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SMS Spotter OE official launch

Hi Martin,
I don’t think calling the Austrian SMS gateway “EU” is correct as there is also HA, EA and (at the moment) UK also in EU. I know at present HA and EA use the login format rather than the phone number but that could change in the future. Perhaps simply SMS_OE for the phone number validated access to the system via Austria would be better ?

73 Ed.

I have received an updated gateway list on my phone. Eds and Martins suggestions are implemented.

Now it is more consistent. Thanks a lot for improving it and to Bogdan for the fast implementation.

73 Joe

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To be 100% clear (as I have understood this);

  • the entries in the list that only refer to SMS_country-code use your Mobile Phone’s number for validation and this has to be registered before you can use the link.
  • the entries that start SpotSMS still send an SMS message however your SOTAWatch userid and password are sent as the vaildation (and therefore must be entered in the program’s settings). You don’t need to have your mobile number registered for these routes to work.

73 Ed.

100 % Correct

Registration needs to be done by Email to Andy MM0FMF as described in FAQ. One-time registration will work then for all numbers with name SMS_CountryCode

SpotSMS uses the provided credentials to directly submit the spot.

73 Joe

I do not take credit for “writing” the SMS Format Spotting Manual referenced in the initial post. I compiled all the information I could find, and tested it for fidelity with what was included in the document.

It now looks like the new number for Austria SMS_OE should be added to the list. Below is an idea of how the numbers could now be better presented (in alphabetical SMS order).

I do not know if those SpotSMS numbers should be included in the list or not. I am also not very familiar with properly presenting phone numbers for areas outside of North America.

If someone can compile a better phone number section for insertion into the document I would appreciate it. Present any improvement to Andy, and he can merge it into the proper place.

Glenn AB3TQ

North America SMS_NA use 1-530-430-SOTA ( 1-530-430-7682 )
Austria SMS_OE use ( +436803110897 )
Europe SMS_UK use 07903 533046 ( +447903533046 )
Australia SMS_VK use 0447 568667 ( +61447568667 )

Hi Glenn,

I totally agree to your proposal. Pretty sure Andy @MM0FMF will update the FAQ page as he finds time.

And the SpotSMS should not be included because they use a different syntax. Again it is up to everyone which method to use.

73 Joe

Yes, probably this evening. I’m just sat in Lyon Airport waiting for the check-in to open. Wifi here is terrible but I have my 3G dongle with me. Best thing I’ve bought in years… I get almost unlimited data roaming on my phone but no tethering the laptop when roaming. A contract with tethering when roaming is a lot more money. So the PAYG dongle fills the gap. The best bit is if you run out of credit, you can still access the “buy more” webpage!

My apologies for the SMS Spot OE not working between 10th of October and 14th of October 2018
Needed a restart. Should be back online.


The delights of running a server from home! There again, mine sit on machines in data centres, the servers auto restart but my apps don’t :slight_smile:

14th of November 2018: SMS OE

No internet connection at my flat. Mostlikely the construction site in the building nearby destroyed the phone line. Will report back when it is back online. Expecting 1-3 days minimum…

UPDATE (16. Nov 2018): According to provider the DSL modem has died. New one is on the way.

UPDATE (23. Nov 2018): Unluckily my first though was confirmed today. Cable was cut and destroyed at construction site. I have ordered a LTE based Internet contract until the cable is fixed. Repair will probably take several weeks. Will keep you updated when the temporary solution is online.

73 Joe

UPDATE (28. Nov 2018) : Internet connection via LTE restablished.
UPDATE (28. Nov 2018) SPOTSMS OE it back online

Sorry to @OE7PHI and @OE8DIV
I have seen your spots in logfile. I hope your activation were successful anyhow!

Will keep you updated on any changes with the service

73 Joe

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UPDATE (19. 01 2019) : Raspberry needed a restart. Now back online

@oe5akm: Alfred, jetzt geht es wieder. Entschuldige die gestrige Fehlfunktion.

Danke! War beunruhigt, jetzt ist alles klar.

73, Alfred, OE5AKM

UPDATE (01.04.2019) : Short downtime planned. Change of ISP till 11:00 LT

UPDATE (15.09.2019): Needed to restart the Raspberry Pi. Now working again.

UPDATE (10.01.2020): Developer update: I have tested a first script version the will convert the “SPOT SMS” syntax (as described here) to the official SOTA SMS syntax. The spot will indicate that user OE5JFE has spotted the user by SMS.

I will enable this feature at the time when sotawatch2 will be deactivated as announced here by end of February 2020

If you have any questions please message me here in the Reflector.


The linked announcement is about closing down the old database. Does this also mean closing down SOTAwatch2? Did I miss something?

Yes it will. Sotawatch2 and Spotlite will stop. The simple http login will be replaced by the OAuth SingleSignOn on SW3.

This will impact your SPOT SMS script I guess.
Andy MM0FMF recommended to not use SMS and the SingleSignOn in combination as the user would need to send the password that is allowing access to the full user account including the database.
That’s why the official SOTA SMS system uses the activators phonenumber registration as security credential.

73 Joe

Yes, clear, thanks.

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Zoli, the old database closes on Feb 29-2020. There isn’t a date for SOTAwatch2 closing yet but expect it soon.