Listening to the action on 7032 early on Sunday evening (sadly, much of it was inaudible here) I happened to hear a station repeatedly telling another “QSY THIS FREQ SOTA ONLY”.
I do realise how frustrating it can be to have a strong station come up alongside a much weaker SOTA station, but it must be realised that neither SOTA, nor any other group, has an exclusive frequency allocation on any band. Of course a polite “PSE QSY FREQ IN USE” type message is quite acceptable when appropriate, but, especially in difficult and variable conditions, it should be remembered that some stations will start calling on what genuinely appears to be a clear frequency at their end, only to discover that they are in fact interfering with a pre-existing QSO.
We have already had some instances of deliberate QRM to SOTA activities by some mal-adjusted characters, but these are thankfully few. However, if we get a reputation as the “7032 police”, we are likely to attract more attention of this kind. Please encourage your fellow chasers to be thoughtful and polite when attempting to keep a frequency clear for SOTA activity.
73 de Les, G3VQO