In reply to G3NYY:
I went out /P this afternoon, specifically to work M6ADB/P at 1200 UTC
(G/CE-003), 2E0XTL/P at 1300 UTC (GW/NW-070)and M6ADB/P at 1600 UTC
(G/CE-001), all shown as 2m SSB Alerts at these times.
In the event, none of these showed up at the advertised times.
I’ve had this problem while activating - going up a hill specially for a S2S and then finding the other party has cried off due to blizzards, storms, traffic, illness or some such excuse.
The alert form clearly states that the times submitted are supposed to be ETAs and while I find I am generally pretty good at estimating my TOA there are occasionally times when I’ve realised that I have been over ambitious. Things are much more difficult when one has companions who may not be so enthusiastic about getting out of bed early/fitting in another summit before home etc.
Please, chaps, if you are not going to be able to activate a summit at
the time shown in the Alert, be kind enough to cancel the Alert before
people set off with the purpose of working you.
One problem I find is that the decision to cancel a summit is often taken back at the car, or on the descent to it, and thus in an area with no cell phone coverage. In hilly areas it is not unknown to have to drive up to 10 miles to have a good chance of getting a signal in a place one can safely park.
If one has the foresight to abandon a subsequent summit while at the top of an earlier one then the easiest thing to do is often to ask a regular to post a spot to that effect on the SOTAwatch site.