eUAE emulator on an Ubuntu server using hardfiles. We copied all files from the A4000 to those hardfiles and it ran well like this for a couple of years. Then, in 2015, the BBS was kickstarted again after a long idle time, but this time we hosted it on a MacBook Pro with FS-UAE for the emulation. It ran super smooth on this setup but SysOp and CoSys decided that we needed to make a change. It was time to take Retro to the Cloud! So we took a giant leap of faith and moved the BBS to a Cloud based server. The hardfiles were migrated to the Cloud and set up on eUAE. We redirected the DNS and, Voila: The BBS was officially Cloud Ready in December 2017.
We are already close to the year 2020 and we've celebrated our BBS's 25th anniversary. It's been enormously 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 on and keeping in touch with everyone who decide to connect and share the fun.
Thanks for your time. Now, connect and join us :)