In reply to G4OBK:
the SOTA Police could be watching for you as your IP address is also
easy to monitor when you log into SOTAWatch…anyone thinking of
using this method could be severely embarassed.
I really think that people have better things to do !!!
May I also remind everybody that, despite the vociferous views of a few, and the doubts of many more, there is not actually any SOTA rule that prohibits use of this SDR. Using it for SOTA chasing, or choosing not to do so, comes into the realm of each individual’s concept of “the spirit of SOTA”, as do many other areas which do not have watertight rules governing activities. I am sure that, if we sat down a dozen SOTA regulars and asked for their definitive list of what is and is not “in the spirit of SOTA”, we would get at least thirteen differing views!
Please also bear in mind that, even if using the SDR for claiming SOTA points was to be outlawed, there can be many reasons why somebody can be logged-on to the SDR. It is useful for monitoring one’s own signal for strength and distortion. It is a method of monitoring one band whilst the main radio is tuned elsewhere. It is a method of monitoring activity whilst away from the shack, especially with a WiFi connection. What it is not, in my opinion, is a viable method of regular SOTA chasing, but maybe others will think differently – their choice entirely. As Phil says, those activators that do not wish to participate in this way can just move a couple of kilohertz lower and be outside the tuneable passband, or choose another band.
So, just decoding somebody’s IP address on the SDR is not evidence of any wrongdoing, and I sincerely hope that there will no petulant outbursts on the Reflector or elsewhere claiming evidence of cheating. I, for one, will continue my practice of using my callsign as a log-in on the SDR as I have absolutely nothing to hide.
73 de Les, G3VQO