I recently activated my first summit (DL/AL-108) and as a typical beginner’s mistake, I relied solely on posting an alert, but did not try to self-spot me with the actual frequency for SSB. It took me two attempts on two different days to get the minimum number of QSOs, despite having a decent antenna (full-size resonant dipole) and spending more than 1 hour on the summit at -15 degrees.
Am I right that getting spotted or spotting yourself with the exact frequency and mode is more or less a prerequisite for successful activations? Or was I just unlucky (no weekend day, bad propagation, …)?
If so, I have kind of mixed feelings, because if I need a smartphone to coordinate a QSO, then a lot of ham spirit as I see it is lost.
I read that you can also share spot information via APRS. Does anybody use APRS on HF for this? Or other data-modes on HF?
If spotting is essential, I would prefer a style that is independent of a smartphone with data connection.