In reply to G0LGS:
Whilst I can understand that the timing depends on a number of
factors, it would help at least some of us chasers to have some idea
of what time we should be listening for the subsequent activations.
You’re right it can be very hard to get the time right. I always try to give times for all the summits I intend to do. Likewise, if I find that I have to cancel anything I like to get that info out as soon as I can. Sometimes I can get a cancellation notice up myself, other times I’ve asked chasers to post an announcement for me.
There’s nothing worse than having lugged all the gear up a hill only to find nobody listening! It’s only happened once on HF to me and for a while I was worried the 817 was broken until the chasers emerged. Partly it was because I’d got the time wrong (BST/GMT) and I think there was a good F1 race on the telly. So I strive to hit the published time.
But I do go to great lengths to try to get the time right. Simply because as you say, if I publish a time, I know some people will make an effort to be listening around then. The whole activation planning consists of using Autoroute for journey times plus local knowledge, then tweaked Naismaith’s rules on Anquet for the walking time plus reviewing other peoples write ups on their routes. It can take some effort to come up with the times and I really hate it when I’m wildly inaccurate especially on the first summit of a multi-activation. Of course the successive summits do tend to drift due to tiredness and the time spent on previous summits.
I do like Clive G1YAM’s method of just turning up without notice. He must be doing something right, look at his score. I found that expecting to activate on 2m FM up here in GM without warning to be almost impossible. But for me, I’ll stick with a published time and trying to meet it.