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Rucksack Radio Tool not receiving spots (fixed with 13/1/16 version)

Hi Phil - points to a server issue in that case as I believe Joerg uses the same server for extracting the spots from SOTAWatch and running his webpage. Hope you didn’t deinstall RRT before going to the webpage! - if so I have an (older) APK file I could send you via direct email.

73 Ed.

Whatever the problem was it seems to have gone, can access RRT okay now.

Yes I can confirm it’s working here as well now.

Sometime in the past few days, Rucksack Radio quit receiving spots on my Android phone. Sending a spot didn’t work either. Has anyone experienced this problem this week?

73, Bill, K8TE

Yes, I had that this afternoon… It said that it had sent the spot, using web spot rather than SMS (numerous times) but nothing showed up. It was working fine last Friday.



No Spots here either. Perhaps associated with the changes in the web URLs? See the messages:

ParksnPeaks was not working on 10 January until Allen caught up with the changed URL for the RSS feed. Once he pointed to the right spot, all was good again.
When things are not working as expected, you really notice how much you rely on them!

Peter VK3PF

I just tried sending a spot - nothing appeared, also no spots received.

If RRT uses http://www.sota.org.uk/Spotlite/spot that facility is not working - message “The resource you are looking for has been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.”

It’s also interesting looking through the last few pages of alerts at http://sotawatch.org/spots.php that all are shown as … Posted by Callsign - suggesting the spot was entered via the website or SMS_NA or “via RBNGate” but I see no entries with “Via RRT” “SpotmySOTA” etc. So this could be a problem for some other smartphone apps as well as RRT.


Indeed Peter! I greatly appreciate this app and hope it comes back to life soon. HNY to all.

73, Bill, K8TE

RRT is kaput in Portugal as well. Luckily most places I activated so far here have 4g so I utilised SOTAwatch but RRT is easier to use on the hoof. Hope it gets fixed…

73 Phil

Hopefully there is a config file or settings page were you can tell it the connection details. Otherwise the program will need updating and installing.

You will have 4G in all CT/ES summits. :smile:

Ah, if there is one thing I like about the younger generation it is their belief that there is always hope.

I admit to being a no-hoper. For example I have no hope that I can adjust any app to fix any problem.

Radio Rucksack Tool has always had an occasional issue and began behaving badly around Christmas time and died a quiet death about 5 days ago. It is still dead, in spite of apparent sightings of it elsewhere.

I mourn its passing but have no hope I can resuscitate it. Hopers will suggest the author will bring out a version that is compatible with THE NEW SOTA WEB PAGE (cue for trumpets). My guess
is is that he will wait for the new page to be bedded in and no longer in beta mode. Omega mode = finished?

I had switched to using SOTA Spotter as it was quicker with updates and did not suffer the periodic glitches that I saw in RRT. But it too is now totally cactus and last updated 03:31 8th Jan 2016. The author can’t be contacted via the link in the help file so I have no hope of using this one again without divine intervention.

I’m getting by using Pocket SOTA but as it brings up SOTAwatch2 I’m expecting it to fall over soon… Unfortunately it needs to be viewed frequently as I haven’t found an alert sounds setting.

This posting is for info only - I do not hope for sympathy or help from the MT (or anyone else) - as I said I’m a no-hoper.


Hi Ron

Have you tried VK port-a-log? It provides alerts and spots for SOTA and Parksnpeaks and has a choice of alert sounds including Kookaburra and cockatoo.

Well, the author (me) has published an update last night and it should already be available in Google Play. No divine intervention whatsoever.

Bogdan YO8SAW

P.S.: How did you try to contact me? The link in the help should be fine. I think the contact form on my website is broken, however. I’ll have to take a look at it.


Thanks Bogdan - my phone auto-updated SOTA Spotter on my phone this morning.

In case no one else has, I have sent an email to Joerg about RRT asking if he has time to change the program to work with the revised requirements.

73 Ed.

Bogdan, email Christophe ON6ZQ about your app. He maintains a webpage listing SOTA apps and webpages.

Thanks Bogdan…your app updated itself earlier in the morning.

Ed…I too have sent an e-mail to Jorg informing him of the problem with RRT.

73 Allan GW4VPX

I will, thanks for the suggestion!

Added :wink:


My RRT is now receiving spots, however, I’m not sure if it is capable of spotting at the moment… Joerg informed me that an update to RRT will be available towards the end of the week.

73 Allan GW4VPX

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