Feel free Dave. This particular award is a “SOTA Microwave Award”. Note the title of this thread, and the title of the award. It involves SOTA by definition. The award was created JOINTLY by UKuG and SOTA, and is administered JOINTLY by UKuG and SOTA. For our part, we provide the online logging platform, the award checking and the issuing of certificates. The UKuG oversee the whole process.
As I said, there are several other UKuG awards in which SOTA has no involvement whatsoever, either in requirements or administration. There is nothing to compel you to pursue the “SOTA Microwave Award” if you do not want to engage with SOTA.