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    Question QRZ.com Callsign Database

    Hi guy's, I was wondering if you could answer this question for me please, I am designing a log book program aimed at the freeware market, to add to it's "usefulness" I wanted users to be able to query your call sign database from within my program, is there an API or Web Service that I can use in my application in order to achieve this?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Have your software poll the XML database. Specs on using the database can be found HERE

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    Quote Originally Posted by W4SUL View Post
    Have your software poll the XML database. Specs on using the database can be found HERE

    Sparrow
    Thank you.

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    Robert - You were given the correct answer. Just be aware that for someone to use the XML service, which is the right way to get data from an external program, THEY need a paid subscription to QRZ.com

    The XML interface requires a subscription and when calling the XML interface you should pass their id/password. It wouldn't be correct for you to have an account and have that information passed for the hundreds/thousands of users that could use your program.

    Maybe obvious, but I'm just making sure.

    73,
    K2DSL - David

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    You could build in the option for user/pass auth the the QRZ xml feed, or even with some work, add e-ham modules, or just the FCC data.
    Corey, KC2UGV

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    Quote Originally Posted by K2DSL View Post
    Robert - You were given the correct answer. Just be aware that for someone to use the XML service, which is the right way to get data from an external program, THEY need a paid subscription to QRZ.com

    The XML interface requires a subscription and when calling the XML interface you should pass their id/password. It wouldn't be correct for you to have an account and have that information passed for the hundreds/thousands of users that could use your program.

    Maybe obvious, but I'm just making sure.

    73,
    K2DSL - David
    Thanks for the reply David, I take this as a response to my email that I sent in a short time ago?
    I will be able to plan the deployment of the application now having an answer to my question.

    Regards

    Robert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KC2UGV View Post
    You could build in the option for user/pass auth the the QRZ xml feed, or even with some work, add e-ham modules, or just the FCC data.
    Thank you for the suggestions, my plan from here is to incorporate a bespoke database to handle call sign lookups, which will be updated via a web service.

    Regards

    Robert.

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    Robert,
    I don't work for the site so I'm not sure about what email you sent in. I've written some utilities for personal use that use the XML service so if you find anything that isn't answered on the site pages here, just post and I'm sure someone will jump in and help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K2DSL View Post
    Robert,
    I don't work for the site so I'm not sure about what email you sent in. I've written some utilities for personal use that use the XML service so if you find anything that isn't answered on the site pages here, just post and I'm sure someone will jump in and help.
    Cheers David, must just be a coincidence that some phrases in your post co-inside with the email that I sent in.
    I am in the process of developing an open source log book application and one of the features was to incorporate the facility to lookup call signs from the QRZ.com database.

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    I have some PHP code which does the initial connect, gets the key and then uses the key for a call sign lookup. It's not complex, but if you want it, let me know where to send it to.

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