New SOTA web resources

Most will have noticed the new look to the SOTA website. This has been redesigned by Jon GM4ZFZ, and now integrates better with SOTAwatch and the SOTA Database. We are now in the process of updating much of the text on the SOTA website.

The old SOTAwatch -

  • will be discontinued shortly, with the “new” (albeit well established) SOTAwatch - - continuing alone. This will imply changes to the SPOTlite system for live spotting from mobile 'phones, and the introduction of a new “ALERTlite” system. Full details will be announced here in due course.

A popular feature that, up to now, was only on the old SOTAwatch, is the “Recent Summit Info” list. This displays the details and links to the fifty most recently submitted articles/contributions in the Summits Information Repository facility on SOTAwatch. This enables the user an enjoyable browse through all the new contributions, and to see what has been added. The information repository now has over 900 articles and information contributions about summits, routes, local information etc. It is well worth a look when planning an expedition - click on the ‘Summits’ link above, and surf through to your chosen hill. Any links or articles will be listed on the summit page.

Thanks to Jon GM4ZFZ for his outstanding work in building these exceptional web resources for SOTA.


In reply to M1EYP:

There is a small problem with sun rise and set times. For example today F/AB-485 sun rise 05:58 UTC and set 19:15 UTC. The local EU summer rise/set times (UTC+2h) from meteo France are 06h55 and 20h15.

73, Jaakko OH7BF/F5VGL

In reply to F5VGL:

Hello Jaako,

My apologies for this. I have now fixed it.

Btw, please could all bug reports go to me directly via the following page:

I often don’t get to catch up on the reflector and wouldn’t want to miss anything.

73, Jon

In reply to M1EYP:

Very nice.

Thank-you to all


In reply to GM4ZFZ:

Hello Jon,

Thanks and no need to apologize. I guess the days at high latitudes without sun set or rise are also handeled correctly. In OH/Kilpisjarvi day is already 15 hours long and getting fast longer.

Ok for direct posts.

73, Jaakko OH7BF/F5VGL

I am loving having the “Recent Summit Info” index back. It is pointing me to some great new contributions, and already (thanks to Richard G4ERP) I am inspired to revisit Sharp Haw and Winter Hill to try new routes - two hills I wasn’t thinking of returning to!

I will add the direct links to my new GI summit pages as soon as the transfer of my website to the new host is complete.