Today I attempted a VHF activation of a remote Rocky Mountain spot. Knowing I would have a tough time making contacts I decided to write the local repeater club president an email about 8hrs prior to my activation asking if he could alert his members to my presence (if this was not an inconvenience) on 146.52 at the time I was calling. After hiking up a beautiful golden aspen covered mountain I setup my gear and called with no luck for 20 minutes. I then switched over to the local repeater in order to ask for simplex contacts. I was immediately met with “KE8OKM that stuff won’t fly here. You need to give us several days to set this up!” I was like ”sorry I have done this before and was not aware of your protocol. I apologize if I stepped on any toes”
Did I do something out of line in asking the president to alert members?