In reply to G3NYY:
When I came to SOTA, it was to get away from this kind of
ego-massaging … or so I thought.
To be sat on a hill, any hill and be on the end of a pile up is kind of an ego-massage surely. It it usually proceeded by a sort of masochism called the ascent, carried out while carrying more weight than anyone would sensibly cart to the top of a hill. SOTA is a strange illness.
I would rather people became a little competitive about their stations and could work a good number of SOTA stations from home rather than sit there on a handheld from their front room talking to repeaters, it would make VHF activations more enjoyable and easier.
There are really no rules on the reflector other than we try to respect other peoples views and don’t go out to upset people. There has never been an issue with ‘Off Topic’ subjects. I think if you don’t think something is relevant to you then you should ignore it.
Best DX from home though has almost no point. It is more about being on at the right time and having reasonable gear rather than having a top station. Location is the big thing under flat conditions, but even low down where I am I have worked Ben Nevis in the North and the Lizard in Cornwall on 2m SSB and most countries in Europe with 25 watts to a 10 element beam at 10 feet. It is not boasting it is just what happens when there is a good Sporadic E lift. Boasting is when you can do that 7 days a week, 24 hours a day and when you can do it then expect a visit from Ofcom.
73 Steve GW7AAV