Stinky the Goat may have slipped on a rocky outcrop, but he has regained his footing and is back on the summit!
SOTA Goat has returned to the iOS App Store. It may take a few hours to become available in your country. iOS 11+ is required.
- Integration with SOTAwatch3 spots and alerts
- Improved spot and alert submission forms
- Real-time summit search by name or designator
- UI support for newer devices: bigger screens and dark mode
- The summit database update is fixed - it correctly handles the new
- New alerts will be posted with the correct time zone offset
I’ve already started working on push notifications, which will have an abundance of new options. You will be able to configure multiple notifications depending on criteria such as mode, SOTA region, and activator callsign.
The app also needs a lot of general polish and usability improvements, but I wanted to get this back into the hands of the SOTA sloths and goats in a functional format as quickly as possible.
So, what happened?
With recent updates to SOTAwatch breaking most of the core functionality of the old version, I removed it from the App Store so folks wouldn’t waste their hard-earned $2.99. I hadn’t anticipated the inability of existing customers to reinstall the application.
I also didn’t realize just how many of you folks use the app and rely on it every day. I haven’t done a SOTA activation in years, so the app became low priority. All my development bandwidth is focused on RemoteHamRadio these days.
After seeing many frustrated and upset users here, it became clear that the app really does require continued support. I made some time to write a whole new back-end server, integrate it with SOTAwatch3, and update the app to work with the new server and the latest core iOS features.