British inland Waterways on the air

BiWota (BiWota) 2019  –  The next British inland Waterways on the air (BiWota) event will be held over the August bank holiday weekend: 24 to 26 August 2019.

The event is open to all Amateurs who are boaters, cyclists, walkers and other users of the canals, rivers, towpaths, riverbanks for work or recreation. Many clubs and individual Amateurs on or near the UK inland waterways obtain Special Event Station (SES) callsigns. Others operate mobile or portable using their own callsigns. Many more like to contact the BiWota stations. It is also a good chance for WAB enthusiasts to get some rare WAB squares. The primary bands will be 40m (7MHz) and 2m (144MHz SSB and FM) but all bands will be acceptable.

The aim of the event is to bring together Radio Amateurs who regularly use the waterways to celebrate their hobby and raise awareness of the UK waterways.

If you would like to take part this year could you please email giving, as appropriate, your:

Callsign (SES, or personal)        Club Callsign (if it’s a club station)

Operators name(s) (or club contact and callsign)

Boat or Radio Club name            Station Location inc waterway

Planned Bands                              Home station or Radio Club Location

Station Maidenhead locator and WAB square (if known)

Stefan Lattimer 2E0VKM from Nunsfield House  ARC is coordinating the list of participating stations so he will confirm details with you.

Please register your station  at

Tell your friends and colleagues catch you on the air…….

Updates can be found on the BiWota Facebook page.

If you want more information about BiWota please contact John Rogers M0JAV on

Our logo which you are free to use with your SES is given below.

BiWota logo

Previous events

BIWOTA list 2016 confirmed stations in green

2016 IWA Trailboat Festival

On the bank holiday at end of May 28 to 30th, the IWA trail boat festival will be at Staveley on the Chesterfield Canal and we could set up there a SES if enough people are interested.

BiWota 2015

BIWOTA list 2015 Aug26

BiWota 2014 British Inland Waterways on the air

BiWota Stations 2014

BiWota Stations 2013

BiWota Stations 2012