- 2 - GOOD NEWS Thanks to the participation of thousands of DXers who replied to our document with petitions, completed polls, and letters to Directors and Head- quarters, and to the assistance of the Long Island DX association and other prominent DX bodies, I was granted a 4-hour hearing by the ARRL Board of Dir- ectors during its annual meeting assembled in Hartford on May 3rd, to discuss our DXpedition and request retraction of previous statements and suspensions imposed by the Awards Committee. About ten of our DX operations were discussed in detail, with the following conclusions: 1. Credits will not be granted for contacts with VU2WNV or K1IMP/KC4. 2. Credits will be granted for QSO's with 1M4A,VQ9AA/D,VQ9AA/A, and FR7ZP. 3. Future operations will be credited if properly authorized. 4. No further suspensions will be imposed. Additional questions were clarified. In addition, it is hoped: 1. That an apology will be made for false or misleading statements contained in the Committee's 20 Feb. report. 2. That Geyser Reef and Blenheim Reef will now receive consideration for separate country status. 3. That VQ1 and AC4 will be deleted from the country list, since there are No such countries. 4. That the Committee will reconsider VU4 and KC4 if and when we are able to present additional pertinent information on these operations. 5. That the Committee's final statement will contain some nice statements about us and our DXpedition. 6. That the League will make a small contribution to the DXpedition, just a fraction of what this mess has cost the DX Fraternity. Reasons for discrediting VU2WNV and K1IMP/KC4: These were discussed in detail in our Statement of 8 April. No additional copies are available. Even with the aid of letters from the Indian Government, the Committee was unable to demonstrate that VU2WNV was illegal or unauthorized from the Laccadives. This call was issued specifically in response to a request for a permit for the Laccadive Islands. I cannot understand how this operation will be discredited and others, proven illegal, continue to be credited, but I agreed to abide by the Directors' decision, and, unless we can provide additional information, that's it fellows! Regarding Navassa, I claimed that, other than the operation of my ham Set, whatever else I did on the Island was no business of the ARRL's;even if I committed some crime, this would be no reason to disallow my radio contacts. Unfortunately, the Committee does not agree, and feel that it is their duty to administer Coast Guard "policy," even when the FCC and Coast Guard do not do so! The operation was conducted under FCC Rules and was 100% valid. ARRL has superceded the FCC and Coast Guard and there's little we can do unless the Coast Guard either permits us to return with their blessing, or notifies ARRL it has no objection to the accreditation of our radio contacts, which It has thus far refused to do. Once again, I agreed to abide by the Direct- ors' decision; only additional information from the Coast Guard will help; ARRL or anybody else has yet to demonstrate in what way the Coast Guard has ever cooperated with the League or with the Amateur Fraternity regarding 160 Meters or DX! FUTURE COOPERATION: I agree to cooperate fully with the Awards Committee regarding future operations; the Committee will know my address at all times and will be given copies of any documents it requests.
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