Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Ham Radio Pulled into Territorial Dispute

Amateur radio has been pulled into an ongoing dispute between China and the Philippines over ownership of Scarborough Reef in the South China Sea. A report on Southgate Amateur Radio News says a Chinese website (sina.com) claims that correspondence regarding amateur radio operation from the reef supports Beijing's claim to sovereignty. 

According to the website, in 1990, the Philippine ambassador to Germany informed a German ham that the reef was not within Philippine territory, and that that was confirmed by a 1994 exchange of letters between the Philippine Amateur Radio Association and the ARRL. For more, see <http://bit.ly/KCbFto>.