QRZ App for Android now in Beta Testing

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  1. W6MCN

    W6MCN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Love the look of the new app and it works like a charm. Have it installed on a Galaxy Tab A with android 7.1.1 Haven't had any of the above issues. Thanks and great job

  2. VE3IPS

    VE3IPS Ham Member QRZ Page

    I downloaded it and will advise and glitches or bug defects
  3. AA7BQ

    AA7BQ QRZ Founder Administrator Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    As of this afternoon we have 450 Beta Testers using the new program Many thanks to all as we're getting some great feedback. The App quietly reports errors back to QRZ and each time one comes in, I fix it. Today we only received one error, YAY.

    I will have another update micro-release ready tomorrow. Tomorrow's release will test some new networking code that we implemented today.
  4. LB4FH

    LB4FH Ham Member QRZ Page

    It seems like it's still not functioning correctly when you consider compound callsigns in different DXCC's, for example SM6/LB4FH/P, which just leads to an error.

    Also, is there a way to log a QSO with this app?
  5. AA7BQ

    AA7BQ QRZ Founder Administrator Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    New Release today, Version 2.0.28 includes:

    - new Map options (satellite, terrain, etc)
    - more Grid Square information
    - various appearance updates
    - new low-level networking layer for greater reliability

    Thanks to everyone who has reported back to us. The process is going very smoothly and this Beta release will become a candidate for Production!

    Get your copy at https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.qrz.database.callsign

    73, -fred
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  6. AA7BQ

    AA7BQ QRZ Founder Administrator Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Sorry, but no logging is supported at this time. We're looking into it, however.

    Callsigns like SM6/LB4FH/P are simply too difficult to deal with. Bear in mind that the server doesn't know at first glance which part of this triplet is the primary callsign. We, as humans know that LB4FH is primary, but we can't seem to find a rule that works for all instances since the primary can have a prefix, a suffix, or both, or none.

    Programmer's joke: "If all call signs could be reduced to an MD5 hash, the problem would be solved. Just try calling
    71f920fa275127a7b60fa4d4d41432a3 in a contest!" :)
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  7. AA7BQ

    AA7BQ QRZ Founder Administrator Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Well, that had to be the shortest release in history.... Version 2.0.30 now available.

    The easiest way to find bugs is to release the program into the wild. Fortunately, I found two bugs right here on my device and fixed them on the spot.
    Last edited: May 11, 2018
  8. KC1ILH

    KC1ILH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thank you, AA7BQ, for the updates. They definitely improve the appearance and functionality. Unfortunately, since the .30 update, QRZ Assistant (beta) keeps telling me incorrect username/password. I have changed neither recently. I successfully used the beta app after installing it yesterday (or the day before). I can log into QRZ from this desktop using the same username and password. I'll try un/reinstalling the app next.
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  9. KC8VWM

    KC8VWM Moderator Volunteer Moderator QRZ Page

    When you hold the phone "upright" (vertical orientation) the call sign display box overlaps the call sign search box.

    Not a big deal, just an observation.
    Last edited: May 11, 2018
  10. AA7BQ

    AA7BQ QRZ Founder Administrator Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    It depends on the resolution and size of your device’s display.

    About the only alternative to the current behavior would be to scale the fonts based on screen width.

    The app is developed on a desktop emulator that mirrors the Google Pixel phones capabilities. We don’t see any overlap on the emulator nor does it happen on my 5 year old HTC mobile phone running Android 5.x.

    Screen layouts for applications is always an iterative process. There is always too little space to fit everything we want. Sure, we can use tricks like stacking buttons and menus under other objects, but in the end every decision is a trade off.

    Perhaps what we need here is what Microsoft calls a ComboBox, which is a widget that is both a drop down list as well as an input box. Might be worth looking into...

    73! -fred
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