Having seen many differing & strong opinions about POTA and WARC bands, I had been unsure what the correct answer was about this is. I stayed off these bands for POTA/SOTA, but finally decided to just ask the IARU for their position on the subject. At least up until last September when I inquired, POTA/SOTA was viewed by IARU not as a contest, but comparable to a special event station or DXpedition. The latter examples area allowed on the WARC bands and their position at that time included POTA/SOTA as allowed activity on WARC bands. This is specific to regular POTA/SOTA activity and not the contest which the subject of this thread. As noted already, the contest activity should not be on these bands. I am certainly no expert on this, but thought I would pass along the information IARU shared.