UPDATE (JULY 16) – it appears the original article written by N7NG has now been removed from DX University website. Just as well we reproduced below.

JULY 13, 2017 “Yes, it’s been a while — too long — since I have reached for the keyboard to express some fact and opinion. In July 2004, changes were made to the DXCC List Criteria that — as time would tell — rendered the criteria ineffective.

Of immediate importance now — after more than 13 years — is a change in the DXCC Rules that will restore the efficacy of the 1998 DXCC-2000 List Criteria, indeed the heart of the DXCC program itself. The following quote from F.E. “Ed” Handy, an early ARRL Communications Manager speaks to the importance of restoring the DXCC List Criteria:

“But the reason respect for our [DXCC] list is general is, we think, because it is progressively kept up to date as governments change; also that any modifications only follow League inquiry and precedents and  consultation with authorities such as our U.S. Department of State, Webster’s Geographical Dictionary,  and Rand McNally.” 

It is difficult to understand and even harder to gather much respect for a list criteria that for very nearly nine years has ignored the entire population of a very legitimate Independent Nation State of the world.

There is no doubt that DXCC’s long past history has led to this situation. In particular, the so-called Separate Administration “rule” and its evolution and mis-interpretation have given rise to a lack of respect. In fact it has led to a reluctance to make any changes in the list at all. For now, it is sufficient to understand that the list is broken and that it must be fixed.

We hope to see a change coming within the next ten days.

Much effort has gone into the process required to effect this change. On Monday of next week, on this page, I will elaborate on the original “situation” and its effects. Why it happened, and how we proposed to fix it.

In later articles, I will explain how I believe the criteria — under pressure from DXers “at the top” — drifted away from early ideals, and how the DXCC criteria was “liberalized” to become at times almost a joke.

— Wayne, N7NG at DX University”

16 COMMENTS

  1. Ha! Funny. Someone actually stood up and said the ARRL/DXCC has lost it’s grasp on reality. Blasphemy.

  2. I certainly hope Waynes subsequent articles make more sense than the “mumbo jumbo” above. I have absolutely no idea what the man is on about.

  3. Many of his articles are esoteric. They usually lead to nothing meaningful. But in this case, I have been told independently that the DXCC entity criteria is the subject of review and that there will be at least one addition and one deletion. True or not, only time will tell. As usual, the DXing fraternity are not allowed to participate and the whole thing is clouded in secrecy. Maybe that is because if you asked 1000 Dxers for their opinion you would get 1000 different answers. But still, having an input into something we spend a significant proportion of our lives engaged in would have been nice.

  4. While I can’t be certain, my guess is that this is about Kosovo (Z6) becoming a DXCC entity.

  5. The article tends to give the impression this is an official statement from the ARRL (e.g.”We hope to see a change coming within the next ten days” when in actuality it is only suggestive and not the word from the DXCC Advisory Committee and/or the Arrl Board of Directors. Being open minded I will wait and see what he has to say. More importantly if the Advisory Committee has any comments based on any submission they have received from Wayne. I doubt they will comment based upon web page comments or editorials.

  6. ……. I think that N7NG -Wayne talking about NEW DXCC, BUT which one ? OR ALL of them? : Z6 ??? 1B ??? D1 ??? YI9 ??? OR ???

  7. The header above says CHANGE IN THE DXCC RULES. Is this something that the DX World Editor has received from the ARRL DXCC Advisory Committee or is it just a whim of one individual? If the latter, the announcement is misleading. Too often DX Bulletins announce DX changes or Dxpeditions that are based on one individual’s comments with no substance. Editor please advise. Thanks.

  8. It’s not quite a “whim” when the original text says:

    …..Of immediate importance now — after more than 13 years — is a change in the DXCC Rules that will restore the efficacy of the 1998 DXCC-2000 List Criteria……..

    Change in the DXCC Rules is what you’ve failed to read correctly.

    I suggest we wait for the next installment of this riddle!

  9. UPDATE (JULY 16) – it appears the original article written by N7NG has now been removed from DX University website. Just as well we reproduced it.

  10. If you don’t tell your reader what you’re talking about, you don’t have an article worth the reader’s time. To me, this is such an article and I wasted my time in reading it.

  11. Allowing anyone to rent a super station and work DX contries via the Inet, which are then credited by the DXCC, has destroyed the program for me. There is no way I can be heard above a constant W8JI 60 over signal. Which countries are allowed or disallowed is trivial by comparison. I won’t be renewing my QST membership and I know they could care less.

  12. I wrote a DXAC member – he had no idea of anything imminent in the works. There are lots of DXers and ARRL members. Wayne’s opinion is just that – an opinion or idea. It is likely not supported even by a majority of his “friends” – best that the ARRL process work its course and the process should be transparent – not a decision pressured by Wayne over what his view of ‘correctness’ is.

  13. Well, it’s Tuesday (UTC), and no earth shattering revolutions from the ARRL/DXAC … but wait. I am in the USA, land of the free (so they tell me). Silly me, of course I am.

    First (but almost certainly not nearly first) let me point you to ‘Laureate International Universities’ … check them out (Google is your best friend [as long as you don’t mind them looking in your underwear drawer]). Then Google ‘Trump University’

    No political bias/influence/intent here. I’d be hard pressed to adjudicate as to who (or is it whom?) is the biggest con artist … And, now back to the totally insignificant world of Ham Radio … Should we add DX University to the list? SeventyThree(s)

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