The MT has been receiving complaints of chasers making and claiming spurious QSOs with activators. While investigating this we have found a small number of chasers with unacceptably large numbers of unconfirmed QSOs. Some of these unconfirmed QSOs are obvious logging errors: incorrectly recorded callsigns or summit references, but too many are “Not in Log”, the QSOs did not take place. Again, it is possible to mishear a callsign and believe that the activator is working you when he is actually working somebody else, but when a case is found where over a six month period nearly 400 NILs are logged, it becomes improbable that it is all simple error. Furthermore, when a station is heard giving reports and acknowledgements while the station he is purporting to work is still calling CQ, then one can only draw one conclusion.
Of course not all activators submit their activation logs promptly, some not at all. We are not concerned with this, and it is to be expected that many of a chaser’s more recent logs will not be confirmed. But when we receive complaints of “phantom” QSOs being heard on-air, and we then find many hundreds of unconfirmed QSOs against activators who HAVE submitted their full activation logs, then we must act.
Needless to say, the Management Team is not prepared to tolerate the systematic claiming of QSOs that never happened, and will require the chasers in question to delete all bogus QSOs from their logs. Those who fail to co-operate will have their entire accounts deleted and will have their SOTA Database accounts blocked.
73, Tom M1EYP
obo SOTA Management Team