I was spotted by RBN a couple of times early today for W5O/OU-016, but I was NOT on Pine Mountain at the time. I had planned an activation but discovered that the road has a “Posted Private Property No Trespassing” sign about 4 miles away from the summit. A truck was coming out when I arrived and I asked the driver if I could go in, and he said no, so I decided to cancel the activation. Rather than delete my Alert, I updated it to explain that it was “cancelled” in the comments.
A while later I stopped at a state park and did a WWFF activation. Apparently the RBN recognized my calls and spotted me. I had thought RBN would only spot if the CQ’s included “SOTA” but apparently it only needs to see the call. So in hindsight, I should have just deleted the Alert.
I know of at least a few SOTA regulars who responded to my calls from the park. I apologize for causing any confusion!
(Note that earlier in the day I did activate W5O/WI-025, Chimney Hill, and those contacts are all valid).
Thanks and 73,