Joe and his team write the software; they make the rules. No surprise that it should be so US oriented. You wanna play another game? OK take your bat and ball and go play it.
There is a developer’s forum where Walt and others have already made some suggestions. A few do get implemented.
BTW I have no problem with the new version being incompatible with the V1 versions. There are already incompatibilities between the developmental versions and the public release V 1.9. I have said before that it is dopey to use a beta bit of software when the fixed version exists, but there are plenty of dopey people out there. I think they are the same people who don’t read release notes, let alone the manual but are quick to post a “bug”.
With the longer message format SOTA ops will be easier but unless most users upgrade the pool for contacts would be small.
The program can’t be totally USA based else the objective of working DX will be defeated. But it is understandable to have the home contests catered for when possible. All I ask for is a box to tick or untick to disable such stuff.
In VK CW and SSB remain the main modes. FT8 tends to only yield DX as few SOTA locals use it. This creates negative feedback and few activators bother with the mode. Most dx is 8,000 km to 18,000 km away. Even on FT8 it’s a struggle with 5 W. VK6 is 2,700 km from here and even VK4 is over 1,000 km. For the UK these might be DX distances but here it is local and beneath any self respecting DXer to bother with.
Going out to the garage to potter.