There is no doubt that SOTA chasing is much much ‘bigger’ than originally envisaged. I recall this being discussed as early as April 2004 when I was one of a batch of Shack Sloths passing through the 1000 points. It was apparent then that chaser scores were amassing at much greater rates than expected, and that was nothing compared to today’s efforts of the all-day multi-band multi-mode multi-antenna multi-association SOTAwatch-assisted superchasers!
However, the opinions at that time were of the “Well I’m not going to stop working activators - I enjoy it” nature, and the popular view was that additional structure to the awards system was not necessary.
Some time later, the MT recognised the significant continuing participation of many chasers, and even some particularly prolific activators, and introduced further certificates at 2500, 5000 and 10000 points. (Previously, there had only been the 100, 250 and 500 certficates ahead of the MG/SS). Further challenge was added with the addition of the ‘Uniques’ awards, and the Database programming to show Rolls of Honour according to Activator and Chaser Uniques.
I suppose it is possible that a clutch of chasers progressing to 25000 or 50000 points could prompt a review of whether to add yet further thresholds, but I would have thought it would be much more stimulating to be concentrating on Uniques by then! And judging by the response to my “Most Wanted” thread, the leading chasers are doing just that.
Many more milestones may be targeted and achieved, due to the strongly numerical nature of the SOTA Programme. Different participants have challenged themselves to achieve certain things. Examples include 100 activations of a single summit, fastest collection of 10000 chaser points, 500 SOTA activations, most activations in a week, qualifying summits with exclusively S2S QSOs, activation of a whole region in a day etc etc etc. None of these are recognised in the awards structure, but it doesn’t put people off trying to achieve them. I think the region completion (activator/chaser or SWL) concept falls into this category.