In reply to M1EYP:
This idea has been proposed several times in the past.
I hadn’t realised that the idea had already been floated, but the fact that several independent sources have made the same suggestion suggests that it could be a “goer”.
We wanted to retain the simplicity of the awards
structure of SOTA, and therefore stay away from the idea of any kind
of “endorsement” for an award, be it band, mode, DXCC
country or even S2S.
I agree about the avoidance of endorsements, but the whole point here is that it would be an entirely separate award, rather than an endorsement.
Furthermore, it was questioned whether the 1000 points from S2S
contacts could be compared anyway. Yes, it involves all the actual
walkng, but then once in position, often the activator then has a
distinct advantage over the shack based chaser.
As a separate award it would not need comparison, so the problem(?) would not exist.
However, the reward is already in place, and
immediate - you get activator points AND chaser points from the one
You certainly get chaser points, but those of us in areas where SOTA summits are numerically-challenged often re-visit the same hill several times in a year “for free”. It would be nice to have some recognition of such activations which, whilst healthy and enjoyable, are done largely for the benefit of others.
Another consideration is that Roger MW0IDX, our Awards Manager, is
really already at “capacity” in terms of the time he can
spend processing award claims and issuing.
I suspect that this argument has no real validity. Whilst applauding Roger for his hard work, I strongly suspect that the number of potential Mountain Eagle claims would be so small as to be a statistically insignificant addition to his workload.
So at the present time, as I see it, it is highly unlikely that a S2S
award will be introduced for the whole SOTA programme.
Within SOTA rules there is provision for individual SOTA Associations to promote their own award schemes. I assume that it was originally envisaged that these would relate simply to the “local” Association. However, is there any reason why any Association could not sponsor a SOTA-wide Mountain Eagle award if the MT choose not to do so?
73 de Les, G3VQO