Avui se celebra el Dia Mundial del Radioaficionat, una afició minoritària i força desconeguda que compta amb més de tres milions de radioaficionats a tot el món, dels quals, cinc mil són de Catalunya i aprofiten aquesta diada per a recollir més signatures per a la campanya “Catalonia must be added in the DXCC countries list by the ARRL”. (Demanem que l’ARRL inclogui Catalunya a la lista de països del DXCC. Signa la petició)
Today, 2,025 signatures have been reached from the radio amateurs asking the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) to add Catalonia in the DXCC countries list. To achieve the goal, we must continue to increase the number of requests. Those who haven’t signed can do it here: Sign the petition.
The main purpose of amateur radio is, among others, to contact every country in the world through the radio, establishing a competition among all, get diplomas, trophies and included in a global ranking of worked countries. When we talk about countries, we do not mean the list of the 193 states members of United Nations, is a list created by radio amateur matches and no official statements. These “radio-countries” are called DXCC entities.
The DXCC entities are part of a list drawn up by the DX Century Club and belongs to the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). The ARRL is the national association for amateur radio in the United States and is the one who drafted the specifications of this diploma. In the present case, the ARRL decided at the time, in 1945, to create a broader list of countries to make the competition more attractive and interesting. It is for this reason that radio amateurs are governed by a list of 340 countries (DXCC entities) and not the 193 official states.
The criteria for admitting a country in the DXCC list are geographical but also political and ideological, although many amateurs always say that this group does not enter into political issues, arguing that it is not legal, which is totally false. In general, the islands are always different countries but belonging to the same state. An example: Balearic Islands, Ceuta and Melilla and Canary Islands are three different countries but all belong to Spain. Scotland, England, Wales, Man, Northern Ireland and Jersey are six different countries but all belong to the United Kingdom.
Therefore, if Scotland is a DXCC entity, why not Catalonia? Seeing the example of Scotland, Catalonia has the perfect conditions, according to the rules of the ARRL, to become a DXCC entity today. We must continue demanding to the ARRL, including Catalonia in the DXCC countries list. The American Radio Relay League must add Catalonia to the DXCC countries list. Catalonia is a nation of Europe with more of 1,000 years of history.
We request the ARRL board directors, Mr. Richard A. Roderick (K5UR), President of the American Radio Relay League, grant DXCC country status to Catalonia.
We inform you that we have opened a campaign on change.org where more than two thousand Catalan radio amateurs have signed a petition requesting that Catalonia be recognized as a DXCC country.
Mr. Richard A. Roderick, the question is: Are you going to despise and ignore the majority (51%) of catalan radio amateurs?
Examples of some territories included in the DXCC countries list:
• Scotland (UK) is a DXCC country but is not an official state.
• Balearic Islands (Spain) is a DXCC country but is not an official state.
• Canary Islands (Spain) is a DXCC country but is not an official state.
• England (UK) is a DXCC country but is not an official state.
• Wales (UK) is a DXCC country but is not an official state.
• Man (UK) is a DXCC country but is not an official state.
• Northern Ireland (UK) is a DXCC country but is not an official state.
• Kaliningrad is a province of Russia and a DXCC country but is not an official state.
• Sovereign Military Order of Malta is a NGO with a call sign not authorized by the ITU and is a DXCC country.
Many other territories of the world are included in the DXCC countries list, but are not official states.
And Catalonia? Why Catalonia is not a DXCC country? Therefore, if all these territories are DXCC countries, why not Catalonia? Seeing these examples, Catalonia (with own prefixes, EA3, EB3, EC3, ED3, EE3, EF3, EG3, EH3, AM3, AN3 & AO3) has the perfect conditions to become a DXCC country today.
The American Radio Relay League despises thousands of catalan radio amateurs who have signed the petition to include Catalonia in the DXCC countries list. The ARRL must recognize Catalonia as a DXCC country. It is inadmissible that it does not respond to the request of thousands of catalan radio amateurs.
Dear President of the ARRL, Catalonia must be added in the DXCC countries list. Today? Why not? Where is the problem?
Sign the petition in change.org: CataloniaNewCountryDXCC
For this reason, we include CATALONIA in the DXCC countries/entities list.
Download ARRL DXCC LIST CURRENT ENTITIES. January 2023 Edition.