How to use Alerts

The pnwSOTA site provides an advanced alerting system, allowing members to post notices before activations, alerting chasers to their intended destination, time of arrival, as well as the band and mode they plan to use. In addition to these simple and common features, pnwSOTA also provides a gateway to the APRS network, which allows activators to post their destinations to the various APRS mapping websites. This provides an easy one-stop option for chasers to track activators' progress during their trek. The pnwSOTA website can also post alerts to sotawatch.org, making it a quick way to get alerting information out to all the popular venues with minimal effort.

Creating an alert

To create a new alert, go to the alerts page and click the link to add a new alert. At a minimum, enter a short comment about your activation plans, the exact summit code for your destination, as well as the bands and modes you plan to work. Finally, enter the date and time (in UTC) that you plan to arrive on the summit and begin making contacts. If you will be carrying an APRS tracker, be sure to enter the callsign and SSID into the appropriate field. When your information is correct, click the Save button at the bottom.

Posting an alert to APRS

Once you have created a new alert, you can post that alert to the APRS network by clicking the Submit to APRS button at the top of your alert page. If successful, you will see a message indicating so, and your alert page will show a new APRS Alert link, which you can use to see the position on a map. By default, you will be spotted as your callsign with an SSID of 15. Thus, if you callsign is NS0TA, you will be alerted as NS0TA-15 on SOTA. To change this to another callsign-SSID combination, or a 9-character-or-less object tag, go into your profile under My Account on the left. Choose Edit and then click on the SOTA button. There, you will find fields allowing you to customize your APRS spotting behavior. Note that you must have been granted external alert permission by the site admins in order to use this feature.

Posting an alert to SOTAWatch

Similarly to APRS, once you have created a new alert, you can post that alert to the SOTAWatch website by clicking the Submit to sotawatch button at the top of your alert page. If successful, you will see a message indicating so. You can go to sotawatch.org to see and edit your alert, if necessary. Note that before this will work, you must enter your sotawatch.org username and password into your profile. Go to My Account on the left, choose Edit, then Credentials at the top. Note that you must have been granted external alert permission by the site admins in order to use this feature.

Posting an alert via Email

Once you have created an alert above, you can post that alert to the pnwSOTA mailing list by clicking the Email button at the top with the others. In the future, this may go to the nasota mailing list as well, and may be configurable for other destinations.

Editing or Deleting an alert

Sometimes plans change. In order to delete or edit an alert, go to the alerts page. Your alerts will have Edit and Delete links next to them, which you can use to correct your alerts according to your plans. Note that deleting an alert will not unsubmit it from third party websites, and submissions to third party websites (such as APRS) will need to be re-submitted after edits are made.

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