HNY to all!
At first thank you for all the nice friendship over the air and for all the QSO’s in the last Years, either as a chaser or an activator!
This year, I`m looking forward to think back to my first SOTA-Activation in August 2013 and hopefully to many activations from mountain’s, now ten years later.
Starting SOTA-chasing today in 2023 I became aware once again, how important a good standard operating procedure is, as an ongoing claim for myself, but also as an expectation to others. We all are not perfect, me too.
No details, because it’s not my scene to discipline someone, but while an activator gives not a trigger to chasers like “73”, “tu”, “qrz” or similar for pointing out, that he is ready for a new qso, there’s no reason to call over an ongoing qso!
Of course, I know about the difficulty with week signals from qrp-stations (I also use qrp at home…) with different receiving situations in other aereas/countries instead of mine and I also accept the goal from chasers to pick up the points. Acitivators will live on
In the implied QSO this afternoon, we had an exchange of the reports and for SOTA-Database, the qso was “done”. But my QSO-Partner would say any more to me, but chasers didn’t give us a chance…
I think, SOTA is more than exchanging a “599”?
Of course, activators sholud not have small-talk over minutes from a 10-Pointer, while many chaser are waiting. In this case I see the impatience!
If consideration to activators and other chasers takes more place, activators will get more motivation to hike and operate from mountains and chasers will get more motivation to get in a qso with them.
It’s not only the Reference, it’s also the operator on it, which makes it worth to do Ham-Radio from Mountains!
Please: I don’t dare someone for a long and hotheaded discussion here in the reflector!
Others are right, I am right too, live and let live.
But please, reflect on some minds above.
73 es looking forward to all nice qso´ s in the future!