1. What is WOTA?
WOTA is an addition to logging programs that allows amateur radio operators world wide to "connect" to the server containing information about who is "on the air". Amateurs using this software can post their Call, Frequency, Time, and other information to other amateurs worldwide.
WOTA can assist you in making elusive contacts for those awards. Need a country? Use WOTA to determine if anyone in that country is operating, then go to that operators posted frequency and attempt a contact. Also is great for County Hunting, seeking a contact in a particular state, and just seeing who is on the air.
Yes! WOTA has a feature to send a message to another operator that is on the air to arrange a contact.
How can I use WOTA to communicate with other members of my group?
on a group name. Make sure that it is
unique enough to minimize the chances of duplication. For example, the Harford County Maryland emergency communications group might choose HarMdEmcomm.
Groups can be created "on the fly" as needed. As soon as you have added a new or existing group in your logging software and uploaded data to WOTA, you are ready to send and receive messages to that group.
there any reserved or special message group names?
ALL - While this is the most appropriate "broadcast" group, keep in mind that only WOTA users who have ALL included as a message group will receive your message.
WX - Real time, non-automated weather observations.
EMCOMM - General emergency communication coordination (It is encouraged that this keyword be included as a default).
When you enter your call, frequency and other data, you can click to upload the data immediately.
Since most contests preclude "self spotting", WOTA is not appropriate for contest operation.
The list of software applications that support WOTA can be found on the Software Supported page.
If your software isn't on this list, please contact the author and encourage him to visit www.wotadb.org to learn how easy WOTA is to incorporate.
** When the frequency changes and your status was Listening, WOTA updates your status to Tuning. Many operators are using rig interface, so the entire frequency changes at once, but what you are doing is fine.
Please click here for more details, and welcome aboard!
Visit our screen shot page to see WOTA in the software applications that currently support WOTA.