Barry is simply the most important person on the Earth when it comes to SOTA. He is the man that we (me and Andrew ) claim back the running costs of all the servers.
Seriously, Barry handles the shop and thus all the merchandise, awards and keeps a tight rein over the expenditure. Normally all he has to deal with is hams who don’t give him the right details for awards, or give him the wrong addresses for merchandise etc. Or order something on a Sunday evening and wonder why it’s not arrived at the other end of the planet within 24 hours This only causes him to turn to strong drink towards the end of the week.
This year he has been sorely tested by PayPal and it’s complete lack of ability to understand and deal with small “businesses” like ours, especially outside the USA. I’m not sure how many times he had to fill in the same form and when he finally got to speak to human, had to tell them the same story he told the month before. I know that it had gone well beyond the amusing stage at one point.
So please say a thank you to Barry for doing one of the most important but least exciting jobs in SOTA.