SOTA Statement von der Bergfunkerseite
Geschrieben von dj2ay Saturday, 22. March 2008
We regret the decision of the OM in the UK.
The usage of the prominence on the landscape of a low mountain range leads to absurd dislocations in the list of mountains in the concerned region. The acceptance of SOTA is going to be non-existing. With this kind of slashed list of mountains is making ham radio from the mountains absolutely ludicrous. How are you going to explain to someone, that the well-known crest the „Schneekopf“ is no longer part of ham radio from the mountains.
By the way, since 1970 this crest has been a location for contests of one of the most successful crews for the VHF-, UHF-, as well as the SHF competitions, which are well known in Europe under DL0GTH.
We in Thuringia are not going to delete our list of mountains, instead we are going to preserve and expand it. We demand from the MT in the United Kingdom to delete this destructive change of rules for regions in the low mountain range immediately.
Since the beginning it was important for us in Thuringia to enable with a multiplicity of mountains all interested old man in the participation. We tried to grasp all crests in all regions of Thuringia to expand the participation in Thuringia. In the last four years the attendance has enhanced intensely. Every weekend and no matter what kind of weather is, there are always activators on their way. Until then some unused Frequencies were made alive again. Some old men together with his YL has rediscovered the hobby Amateur Radio. Ham radio from the mountains equals in Thuringia for lived companionship of old men while common activities and joy of Connection from the mountains.
Since the early beginning we added SOTA activities through the Thuringian Mountain Day (“Thüringer Bergtag”), the Thuringian Mountain Contest (“Thüringer Bergwettbewerb”) as well as through the Thuringian Mountain diploma (“Thüringer Bergdiplom”). At the present time we are working on the complete support and billing of these activities through an internet platform. The impending factual exclusion of the German low mountain range out of the SOTA program has encouraged us to go on with developing our own database solution and to force it. Within the bounds of a developing German Mountain Contest we are also ready to include lists of other regions, provided that there is an agreement between the regions in the DL.
73 and awdh from the mountains,
Deputy chairman of Thuringia DARC
(and ex RM TH)