The question about QSO with activation team member triggered me to analyze SOTA General Rules again (perhaps that is a good side-effect, to refresh them…)
One element says about motorized vehicle (126.96.36.199)
Operations must not be in, or in the close vicinity of , a motor vehicle. No part of the station may be connected in any way with the motor vehicle.
The element drawing my attention is the “close vicinity”. I sometimes drive up the peak, and there is no way to stop a vehicle legally on the way, while on the peak there is a car parking. This is ok for parking the car, but how does this correspond to operating acc. to 188.8.131.52? Is this ok if I for whatever reason ascend a summit and I am near the car as this is what the topography and local rules dictate?
Also, sometimes when doing business travels, I take a chance to activate a nearby summit when on my way back to the airport, but since I am with my luggage inside, I would rather not lose my rental car from my eyesight.
Does the second sentence as quoted above precise the previous one clarifying its meaning to not using the car for the activation operations on the air?
I saw Andy’s (MM0FMF) comment to another motorized-vehicle situation in another thread:
Rig not powered from vehicle.
Antenna not supported from vehicle.
Operator not sat on/in the vehicle.
Operator not using vehicle to shelter from WX. (sun/wind/rain/cold etc.)
Does this fully explain the intent of the clause 184.108.40.206?
I would like to also share this with SOTA-SP group after receiving a clarification, as I think many of us use the car and it would be good to have a clear distinction what is still accepted and what is not under any circumstances .
Thanks. If this thread is a duplicate, please let me know. I swear I saw some discussions in the past but I cannot find them to clearly define answers for the above