War is a very sad part of human history and present, needless to say.
However, Ham Radio has since the founding of this international hobby, been a APOLITICAL activity.
We all have our personal views and opinions on what is going on in Ukraine. But as Ham Radio operators, and as SOTA community, I please ask you to refrain from politicization of our activity.
Unfortunately, I have seen some odd examples of activators (some of them actually very senior ones), who misunderstand the fundaments of Ham Radio, and refuse to work Russian or Belarus hams while activating summits.
As you all know, we are trying to build up SOTA activity here in Russia, with a quite active R9 and a somewhat still less active R3 association.
It is very disappointing to notice that a minority of activators neglect calls from Russian and Belarus hams, and according to my 40+ years of Ham Radio experience, I only recall boycotts of ZS and 4X hams by some countries…
Please let us agree that Hams in Russia and Belarus, have “very little” or rather “no” possibility to influence decisions taken by governments in those countries. We SOTA hams in Russia and Belarus are keen NOT to mix radio with politics, and we ask you to treat us in the same way as we treated hams from countries that have been involved in wars and political conflicts in the past.
Thank you for understanding, and try to influence operators that break the Code of Honor between Hams…
73 de Mats RM2D (also SM6LRR, JT4RR, 8Q7MS, XV9D, 4S7LRG)
SOTA R3 Association Manager