In the Central Finland Radio amateur club we are planning to make a larger scale SOTA-activation about a month from now. The idea is to get as many interested hams in the area as possible to join us and give everyone an easy opportunity to try SOTA activation.
Our target summit is quite far away from any population centers, so the plan is to go quite near the summit by car, leave the cars to the side of the main road and then carry the gear to the top from there. The walking distance is not very much, but we’re compensating this by carrying quite a lot of equipment, including batteries so that we can try different bands and modes and spend more than 24 hours operating from the summit. The idea is also to make many local QSOs in the VHF/UHF-bands as well as the 80 meter band, to also promote SOTA chasing here in Finland. But don’t worry, we won’t forget all you unique-hungry chasers further away either.
We’re still discussing, whether each of us should use our personal callsigns or the club call. As I understand, from the viewpoint of SOTA rules there is no difference. Even if we all use the club call for our contacts, everyone who makes the required 4 QSOs will get their activation points. It would certainly be more simple to place the spots and alerts with just one callsign. On the other hand, there are a few “fresh” amateurs joining the trip, and they may be interested in possible new DXCC contacts and making more QSOs with their personal calls in general.
But which way is normally used in group activations and which is more convenient to the chasers, what is your opinion?