Frequently asked questions
How can I correct an error in an entry I made?
Delete the entry by clicking the red X to the right of it, then re-enter it.
Why isn't my league table position updated after I add contacts?
The league tables are not automatically updated after every contact. To update your league table position, return to "My home page" and click the "Update" link.
I have a new call. Can I change my WOTA login?
Unfortunately no. Your WOTA login is the user name for the system. It is not possible to change a user name.
You can still use the account to log contacts made under your new call. You simply change the "Call used" field to show the call you used when you made the contact. However, you will still be listed in the league tables under your original call / user name. Forum posts and activation spots will also be posted under your user name. When claiming an award you can specify the call you wish to appear on the certificate.
Alternatively you can create a new account under your new call. Having done that you must re-enter the contacts you made. If you have made a lot of contacts, you can ask a site moderator to copy the contacts from one account to another. This is a manual process so you should make a backup copy of your contact logs before making the request in case an error occurs when carrying it out. Using the contact form, specify the account you wish the contacts to be copied from and the one they should be copied to. When this has been done, you will receive an email asking you to check that you can see your contacts under your new account. Please confirm this. The contacts will then be deleted from your old account so that they do not appear in the database twice.
Can I count contacts made using repeaters or satellites?
No. Although a "repeater assisted" category was originally introduced, only one station claimed a total of two points in the category so it was removed. Only direct contacts may now be counted for points.
Some contacts are unconfirmed in my WOTA log. Can I use them in an award claim?
The rules for claiming a WOTA award state: "A confirmed contact in this context means that it should exist in the WOTA log database, and be matched by a corresponding entry in the activator's log. Unconfirmed contacts may be accepted for Worked All Wainwrights at the award manager's discretion, but further proof of the contact (such as a QSL card, or evidence of the contact in the SOTA database) may be required."
The key word here is may. If an award claim consists of an unusually high proportion of contacts with stations that are not otherwise known to have operated from the Wainwright fells then proof of contact may be required. But we realise that not every operator who activates a fell-top will log all their contacts in the database, although it is very easy and quick and we hope that most people will do so.
Can I count contacts with portable stations on summits that are not specifically calling WOTA?
Yes. The criteria for a qualifying contact are the same for WOTA as for SOTA, so if a portable station operating from a Wainwright summit counts for SOTA, the contact counts for WOTA as well.
If you make a contact with a portable station that is operating casually from a fell-top and has no specific knowledge of either scheme then the contact may also count if you know that the station is operating in accordance with the rules for activators. However, proof of contact may be required if an award claim contains many contacts with stations whose activations are not recorded anywhere. Therefore we recommend that you let the operator know that you will be claiming the contact for a WOTA point.
I worked xxxx on summit yyyy and my fell runner points did not increase. Why?
You must have worked xxxx before on the same summit during this period. Please check the rules for chasers. Fell runner points are awarded per activator per fell.
Do contacts made with the same station on the same day using different modes/bands count as separate contacts?
No. For WOTA it is only the station call that is important. The band or mode used is not important and not logged on the WOTA database, therefore contacts made using different bands or modes cannot be counted as separate contacts.