Since the beginning of 2011, family matters have been demanding a huge amount of my time. This has meant that I have been unable to devote as much attention to SOTA issues as necessary. With little likelihood of change in the foreseeable future, I felt obliged to tender my resignation from the SOTA Management Team last week. It takes effect immediately.

I have enjoyed my three-and-a-half years as a member of the MT, during which time the award has blossomed into a truly worldwide phenomenon. I am sure that the process will continue in the future, and I salute the vision of founders John G3WGV and Richard G3CWI who started the ball rolling in the first place.

As and when circumstances allow, I hope to be active from time to time, both from my local summits and as a very casual chaser. I look forward to working many of you then.

73 de Les, G3VQO

In reply to G3VQO:
Hi Les

Sorry to hear you are leaving the MT but family always has to come first and time is not always as easy to find as it used to be.

Thank you for all the work done in helping run SOTA, especially with the support you have given to all the new associations which have come live over the last few years.

73 and all the best

Phil G4OBK

In reply to G3VQO:

Hi Les,

I echo all that Phil has said.

I too am saddened to hear of your departure, but fully appreciate the increasing amount of time that is required to occupy such a position.

Thank you for all your efforts on behalf of SOTA

I wish you all the best - you will be hard to replace.


In reply to G3VQO:
Sorry to see you resign. Many thanks for all your hard work.
73, Frank

In reply to G3VQO:


Sorry to see you go and hope that your personal matters are resolved before long.



Hi Les,

I’m sorry to hear that you are leaving the management. I hope your personal matters get sorted out soon and thank you for all your hard work.

Jimmy M3EYP

In reply to G3VQO:

Les, thank you for all you’ve done for SOTA.

73, Peter - ON4UP

In reply to G3VQO:

Thank you for the work you have put in to SOTA Les, I wish you all the best for the future.


Mark G0VOF

In reply to G3VQO:

Sorry to hear that Les,
many tnx for your excellent job during the last years.
I wish you and your family all the very best
and hope to hear you again soon from the summits.

Vy73 Fritz DL4FDM,HB9CSA

In reply to G3VQO:
Hi Les,
Very sorry to hear of your resignation. Many thanks for all your hard work in the MT, especially helping with all the new associations in recent years.

I wish you well with regards to your family matters.

Roger MW0IDX

In reply to G3VQO:


Thanks for all your help in the past.

Best of luck.



In reply to G3VQO:

many thanks for all your hard work over many years. You moved the original good work of John and Richard forward and helped the expansion into more new associations.

Best wishes for the future and well done!

Mike G4DDL

Well where do I start? We were all very sad on the MT to hear that Les wanted to stand down and we understand why. Les’ shoes will prove very difficult
to fill indeed.

It’s not an exaggeration to say SOTA would not be in the rude health it
finds itself today if it was not for Les’ contribution over the last 3+
years. When I joined the MT I was quite amazed at the volume of email
that the MT, or mainly Les was handling on a weekly basis. Les has been
liaising with association managers and interested parties nearly every
day of those 3+ years. Without that input SOTA would not have run as
smoothly as it has.

In addition, Les has been fundamental in setting up the following
associations: F, OK, ON, OH, SP, LA, HB0, SM, S5, OD, PA, TK, Z3, W1,
W6, VE2, VP8, W3, LX, OZ, 9H, YO, UT, W0, VE1, E7, VE7, HL, W5, EA1,
EA5, EA3, EA2, EA8, EA4, W7, W4. (If I’ve missed any I apologise!) That
has involved discussing with prospective AM’s how SOTA works, reading
and rewriting numerous drafts of the association manuals, checking
summits meet the necessary prominence limits and dealing with last
minute corrections before associations can launch.

Not content with all the new association work, Les has found time to
activate some 140 summits in G/SE, G/TW, G/SC, G/DC, G/CE, F/NO, ON/ON
and GW/SW.

From a personal point, before joining the MT I was (and still am) the
AM for Scotland. During that time I had many questions and suggestions
put to the MT. Without fail I always received a rapid, polite reply from Les, even when what I wanted wasn’t feasible. Since joining the MT, I’ve seen that
Les’ contributions to MT discussions are always very level headed even
when writing on subjects he obviously doesn’t support.

So thank you Les for all you have done for SOTA over the past years. We
all hope your family issues can be resolved with the minimum of stress
and that you are able to get out activating again in the near future.

Andy, MM0FMF

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody for the kind messages, both here on the Reflector and by private e-mail, following my somewhat abrupt departure from the SOTA Management Team. Time pressures prevent me from answering each and every one individually, but your comments have demonstrated the great camaraderie that exists between radio amateurs the world over.

73 de Les, G3VQO