Heading for The Hills
It would appear that the new version of the SMP has been running in a stable state on the SOTA server for a few weeks now.
So, I should like to take this opportunity to announce that, effective immediately, I am leaving the SOTA community and will no longer be involved in either the maintenance or running of the sotamaps site. I hereby entrust those tasks to the SOTA MT and in so doing, I endow all intellectual property rights of the SMP to the SOTA MT, and the freedom to do with it what they will. I have every confidence that the MT’s IT group will be able to take on the tasks of regular maintenance of the SMP with the not inconsiderable skills at their disposal, even though the rather idiosyncratic (read “inexpert”) programming style I’ve used in the code might cause them a few headaches for a while.
To be perfectly honest, the countless (several thousand!) hours spent in the development and maintenance of the SMP have taken a heavy toll on me in recent times, adversely affecting my health and sense of well-being, and I have been waiting for at least two years for this opportunity to present itself. At long last I feel I can, with no small measure of relief, cast off what has become a virtual millstone around my neck, and to live a little - while I still can.
In addition, since starting on this project some six years ago, I have experienced a steadily diminishing interest in amateur radio itself, to the point that it has ceased to have any relevance to me. So, I’ll be moving on to pursue other interests.
Finally, I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to those who have given me valuable words of encouragement and support through some dark times, and especially to those few who had generously contributed donations to help with the upkeep of the SMP. You know who you are…