Gosh, these “discussions” on the website seem to get more political by the day!
Frankly I couldn’t care less about ‘awards’. Its nice to know that if I go out on the hills someone will want to have a QSO with me, from their shack - in a house, a garden or on another hill.
And when I look at SOTAwatch I will try to tune in to a shown frequency and hope to be one of the (at least) four that make it a valid activation for the operator, especially if that person is a friend. I have even plugged in a microphone to the KX3 on two occasions in the last six years because I could hear a SSB op was struggling and I know what it feels like in the wind and rain when you’re going numb with cold and will have to pack it in soon without the necessary number of calls in the log. But adding ornaments to the terrible clutter in my shack would be too much!
SOTA is fun. Don’t change it, but remember what the MAIN aim is…