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.
Farewell to Founder Julian Moss G4ILO
It is with great sadness that we record the recent death of Julian G4ILO, who was the initiator of the WOTA scheme.
Julian was a very enthusiastic and active radio amateur, and a professional computer journalist and author of PC Advisor magazine's Helpline column. Latterly he ran an internet business promoting computer software with his wife Olga from their home in Cockermouth, Cumbria.
Julian had a very wide range of radio interests including operating QRP and WSPR. He was a specialist in data modes and APRS. He ran an EchoLink node and was the author of an entertaining and highly informative blog, ‘G4ILO’s Shack’, which had an active international following.
He used to express his amazement at the success and scale of WOTA, and his radio friends who have had such enjoyment out of the scheme will miss him.
Our sincere condolences go to Olga.
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......
Patterdale Mountain Rescue need your help
Mountain rescuers seek help in testing drone search of Lake District fell.
A Lake District mountain rescue team is looking for members of the public to join the search for a missing walker.
But they won’t need to pull on their boots and waterproofs; the search will be conducted with a computer and mouse.
Outdoor fans are invited to take part in the trial search for the missing walker, who will be ‘planted’ somewhere in the Patterdale area and a high-tech unmanned drone will relay pictures of the search area as it flies over the Lakeland countryside.