Yes Brian I confirm that the summits usable on the Sotaitalia awards are the official Sota summit list PLUS a lot of other NON official summits.
You can easily check the situation in this web page:
Sota Italia summits
On the right there is the list of our regions, if you check for example:
Suedtiorl Alto Adige
In each pdf there is a column “Validità” where you see if the reference is valid for the official sota.
As you can see in these three examples there are a lot of summits, at the end of each list, marked as “Solo Italia” or “Nazionale” that means that they are non present in your official database.
If you open the file Veneto you easily see that the official summits are 16 and that the “unofficial/only Italy” are 65!!
If you open this:
Summits in the region of the manager
The national summits are the most of the list!!!
In all the list that I proposed as example there are two noticeable things:
- The only italy awards summits are always at the end of the list, so it seems that in years from 2011 to today,no new official summits was added to the sota database
- The reference codes uses the same pattern and number progression of the official summits, this lead a lot of confusion during the activations of a “Non official summit”, so Hunters think to have worked a Sota activation but in most cases is not thrue.
There is another strange behavior in sotaitalia:
Years ago I had a email and telephone contact with the manager, requesting new summits in my region.
The manager sad that the summit must be usable at the same time in the Sota official award and in the National Sotaitalia awards.
The problem is that in the Sotaitalia awards rules there is the limit of a minimum of “45 minutes of walk”, this rule is not present in the official program.
So, surely all the summits marked as valid only for the national adhere to the “45 minutes of walk far from roads”, non problem they could be in the future submitted in the official database.
But this lead to an inverse problem, in the future there will be no official sota summits with a walk time less than 45 minutes near roads.
As you leave in UK you could not, obviously verify this, you should trust on the manager or trust in Hams, like me with a different opinion.
But the fact that I’ve exposed before tends to endorse my hypothesis.
This is my last replay to this thread, I think all was explained well, now is your turn to take o not to take actions.
73 de IN3AQK