In reply to DK1ROB:
While I have certain sympathies with what you have to say, more people would be inclined to pick up their jumpers and go home if you move the goal posts than will do so if you leave them where they are.
There are very few 10 pointers in the UK were you can drive to just outside the activation zone or ride up on a chair lift, but there are some in Northern Scotland were it will take you over a day to walk to the mountains base. We don’t have peaks where you can ski very quickly from one to the next and pick up 70 points plus bonus in a day either.
The fairness or otherwise is a matter of perspective, if you think we have it easier in the UK then get over here and activate some UK summits. Everyone can activate any hill in the scheme so it is effectively open to all. You will say but I would have to travel, but some of us live near lots of hills and some of us live hundreds of miles from the hills so even in the UK it can never be fair to all.
SOTA is not an “undemocratic system” it is an award scheme that is run for the radio amateurs who take part, not by them. I see no difference between the MT and any governing body that is elected. Once you elect your government you don’t get a vote on every law they make do you? Like government you have to hope that those in power are listening to opinions and will make reasoned judgements.
Generally those that are after a change in the rules wish to do so to make it easier for themselves, but always use the child’s plea of “It’s not fair”. Generally those who shout the loudest are the ones we look at and say “Who is he? I never hear him on the hills.” Generally those that most want to change thing are the least likely to do the work required to implement any change.
Sun Tzu said: Whoever is first in the field and awaits the coming of the enemy, will be fresh for the fight; whoever is second in the field and has to hasten to battle will arrive exhausted. Therefore the clever combatant imposes his will on the enemy, but does not allow the enemy’s will to be imposed on him. The MT was first in the field!
Regards Steve GW7AAV