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UPDATE: Restoring QRZ on Pi-Star

A new update to Pi-Star has been released on 27th January 2021 to enable users to switch between RadioID.net and QRZ.com without the need to edit source code or download a script. To change to QRZ.com, follow these instructions:

Step 1

Ensure that you have updated to the latest version – 20210127 (or presumably later) – you can see your version in the top right hand corner. Then click on Configuration – you may need to log in to Pi-Star if you haven’t already done so. The default user name is pi-star and password is raspberry unless you have changed it.

Step 2

Now click Expert.

Step 3

Now click CSS Tool.

Step 4

At the bottom of the display customisation page, you should see a section called Lookup. This will default to RadioID, if you wish to have QRZ.com as your default look up, change it to QRZ.

Please note that RadioID and QRZ are case sensitive and must be entered exactly like this.

If you do not see the Lookup section, it is likely because you have customised your colours like I have – proceed to Step 5.

Step 5

If Lookup is missing on your page, click Factory Reset to restore the default colours – you might want to make a note of your custom colours before resetting

The reset should only affect the colours and not your other settings. However, I found in the dashboard that it showed my callsign as M1ABC again although my actual callsign was saved correctly on the configuration page. Changing it in the configuration page and then changing it back to my actual callsign solved this.

Step 6

Simply click Apply Changes to revert your look up to QRZ.com.

Feel free to play around with the popupWidth and popupHeight to change the size of the pop-up window when it opens.

Many thanks to Andy Taylor, MW0MWZ for effecting these changes so quickly off the back of user feedback. I remain extremely grateful to Andy for all the time and effort he has put into Pi-Star for the benefit of the amateur community and allowing so many to get on air with very cost effective hardware.


  1. Is there a way to not have a pop up window. I liked having it open in a new tab better. And thanks for writing the previous code, 73

    • Hi Scott,

      I think that has been reverted by the author. That was going to be my next patch if it wasn’t because I didn’t like it either!

      73, Mark.

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