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Incorrect Spots for W5O/OU-016 25 Aug 2017


#1

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,
Keith KR7RK


#2

That’s correct. CQ SOTA is not reliably passed through the RBN by the various relays, nor do people reliably call CQ SOTA, so it just does a string match on the callsign.