QRZ Callsign Database Policy Change

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by AA7BQ, Jun 17, 2011.

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  1. W4ABC

    W4ABC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Not always...

    During last week's ARRL June VHF QSO Party, I enjoyed a couple of runs at around 100 Q's per hour and with each one I hit the QRZ button in HRD Logbook. I didn't necessarily need to while logging rapifire but I did. The exchange was callsign and grid square. I was not 'in' the contest per se' but rather collecting needed grids. Hitting the QRZ button filled in all of the blanks including their grid square and in the case of an odd grid square (portable or rover) I simply swapped it on the fly. Those operators whose grid couldn't be copied (and there were a couple) I didn't log them. One short-skip contact whose callsign I could copy but whose grid I couldn't copy came back later and was good copy and finally went in the log.

    It would be interesting to hear from AA7BQ as to how the look-up rates go through the roof on contest weekends.


    73,


    Jon Pearl - W4ABC
    www.w4abc.com
     
  2. AA7BQ

    AA7BQ QRZ Founder Administrator QRZ Page

    John,

    Interestingly, QRZ activity is usually very slow during the big contests. During last year's field day, it was quiet around here. It's my belief that most folks just copy the exchange during the contest and then go back and do log scrubbing later. Some of these post-activity "log checkers" as they are called, have been problematic in the past as many were written without regard to the load they placed on our servers. This doesn't apply to XML users, only to stealth mode programs. The XML server has never been overloaded.
     
  3. KB9HGI

    KB9HGI XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    How many XML subscribers is there? Maybe that is why XML service has never been overloaded.
     
  4. W4RAV

    W4RAV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Although I can appreciate the point, you'll need to add more to that than 8 cents a day.

    If QRZ were the only ones with their hand out, sure. But figure local club dues, subscriptions to the the monthly ARRL catalog, donations to HRD, the purchase of MixW or other software (some QUITE expensive), QSL cards, postage, awards fees, classes, licenses, etc., this hobby can easily be 10x what QRZ.com asks for the subscription. Not including the radio, antenna, etc. Some folks save up for years to operate as they see fit.

    I feel that the QRZ service is worth every dime asked for the subscription. But I also think that it's a great deal to get a USPS letter across country door-to-door for only 44 cents. Still, it doesn't mean I want to pay more.

    I do see a trend here though. Those that pay, support the changes. Those that haven't, are complaining.
     
  5. I2JJR

    I2JJR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks Fred for all you and your staff do for us. I really appreciate it.
    73 de Augusto hb9tza / i2jjr
     
  6. W4ABC

    W4ABC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Understood!


    Thanks,



    Jon Pearl - W4ABC
    www.w4abc.com
     
  7. W2TXB

    W2TXB Ham Member QRZ Page

    I think the "$59.95" is a special price that includes the special "HAM radio discount" (available only by special request). ;)
     
  8. N1EDF

    N1EDF Ham Member QRZ Page

    hrd

    Will HRD still work? with field day coming up this week, I will be needing this to work..

    73, Don




     
  9. WA8LGM

    WA8LGM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Two thumbs up for the staff of QRZ (dot) COM. it's about time someone does something about keyloggers, spambots and all of the other buggies that infest those of us who use the Internet legitimately.

    Cheers for all you guys. 73!
     
  10. M0SAZ

    M0SAZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    It seems if software uses the XML feed then there should be no issue. I am sure if software that does scrape the pages from the HTML pages are still being supported/maintained, they will soon make the transition to the correct way of doing things.

    Mike M0SAZ
     
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