Sunday, November 11, 2012

New Callsign Search Engine at QRZ :

Some folks may have noticed that the behavior of the QRZ callsign search engine has changed. That's because we've just completed a major rewrite of the callsign search function and are pleased to announce several new features. These include:

Support for prefix and suffix lookups using the star (*) character, e.g. try "AA*"
The ability to find partial callsigns (e.g. *7x*)
Improved USA County search
The ability to list all of the QRZ callsigns for a given DXCC entity
The ability to search by both major and minor grid squares

To see the new features, which include help info, just click on the search button at the top of the page, without filling in the search box. You will be brought to a new search box having all the aforementioned options.

This software update has also introduced more performance improvements and a general rewrite of many key functions. The callsign pages are now lighter (having fewer bytes to transfer) and some features are now loaded on demand instead of by default. One feature, however, which we called Notes, did not make the cutover. We're reviewing the usefulness of this feature which at its core was a Twitter-like capability that didn't work as well as Twitter. We're going to reevaluate the feature to see if it continues to make sense. Our sense is that the majority of our users didn't make use of it.

Courtesy : OM Fred Lloyd, AA7BQ

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