From a purist point of view it could be argued that my QSO with Colin M1BUU activating G/NP-028 this morning was not valid because I didn’t log his callsign correctly due to mistaken information seen and later copied from SOTAwatch / pasted on my SAISIE SOTA log.
As you all know, nowadays, most of the times, chasers actually chase after looking to the spots on SOTAwatch and the callsign + summit reference information on the spot is what we get logged.
Personally, I many times pay attention on the activator’s frequency until I hear the activator’s callsign and the summit reference, if I have the time for that and so propagation conditions permit.
I even I often remain on the frequency listening to the complete activation until the activator goes QRT or QSY, but I admit it’s not always possible like that due to time constrains, i.e. having to take my headphones off to hear what some family member wants to tell me, having to leave the shack right away for work or other duties, willing to QSY quickly to chase another spotted activator, etc…
We should, whenever possible, remain on the frequency until we get the activator callsign and summit reference by ourselves, but given this is not always possible in our 21st century everyday life, it’s fair that we rely on what tecnology and the great SOTA team put at our beck and call, like SOTAwatch.
Let me finish off saying that, as far as I understand it, this QSO was 100% valid. We copied 100% OK each other but I didn’t hear Colin sending his callsign and I wrongly assumed he was Tom M1EYP when he was indeed Colin M1BUU.
When I told GM DR TOM and Colin didn’t correct me because he assumed I said GM DR OM, which is a very typical expression in a CW QSO, is something totally understandable and I won’t blame Colin for that at all.
Thanks to this great Reflector we’ve been able to talk and spot this mistake during the day, well before my usual log update at the end of the day, so I’ll correct my wrong entry in my SAISIE SOTA local log and I’ll upload a 100% correct chaser log That’s all I can say about it.
Feel free to write your point of view about the matter.