This claim is easily disproved! A glance at their honour roll for 2015 lists 1,427 callsigns. Looking at our honour roll for 2015 we list 1,930 activators and 2225 chasers. As for the challenge, the database lists 172,855 activations of 21,464 summits and the total number of summits currently listed is 75,095 - although New Zealand and Alaska will bump that up by approaching 50%! Can IOTA match that challenge? I think not!
Perhaps it would be vainglorious to challenge their claim, let them take comfort from their illusions!
[quote=“G8TMV, post:4, topic:11971”]IOTA currently requires either a paper QSL or a submitted and matched log from the IOTA contest which is a once a year thing.[/quote]…which is probably my top reason for not even considering chasing IOTA awards. Of course, IOTA activations are that bit more effort, too.
[quote=“G8ADD, post:3, topic:11971”]Perhaps it would be vainglorious to challenge their claim, let them take comfort from their illusions![/quote]It’s a bit of a chalk-and-cheese comparison, I guess. Can’t say it bothers me any if they want to think IOTA’s second most popular after DXCC. What matters to me is whether participating is fun. For me, SOTA’s a lot more accessible (and so more easily enjoyable) than DXCC or IOTA (or WWFF, or whatever)…
IOTA - The Honour Roll is a list of the call-signs of stations with a checked score equalling or exceeding 50% of the total of numbered IOTA groups, excluding those with provisional numbers, at the time of preparation. SOTA - 1 QSO unconfirmed is enough to be in the SOTA Honour Roll.
just to your info. Have a nice weekend
Fritz HB9CSA (DL4FDM)
During the late 80’s & early 90’s, I participated in the IOTA programme for around 3 years, made 1000’s of contacts sent a similar amount of qsl cards out, only to receive around 15% of returns on the cards.
As a Scotsman I was very reluctant to pay for qsl cards to be returned to me, so I relied on the buro, I suppose you could say I am still waiting.
So in the end I just gave up and moved on to other things & have never taken part since, good to know that the IOTA programme is moving into the 20th century, will it improve matters I have no idea.
As I see it, anything that encourages people to fire up their rigs and start bothering the ionosphere is a good thing, so more strength to their arm - but I will stick to SOTA, mountains hold more allure for me than islands!
The question of how to compare them is an interesting one. Fritz makes an excellent point that the two “honour rolls” cannot be compared as they are built on very different criteria. Walt and Ken make good points illustrating why general on-air activity cannot be compared. It might seem reasonable to compare the number of “activations”, but there are tens of thousands more listed summits than listed island groups - but then it could be argued that all amateur radio activity from the UK (and indeed Australia, Japan etc) is an IOTA DXpedition!
I can’t think of any unit by which the two could be objectively compared, so it would be interesting to understand how the RSGB reaches its conclusion.
Well I guess that every single QSO that I have made on the SOTA front has been an IOTA activation by default - OC-001 and EU-005 being where all of my activations and chases have been made! To take that further, every QSO I have logged in the 20 years I have been licencedcould be considered to have been an IOTA contact as well… Ergo, IOTA is more popular than SOTA???
I admit to noting IOTA contacts, keeping a spreadsheet of those madde, but not sure that I would consider myself to be an active IOTA chaser (or activator). In any case, who really cares - whatever it is that gets people active on the bands is the important thing.
Well at least there is an election process. You can always work your way into being an elected delegate and get things changed. Not all organizations have any semblance of a democratic representation among the decision makers.
National bodies are inevitably unable to satisfy everyone - there are too many diverse opinions. AR however desperately needs them.
So what if IOTA really is a bigger part of AR activity? So what if the RSGB is promoting it? It has given SOTA a pretty fair run this year IIRC.
In VK if you were to measure over a year I’m pretty sure that rag chewing, chasing dx, calling in on nets, WWFF, SOTA, involve more QSO’s and more calls than contests which is the other big activity.
As a metric of activity the product of participating callsigns and QSO’s might be a good start.
Cn = NCa*NQso.
Popularity could be obtained by Po = Cn/TCa where TCa = total active callsigns.