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CQ Policy on Crimean Stations Using Russian-Issued Call Signs in CQ-Sponsored Contests

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - OCTOBER 21, 2014

UPDATE: CQ Reconsiders Policy on Crimea in CQ Contests

(Hicksville, NY - October 21, 2014) -- In response to requests from a large number of contesters around the world, CQ has reconsidered its decision regarding the acceptance of logs from stations in Crimea in CQ-sponsored contests.


As CQ Publisher Dick Ross, K2MGA, explained, "a large portion of the contesting community felt that we were unfairly denying our fellow amateurs in Crimea of the opportunity to fully participate in our contests. Since the country list for CQ contests is based on a combination of the Worked All Europe (WAE) and ARRL DXCC lists, and the ARRL has already adopted a policy regarding Crimean stations in its award and contest programs, we will amend our policy to be consistent with the ARRL's DXCC policy."

"Therefore, the listings of Crimean stations submitting logs for CQ contests will be based on the call sign under which they have operated. If they used Russian-issued calls in the contest, they will be listed under Russia; if they used Ukrainian-issued calls in the contest, they will be listed under Ukraine. This change reflects not only the desire of many contesters around the world, but also of a large majority of members of the CQ World Wide DX Contest Committee."


After considerable deliberation, CQ has determined that the best course of action regarding Crimea and CQ contests is to follow the lead of the United Nations and the United States government, both of which continue to consider Crimea to be part of Ukraine, until such time as the political situation there is resolved. Therefore,

Logs will not be accepted for any CQ contest from stations in Crimea operating with Russian-issued call signs. Contacts made by others with those stations will be removed from contestants' logs without penalty. No contact or multiplier credits will be given.

We fully realize that our action may very well disenfranchise several Crimean contesters who use Russian prefixes instead of Ukrainian prefixes. As regrettable as that may be, our action is consistent with international law, as well as with our own Rules.

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Willy
  • Callsign: UA9BA
  • 2014-10-22 09:54:04
Dear Dick K2MGA, Richard W2VU, CQ mag. you made a great move! Everybody in Russia is just happy about your wise and manful decision as of October 21st 2014. I thank you very much! CQ contests are the best! Long live CQ!
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Willy
  • Callsign: UA9BA
  • 2014-10-20 15:59:37
Читаю полемику на QRZ.RU по решению спонсоров CQ контестов об изоляции крымских радиолюбителей в спонируемых ими контестах и постоянно натыкаюсь на просьбы привести текст обращения к спонсорам в отчете за CQ WW SSB, в так называемом SOAPBOX. Далее привожу свой вариант такого обращения. Dear CQ, your decision to isolate the Crimean contesters is in contradiction with ham spirit. It doesn't add to growth of activity it subtracts it instead. CQ is what it is today also because of permanent consistancy in respect to ham spirit. Now you've created a precetend which neglects the ham spirit and involves poltics into our hobby. This is the best way to devide people but not to unite them. Ham radio and especially contesting is a very powerful tool in bringing people together and making friends all over the world and CQ used to be the flagship of international friendship in ham radio for decades. Why make this U-turn? Please reconsider your position on the matter and continue the right course.
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Willy
  • Callsign: UA9BA
  • 2014-10-18 09:35:56
I just learnt that the CQ WW CC had an attempt of voting on the subject. The voting was initiated by ukrainian member. The pre voting discussion was kept within ham spirit boundaries and could easily end up in a very well ballanced decision - contesting shouldn't be mixed up with politics. But alas! All of the sudden the voting never occurred, and we got what we've got. As I said in my previous posting here - I am totally lost and have mixed feelings about my participation in the future CQ magazine contest events. I still hope for the better. I know most american hams think the same way - contesting shouldn't be mixed up with politics. Even more - contesting is a good way of promoting the good will across the globe. There is so much evil in the world already! Why put it up to another height? Why not be making friends all over the world in the most fascinating contesting events like CQ contests with tens of thousands participants?! I hope this was a mistake. I hope wars won't find its place on Ham radio planet.
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Willy
  • Callsign: UA9BA
  • 2014-10-18 03:28:58
This resembles worst samples of sick mind actions of cold war but the other way around - its now US politiсians that need urgent medical help. I am very much sorry for this kind of acting by the fellow amateurs of the US. I am lost too. I thought we'll never see those kind of things again. Back to the future?
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Alexander
  • Callsign: 4z5qq
  • 2014-10-17 20:01:31

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