This may seem off-topic, but I am aware that there is a considerable cross-pollination of enthusiasts between SOTA and WFF. It therefore seems appropriate to ask a couple of questions here, in an attempt to utilise the undoubted expertise available within the ranks of SOTA enthusiasts.
I sincerely hope that this thread will not be used to cast aspersions upon the motivation, integrity or competence of those who run the WFF programme. Whatever some may think, it is clearly a very popular activity, generating huge pile-ups across the bands. To me, that is its attraction. I have no real interest in collecting areas, but find that quoting a WFF reference is a sure-fire way to generate a large number of QSOs in a short space of time. So, whether I want to increase my DXCC count from another country, or merely test a new antenna just down the road, it provides a useful service.
So, to the questions! It seems that the accepted practice is to send an activation log to the national WFF manager, who then forwards it to somebody else for action. Can anybody explain why this convoluted procedure is necessary? Also, why is there such a time-lapse between the manager forwarding it and its eventual appearance in the WFF database?
I have found the useful WFF log-search facility at http://ew4dx.org/WFFsearch.html which keeps track of my “chases”, but can find no simple way of checking which of my activator logs has been uploaded to the main WFF database. Can anybody explain how to do this please?
Over to you experts …
73 de Les, G3VQO