N1MM, N2AMG, K3CT, N2IC and NA3M are the developers currently. It is a cooperative development venture. If you have programming or other skills we'd be interested in your help. To help develop, you'll need your own copy of Visual Basic 6.0 PE or EE. A copy of Access 2000 is helpful, but not required. Contact N1MM to discuss working on this project. Source code is provided to those who would like to contribute to the project.
So who is Tom, N1MM, and why is he writing a free contest logging program?
That's me in my office at CIGNA. I was at CIGNA for 28 years before retiring in 2009.
My former real job was as a computer system architect. I worked with application programming teams to help them design applications that would perform reliably, scale and fit into the infrastructure at our company.
I have been employed designing and coding computer systems since I graduated from MIT in 1971. I've been an application programmer, a VM systems programmer, an artificial intelligence system designer and many other jobs within the computer field.
As a ham for over 40 years, my main interest has always been contesting. I don't remember my first contest, but it was probably the Tennessee QSO party. I do remember what a thrill it was the first time I worked over one contact a minute!
In 2000, I got frustrated with the computer logging programs that I was using, because they were buggy and too hard to use. I figured that if I wrote my own, then any bugs that I wanted fixed, I could fix myself!
So why is this program free? It didn't really seem like I could make a lot of money selling it, so why irritate people by asking them for money? If I did that, then there would be a lot of expectations as to how fast I fix problems, and what features I add. I still get that, but I can always say: "Hey, it's open source — write it yourself!" I don't do that often, but it's nice to know that I can. It keeps the work from becoming a burden.
Tom - N1MM
There are many people helping out Tom with N1MM logger. Some of them were at the Dayton Hamvention in May 2009 and below a picture.
Giving names is always a problem as you always forget someone but I still want to mention two of them. Missing were Rick, N2AMG and John, K3CT who could not make it this year to Dayton.
If you are wondering if a freeware logging program can be as good as one you pay for, remember this — this team has more active developers with more relevant years of experience on its development team than any other logging program team — contest or otherwise.
From left to right in front: Nick NA3M and Steve N2IC. At the back Pete N4ZR, Thomas PA1M and Tom N1MM.
At Dayton Contest University 2011
From left to right: Tom N1MM, John K3CT, Pete N4ZR, Larry K8UT
N1MM Logger Logo Artist
Thanks to Julio, LU5MT, for his beautiful and professional artwork that tops the N1MM website and has been incorporated into the desktop software and program icons.
Most work to the current website is done by Larry, K8UT (who also hosts the website). Documentation support is provided by a trio of Larry K8UT, Pete N4ZR, and Rich VE3KI. These three work with the developers - who sometimes make edits to the website themselves - to keep the documentation up-to-date. Thanks guys for the work done.