UPDATE III – Published on QRZ.com by AA7BQ
The 24-hour restriction on our database has ended. It was done in protest to raise awareness of the situation in Ukraine and it wasn’t without controversy. Good arguments were made on both sides of the issue and now it’s time to reconcile, think about what was said, and try and find a way to move forward with dignity.
QRZ most certainly isn’t going to end the war or even make a dent in it. I let my feelings and sympathy for the victims speak from the heart in the hope that something good could come from it. I’m sorry for causing such an uproar and you can be certain that it won’t happen again, to any country or region for as long as QRZ lives. We said what our hearts needed to say and now we have to get back to our jobs and families and loved ones. Peace be with all.
UPDATE II – It would appear QRZ.com owners have had a rethink as Russian and Belarussian callsigns are again searchable and on display. [Time: 16:30z]
This post should now be titled: “QRZ.com Had Removed Russian Callsigns”
UPDATE I – Belarus callsigns
have had also been removed from the QRZ.com database.
We were alerted that all Russian amateur radio callsigns have been removed from the huge QRZ.com database. We checked for ourselves and sure enough they are.
Here’s the reason according to AA7BQ, the founder and publisher of QRZ.com [UPDATE – url now deleted]
Do you agree on QRZ.com's decision to wipe out all Russian callsigns from their database?
- OTHER (2%, 11 Votes)
- NO (80%, 555 Votes)
- YES (18%, 127 Votes)
Total Voters: 693