Today revealed just how much added value there is in the SOTAwatch spotting facility.
After a successful run of 17 contacts on 2m SSB from Calf Top G/NP-022, I decided to move to 70cms SSB and after a few unanswered CQ calls, I thought it wise to self-spot. Unfortunately I had no mobile phone service on the summit, so I was not able to do this. I persevered with 10 minutes of calling on both SSB and CW without making any contacts, despite having alerted that I would be QRV on 432.222MHz.
After this I erected the 30m dipole and put a call out on 10.118MHz, again as alerted. I was immediately answered by OE7PHI quickly followed by SM1CXE with good signals all round. Unfortunately (and this is certainly not a criticism) neither of them spotted me. I had just one more contact on the band, that with Greg DL8NGC who is to my knowledge not a SOTA chaser. After 20 minutes calling CQ I gave up and went QRT, which was a pity as earlier this year I managed almost 30 contacts on the band during several activations.
This just shows how easy it is to miss an activation by watching the spots page with the rig turned off or the volume turned down. I could say Chasers beware, but in reality it should be Activators beware!
73, Gerald G4OIG