Regarding DXCC Status of Crimea
The ARRL has responded (see attachments below) to an appeal from the Ukrainian Amateur Radio League (UARL) to â€œconsider the information regarding the status of Crimea as temporarily occupied territory.â€ UARL President VladimirGrishchenko, UT0FT, told the ARRL on May 3, that Russiaâ€™s â€œillegal annexationâ€ of Crimea â€œdoes not change the status of this territory, which legally belongs to Ukraine.â€ ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, on May 21 acknowledged the UARLâ€™s position and reiterated the ARRL Awards Committeeâ€™s determination that the annexation did not lend Crimea status as a new DXCC entity.
â€œWe appreciate the high regard you have expressed for the DXCC program,â€ Sumner wrote. â€œHowever, the list of DXCC entities is simply for the purpose of giving radio amateurs a consistent way to compare their DX achievements. It is not intended to express a position with respect to sovereignty and should not be regarded as such.â€
The Awards Committee had concluded that a QSL with a call sign issued by Ukraine and showing the entity name as Ukraine counts as Ukraine, while a QSL with a call sign issued by Russia and showing the entity name as Russia counts as Russia. â€œA QSL that satisfies neither condition does not count for either entity,â€ the committee said.
Grishchenko had pointed out that the UN does not recognize Crimeaâ€™s annexation, and that the US government is â€œcurrently working actively to preserve the territorial integrity of Ukraine.â€ He further noted that according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Ukraine is responsible for spectrum usage in Crimea, and that only Ukraine can issue licenses, despite what he called Crimeaâ€™s â€œtemporaryâ€ status as an occupied territory.
Grishchenko had asked the ARRL to consider this information when determining â€œthe conditions of meeting award requirements, as well as in determining the winners of competitions held.â€
Sumner told Grishchenko that the ARRL Awards Committeeâ€™s determination â€œis consistent with the treatment, for DXCC purposes, of other territory that may be described as either â€˜temporarily occupiedâ€™ or disputed.
â€œWe join the world community in the hope that the difficulties and uncertainties currently being faced by the people of Ukraine will be resolved peacefully and with full regard for human rights,â€ Sumner concluded.