You do need to say which rules it does not comply with and why, so we know why you think that.
I have quoted the rules in my first post which seem to me to be applicable, and I see 4 requirements for chasers:
- They need some legal license for the frequency and mode they transmit
- They need a callsign of some sort
- they must transmit within a ham band
- they must be within the spirit
I personally think that the OP’s question is exactly in the spirit of the very first line, if you will, “the prime directive”:
The purpose of SOTA (the Programme) is to encourage Amateur Radio based activity from the summits of hills and mountains in countries around the world
3.7.3 Participation in the SOTA programme is open to everybody,
If one seeks to narrowly interpret rules in a way that is contrary to the stated purpose of SOTA, that is in itself not in the spirit.
Sneaking within the edge of rules to stay within the spirit of them , is to be encouraged, to my way of thinking. It is also great fun.
This is not the americas cup, where “winning” or “losing” is the purpose, the letter of the rules is everything, the the spirit counts for s.f.a.
If the OP can encourage his XYL (or far more importantly - kids) to eventually get a ham license by sneaking within the SOTA rules, that is winning for all of us who would like to see the hobby survive.
There appears to me to be a couple of possible low power loopholes (at least in ZL), and I can’t think of any actual harm if someone is prepared to go to the trouble of climbing a hill and exploiting them. More rules are only ever required when a loophole results in actual problems.
It would appear to be all upside for ham radio. More participation is good. More fun is good, and nothing is more fun than finding a way around the rules. It is the sort of thing that tickles my kids.