Whilst browsing another topic (I forget which) it stirred a question in my mind about the use of UTC as the measure of time in the database. It maybe that the database does handle timezones and conversions correctly, in which case the question becomes irrelevant.
Also, it is NOT a complaint on the scoring as I’m just interested in my personal score and the logic behind the scoring system/database workings.
I’m going to describe a scenario and my reading of the rules to work out the points scored :-
On the 30th November, activator W7WAA sets out on the arduous task of activating W7W/CH-007 Dragontail Peak, a 10 pointer in the Washington State. They arrive on summit and set-up for activating and make their first QSO at 15:50 local time (23:50 UTC). Over the next few minutes, but before 15:59 local (23:59 UTC) , they make 3 QSOs, one of which is with their friend W7WZZ again to inform them of their safe arrival.
The 4th Qso takes place at 16:01 (00:01 UTC) and 2 more subsequent qsos take place, the final one being with W7WZZ again, to inform them of their immenent descent (on the same band/mode as previous qso).
On reading the general rules the points awarded would be :-
W7WAA (Activator) - 10 points for valid activation + 3 winter bonus points (even though locally all qso’s had taken place before the winter bonus start date)
W7WZZ (Chaser) - 20 points for 2 valid qsos on different dates (in UTC 30- Nov and 1st Dec)
To my mind the Activator score should be 10 points and the chaser score should also be 10 points.
Does the database recognise the local time/utc time difference and adjust or would the scoring be :-
W7WAA - 3 points for winter bonus (even though they had made 6 qsos during the expedition and none in the winter bonus period locally)
W7WZZ - 20 points
Whilst I can see that, if the database did adjust automatically, the time zone for each summit would be mathematically possible to calculate from its lat/long (or even just another field), the time zone for a chaser would be near to impossible and would be an impressive feat.