I’ve just had a QSO with LZ44WFF from WMA-LZM-0329.
After looking at the WFF-webside I’ve noticed
the start of a “World Mountain Award/ WMA”
on April 1st 2010 sponsored by WFF.
Interesting is the “Mountain-list”.
It’s seems they just overtook most of the SOTA-summits.
Schnebelhorn, SOTA-HB/ZH-001 is WMA-HBM-2101
Grand Ballon de Guebwiler, SOTA-F/VO-001 is WMA-FM-0801,
Pfänder, SOTA-OE/VB-512 is WMA-OEM-07512, etc.
In the WMA list of mountains they have mechanically taken all the data from the Z3-SOTA summits higher than 1000m, but the mistake lies in fact that they assigned a separate mountain reference to each summit which is wrong practice. The summits belonging to the same mountain in the WMA list are listed as separate “mountains”.
They are open for suggestions to develop WMA listing.
Hmmmm… WFF officials has presented a new WMA directory. The situation with the UT-WMA directory is the same - fully copied UT-SOTA directory except of some a bit ‘strange’ peak names such as ‘Height 1234’. I really can’t understand this behavior.
The problem is not a stolen list, since it is in a free access. We just have a different conception. So, their list doesn’t meet their rules, because it is absolutely uncomplete. That award program seems to be a sort of a Frankenstein, made from different parts, that not belong to him…
The list appears to be copied and reproduced without permission, some might say “stolen”. Or at least the GM and GW segments of the list are. The lists belong to Alan Dawson, author of the book “The Relative Hills of Britain”, and definer of the “Marilyn” as a British P150 hill. The lists are freely available on the internet, but I don’t think this means that they can be freely reproduced elsewhere without permission from the author!
SOTA in Britain uses these lists with Mr Dawson’s permission, so it is disappointing to see other organisations (apparently) just help themselves to data on the SOTA websites.