The thing that everyone’s missing, is that like most (all?) SOTA activators, I operate the modes I enjoy - this is my hobby. So I enjoy FT8, it entertains, amuses and stimulates me. As such, when on a summit activating with it, I’m going to be watching what’s going on with interest - it’s why I went up there, the thing I was looking forward to spending my free time doing! For sure, it does make it a little easier to pour my next serving of lobster & sausage soup from the flask, but my eyes are mostly glued to the screen!
There are other conversations about unattended operation and such, but irrelevant really as I’m there. I think once on another activation, I had to get out of the bothy bag shelter for “some reason or other”, and returned to find I’d worked three more stations. But I was never more than ten feet away!
Still opens up possibilities on many summits with wide, flat activation zones, that have the parking spots within them - Crownborough G/SE-007, Cheriton Hill G/SE-015, Detling Hill G/SE-013, Wendover Woods G/CE-005, Bishop Wilton Wold G/TW-004, Normanby Top G/TW-005, Botley Hill G/SE-005, Hegdon Hill G/WB-023, Ruardean Hill G/WB-021 etc etc etc. However, I refer back to the point I made earlier about the point of travelling, preparing and setting up to do something you enjoy - and then not actually “doing” it! Also, who in reality is going to leave £1000 worth of radio kit out there to fend for itself? And thirdly, it could be argued that even if the car is in the AZ, as soon as you get into it - then you the activator are not!
That reminds me, on an activation of The Cloud G/SP-015 once, a passer-by introduced himself as a musician/composer and asked if he could make some recordings of my “noise” for him to use in an experimental music project. I gave him my contact details so that he could forward me anything he came up with, but I don’t think I heard from him again.
Personally no, I’ve no interest in doing that. But someone actually did have the very same thought as you Sabrina! I have been working on some new stuff though. Not new music - but new video production for some recordings we made a couple of years ago. These will be on my YouTube channel from next Wednesday.