I have activated TW-004 Bishop Wilton Wold a couple of times and I have to say that it’s not the best SOTA I have done. It can quite difficult to get the needed four contacts to claim the activator point and those who know me or have worked me know that Im not a hit and run activator and I like to spend time on the summit. Apart from the time I activated NP-008 Great Whernside (7 contacts) in gale force winds. Phil 2E0PHL is testament to this as I met him on my descent and his daughter could barely stand up!
Anyway, back to the subject. The SOTA rules state:
Operation from vehicles is not permitted and the method of final access to the Summit must be “person powered”, e.g. hiking, mountain biking.
So activators are supposed to park their car on a dangerous twisty 60 m.p.h road at the bottom of Garrowby Hill and walk/cycle to the summit? When I activate TW-004 I like everyone else drive up the hill and I park in the layby with the trig point on my left and I walk around the minor road to the left (less traffic noise) and I operate from there.
I know of several operators who like this summit as its within easy reach for them and I await the backlash but the bottom line is that is activating TW-004 Bishop Wilton Wold breaking the rules and if so should/will it be removed?