SMS Spotting through ParksnPeaks

ParksNPeaks supports receiving activity spots via SMS.

I have found that SMS messaging will work on a peak where internet access is marginal.

This feature has been added this to allow phones that can’t access overseas numbers the ability to spot.

The number to send to is 0447 568 667. You key in the spot as a text message using the format below then send as a SMS.

Any one who wished to use SMS spots will need to add the number of the phone they intend to use in the database.

You will need to register an account to use this feature.

There are no charges for using the SMS gateway except for your normal carrier costs.

The format expected is to support international use so for 0488 123 456 use +61488123456. Note the leading 0 is dropped and +61 added.

Park Activity Spotting

This example will place a spot on for a activator registered on for Belair under the SANPCPA scheme.

The activator is on 7.090 SSB and appears to be there all day. 

The format is – callsign class location frequency mode comments 

example SMS;

! SANPCPA 5NP-001 7.090 SSB Here all day in the shade

Callsign: ‘!’ will used the call sign associated with user in You can override this to spot someone else but expect this facility to be primary used for activators spotting themselves.

class: ‘SANPCPA’ For parks use  WWFF ,KRMNPA or SANPCPA.

For Class and Location ID’s consult the data tables on –


Location: ‘5NP-001’ This is the summit reference or park id. Each park has a unique ID .

This ID can be found on Jump to the scheme of interest. The Location ID is under ‘ID’ header.


ID    Type    Name    Region        District
5NP-001    NP    Belair    Adelaide    Southern Lofty

The location ID can be send with or without hyphen,

! SANPCPA 5NP-001 7.090 SSB Here all day in the shade


! SANPCPA 5NP001 7.090 SSB Here all day in the shade

Frequency: ‘7.090’ THis is the frequency in MEGAHERTZ
Mode: ‘SSB’ Operating mode, same as any spot.
Comments: ‘Here all day in the shade’ There is space for 60 characters of comment. Please no funky characters.


! WWFF VKFF-022 7.090 SSB Currently in Alfred National
! KRMNPA 3NP001 7.090 SSB Quick KRMNPA activation on way home
! SANPCPA 5NP-001 7.090 SSB

SOTA Spotting

SOTA spots will be passed through to SotaWatch.

You will need to be registered with Andy’s system as I am only forwarding the SOTA spots

Send email to Andy – with your name, number and callsign to be added to the authorised users list.

The format is – callsign association location frequency mode comments (

! VK3 VE203 7.090 Ssb cq

! – will match to the registered callsign.
VK3 – The association
VE203 – The summit ID (VE-203 also valid but harder on summit)
7.090 – Frequency in Mhz
mode – SSB,CW FM etc
comments – 60 chars for comments 



How to Get Auto-spotted Via RBNGate

Geoff vk8gg has built a gateway website that will convert your spot device position and track info and ports it to the APRS network