This should be continuation of the thoroughly discussed topic in the last 10 days about “To spot or not to spot”. Since I would appreciate coments from chasers on what I wrote bellow, I decided to open new topic.
In my experience as activator, I found spotting critical to the success of the activation. The reason is simple: - It seems that the chasers are very common with waiting spot to appear on the internet and then to turn the radio on and only few people have practice to monitor the SOTA frequenies and be ready to respond quickly. It is problem for the activator because calling CQ for 15 - 20 minutes can easily drain your battery, bringing to question the result of hours and effort spent to reach the summit. I consider this problem and I self spot myself every time I have chance, but sometimes it is not possible.
Just for example, when I am spotted from the first moment, I work more than 40 QSO-s in just 15 minutes. When I am not - only a couple of them. Sometimes 7, sometimes 5 or even only 4. This summer I spent 40 minutes calling CQ SOTA on 14.285 and worked only a couple of stations which were by the way not the common ones I work and know. No frequent SOTA chaser appeared.
There is no point of calling CQ SOTA in contest. Nobody ever responded to me in a contest weekend, allthough I use some time to call CQ SOTA. At the end - I work a couple of contest stations and reach the minimum points to make the activation valid.
Another fact that shows that most of the operators READ (internet) insted they LISTEN (frequency) is that it happens often some listener to spot me with wrong summit refference or wrong callsign. No matter how many times I repeat my callsign and refference, many respond with my wrong callsign or log wrong summit. Once even happened that my friend Vlado, Z35M worked the same summit just after me, clearly announcing several times that operator and callsign are changing and using his callsign in EVERY transmition… Oh no…! - Maybe 80% of the operators continued to call him Z35BY - just because it was written in the spot.
So my point to the chasers: - Please listen - not just read. Finaly that is the way how our hobby should be done. And please spot whenever you can - it is crutial for the success of SSB activations.
Best 73 and hear you from the summit !