A few interested parties have got together to set up an experimental SOTA back-channel system. The idea of this is to provide a system that can be accessed using a HT to allow coordination of SOTA activations with chasers and other activators. The system envisaged requires bridges between various modes: C4FM-DMR-FM-DSTAR, and may ultimately include links to systems such as IRLP-IRN-Echolink-Allstar etc. This is very much a bottom-up project so anyone interested can get involved.
The first step has already been initiated in that an FCS “room” has been allocated to SOTA - FCS004-073. This is currently accessible using C4FM and DMR via any hotspot that will do cross-mode (eg openSPOT). Christophe ON6ZQ and I had a short QSO using it this morning and Mark M0NOM has indicated that he will try using it during a forthcoming activation. Anyone with a hotspot is very welcome to call in. I don’t think that unlinked FCS rooms are accessible in any other way at the moment (but I could easily be wrong!).
The next step will be to get a DMR talkgroup allocated and to bridge that to the FCS server. That will open up lots of other options.