How to get rid of competition in a hobby:
The DXCC Commission method

Introduction
First of all I would like to ask all readers of this article to read one carefully and monitor context. Based on the facts listed below you would find how the DXCC Commission is behaving. If I can give advice, please do not waste your time / in range of years in my case 56 years / building HAM radio gears and antennas to reach to top. Because in case you reach this goal than the DXCC Commission destroy your demonstrable top result even at the cost of grossly breaking their own DXCC rules. My personal experience has shown me that from this Commission I got kicked out two times e.g. in 2009 and 2020 years. The DXCC Commission two times fatally violated own rules. I guess that the one reason to go this way is protect position of a few stations located on top of DXCC 160m standings.This look like Mafia activity. The commission´s activities are solely aimed at protection the interest of the chosen HAMs.
On the other hand, the DXCC Commission is powerless against the new situation in our hobby it means
using remote approaches QTHs on opposite side of earth for RXing or even RXing and TXing through Internet.
It was enough for introduction and the rest I leave for your self-assessment.

1/ I applied 2nd time for DXCC 160m as OK1YQ on 25-June-2018 and I was admitted by score 348 countries DXCC and became number 1 again.

2/ I obtain call for submission all QSL cards for inspection in the ARRL as rules say. And I did so right after… see letter.

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3/ The DXCC desk made long time investigation of all QSL cards with positive result and they admitted all 348 DXCC countries. See copy of E-mail below:

E-mail on 26-Jun-19

Jarda,
Thank you for your heartwarming story from your passion for DXing but it does not change the truth.
When we asked you to send all of your 160m QSL cards and your OK1YQ operator permit and you promptly complied. to our request.  Thank you.
We compared the cards to logs in LoTW and logs from your QSO partners and the cards we sampled were verified in this process.
It is true, as you stated, that you have credit for C21 from a card you submitted for a 160m CW contact with C21×x.  Up to this point there is no reason for anyone to question your integrity.

73,
Norm Fusaro, W3IZ
Director of Operations

ARRL, the national association for Amateur RadioT
225 Main Street, Newington, CT 06111–1494 USA
Telephone: (860) 594–0230 FAX: (860) 594–0259
e-mail: w3iz@arrl.org
web: www.arrl.org

4/ The DXCC office sent me back my QSL cards but only one third of them and destroyed very much. So I lost not only QSL cards confirmed QSOs on 160m band but also other bands which usually were on the same card.I do not know but this seems to me that is was intent ? Please do not send your QSL cards to the DXCC office if you do not have to loose one.
See below photo of package received. reklamace-qsl-0002-nahled 20190109-150127-nahled20190109-150323-nahled

5/ Based on call from the DXCC office was main application call OK1YQ was changed to OK1RD

25.01.20

Hello Jarda:

In DXCC, you have two accounts:  OK1RD and OK1YQ.  Because these two callsigns are from the country, they should be combined into one account.  
Which callsign would you like me to use for this?

Thank you.

Sharon


Sharon Taratula
Awards Manager
ARRL Radiosport Department
American Radio Relay League
860–594–0269 

and

28.01.20
Hello Jarda:

Thank you again for your quick response.  I will use the primary call of OK1RD for your DXCC record.

Take care.

Sharon

Sharon Taratula
Awards Manager
ARRL Radiosport Department
American Radio Relay League
860–594–0269

Just for information that I was not this change initiator

    
6/ Then after that, it was quiet for a while until the next E-mail.

E-mail on 14-Feb-20

Dear Sharon

sorry to turn directly to you, but it seems to me to be the right way to go, to avoid any questioning of mine incidental further DXCC 160m application. It is true so :

I had nothing to call on the bands so I decided apply for DXCC on the other bands as well. I started to select QSL cards for DXCC on 40m band. I put together quite good score and during QSL 40m browsing I found QSL from 160m band among them. This is about QSL origin for my QSO with AH3C/KH5J from 1990 year on mentioned 160m band. I know I had this qso in my paper log, that time,but I was not able to find one before. This QSL is slightly damaged but all needed data are clearly seen on one. Since deciding on the validity of this ticket, it seems to me that it is fine, can only decide the ARRL DXCC office, I would like to send the QSL card directly to you instead of way via OK1MP. In case you agree I post you by registered mail this QSL card directly. You can investigate damage rate on place and in case decide if that QSL is acceptable for DXCC. Than I would apply for one.

Please advice me if this way above is O.K. for DXCC office.

Thank you for all and

best regards

Jarda, OK1RD

7/ I have got from DXCC desk answer as below:

E-mail on 14-Feb-20 answer

Hello Jarda:

Yes, please send the card direct to my attention.  

Thank you.

Sharon


Sharon Taratula
Awards Manager
ARRL Radiosport Department
ARRL – The national association for Amateur Radio®
860–594–0269

8/ I sent next day a registered letter with QSL card to ask for appraisal not as for DXCC application.

9/ Some time later I have got an E-mail as below:
E-mail on 11-Mar-20

Jarda,

On March 4, 2020, we received a QSL Card that you submitted to ARRL for an OK1RD 160-Meter CW credit /my note: not truth compare with my letter above said „appraisal“ and then " consider to apply "/ (a QSL Card claiming a QSO with Jarvis Island dated April 15, 1990). That original card is being returned herein. The card you supplied includes a white adhesive label – applied over the original card QSO information section – with a circular stain (water or other) over the signal report.
As all QSOs from this 1990 expedition are viewable online, and as the original logs are still available from the participants for QSO verification, a review of these Jarvis Island 1990 log records has been conducted with a finding that:
This operation had no QSO with OK1RD on 160 meters on any mode, and in fact;
The group had no European 160-meter QSOs at all on April 15, April 16, or April 17, 1990.
As the submission of otherwise Invalid QSL Confirmations (Eg, the claimed April 14, 1990, Jarvis Island 160-meter CW Card) is a violation of ARRL DXCC Rules, you are Disqualified from DXCC Membership.
Your current OK1RD, OK1YQ and OK7XX DXCC records (Awards for all bands and all modes) will be expunged (deleted), and your OK1RD, OK1YQ and OK7XX call signs will be removed from all DXCC listings.
DXCC Program Section 1, Rules 12, 13, 14 and 15 refer to the DXCC Program Requirements, Audit processes, Code of Conduct, and Binding Requirements.
Enclosed also is a copy of the April 14, 2014, ARRL correspondence from Bill Moore, NC1L, regarding your DXCC status.
Sincerely,

Bart Jahnke, W9JJ
ARRL Radiosport Manager
Sent Via Letter – Courier and Email

10/ I reply right back and argue as follow:

E-mail on 11-Mar-20 answer

Bart,

is funny to read your report, all can see that you are trying to kick me off from the ARRL DXCC program. My result on 160m band  lying in stomach of a lot of HAMs from US mainly. But you are maybe misinformed because I have not present this QSL card as application for the DXCC program at all. I sent this card to Sharon just for appraisal. That means this one cannot be the basis for my disqualification from the DXCC program. My DXCC score on 160m was approved and all submitted QSL cards were double checked by OK1MP as regional manager and directly in the ARRL HQ. Again the QSL you mention has not come through my DXCC 160m application and not through OK1MP. You will have to think out some other reason how to take me out from the DXCC program.

Sincerely Jarda Semotan OK1RD

PS: based on my experiences not all expeditions qsos can be found in the LoTW logs. The qsl card is decisive. I have not found mentioned QSO in my log as well because that time I used paper log.

11/ In spite of my clear arguments above the DXCC Committee took me out from the DXCC program.

As I said, make your own point.

Thank you for reading and sorry about my English -old man

 

Bart,

 

plus, you are, as comes from the discussion at Topband contesting.com you deliberately stated „**The card you supplied includes a white adhesive label – applied over the original card QSO information section – with a circular stain (water or other) over the signal report.“

 

This misled almost everyone that the AH3C/KH5 was edited by me. Since you had the QSL in your hand you knew and saw that there is nothing written under label. Illustrative example of how DXCC Committee works.

 

Based on my request for appraisal of the QSL follow DXCC rules your right was only to say " GOOD QSL or NOT ACCEPTED QSL.
You broke DXCC rules in a crude way by excluding me from DXCC. You're damaging a good name of the ARRL organization with your action.

 

Go on this way and

 

73 Jarda, OK1RD

 


The ARRL  Awards Committee              NN1N@arrl.org

 

 Gentlemen,

 I would  like to ask you to decide my dispute with ARRL Radiosport Manager  Mr.Bart Jahnke, W9JJ.

 I have been active on amateur bands since 1964 with a special interest on 160 m band- As you know,

 to build up and effectively operate amateur radio station on that band  requires  lot  of an effort and time  and the only reward  could be the DXCC Program: the DXCC Award and the DXCC Standings.

My total score  – 348 countries – on 160 m was finally confirmed after careful inspection of all QSL cards at the DXCC  Desk  (ref. 1)  This meant that the people on first positions in the160 m Standings went one position down – and I can imagine –  they were not charmed. This year I have found incidentally an another card – the story is in ref.2 – and i wanted to know :  i) i it is O.K. for an application   ii)  i tis not O.K.   for the following  reasons  ……  full-stop.

 

Instead of, Mr.  Jahnke deliberately changed my request for a QSL card appraisal by the DXCC Desk

for an application  with the consequences in  ref. 3. We can speculate for his real intention for  this action or who is behind it but for me it is quite clear: to kick me off by anyway from DXCC program. But such a deliberate act  can only violate the integrity of the DXCC Program.

73 Jarda Semotan, OK1RD

supplements : ref. 1 to ref.6 copies of E-mail correspondence

 

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 Jarda,
There is no appeal process for disqualification in DXCC.  The decision of the awards committee is final.

 73,

Norm Fusaro, W3IZ
Director of Operations

ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio™
225 Main Street, Newington, CT 06111–1494 USA
Telephone: (860) 594–0230 FAX: (860) 594–0259
e-mail: w3iz@arrl.org
web: www.arrl.org