Some time ago the ARRL made a new rule to the effect that QSOs could be disqualified for DXCC if the detailed logs of a DXpedition were available on line. This unprecedented demand effectively obliged the SOTA MT to withdraw detailed access to activator QSO data. The MT was always of the opinion that the ARRL’s stance was unreasonable but it was felt that we couldn’t run the risk of a Chaser being excluded from the DXCC program by virtue of us having an open database.
Recently the ARRL’s position has been shown, by amongst others CQ Magazine, to be untenable. Whilst the threat of DXCC disqualification still remains, the MT’s view is that the risk of any adverse action by ARRL is now very low.
The MT has therefore decided that as of the weekend of 8/9 September, all activator and chaser logs will be fully visible to all registered participants. Users who for whatever reason wish any of their QSO data to remain private might wish to remove the relevant logs prior to this date.
We hope that everyone welcomes the return to full transparency and broader functionality of the SOTA Database.