This afternoon, at 14:59, there was a SOTAwatch spot for F5MQW on 40m CW showing as being from F/AM-693. By all accounts, there was quite a pile-up for a “first time” activation.
Sadly, those who worked this station were the victims of a hoax. Patrick F5MQW was not on the summit, but was sitting in his shack at home, and he was extremely surprised, and disappointed, to hear his callsign being pirated in this way.
Whilst it seems to be an unfortunate fact of life these days that DXpeditions and other rare stations are often the target of malicious hoaxes, I believe that this is the first documented case involving a SOTA station. We have already had a number of reports of deliberate interference recently, so let us hope that the situation does not deteriorate further.
Meanwhile, if anybody has any information regarding the source of this hoax, please do not post it on the Reflector - either send the details to a member of the MT or to Patrick himself.
Thanks for your cooperation.
73 de Les, G3VQO