DXKeeper and Pathfinder are members of the freeware DXLab Suite, a set of eight interoperating applications designed to automate amateur radio DXing activities. DXKeeper supports logging, QSLing and award tracking. Pathfinder is a specialized web browser that provides 1-click access to more than 80 online sources of QSL information, including QRZ.com.
DXKeeper has long been able to populate new and already-logged QSOs with information from QRZ.com without requiring a subscription. It does this by directing Pathfinder to display the QRZ.com results – including advertisements – and then analyzing the returned information. Fred AA7BQ’s continued improvements to the QRZ.com web site have occasionally broken this mechanism, but its been easy to update Pathfinder to compensate; users can obtain and install such updates with a single mouse click.
After the most recent QRZ.com changes, I reviewed the existing DXLab-QRZ.com interoperation with Fred to be certain that he is comfortable with it. During this conversation, Fred suggested that I provide direct access for DXLab users with data-only (XML) or full QRZ.com subscriptions – a request already made by several DXLab users over the past few months. Last Friday, I released DXKeeper version 7.3.3 with this capability.
Thus DXLab users now have the same choice available to those accessing QRZ.com via a web browser: access the callbook data without a subscription but with accompanying advertisements, or access the data directly with an appropriate subscription.
All DXLab applications are free, and available via www.dxlabsuite.com .