CQ Policy on QSOs with Russia and Belarus
Stations in Russia/Belarus/Ukraine may submit logs and have their scores listed in the results but are not eligible for plaques/certificates (similar to late log listings in contest line scores).
Other stations may work stations in Russia/Belarus/Ukraine for full point and multiplier credit. For purposes of the Marathon, this means that Russia, Belarus and Zones 18 and 19 are still in play.
The DX Marathon had previously announced that any QSOs with Russian or Belorussian amateurs would only count in the 2022 DX Marathon if the contacts were made before March 26th, 2022. With this announcement, QSOs with those countries will count for DX Marathon credit if made before March 26th or after September 23rd, 2022. The DX Marathon will accept logs from Russian and Belorussian amateurs for the 2022 DX Marathon but only QSOs made before March 26th or after September 23rd will count. Russian and Belorussian hams will not be eligible for Plaques or Certificates in the 2022 DX Marathon in accordance with CQ policy.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 31 AUGUST 2022
Updated CQ Contest Policy Relating to Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine
PLEASE NOTE: This updates and supersedes the policy discussion in the editorial of the September 2022 issue of CQ.
Sometimes, deadlines are your friends; sometimes not. This was a “not.” The deadline for the September issue of CQ arrived while spirited discussions were still taking place regarding possible updates to CQ’s policy regarding stations from Russia and Belarus competing in CQ contests. Since no agreement had been reached, it was decided to retain the policy as it had been since last spring. However, discussions continued and we have now agreed on several minor changes to the policy that will broaden participation in our contests while still joining with sporting federations around the world to condemn the invasion of Ukraine. The updated policy follows, which supersedes that published in the September issue of CQ. – The editors
Effective with the upcoming CQ WW RTTY DX contest on September 24-25, 2022, and all CQ contests going forward, we will resume accepting Russian/Belorussian log entries as regular logs, publish their scores and credit QSOs/points/multipliers in all related logs.
However, plaques will not be awarded to otherwise-eligible Russian/Belorussian stations. In the event that one of these stations has the top score in a given category, the plaque will be awarded to the top-scoring non-Russian/Belorussian entry in that category.
Online certificates will not be awarded to any Russian/Belorussian entry, either as a participant award or based on ranking.
CQ will identify partners with which to initiate a humanitarian program to support the people of Ukraine. This effort will occur either in collaboration with current activities or be entirely new. Details of this program will be announced as they develop.
Specifics of this policy are subject to future review as developments may warrant.