Less than half an hour ago I’ve made my 1st SOTA chase ever receiving with a webSDR.
The noise floor when receiving with my endfed wire in the balcony of the appartment has increased so much lately that I’m no longer able to hear weak signals at all.
It’s raining very much now and for some reason (internet or power shortage, I guess) I can’t switch ON my remote station, so I decided to try to listen for American activators on some of the webSDR’s available.
Then I saw on SOTAwatch that Rich @N4EX was spotted on 14.063 in that very moment.
Since he was activating from a W4 summit on 20m, I mentally estimated the skip distance and thought that a webSDR in Utah, might well be copying him.
So there I went. I selected Northern Utah WebSDR - Server #2, introduced the desired frequency 14.063 and bang! there he was perfectly copied.
Then I switched ON my IC-706 MKII in the appartment set to 50 Watts into my 14m long endfed wire in the balcony and gave Rich a call.
I tried once but some other american station was picked up. IIRC, it happened the same a second time, but on the next one, I called and Rich asked IF?
Then I came back with my full callsign and Rich perfectly copied me.
We exchanged reports, we completed our QSO. Rich thanked me for the DX and I felt very happy for this 1st DX QSO receiving through WebSDR.
Activator happy, chaser happy, DX in our logs and the SOTA ball keeps running.
Did I commit a sin?
At the moment, I don’t think so.
What do you, SOTA people think?
Thanks for your feedback.