Ever wondered how someone you have never contacted before already knows your name and where you live? They are probably using an online callsign database such as QRZ.com. Most hams have an entry on QRZ.com.
While you are logging a QSO in Logger32, the system can automatically look up the callsign of the station you are logging on QRZ.com, and display the key information on the screen - things such as the person's name, address, state, country, email address, IOTA reference and grid square.
QRZ.com is not the only online callsign lookup service, but it remains the most popular. When its popularity led to the site gradually becoming overloaded with callsign lookups, QRZ.com introduced a limit on the number of free lookups at 150 per day. At the same time, a commercial service was introduced, allowing an unlimited number of callsign lookups for paying subscribers to QRZ.com. The paid service uses XML rather than HTTP. XML lookups are quicker than HTTP lookups, and don't need to be revised if QRZ.com's screen layout changes.
Frequent changes to QRZ.com's screen layout created problems for the logging programs that were using HTTP lookups. Bob K4CY, author of Logger32, took the decision to drop support for QRZ lookups within Logger32 instead providing an interface that could be used by separate utility programs to perform callsign lookups. Rick N2AMG stepped up to the challenge and wrote QRZ Lookup, a utility that works with Logger32 to do free HTTP and paid XML lookups on QRZ.com. Rick now has the unenviable task of updating the utility whenever the QRZ.com screen layout changes.
Read on for instructions on how to install/update and configure QRZ Lookup.