803 Area Code BBSes Through History (80's Version)

MAP OF THE 803 AREA CODE
803-207-1911
Charleston, SC
The Medical Forum
(1988-1997)
Shelley Crawford, Shelley Pickard, Shelley DriscollQuick BBS, FrontDoor
"The Medical Forum existed in Jacksonville, NC from 1988 to 1992. I moved to SC in 1992 and operated there until 1997 when the Internet really started taking over. Callers were WAY down. And yes, I was one of those rare birds, a female sysop. Damn it was FUN!!! I met my husband Patrick at a local sysop's meeting." - Shelley Driscoll
803-223-3802
COLUMBIA, SC
The True Blue BBS, TrueBlue BBS
(1988-1996)
Danny ByrdWildcat , PCBoard
803-238-8571
COLUMBIA, SC
Surfside
(1985-1986)
John Nettles
803-252-0220
COLUMBIA, SC
Galt's Gulch
(1988)
803-256-3546
Columbia , SC
Cola Net, Para-Soft, ParaSoft BBS
(1989-1994)
Shay WaltersWWIV (custom)
"This BBS started out as something to fill up spare time. It ran on a case-less 8MHz 8088 motherboard with two 20-Meg drives sitting on the desk beside it. Sometime around 1990, I wrote a Fidonet interface for WWIV called "FourDog" (Four from the IV in WWIV, and Dog from Fidonet.) This system became the hub of the Columbia Fidonet for a number of years, and I acted as NC (Network Coordinator) for much of that time. The FidoNet address was 376/12. Several of the local sysops started a sysops-users group which would have occasional meetings, often at a local restaurant or picnic shelter. This group was called CSA (Columbia Sysops Assn.) There was a notable BBS in Columbia which is missing from your list. This BBS was named The WordWorks. It was run by Wes Ives (now deceased). This BBS had no downloads (aside from text files), only discussion boards. It pre-dated my BBS by a number of years, and, I think was running after I had shut mine down. Unfortunately, I don't remember the phone number for the WordWorks. If I run across an old BBS phone # list, I'll send you another update for it." - Shay Walters
803-279-3897
NORTH AUGUSTA, SC
Augusta Forum # 2
(1989)
Ed Meloan
803-279-4124
NORTH AUGUSTA, SC
Augusta Forum 1, Augusta Net, RA-USA, RA-USA (VFC 288)
(1987-1995)
Ed MeloanRemoteAccess
803-279-5392
Augusta, GA
FORUM-80 Augusta, GA
(1982-1985)
FORUM-80
803-287-3000
LANCASTER, SC
AlterdAmigas
(1988)
803-293-5676
AIKEN, SC
The Grand Strand Information Exchange Service
(1988)
Red Ryder Host
803-299-3594
ROCK HILL, SC
Door to South, Door to the Sout
(1989-1996)
Richard FullerPCBoard
803-366-6235
ROCK HILL, SC
Critical Mass, Critical Mass BBS
(1988-1993)
John Threatt
803-388-0776
PROSPERITY, SC
Gamer's World, Gamer's World VBBS
(1989-1995)
Steve SkidmoreVBBS, Renegade
803-393-7399
Pee Dee Exchange, Pee Dee Exchange RCPM/RBBS, Pee Dee Xchg
(1985-1996)
Erwin Reyer, Edwin ReyerWWIV
803-425-5331
CAMDEN, SC
Odyssey BBS
(1987-1991)
W. BartschatPCBoard
803-479-8880
COLUMBIA, SC
Marlboro BBS
(1984-1998)
Danny Drew Jr
803-494-9404
STATEBURG, SC
Night Phantom
(1988)
Wildcat
803-524-5056
ROCK HILL, SC
The Low Country
(1988-1990)
Tom EcholsWildcat
803-524-5655
Beaufort, SC
Broad River Emp, Broad River Emporium
(1989-1995)
Ken Kelly, Ken KelleyWildcat!, Spitfire, TAG
"We ran under a variety of names, starting with The Hobby Shop, and then various incarnations using the THS initials (The Hedonistic Society). Eventurally the name settled on Broad River Emporium. We ran a variety of software, mainly to prove that we could.

"We started on Wildcat! but did Spitfire for a while. We went to T.A.G. because of its flexibility and I know we experimented with PC-Board, RBBS, Telegard, and WWIV. Eventually we ran for a while using both Wildcat! and T.A.G., so users could pick their favorite experience. I think before we shut it down Ken ran Maximus BBS for a while, but that was after I was out of day-to-day operations as a SysOp." - K. Brian Kelley

803-525-3126
Parris Island Marine Corps
(1989-1991)
Chuck Dirienzo
803-542-1658
Spart'bg PCUG, Spartanburg IBM PCUG
(1988-1996)
Johnnie TurnerPCBoard
803-547-6576
Ft. Mill, SC
RBBS
(1981)
Bill TaylorRBBS
803-548-0900
FORT MILL, SC
Fort Mill BBS, Fort Mill Hub, Fort Mill Tabby, RBBS IBM PC Fort Mill, RCP/M RBBS Fort Mill
(1982-1995)
Bill TaylorRed Ryder Host, Mouse Exchange
803-552-1612
FORUM-80 Charleston
(1982-1983)
803-552-4979
Pro-Files! BBS
(1989-1993)
Carl CarterWildcat
803-552-5781
GRAPHIC INTERPRETATIONS
(1988)
Wildcat
803-552-8339
Pyramid BBS
(1988-1990)
Mark Bennett
803-554-5864
The Mail Drop BBS
(1989)
Clay Tannacore
803-556-7099
View2
(1989-1991)
Jim Faucette
803-556-7485
McClellanville, SC
Charleston Net, East Bay X-change, East Bay X-Change 1, East Bay X-Change Node 1, EastBayXcghg, EastBayXchg, Rat in the Office [Mail Only], Smokin' Software, TComm QMX/XRS Help
(1987-1996)
Mike Ratledge, Michael RatledgeQuickBBS , TComm
"East Bay X-Change (listed under several other numbers - back then we didn't have "roll-over" for non-commercial phones) ran TComm software, and was the home of "XRS", the "Xpress Response System" offline mail reader/responder written and sold by myself for almost 10 years which was one of the first "bulk mail" offline readers for FidoNet systems. I was the Region 18 (SouthEast) software distribution service hub and coordinator (SDScoord), Charleston (Net 183) network coordinator for FidoNet and also author of "NewDay/PC" a 'Today in History' program popular during that time period. You have one node listed as being up until 1996, but after moving from the original East Bay St location (723- & 577- exchange #s) to my home in the West Ashley area after Hurricane Hugo in 1989, I ran three nodes until mid-1993." - Mike Ratledge
803-556-9094
BIBS, The B.I.B.S. System
(1989-1991)
Taine Gilliam
803-559-9473
Islander BBS, John's Islander
(1987-1992)
Jim Powers, Powers/Williams
803-569-0652
CHARLOTTE, SC
Quick & EC
(1989-1990)
John Williams
803-572-3353
The Unknown, The UNKNOWN BBS
(1988-1994)
Steve McKainWildcat
803-572-7498
Rick's Cafe American
(1989-1990)
Bernie Ball
803-573-9216
Hallowed Halls
(1987-1989)
Stephen Hall
803-574-2617
ReductioAbsurdm
(1982-1996)
Rick HeynQuickBBS
803-576-5710
COLUMBIA, SC
macmoore bbs
(1988)
Red Ryder Host
803-577-2462
East Bay Exchange TCommNet -, East Bay X-Change TCommNet -
(1989-1991)
Mike Ratledge
803-577-9845
Charleston Net, East Bay X-Change, East Bay X-Change Node 4, FIDO Bird Watchers 650m, Reg 18 SDS Coord, Reg 18 SDSCoord, TComm Help, TComm QMX/XRS Help
(1988-1991)
Mike Ratledge
803-585-0138
ORANGEBURG, SC
Radio Shack BBS
(1989)
803-585-8575
ORANGEBURG, SC
Alliance Francaise, ALLIANCE FRANCAISE , Pascal's BBS
(1986-1989)
Pascal Roy
803-591-3920
BARNWELL, SC
Spa'brg IBMPCUG, Spartenburg
(1989-1994)
Turner/Fennessy, Fennessy/TurnerPCBoard
803-593-8467
BATH, SC
Valley Connection
(1988)
Ricky Stidham
803-625-2088
ESTILL, SC
The ShareWare Connection BBS
(1989)
David Dean
803-648-4281
AIKEN, SC
Keep It Simple
(1989-1990)
Ed Ridpath
803-652-3760
NEW ELLENTON, SC
Aiken Net, Play Net II, PLAY-NET II BBS, Schrodinger's Catbox
(1989-1994)
Terry Buyers
803-656-2736
LAKE WYLIE WEST, SC
The Task Force
(1987)
GBBS Pro
803-681-2277
HILTON HEAD, SC
Island Soft, IslandSoft
(1989-1994)
Tim Mallery
803-686-5978
HILTON HEAD, SC
Softstar
(1987-1989)
Robert Manis
803-723-1691
East Bay X-Change Node 1, EGA "Today/PC II" Novell
(1989-1991)
Mike Ratledge
803-723-6430
Charleston Net, East Bay Exchange, East Bay X-change. Newday/PC, EBayXchg-EGA, Echo Daemon (EBX Node 2), Echo Daemon 1 (EBX Node 2), Lasers., Old EBX in Death Throws 3, Rat in the Office (Mail Only), Rat in the Office [Mail Only]
(1987-1994)
Mike RatledgeTBBS
803-736-6066
COLUMBIA, SC
So.Hospitality, Southern Hospitalit, Southern Hospitality
(1984-1996)
John BroomePCBoard
803-738-2966
COLUMBIA, SC
Clearing House BBS, The Clearing House
(1987-1991)
George SpraginsPCBoard
803-747-2269
New Worlds Bookservice, Ole Tinbrain, The Way Station
(1988-1991)
Bill Sides, Jim Colligan
803-754-4996
COLUMBIA, SC
Orphanage Pbbs
(1987-1989)
Mike Kimble
803-762-2136
Charleston, SC
The Upper Room
(1987-1992)
Mark MurphyQuickBBS
"Not real sure when I started this BBS, in fact it started as a part time BBS using RBBS software. I eventually joined FidoNet running QuickBBS and Binkleyterm as the front end mailer. I was one of the early sysops to purchase a US Robotics HST modem that was able to run at 9600 Baud, and later at 14400 baud after a firmware upgrade. My board was primarily a message and download board reaching at it's height 60Mb split approximately in half with 30Mb in downloads and 30Mb in messaging and system software. I did run a game on my board. It was called Ultimate Mayhem. This was a multi-player space game which was a sort of cross between Tradewars and the Star Track games of the day. The Upper Room moved to Cincinnati, OH in 1989 after Hurricane Hugo came through, and survived another year before the computer blew a hard disk." - Mark Murphy
803-763-4920
COLUMBIA, SC
Charleston Fido
(1986)
Ed RidpathFidoNet
803-763-7235
COLUMBIA, SC
Keep It Simple
(1988)
Ed Ridpath
803-763-9522
Charleston, SC
Counter<>Parts Online, Dog House BBS, Counterpart
(1986-1996)
Danny CovingtonVaroius Programs, Self Written Voice Mail
"This BBS was started on a hoighy modified TI99 4a, Then was run on a souped up Atari xe 130. When IBM came out with the PS2 we ported over and ran a dting BBS Voice mail while still maintaining our graphic based BBS." - Danny Covington
803-765-0679
COLUMBIA, SC
Cabaret Voltaire
(1989-1990)
Phillip Jones
803-766-6789
Night Wolves
(1982-2000)
James Polk
803-767-4201
The Roost, The Roost BBS, The Roost PCB1 NOV
(1989-1996)
Rick CannPCBoard
803-768-4782
SeabIsleBd,!, Seabrook Island BBS, Seabrook Island Board
(1988-1997)
Earl BoonePCBoard
803-771-0922
COLUMBIA, SC
Compusystems
(1982-1983)
803-776-0163
COLUMBIA, SC
The Macintosh Stop
(1988)
Red Ryder Host
803-776-8447
Columbia, SC
DIAL-YOUR-MATCH #171
(1985)
DIAL-YOUR-MATCH
803-777-4097
COLUMBIA, SC
Sci Line (376/18), Science Online
(1989)
John Gemmill
803-777-6923
COLUMBIA, SC
USC-ACM, USC-East
(1989-1994)
Robert Wilhite, Alan Dodd, Shay Walters, Kenneth Samson, Ron Pritchett, ?System Operator?
803-779-7964
COLUMBIA, SC
ShowPage BBS
(1989-1990)
Spencer Whetstone
803-786-6132
COLUMBIA, SC
Carolina Networx
(1988-1990)
Lewis Etheridge, Mark McClureOpus
"You have two entries for Carolina Networx, one under the phone number on this comment, another on 803-788-8039. These are the same board, Mark & I shared SysOp duties on this machine; it had two phone numbers because it was originally located at the place where we worked and later moved it to another location. Mark handled user authentication & registration, I handled the tech stuff for FidoNet (which, IIRC, our node was 376/10?)." - Lewis Etheridge
803-788-6797
COLUMBIA, SC
The Rat's Nest
(1986)
Paul Beverly
803-788-8039
COLUMBIA, SC
Carolina Networx
(1989-1990)
Mark McClure
803-788-8926
COLUMBIA, SC
Macintosh BBS
(1985)
Mouse Exchange
803-788-8943
Columbia, SC
Dragon's Lair
(1989-1996)
John StewartFORUM
803-795-0547
Charleston Net, Keep It Simple
(1988)
Ed Ridpath
803-795-6260
Coastal BBS
(1988-1996)
Bill Jones, Willard JonesPCBoard
803-796-3127
COLUMBIA, SC
CausersCorner
(1988)
803-797-5660
The Humor Hotel
(1988)
John Mood
803-821-1363
The General Store
(1989-1994)
Bill Severs
803-821-1669
The Home BBS
(1988-1991)
Darrel McKeown, Jeff Krich
803-821-2506
Bob's Place
(1989-1994)
Bob Galente
803-821-8689
Summerville, SC
Pat's Place (Node 1), Pat's Place BBS (Node 1), Pat's Place Node 1
(1988-1999)
Patrick DriscollTriBBS, PC Board
"Oldest BBS in Summerville, with 4 nodes and FidoNet mail access. Survived Operation Sundevil, with only one system seized. Run util the calls dropped to less than 10 a day." - Patrick Driscoll
803-823-8176
Charleston, SC
The Thieves Market
(1989-1994)
The Doorman / DMZ / David M ZendzianWWIV
"WWIVnet & Fidonet node, eventually moved services into A World of Difference (awod.com) the first ISP in Charleston that DMZ was a partner in." - David M. Zendzian
803-831-2437
LAKE WYLIE, SC
The Outer Marker BBS
(1989-1995)
John Price
803-848-9915
SUMTER, SC
Farther Along(tm)
(1989)
Alex Guest
803-871-3468
Summerville, SC
Tinbrain's BBS
(1984-1991)
803-871-3710
Turbo-88, Turbo-88 SoftXchg
(1987-1991)
Mike AbbottPCBoard
803-871-7468
A P E X BBS
(1989)
Jerry Clark
803-871-8197
Summerville 80
(1987-1996)
George StadlerPCBoard
803-875-2019
RaceNet, TandyLand, TandyLand BBS REL
(1989-1994)
Becky Pickel, Bob SimpsonPCBoard
803-875-3020
Randy's House, Randy's Hub
(1989-1994)
Randy Harner
803-875-5537
Summerville 80
(1987-1989)
Ralph MartinPCBoard
803-879-4364
Comax,+CDR, The COMAX BBS, THE COMAX GROUP BBS
(1988-1998)
Vic Montgomery, Victor MontgomeryWildcat
803-881-0925
AE Line: SHIT
(1985)
803-895-3536
SUMTER, SC
Ultimate
(1989-1996)
Matthew CooleyPCBoard
803-957-6870
LEXINGTON, SC
Macinternational
(1988)
Red Ryder Host
79 Sysops currently listed.
97 BBSes Listed.