In reply to F6ENO:
Ok, then let’s go into details.
I guess I know what you are referring to. A good friend of mine told me that you started a similar thread in the French forum and since it’s a public forum, I think I have the right to reply in public.
Since English speaking readers probably don’t know what’s going on in the French forum let me tell you. F6ENO states in his entry post to “Devoir de vacances” that someone (no call given) activated a summit A (no reference given) and the last QSO was at 0751z (reference given). Then that someone (no reference given) moved to summit B (no reference given) and the first QSO is logged at 0854z (reference given). F6ENO raises the question how this could be possible since the distance to cover is 75km. Including the time to take down the station and setting it up again, this cannot be done in an hour. His pupils (= his french fellows) should provide some explanations.
So they did, some were doing some interesting statements, like the kind of the OM must have been drunk, or he must be superman, or he must have used a helicopter. Interesting point, *nobody" asked about the references to verify himself about the distance to cover and that’s were the weak point comes into it. Everybody of his group believes what he wrote and the outcome is: That OM did not play the SOTA game the right way = he wasn’t at the references where he claimed to be.
So far, nice Accidently, the times mentionned by F6ENO correspond exactly to the times I have in my log.
Reference A = F/NO-004 and reference B = F/VO-049, activities that took place July 19, 2008, the OM, F6ENO is referring to, that’s most likely me.
F6ENO states that he checked on viamichelin.fr and mappy.fr. That’s all ok. I checked myself and did not manage to get 75km in return, they were much more returning something like 50km. I did the same with maps.google.com, same similar result.
Then I checked Mapsource, the application provided by Garmin to do whatever you want to do with digital maps, the program I’m using a lot. Mapsource’s calculation results in: 53.4km 46min from NO-004 to VO-49. In fact, I needed about 40min. Yes, I was driving a bit faster but I have yet to see a French guy who sticks to the rules.
If you don’t believe me, have a look at the highway from/to LX in the morning/evening, they don’t stick to the rules at all. Furthermore, my built-in (into the car) navigation system shows a similar result.
Anyway, I don’t like if people are saying bad things about me without using the right facts (thanks Brian G8ADD, my native languages are DL and LX, I didn’t know you feel offended using that bad word, I hope you accept my appologies) and I don’t like people who try to direct other people into a certain point of view/meaning by omitting facts on purpose.
I’m now waiting for a decent explanation from F6ENO how he justifies his accuses. I can easily provide you with the track plan for that 46min drive. If you still stick to your 75km thing, than some coordinates must be wrong.
BTW, I did not have the feeling to see P100 between NO-001 and NO-002 but I might be wrong.
And yes, I did something very impossible today, according to F0FGB. He states that it’s quite impossible to activate 2 references above 1300m in one day. Or, maybe, I’m not in HB0 at all, who knows? HB0/LI-004 and HB0/LI-010 are clearly above 1300m, and yes, I have been faster than the time signs on the way announce. It took me 1h instead of 1h30min to get to LI-004. I must be a “SUPER SOTAman”, as F0FNC stated…