SMS Spotter OE status

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.

UPDATE (01.03.2020) IMPORTANT INFO: User credentials are now checked against SSO (sotawatch3 ) username and password (and not Sotawatch2 anymore).

Users of Bogdans Android App SOTA Spotter and users of VK-Port-A-log should be fine with the SMS being created by those apps. Spots will show as spotted by my callsign OE5JFE. The comment field will append: [SMS_OE].

No changes for everyone using the official SOTA SMS format with your phone number preregistered with Andy MM0FMF. This version is highly recommended as no password needs to be included.

Sorry Joe about the mess.
I just tested with new login (Sotawatch3) but something is wrong with frq shown.
My text was 7.032
Moreover I cannot delete it :frowning:

73, Jarek

Hello Jarek,

Since the change to SW3 you can not delete spots anymore because they are forwarded to Andy SMS spotting service and show up that way. That was the easiest way for the moment to hande the change.

It looks like you mixed the official and the “SPOTSMS” syntax regarding QRG
The official SOTA SMS syntax is in QRG in MHz
The SPOTSMS is in kHz

So as long as you use the SPOTSMS version (were you add username and password) it must be in kHz.

73 Joe

Hello Joe,

Thank you for your explanation.
I will delete “dot” when SMS next time.
All the best & take care.

73, Jarek

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UPDATE (01.04.2020) : Worked a bit with HTML/CSS to make the info website SMS OE info page look and fell a bit less oldschool. A traffic light like indicator shows the status of the USB modem. And btw. you can access the page via https.

Hardware wise the 5V power supply failed and is replaced by a 4A version that is barely getting warm :slight_smile:
At least the spotter and myself are ready for the season…Damn COVID-19


UPDATE (16.04.2020) : The hardware finally found a generous space in an ITX case with some 3D printed parts as holders for the Raspberry and the cable ports.

And btw. the script has made it’s way to Marco @IZ3GME and the SPOT SMS Italy is also now having the same features available (SPOT SMS Syntax and the official SOTA SMS format)

Here a picture of the case:


Hi Joe,

great, now we are awaiting the post Corona Sota season.



That’s far too neat to be running SOTA infrastructure :smiley:

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INFO (24.09.2020) : Subdomain has a certificate update issue and browsers complain about insecure https connection. Will contact hosting servicedesk.

Instead of the subdomain you can also access via a http adress:

But good news: My SMS spotting gateway is independent from webspace and working ufb.


INFO (12.10.2020) : OE SMS Spotter (and also the Italian one operated by Marco IZ3GME ) was out of service since 8th of October due to the updates made to the SSO Server
Thanks Andy @MM0FMF for finding the problem and prompt fix.
Also my webpage can be access per https since last week. System back in operation :+1:

Sorry for the missed spots and error reports sent e.g. by Michael @DC8YZ

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