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SOTAwatch outage and backups


#1

As of 12/1 0000z, the web site appears down.

When I saw the site went offline, I started manually monitoring RBN for CQs in the SOTA watering hole frequency. Sure enough, Mike KE5AKL showed up in the list and I worked him. Since SOTAwatch itself was down, I did the next best thing and posted a spot the DXwatch cluster. Unfortunately that didn’t generate any takers and I’m pretty sure Mike abandoned the activation.

I saw some conversation about chat sites and such as much as 10 years back, but nothing more recent. What other methods would folks use as a backup in the infrequent cases that SOTAwatch isn’t available?


#2

We use the zl-sota facebook group - maybe the main sota group could be a good place to put spots etc?


#3

Agree with Warren - the main SOTA facebook group would be a good place (as well as your own local facebook group). Link here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/37631909313/

Cheers,
Gerard - VK2IO


#4

For Australian activations, the SOTA_Australia Yahoogroup is well monitored and could perhaps help in the situation where SotaWatch is unavailable (as it currently still appears to be). Some of us also use Zello, Discord or What’s App.

Ed.


#5

SOTAWatch is now back on-line.


#6

Yesterday I made use of RBN scanning for */P callsigns, which does a reasonable job of catching SOTA operators on CW in Europe. Obviously, it’s no use for activators who don’t call using /P though.


#7

Seems to be down again as at 0130 3 Dec.


#8

Down again.
DNS=Ok. Ping=success
Can’t connect to the web server. 0210z 3-Dec


#9

Disappearing once is unexpected, disappearing twice around the same time is a conspiracy!


#10

Is there a theory to go with the conspiracy?

Back now at 0900z


#11

It was back at 710z. Nothing yet, but I haven’t spoken to Jon.

The first time something goes off and comes back and it’s the end of the month I just assume updates and reboots etc. although this is a Linux machine so updates but probably no reboots. Then it went off again around the same time the next day. It was on when I got up and I saw the reports and though “I hope the blighter stays up today” and put the SOTA gear in the car and set off on a 2hr drive to a pair of teensy 1pt summits. 2 summits and 4.5hrs driving later I’m back. I’ll ask Jon.