In reply to OE8SPW:
Let us not get all hung up about the re introduction of the confirmation marker. From the chasers point of view there are many reasons for not getting a confirmation marker; half of which may be due to mistakes made by the chaser and the other half due to the mistakes made by the activator. There are also some incorrect entries which cannot be blamed on either such as a correction to a reference made a few days after the event which is not seen by the chaser, an activator who does not enter contacts in the data-base, or a club call entered under the ops own call.
One of the positive aspects of SOTA chasing is that you do not need confirmation QSL cards, which is a big attraction, especially for the older amateur who has found a new lease of on-air life with the discovery of SOTA. Entries in the data base are done on trust and I do not know a single chaser who would falsify his record. Chasers should not see the lack of a confirmation marker as a challenge to that trust.
For myself, I take great pains to ensure that I have made the QSO before I enter the contact into my own log. If I consider there to have been any doubt I will not enter the QSO into the data base until I have checked the activators log. When I am entering a batch of contacts I carefully check that the points credited for each QSO agree with the entry in my personal log. I am sure that the majority of chasers do the same.
Everyone makes typing mistakes and I have occasionally checked with the activators log where no confirmation star is posted and found that my call has been mis-typed as “G3SSH”. To be honest I am not going to start challenging the activator to correct his log if I am satisfied that I made a good contact.
There is only one person who needs to be satisfied that the QSO was good and that is the chaser themselves. Learn to live with the fact that there will be unconfirmed entries in your personal record. You will still be credited with points.
Of course there will be some chasers who will insist that every entry must have a confirmation star but that is an individual choice. The majority will use their own judgement, integrity and common sense; after all SOTA is about individual aspirations and working towards a goal at your own pace.
Review your list again Paul, and ask the question “Are YOU happy that the QSO was made?” If so then let the entries stand; nobody will challenge your decision. It is not a requirement to have a confirmation marker and it is no reflection upon your integrity.
SOTA chasing should be fun.