I’ve spent a good deal of time reading/searching the msg archives for any relevant discussion but to no avail. As we know, Activation bonuses are assigned to a Region based on general geography and the average weather (summer or winter) for that Region. So a generally hot desert area (like southern California) gets a “summer bonus” because of heat. Likewise is true for mountainous areas that get a “winter bonus”.
My question: has there been consideration/discussion for these seasonal activation bonuses including a rule for elevation?
There are a number of Associations with significantly varied topography. California is my best example and to be more specific, W6/CD-001 White Peak (4342 m/14246 ft). A summer activation bonus is awarded, ostensibly because of heat, but I can assure you at 4,342 m it is not “hot”. Likewise, no winter bonus is assigned because it is in a “summer bonus” Region only.
For the sake of discussion, by adding a rule for the Region that encompasses two scenarios:
A summer activation bonus for the Region is only valid for Peaks less than 7,500 ft. (6 point band and less). No summer activation bonus for Peaks greater than 7,500 ft (8 and 10 point bands), for example.
a) Summer heat would not be a factor warranting the summer bonus above 7,500 ft.
A winter activation bonus for the same Region only valid for Peaks greater than 5,500 ft (4 pt band and greater), for example.
a) Winter cold would be a factor warranting the winter bonus above 5,500 ft.
In a number of the western states, there is enough geographic differences (example with W6/CD-001) that a two-tiered set of bonus rules (Region and elevation) could represent the seasonal reality of the Region.
I’m sure this topic has been discussed. I just wasn’t able to find it.
Thanks in advance, Guy/N7UN