I applaud the original SOTA MT for their innovation in setting up the scheme in the first place, a brilliant idea. However, does this mean that no aspects of the scheme should ever be changed ?
I have to agree with John that the MT made a ‘bad judgement call’ by not insisting on the same rules (re 150m drop) for all associations. Well none of us are perfect, so the question is what to do about it.
We can adopt the ‘stiff British upper lip’ attitude and grin and bear it, even though, to me, it is blatantly unfair, or we can look at change so that we all work to the same rules about 150m drop between summits for all Associations (i.e. all or none). Ian, on his thread, was not advocating a change in the rules because the ‘150m drop’ rule can currently be amended anyway by any Association Manager. While I respect this view Ian, I still think that we should all be working to the same rule on this one and in that respect I don’t think that you can divorce the DM/G issue.
If all Associations adopt the ‘150m drop rule’, the German Association will have to make some significant changes.
If we relax it, then some extra summits in England (and possibly elsewhere) could be introduced and as Ian says, the necessary data does exist and is freely available.
I do not subscribe to the view (Ian’s thread) that having these discussions is damaging to SOTA and amateur radio. Should we have a ‘gagging order’ on any discussion that might be contraversial, I think not. We will never all agree and we are all entitled to our opinions, but that does not mean that we should not discuss issues.
I do not subscribe to the view that any system is perfect and change should never be considered.
I do subscribe to the view that we should all work to the same rules.
As an aside, in one of the DM Regions, not all the qualifying summits have yet be identified, so more could be added. I know this because I did ask the relevant Association Manager why several summits in a particular area that I visit fairly often were not in the Association Manual for that Region,even though they meet the relevant criteria. It is quite possible that this is also true for other Regions and
that further increases in the number of qualifying summits will occur.
The DM Associations are working within the rules, and I have no issue with them over this. I do have an issue with this situation having been allowed to develop by the SOTA Management Team