>>>AA6YQ comments below
Sent: Friday, July 14,
2017 5:38 PM
Subject: RE: [dxlab] QRZ
I must say I see a large number of requests for QRZ.com Pathfinder
help and thus diversion of Dave's, AA6YQ, time to respond to and fix these
However, fixing this may be an ethical issue, not a convenience
to DXKeeper users issue.
The DXLab community possibly doesn't understand
that the QRZ errors come from Pathfinder's attempt to read a web site intended
for human consumption and extracting it's best guess what is the desired
QSL/contact/location information. QRZ occasionally changes the format of the
data presentation for security, style, and software updates. It is their right
to do so. Microsoft changes their offerings regularly. So why can't
>>>QRZ is free to change their web page however and
whenever they like.
Guess what? QRZ doesn't want DXLabs or any other
program to programmatically access their Web Site.
>>>I have discussed Pathfinder with QRZ.com owner
Fred AA6BQ on several occasions. DXKeeper's free "QRZ.com via Pathfinder" option
exists with his blessing. Fred can ask me to remove it at any time; were he to
do so, I would immediately comply. So far, he's only asked that the rate of
callbook lookups via this mechanism be limited to one every 4 seconds -- a
policy implemented in DXKeeper several years ago.
Pathfinder displays QRZ's advertising, and thus does not diminish QRZ revenues -
as would a scheme that scrapes downloaded HTML without displaying it to the
>>>My point earlier today is that if QRZ, for whatever
reason, is no longer sending information in the same format to every user, then
it may no longer be possible to maintain "QRZ.com via Pathfinder.
>>>Removing the "QRZ.com via Pathfinder" option from DXKeeper
would require no change to Pathfinder, nor would it simplify the web browser
issues discussed here in a different thread.