What a Shame. not the best title I admit.
Reading in other threads the success from the Blackpool Rally and promotion of the Sota weekend it looked like a very busy event on all bands and new blood taking part both chasing and activating. So with chasers chatting on air about the event it was building up to a great event for all.
On the weekend the HF bands not being in the best conditions on SSB most used the CW shark pool as mentioned elsewhere so chasers went VHF to support the event and help the activators, but for some reason a lot of the old regular activators were missing from the event and also few chasers.
It was a shame that on the weekend of the event that there was over 350 spots and yet only around 10 per cent for the VHF bands which was the bread and butter bands for most people, with some activators not getting spotted and others having problems getting the 4 contacts required yet those who got spotted on VHF were chased by all on the band.
With some of the issues raised by others such as about being spotted some activators phoned a mate to let them know that you are about to start up the summit which is what used to happen this tells people that you have arrived safely and then can put a spot on with any details or weather report etc.
This was done this weekend by one of the top activators while chasing to let people know about a delay due to the weather conditions and has been proved to work for some time, just common sense it also saves all the time and effort of reaching a summit to find no chasers about.
As an example the lads who visited the Isle of Man recently to activate as many bands and modes were not spotted except for the one and only just managed the 4 contacts to get the summits claimed. There were plenty of chasers waiting on both HF and VHF but lost out on this great chance for all concerned.
I put a spot on asking for someone local to inform activators to turn the VHF beam towards the Midlands as people were waiting here and also from the South West and London areas.
The weekend was a successful event and fun was had by all, but some small minor issues about alerts and how to get spotted are being forgotten about in the excitement while making the preparations for the day out.
On behalf of chasers please alert and on behalf of activators please spot after contact extra contacts can always be removed but none at all is not helping others.
Activators need Chasers and vice versa so don’t be selfish and help each other reach their goals .
Thanks for having a read