All chaser contacts made from anywhere count for points. If I spend a month in Europe and work a bunch of stations under the callsign M/NF1R, those all count the same as contacts made from my home station.
As long as there is not a geographic limit on where chaser contacts are made from, I see no reason why there should be a geographic limit on which remotely operated rigs can be used to make contacts for SOTA. There is no “merit” in the fact that some hams can afford to buy airline tickets to remote DX locations or have the time to tour Europe on SOTA vacations. Some of us are just saving aviation fuel, and travel time, by accessing remote HF rigs instead of going on vacation DXpeditions. For example, I made about a dozen chaser contacts as IT9/NF1R from the Remotehamradio.com site on Sicily. If I had spent $1200 on an airline ticket to Sicily, would that somehow have counted for more in the eyes of the anti-remote-rig folks? Would those contacts work more to the activators that I worked? If so, why?
I think a lot of the opposition to use of remotely operated rigs is that it has reduced the scarcity of DXing opportunities, and has thereby devalued DX accomplishments made under previous technologies. When everyone can log on to a remote rig feeding a 4-element monobander to work a remote DX station, it seems a bit too easy, at least to the old timers. But is the problem with the technology, or with an antiquated system where people with lots of time and money on their hands get all the good DX?
What we are seeing is typical conservative reaction to liberating technology. Instead of banning the technology, there are lots of other ways to make radio more challenging. Climbing mountains is what this program is mostly about, and remote rigs are never going to interfere with that. There’s no way that remote rigs are ever going to make that part of the program easy.
In any case, we are all doing this for fun, and the chaser rankings aren’t a contest, right? Right?