Tuesday, January 30, 2018

ARRL Changes DXCC Rules; Kosovo Added to List

As radio amateurs in Kosovo began a celebration of ten years of their nation's independence, the ARRL
Map of Kosovo
(Courtesy CIA World Factbook)
board of directors finally agreed to tweak a DXCC rule to allow the former Yugoslav province to be recognized for ARRL award and contest credit. 

An entity may now qualify for the DXCC list if it has its own International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member society and is included on the U.S. State Department's "Independent States of the World" list, according to the League. 

The previous wording of the DXCC rules had prevented the ARRL from recognizing Kosovo as a separate DX entity. One note: ARRL acceptance is effective as of the date of the rule change - January 21, 2018 - and is not retroactive.  

CQ has recognized Kosovo for its award and contest programs since the nation became independent in 2008.