NAME

Ham::Scrape - Perl extension for scraping Amateur Radio callsign info and real-time positional information from the Internet. This module scrapes the information from three web sites (QRZ, FindU and APRSWorld), and supports printing of the key fields to console to file as raw ASCII or formatted in an XML document structure.

SYNOPSIS

  use Ham::Scraper;
  
  # Retreive QRZ information for callsign
  my %qrz = Ham::Scraper::QRZ($callsign);
  my $name = $qrz{Name};
  my $location = $qrz{CityStateZip};
  my $timeZone = $qrz{TimeZone};
  my $gmtOffset = $qrz{GMTOffset};
  my $grid = $qrz{Grid};
  # Use name, location, grid, etc. in program.

  # Scrape real-time position report information (as XML) from FindU
  my $aprsXml = Ham::Scraper::FindUXml($callsign);

Whether you are looking to scrape QRZ, Findu or APRSWorld information, you can have the results return in a hash or as simple XML document. A subroutine returning XML is suffixed with Xml.

DESCRIPTION

This basic Perl module uses the following Web sites to scrape information relating to real-time position and call sign detail of Amateur Radio operators:

    http://aprsworld.net
    http://www.findu.com
    http://www.qrz.com

EXPORT

FindU FindUXml

APRSWorld APRSWorldXml

Qrz QrzXml

SEE ALSO

For further information on APRS or Ham Radio, please visit the following web wites:

    http://www.arrl.org
    http://aprsworld.net
    http://www.findu.com
    http://www.qrz.com

If you want to verify whether this module is the latest version that is available, then please check CPAN.

AUTHOR

Kevin Wittmer, <kevinwittme7 at hotmail.com<gt>

COPYRIGHT AND LICENSE

Copyright (C) 2006 by Kevin Wittmer

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself, either Perl version 5.8.8 or, at your option, any later version of Perl 5 you may have available.