The ARRL’s disregard of Ukraine’s sovereignty

putin_arrlFrom Dave Sumner, the ARRL CEO, on recent developments in the Crimean peninsula of Ukraine – regarding QSOs with stations in Crimea:

“The DX Awards Committee has concluded that a [Crimean] QSL with a call sign issued by Ukraine and showing the entity name as Ukraine counts as Ukraine, while a [Crimean] QSL with a call sign issued by Russia and showing the entity name as Russia counts as Russia.”

As one member on the Topband reflector stated, “UA6S and UA6K are *pirate* operations and should be rejected by DXCC just as 7O calls issued in Aden and other “licenses” issued by the wrong “authorities” have been routinely rejected.”

In a similar vein, authorities in Mexico City will now issue licenses for ethnic Mexicans living in the US, authorities in Ankara will license ethnic Turks in Germany and ethnic Pakistanis in the UK may receive their licenses from Karachi.

That last paragraph is sarcasm. ;-)

I have to wonder what motivated Sumner to make this decision. It’s as if to say, “Regardless of the stance of the US, UN and the EU regarding Crimea, we the ARRL want to give our tacit approval to the legitimacy of military aggression against a sovereign nation. After all, the letters of the word sovereignty can be rearranged to say Soviet genre.”



  11 comments for “The ARRL’s disregard of Ukraine’s sovereignty

  1. May 24, 2014 at 9:17 am

    The ARRL is wise to stay out of the country creation business. It is a dirty job. If the UN and the USA do not recognize Crimea why should the ARRL? Despite the UN’s flaws and weaknesses, it makes sense to recognize countries based on UN and US Dept of State Dependencies.

    DXers want new countries to work however these new countries often come at someone’s expense or as a result of war or military aggression. In the grand scheme of things, the DXCC program has little importance as compared to the many hardships and challenges taking place in Crimea.

    • May 24, 2014 at 9:38 am

      Crimea is part of Ukraine. By accepting cards from Crimea and crediting them as contacts with Russia, the ARRL is not staying out of the country creation business – they’re sanctioning it.

      • Jony
        May 28, 2014 at 2:16 am

        Crimea is part of RUSSIA. It was always. Learn history. Or will be silly. Always.

        • May 28, 2014 at 6:57 am

          Until very recently, Crimean licenses were issued by authorities in Kiev.

          In your language:

          • Jony
            May 28, 2014 at 8:29 pm

            Dear John,
            Some time ago, many of the colonial territory of England, Spain , Portugal, France was dependent on these countries , including obtaining licenses . Now this is not a colony and free country. The people of these countries decided to be independent. Crimea was illegally donated Ukraine when Ukraine was inside Soviet territory . It was a royal decision of the main communist , who was an ethnic Ukrainian. He sent millions of people to prison and death in prison planted many artists and writers. That he wanted to go to war in 1962, he brought nuclear missiles in Cuba. All this man did was illegal , including the issue of Crimea. If you justify gift allegedly from the main communist Russia to Ukraine in 1954 , then you justify all of this Communist, including the killing of people.
            The Crimea is Russian land. It is a historical fact.
            July 21, 1774 Ottoman Empire and Russia signed the Treaty of Kucuk Kaynardzhiysky contract, which resulted in the Crimean Khanate formally gained independence under the protection of Russia. Russia, Turkey paid an indemnity of 4.5 million rubles, and ceded the northern coast of the Black Sea, along with two important ports. Since then, Crimea became part of Russia!
            Remember this, the rest comes from ignorance!

          • May 28, 2014 at 11:20 pm

            In talks in 1997 between Russian and Ukraine, Russia recognized Ukraine’s borders and accepted Ukraine’s sovereignty over Crimea. This reaffirms the transfer made by Krushchev in 1954. Why, 60 years later and after the 1997 treaty, does Russia *now* make claims to Crimea? According to Russia, Crimea has been part of Ukraine as late as 1997…what has changed since then?

            But back to the main point of my post – it is not the ARRL’s place to undermine an established government’s policies until the larger events are played out to some conclusion.

  2. Orest Zajac
    May 24, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Crimea is part of Ukraine. Amateur radio licenses issued to Crimeans are issued by Ukraine. ARRL has no right to decide what area of land is a country and who has the right to issue licences in that land. That is decided by the legal government of that land and in the case of Crimea, that is Ukraine. It would be like Canada supplying arms and mercenaries to force Maine to secede from the USA and become it’s own sovereign nation without approval from the US government. And then having the ARRL agree with Canada that Maine’s ham licences should show Canada as the entity and not the USA.

    • May 24, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      I agree 100%.

  3. Yuri UT7UW
    May 29, 2014 at 4:18 am

    Crimea is the territory of Ukraine for US President, US Department of State, US Congress and the whole civilized world (resolution of UN General Assembly march 27, 2014 #68/262). Crimea is territory of Russia only for Russia and ARRL. It’s obvious why it is so for Russia. Why ARRL position contradicts that of US government and UN decision – is a question not yet answered. And this is at the same time, when in accordance with DXCC regulation when determining territory, the award committee follows decision of the UN & US Department of State (Section II).

  4. Jony
    May 29, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    During a free referendum more than 95 percent of the Crimean population chose independence from the Ukraine, and then chose to join Russia.
    Why do you think that you can specify all the inhabitants of the Crimea as a live and with whom your friends?

    • Orest Zajac N1ORK
      May 30, 2014 at 6:51 am

      If anyone thinks the Crimean referendum vote was free, they are wrong. Don’t believe all you read from the Russian propaganda machine.

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