The other day I received a FaceBook request to “friend” a French radio operator, Ghislain, who is active in SOTA. Except this person operates as part of the 11m “Free DXers” movement. See the YouTube video at SOTA 14FDX/CR-503 Le pas de la Figuière - YouTube
I think we can assume he has no callsign registered with telecom officials. But from what a French SOTA buddy tells me, this person is operating within the scope of French telecom regulations as long as he sticks with certain kinds of antennas and limits output power to 4W, as best I can tell from Google Translate of this webpage: https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/loda/id/JORFTEXT000000325971/).
Without a callsign, he cannot enter his activations into the database, and his chasers can also not enter their contacts.
So do we have a parallel SOTA universe here? Do they have their own database and leaderboards?
As to the friend request, I will respond in the positive – I certainly don’t want to discourage people from getting in the hills with their radios (as long as the operation is legal), and perhaps he will be encouraged to get his amateur license.