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Mountain Hunter Award


#1

The Management Team have agreed a new award scheme for Chasers to complement the award recently announced for Activators. The ultimate award is to encourage a Chaser to Work All Associations (this does require the use of HF and is not practicable on VHF without moonbounce!) but we also wanted to encourage VHF/UHF operations and so have also introduced an award that requires qualifying contacts on 70MHz and above only. The award is NOT points based like the existing awards but relies on valid contacts between Chasers and Activators on a qualifying number of summits in a number of Associations.

It is feasible at present for a Europe based Chaser to work 24 Associations on VHF with the possibility of 7 more in the offing. We have Associations on 4 continents at present and there is the possibility of Australasia joining in the future.

Both African and Asian Associations have a rarity value so this might encourage activity from them or persuade other countries to join the scheme (Who is up for Activation from the High Atlas?). It is recognised that the VHF award is very Europe biased but it is foreseen that the USA /Canada associations will, very shortly, be able to qualify for the entry level VHF qualification. It should be noted that, although Europe does not have the 1.25m and 33cm bands, this does not prevent those countries with these bands from using them.

The inclusion of the requirement to work some intercontinental associations (for the all bands award) does make this award different from the existing Chaser awards and will run in parallel to the existing Chaser awards; by introducing the requirement (except at the entry level) to work other continents this award should encourage activators in less active associations to operate as there will be demand from chasers for the rarer associations.

a) VHF (70MHz and above) Award

Hunter should contact at least 2 different summits in each of 5 associations using just VHF/UHF any mode.

Endorsement for UHF only qualification (430MHz and above)

Steps of 5 Associations for each award: 10, 15, 20, etc

Level No. Associations Min. no. of summits
1 5 2 per association
2 10 3 per additional association
3 15 4 per additional association
4 20+ 4 per additional association

b) All bands Award

Hunter should contact at least 2 different summits in each of 5 associations The higher level awards require that at least one association claimed is on a different continent from the claimant’s normal residential qth. Level 1 can be claimed with contacts only on the claimant’s own continent (1 continent); higher level awards require intercontinental contacts.

Endorsement for all 50MHz qualification

Steps of 5 Associations for each award: 10 (including 2 continents), 15 (including 2 continents), 20 (and 3 continents),

Worked all Associations

Level No. Associations Continents Minimum no. of summits
1 5 1 2 per association
2 10 2 3 per additional association
3 15 2 3 per additional association
4 20 3 4 per additional association
5 WAA 4 or 5 4 per additional association

The Award will be issued from January 2010 and summits may be claimed retrospectively (you do not have to start over; summits previously chased under the programme will qualify). Each claim must be registered on the SOTA database in the normal way and a new filter will be incorporated onto the database to track progress and allow checking of activators’ claims.

This award will be certificate based as with the Activator award however the MT would like to consider the possibility of producing a trophy for the Worked All Association award. Several suggestions have been made and we will seek input from participants to determine the level of interest in producing a suitable item.

Barry Horning GM4TOE
SOTA Awards Manager
on behalf of SOTA Management Team

It appears that the reflector reformats the “table” to remove excess spaces. I will produce the tables in a different format to make them clearer

73

Barry


#2

In reply to GM4TOE:

Barry, Particularly with the slightly more complex nature of these new awards would it be possible to have the database generate a list of which level of awards have been achieved? Just thinking about how long it would take to go through my log if I was to apply.

Regards Steve GW7AAV


#3

In reply to GW7AAV:
Hi Steve,

It is my intention to ask Gary to put a filter in place, like “My Unique Summits” so that it is immediately obvious how any individual is progressing. I just need to put this into a form that Gary can use to program the database updates.

Easy to think up, difficult to put into clear English!

73

Barry GM4TOE


#4

In reply to GM4TOE:

b) All bands Award

Hunter should contact at least 2 different summits in each of 5 associations >>The higher level awards require that at least one association claimed is on >>a different continent from the claimants normal residential qth. Level 1 can >>be claimed with contacts only on the claimants own continent (1 continent); >>higher level awards require intercontinental contacts.

Interesting hypothetical, Barry…a chaser from North America works one SOTA activator in each of the 51 associations outside his/her own continent. Still he does not qualify for more than the basic Mountain Hunter Award because the three higher level awards require two intercontinental contacts within the same association. It isn’t until the 52nd such contact that he qualifies. What saith the MT about that oddity? No sour grapes, as I’m already in the higher level MH.

Elliott, K6ILM
Troublemaker


#5

In reply to K6ILM:

When you have achieved that, and worked at least one never before activated Association, you can bask in the glory of the achievement!

Alternatively, work another summit in one of the Associations then you would qualify for the higher award; nobody said it was going to be a giveaway!!

Barry GM4TOE