QRZ.com Now Supports “Secondary” Call Signs and LoTW
The popular QRZ.com website has announced some new features. The site’s call sign database now fully supports “secondary” call signs. “A secondary call sign is one which includes a slash plus a modifier as either a prefix or a suffix to the primary call sign,” QRZ.com Publisher Fred Lloyd, AA7BQ, explained. In other words, users can create separate pages for their DXpedition, QRP, or mobile operations, for example, or for a repeater, by editing their account options from the main QRZ menu, located below their call sign at the top right of the page. Any combination will work, Lloyd said, and the server can find an appended call sign, whether users apply a prefix or a suffix to their primary call signs.
These call sign options are grafted onto your primary call sign, so that your subscriber status follows. The Detail tab of each page will include a “See Also” listing that displays other call signs related to the primary call sign. Secondary call signs may be deleted at any time, and it’s possible to provide a direct link to the secondary page.
In addition, QRZ.com now offers Logbook of The World (LoTW) integration for its logbook subscribers. “Many, many folks have asked us for LoTW integration,” Lloyd said. This means that LoTW users can upload QRZ logs directly to LoTW “with just a couple of clicks of the mouse,” he added. “The logbook offers options to send individual QSOs, lists of QSOs, or even your entire logbook directly to LoTW.” It’s long been possible to download an ADIF from the QRZ logbook, but the latest wrinkle largely automates the process.
A configuration page lets users import their LoTW certificates into QRZ, “so that we can sign and send the logs on your behalf.” Uploaded contacts in users’ QRZ logbooks will be shaded in green to indicate that they have been sent. QRZ.com has prepared a Quick Start Guide for QRZ LoTW operations.