As I write this the only mails in response to this change of direction by CQ
Organisation have been supportive of their new stance. As my mails to this
reflector can often be delayed by up to several hours my voice may not be the
first to register dissent.
Whilst it does appear that there was disquiet among the CQ HQ and Contest
Committee staff I don't believe that Andy's lobbying by his original and
subsequent posts here is the cause of this policy reversal, however I cannot
but help think that subsequent reactions from subscribers to this Reflector
has re-inforced/ influenced their thinking.
Doing something because it is expedient and following the likes of ARRL does
not make it right or just, who is to say that ARRL got it right? Opinions are
very much divided on that.
Persons outside our ham community whose Nations have condemned the actions
which brought this situation about and imposed sanctions would be both puzzled
and perplexed to see us freely carrying on as before as if nothing had happened.
In my view the suggestion that on a personal level we willingly work the
Crimean stations and not boycott them ( I would guess anyway that a large
number of entrants would not have a clue who or where UB1 is) whilst supporting
the initial CQ ruling would be the right way to go. This would enable the
Crimean ops to take part in and enjoy the contest and at the same time make
known our dissatisfaction of their Gov'ts actions, by declining official
entries in refusing to accept logs, without appearing to completely ignore the
Following upon this it would be very encouraging to learn here from Andy and
other Crimean ops what steps they have taken to broach their contest organisers
with regard to the reverse discrimination of the operator who used his UU7 in
one of their contests, that would be reciprocal goodwill.
73 Brian C4Z / 5B4AIZ.
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