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Discussion in 'Community Help Center' started by K0SPN, Apr 6, 2012.

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  1. K0SPN

    K0SPN Ham Member QRZ Page

    What's the deal with search? Seems to give random results.
    I tried searching for "706", as in the Icom radio, but got zero results; same for "IC-706".
    On a whim, I tried searching for 450 as well (Yaesu FT-450), which I personally listed just recently, and got the same zero results. I know there's also a Kenwood model "xx-450'.
    I know there have been many of both radios listed over the years, and obviously at least one in the past couple of weeks.
    At random, I just picked something I saw while browsing the for sale forum and chose "2020" and I get 150+ results going back to 2002.
    So, doesn't seem to be an issue with just searching for numbers, as "2020" had no problems.

    An ideas?

  2. 2E0MLJ

    2E0MLJ DX Helper QRZ Page

    Hi K0SPN,

    Which search bar were you using?

  3. K0SPN

    K0SPN Ham Member QRZ Page

    I tried the search at the upper right of all the forum pages, like above here and I tried the advanced search page, using both the single and multiple content type tabs.
    I tried searching specifically the "For Sale" forum and general all forums
  4. 2E0MLJ

    2E0MLJ DX Helper QRZ Page

    The Google Search Bar I think your on about, try using the bar at the top along the blue tab. The google one searches the whole of google too. Best of luck with your radio and I hope to QSO soon!

  5. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    It is so weird how a computer does what it is told...

    Using Google search may get this site a pay per click, that is a good thing.

    Good Luck on your search.

  6. K0SPN

    K0SPN Ham Member QRZ Page

    I did not use the Google search, I used the one you mentioned, along with trying the "Advanced Search" link directly below that search box.
    I've tried several times now and got nothing.

    I also thought it could be something wonky using Firefox, so I tried IE also and got the same thing, zero results.
  7. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    You are correct. I just tried it. No go.

    It looks like the sites search engine is not working.
  8. W0BTU

    W0BTU Ham Member QRZ Page

    What I've done for some time is to use Google whenever I want to search the QRZ forums.

    Say I'm searching for an old post I made about, say, Beverage antennas. I type the following into w0btu "beverage antenna"

    - or - w0btu beverage

    Works great, every time. :)
  9. W9KDX

    W9KDX Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have never had any luck at all getting any of the search bars here to find items for sale. My 2 day old listing is a perfect example, no matter how I enter any of the items I listed, I do not get to my listing. One almost works, sending me to a web page for Swapmeet (not listed there) where it says I am listed, but the entire page has nothing.

    If I can't find my own listing, most others probably can't either, other than just browsing through the pages at random. Too bad, one would think that searches these days would not be so difficult.
  10. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Thanks Mike.

    That does work good. Seems like QRZ search would return better results on their own search bar.

    I think when you use the QRZ search, It only searches the Forum that you are on at that time.

    But your work around Using Google Search does work very well.

  11. W0BTU

    W0BTU Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thank you. There may very well be something wrong with the QRZ search function. But I don't think any web site in the world can come anywhere close to matching Google's vastly superior search capabilities. I have the free Google search tool installed on some of my web sites for that reason.
  12. W0BTU

    W0BTU Ham Member QRZ Page

  13. K0SPN

    K0SPN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well, I normally read sticky posts (or at least the title to see if it's relevant to my needs), but I don't really just "browse" the sale forums, so I obviously missed that. I normally just hit the "What's New" button and go from there.
    Still, seems like a needless restriction, especially given the myriad ways that people list their gear, like without a "-" in the model name. Not to mention those that still post ads (despite the sticky post instructions otherwise) called "Shack Cleaning", etc.
    My personal favorite is "Ham Gear For Sale" and its variants. Really? Ham gear for sale on an amateur radio forum, in the amateur gear for sale sub-forum? Who'd of thunk it?
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