I started with QuickBBS v1.02 (written by Adam Hudson when he was the ripe age of 14) back in 1988. I ran it (was called Code 3 BBS - I was a patrol officer at the time) for several years (upgrading into the 2.7x series - which I paired with FrontDoor for FidoNet). It started on an old Vendex Headstart XT as a single node using a 1200 baud Packard Bell external modem. I then upgraded to a 286/12Mhz and Hayes 2400 baud external (boy was I flying high). I installed DESQview and ran 1 local node and 1 remote node. Got tired of the MS-DOS/DV scene and purchased a 386/33 and installed OS/2 on it and converted my BBS over to a Binkley2/Maximus setup and ended up running 3 remote nodes on it. These were originally U.S. Robotics 14.4k Courier HST modems. I then upgraded them to the Courier HST/V.32 dual standards (thank goodness for SysOp prices).
Was in FidoNet and after about 3 months was offered sub-hub position which I took. Clay Tinsley was my HUB6000 co-ordinator and when he stepped down I assumed his duties for HUB6000. I was also "elected" as the NET124 NEC, which I held until the time I moved back to my home-town.
After moving away from DFW I set my site up again (only a single node) in Palestine but the area here was a "little" backwoods" and most people didn't know what a BBS was - much less a computer , so after a few months I shut it down.
I got out of it just about the time that the "internet" started taking off and people were connecting their BBS's into Usenet.