Can a direct exchange of APRS messages qualify as a contact for activation purposes?
I’m clear that any message passing through an igate or other 3rd-party station can’t be used. But if two APRS stations exchange APRS messages directly, and one of them is on a summit, can that count as a contact?
At first, I said, “No,” because I was thinking of traffic passing through an igate, and that’s a type of repeater.
Then I remembered that my APRS-enabled HT can send messages directly to other APRS stations, and I said, “Yes.”
Then I decided that you can’t really provide a signal report, and that’s a required part of a SOTA exchange, and I said, “No, it doesn’t qualify.” OTOH, if you received the message, perhaps signal report is implicitly, “adequate.”
This is not strictly an academic question. I received an APRS message today, while on-summit. I didn’t notice it until I was off-summit, so it doesn’t matter today, but the day is coming when it will.
73 DE K4KPK / Kevin