Hello! I’m about to voice a crazy idea and I’m hoping I won’t be regretting it. I did a quick search and didn’t see anything related to this, but if I missed it… sorry.
The short version: I’ve been thinking about what would happen if the summit reference in SOTAwatch spots would be removed.
The longer version: I’ve got some confirmations on sotadata for my activated summits that were not in my activator’s log. Meaning that someone probably heard me, but I didn’t hear them - OR - I heard them, but they didn’t hear me. Still, they marked it as a valid contact when, in fact, it wasn’t. I’ve read on Reflector about this sort of thing happening to others, about getting fake contacts. So I’ve been thinking ( I’ve done that a lot since I can’t go activate any summits for a while ) : these fake contacts are facilitated by the SOTAwatch spotting system, which requires for spotters to add the summit reference. If the reference would be not mentioned in the spot, but only the callsign and frequency, the SOTAwatch would retain its full functionality, without giving cheaters a chance for mischief. The comment field could be left alone as long as it would be made known that stating the summit reference in there is considered foul play.
Any opinions on this ?