Hi Andy @MM0FMF,
A number of one letter suffix callsigns have been issued in EA and I guess some of them are participants of the SOTA programme. At least 2 of them are friends of mine and I wanted to help them to manage their callsign change. A search on the Reflector took me to this thread and I just want to be sure that this is still valid now that we have the new database and the SSO.
My two SOTA participants friends with new flamant one letter suffix are:
Alfonso EA4CWN ==> now EA4R
Ricardo EA4ZK ==> now EA4M
Could you please, confirm that the instructions in that thread are still valid for the new database and the SSO?
If they are OK but you still want to rewrite something to make it cristal clear, please, do it and I’ll prepare a translation of such instructions into Spanish to inform the EA community about how they should proceed after their callsign change, as I guess there may be more SOTA programme participants than my 2 friends needing to change their callsigns on their database and SSO, etc
Thank you and 73,
If I understand things right, what they should do is logging in SOTAwatch, after clic on the own callsign box displayed at the top right corner, clic on Update Account, the top one of the two options in the dropdown menu.
My understanding is that the new callsign holders should write their new callsign on the Callsign box which we can see highlighted in blue in the above image and write the previous callsign on the Alternative Callsigns box at the bottom of the page.
Is that right?
Is that all they will have to do?
Users of the reflector are not currently managed by SSO but have to be changed directly in the reflector admin system so I have changed them and they now need to sign in with those call signs. Passwords remain the same.
Thanks Jim. So I assume they will have now to sign in to the Reflector with their new callsign, while they will still have to keep using their old callsign to log in to the database and all the sites managed by the SSO, right?
Can you also confirm whether the operations I described in my previous post for them to update their callsign are correct and that’s all they will need to do?
Yes. It is important that changes go through this web page now and that SOTAwatch2 and the old database are going to be shutdown. Changes need to be made on here so that the correct server gets updated. It also means that other websites like SOTL.as and apps like sotaspotter etc. see the updates too.
And yes, it’s a bit of pain at present but that is what comes when you provide two dissimilar servers. It will get better!
They may have issues using the old database if they update via SSO, in which case it’s a perfect time to try newsotadata if they aren’t already (old database will only be around for a little while longer)
What’s the recommended procedure for getting a callsign changed in the admin system? Just a quick message through the Contact SOTA link? I’m now K7IW, but still have my old KG7GAN handle on the Reflector.
Also, I did find the SOTA FAQ on callsign changes, but it doesn’t mention the reflector.