Summits on the Air
Awards Manager -
Colleonard Road, Banff
FUNDING & MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE
The running of SOTA relies on the good-
There are no charges to participate in SOTA and award certificates and trophies are
sold at a small mark-
The Summits on the Air amateur radio award programme was the idea of John Linford,
G3WGV. Although he had the idea many years ago, it was not until he ran across the
European Adventure Radio website run by Richard G3CWI, that he put the idea down
on paper. He emailed it to Richard with the a single question "should we try to get
this going?". The original idea ran to a few paragraphs on a single side of A4 paper
but it took well over 1,000 man-
Although neither John nor Richard envisaged huge numbers of people participating,
the award was designed to be scalable from the outset. A key objective was making
the award internet-
Simply having an award and a support infrastructure does not ensure success however, and a huge effort was put in to publicise the award. Both John and Richard wrote articles, gave numerous talks to radio clubs, at rallies and exhibitions and ran SOTA stands at various events. Over 1,000 leaflets were given out in the first 18 months of the scheme. But even that was not enough. International publicity was gained by constant news releases to overseas organisations and finally, a keen band of activators made it their business to explain SOTA to everyone they contacted on the air.
Today, SOTA has hundreds of participants in Associations across the World, all sharing the same award ethos and infrastructure.
Note that SOTA is an award programme not a club or society; as such you can't be a "Member" of SOTA but you can certainly be a participant!
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