Wainwrights On The Air (WOTA for short) is an adventure radio programme for amateur radio enthusiasts who enjoy being out on the fells of the English Lake District, as well as those who just like collecting contacts with unusual locations, and has been designed to make participation possible for everyone.
Julian Moss, G4ILO, activating Lord's Seat with Skiddaw in the background
Similar to Summits On The Air (SOTA), the goal is to make contacts from, or with, as many different summits as possible. All of the 214 fells described by Alfred Wainwright in his famous Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells, and all of the 116 fells described in his famous Outlying Fells Of Lakeland, count for contacts, and an award will be made to anyone who contacts or activates all of them! But if you just want to add some radio interest to your walks in the hills, that's fine too. Taking part in WOTA will add to your fun by increasing the number of people wanting to contact you.
For more information see About WOTA.
Happy New Year from the WOTA Management Team
As WOTA approaches its sixth year, we have a lot to celebrate.
During 2013 several members managed to achieve the full 116 Outlying Fells and the 214 Wainwrights.
We now have over 300 participants registered at the website, of whom several have contacted over 100 summits.
Merry Christmas From The WOTA Management Team
Merry Christmas to everyone.
We hope that you have all enjoyed taking part in Wainwrights On The Air (WOTA) this year in the Lake District during 2013 !
May peace, happiness and goodwill be with you and your families not only on Christmas, but throughout the coming year and beyond.
WOTA Management Team
Stay Safe In The Lakes
Now that the clocks have changed, please ensure that you allow sufficient time for activations to take place during daylight hours, (even if you have experience of being in the fells at dusk/night). Being out and about at this time of year means that the weather can close in very, very quickly and loose daylight very fast.
Even if you intend to be back in good time, always be prepared and carry torches / head lights etc along with spare batteries for torches, phones, gps etc and ALWAYS carry a map and compass and know how to use them. The latter are crucial as not everywhere has a phone signal and batteries etc can all too easily fail.
Get Ready To WOTA !
With August Bank Holiday almost upon is, it is time to get ready for the WOTA Activity Week.
Yes - you have read that correctly ............. one whole week.
Following on from the very successful launch of WOTA Activity Weekend in 2011, last year, the event was extended to a full week with great success.
Despite the adverse weather conditions that greeted our Activators across the Lake District over the duration of the week a grand total of 57 summit activations and 443 QSO's were logged.
This is almost double the number of summits activated of 29 summits on our first ever WOTA Activity Weekend in 2011.
With this in mind, once again the WOTA Activity Event will take place over a whole week and will run from Saturday 24th August through until Sunday 1st September inclusive.
WOTA goes from strength to strength
From it's very humble beginnings of being an idea to combine Fell Walking in the Lake District with the hobby of Amateur Radio by founder Julian Moss (G4ILO), five years on, Wainwrights On the Air (WOTA) has continued to grow from strength to strength.
2012 saw the introduction of the 116 Outlying Fells to the programme in addition to the existing 214 Wainwrights
2013 is already turning into a rather special year and has seen four further members achieve the 214 Wainwright as either a Chaser or Activator, with one being that little bit extra special.
Derek Edge (2E0MIX) has become the first member to reach the magic 214 figure as both Activator and Chaser. An incredible achievement, and one that WOTA are very proud off. Congratulations Derek.
Congratulations also go to the three other members reaching that 214......