QRZ Callsign Database Policy Change

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  1. W8QAS

    W8QAS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Seriously? Are you still waiting for the government to Fed-Ex you a check too? Somebody has to invest a great deal of time and money to maintain this and you have the audacity to insist that it be a free service? I for one don't have a lot of money but realized the important value of someone's time and effort. And before I ever bought a radio, I paid for subscriptions to services like this so that I had a place to learn. Shame on you for that sense of entitlement! Get up off your butt and go volunteer to help maintain this site, then complain.



     
  2. W6SDM

    W6SDM Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Harold, our newer colleagues don't remember the days when we used to thumb through an 8-year old Callbook (because a new one cost so much we couldn't afford one) only to find that the rare DX you worked wasn't listed. If you wanted to confirm your contact, your only option was to send a card to the bureau and hope that in a year or so you got one back.

    I spend an average of three dollars per QSL, not counting printing and envelopes, to send out a card overseas. QRZ.com ensures that it goes to the right address or QSL manager and my return rate at present is upward of 90%. What I spend on this service is money well spent.

    When I came back to amateur radio after being gone for a while, I found QRZ.com to be the most useful change that I had seen in the hobby. Plus, it's still a free service to anyone who wants it. Its' just that if you are going to be a heavy user, you need an XML subscription. Sounds fair to me.
     
  3. K2HAT

    K2HAT QRZ Volunteer Volunteer Moderator Volunteer DX Helper QRZ Page

    Hi Fred,

    Sounds good to me, I am happy to pay to use QRZ.

    I also support the Amateur Hobby, by paying dues to 4 local clubs in my area,
    along with other ways of supporting the Hobby, like helping to move NTS Traffic.

    Field Day is Next weekend, support a local Club and visit, join in at a Field Day near You. :)

    I will be involved with the East Greenbush, NY Field Day, and will try to visit another couple of local sites too.

    http://forums.qrz.com/showthread.php?299270

    73 K2HAT
     
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2011
  4. W0VYE

    W0VYE Ham Member QRZ Page

    Wikipedia isn't "free"! There's a lot of time, effort, and money spent to make it availible. It's only free to you if you choose not to contribute in some form. Wiki and many others have made a political decision to price access at $0, but that's not the same thing. Do you think the internet itself is "free"?

    Some of us don't seem to understand a basic law of the universe: There's no free lunch!

    I'm retired and living on a lot less than almost everyone here. I have health issues. I'll almost certainly never hold a paying job again as long as I live. But I'm not going to go around whining about people not being willing to give me something for nothing. Life isn't for sissies.
     
  5. K3SR

    K3SR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Change in Database Policy

    OM,
    Thank you for the QRZ website. Rules work and your efforts are much appreciated. Charlie K3SR
     
  6. K7JBQ

    K7JBQ Moderator Volunteer Moderator QRZ Page

    And, if you were a serious DXer, a subscription to the DX Bulletin was also mandatory for DXpedition info and QSLing. That puppy wasn't cheap, either.

    73,
    Bill

     
  7. AB8XA

    AB8XA XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Thank you, Fred! I refuse to use apps that access QRZ via methods other than XML, and I'm always logged into the website when I do web lookups. Your actions make it better for me.
     
  8. G8BNE

    G8BNE Ham Member QRZ Page

    I appreciate the need to support the advertisers but there do not appear to be any from outside the USA!
    Unless I was desperate the delay and cost involved in trading with them is a major disadvantage.

    G8BNE
     
  9. K2DN

    K2DN XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    For those that think that there should be a FREE top notch callsign lookup database, GO MAKE ONE!
    After you spend your time and effort making it work, we will see if you still want to make it free.
     
  10. KB9HGI

    KB9HGI XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    60.00 a year I don't think so sounds a little steep to me should be more like 39.99 I guess I will have to go elsewhere and lookup callsigns. Qrz.com is not the only databaseand they are just pulling this info free from the FCC.
     
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