There are many other portable operating award schemes as well as SOTA, for example WWFF and RADAR, so why is SOTA “better” ? In my “not so humble” opinion, I can list the following reasons
- the ability to communicate ones intentions in advance to a hoard of willing chasers
- the ability to indicate when you are operational and on what frequency and mode, which almost guarentees more than enough contacts after your fight to get to the top of the hill.
- the ability to centrally record and produce reports on your achievements and if you wish to, compare them against others.
- the camaraderie between all involved (at least until recently)
The first three of these points would not be possible without a group of willing, unpaid volunteers, their time and their finances.
The Management Team have to make hard decisions from time to time that you may not agree with, but without the MT the first three items on the list above simply could not happen and SOTA would not be the addiction that it is to most of us.
THINK ABOUT IT !
Please do not extend the current P100/150 discussions here, rather lets be POSITIVE. What do you all think is good about SOTA? I’m sure my list only covers part of the attraction of the scheme.
Ed DD5LP / VK2JI / G8GLM.