The SWISSLOG story started in 1986, at which time Walter was working for a very large computer company. One day at lunch time, he was browsing one of the company bulletin boards and spotted a message posted by another Ham looking for someone to write a logging program. He was interested so he met with Ernst, EA8BGN (now HB9RXQ) and they discussed the project. Ernst created the first specification for the program and also came up with the name.
The first version of SWISSLOG for DOS was released in 1987 and many Ham's are still using the DOS version today. After the initial release, he worked several years improving the DOS version by adding functions that were requested by users. At the same time, PC performance was increasing dramatically and he was finally convinced that a Log-Program with acceptable performance could be developed for Windows. While continuing to improve the DOS version, he started to develop a Windows version. During the development process Walter learned a lot and had to restart three times; it took four years before the Windows version was ready for release in 1997. SWISSLOG continued improving every version, but keeping the original concept which would require the program to be flexible so that Ham's could adapt it to their individual requirements. Now you can define and characterize just about any data in your log – you can view your log sorted by callsign, date, band, mode, or whatever criteria you choose, you can view statistics for tracking your DXCC or grid square count, create and print custom reports, prepare award forms and applications, print QSL card labels, and control many other practical functions. This flexibility does add complexity to the program which is true for most complex programs like word processors and spreadsheets. Typically, these programs have many advanced functions a casual user doesn't need and may not understand, yet they can still use the basic program productively. The same is also true for SWISSLOG for Windows – using the program in the default mode is fairly easy and as you become familiar with the basic functions, you can explore the more advanced features that are available. Fortunately, there will always be a group of 'power users' and we hope they will share their secrets with others by providing "Tips and Hints" in the forum of the SWISSLOG Website.
As many of you know, in june 2006, just before the official release of Swisslog for Windows version 6, a car ran over Walter while he was riding his bicycle. After some weeks in deep comma he finally woke up and during these years he has been recovering well of the injuries suffered. Now he can have an average life but this accident left him a strange and important side effect: he lost all his computing and programming skills. After some years without recovering his programming skills he decided to make Swisslog free of use to everybody. Everybody in the Swisslog team were searching for a programmer to continue his creation with no much success. However, Christian Aymon, HB9DBC, a professional programmer and friend of Walter and Pascal, HB9IIB, could take a copy of Walter's computer and created a virtual machine to at least have the source code and the tools to develop Swisslog. That way he could release some versions correcting some important issues as the new QRZ access. He kept Swisslog alive and useful. But developing Swisslog is a very difficult task that even professionals programmers would need a lot of time to simply try to understand how Walter programmed this huge program with nearly a milion of code lines. Christian didn't have such huge time and for personal and professional reasons he had to leave the Swisslog team.
I have been involved in the Swisslog team since 1990, first translating Swisslog into Spanish and later as distributor in Spain and giving support to all users who need it. Two years ago I created a patch updater to keep Swisslog updated. I focused mainly in the country table (maintained by Hardy, DL5SBA, who recently passed away), and I updated the statistic file and some other files so that Swisslog could be still useful and updated. But one year ago approximately I decided to get the source code of Swisslog and try at least to learn a bit of Delphi language with the only intention to correct future small issues. I asked permission to Walter and he given me full rights to do whatever I could do to continue developing Swisslog. Christian sent me a copy of the virtual machine of Walter's computer and he gave me some valuable instructions to compile and create the main program. I have the source code of version 6 but it's full of compiling errors and Walter can't help me to solve them. So I'm focused in version 5 which is stable and still powerful.
Swisslog is currently still one of the best and powerful logging programs in the world. I will try to keep Swisslog alive the best I know, trying to solve future issues, administrating the Swisslog forum and website, giving support to everybody and implement new things if I'm able to. Walter and this excellent program deserves it!
73 from Jordi Quintero, EA3GCV
Walter and me want to thank the following people who has supported Swisslog over these years:
- Richard Schmitz, W7YES and Gert Janssens, K5WW: They spent much time bringing the help document to the form it is today. Without them the help files would still be the 'unreadable' collection of technical information, Thanks to them, it is now an excellent reference and tutorial.
- Christian Aymon, HB9DBC: for his important work to rescue the source code and the needed tools to continue developing Swisslog. Thank to this action he could release some new versions correcting very important issues. And thanks to him now I can try to follow his steps to keep Swisslog alive the best I can.
- Pascal Antenen, HB9IIB: Walter's friend who made possible that Christian got involved in the Swisslog team in a critical moment in the Swisslog history. He also did an important job when the web site was seriously hacked in 2013, missing the whole website and forum. He achieved restoring the full website but he could not restore the old forum messages. But he created the current forum, more secured against hacking attacks.
THOUSAND THANKS TO ALL OF YOU!
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