Go and read the article...they are relying on these documents. And the point is the same...the co-opting of amateur radio for political purposes!
Excellent video, thanks for posting it.
We won't mention the Maxim Family's...
Originally Posted by KY5U
K9ZU...from the corner of 3, 4 and 8...
The Town That Time Ignores
Bring back Maria Theresa!
I don't care if they considered BS7 a entity or not, it was very questionable to say the least and many have long stated it should never have been added since artificial structures were used and not the entity itself. I don't get into the politics or the money issues. If they count it, I try to work it.
I know at one time, ARRL (DXCC) was going to throw out the 3Y5 operation due to the excessively poor practices of the Ops using 50 khz split ranges, etc. It was way out of control.
But, again, in the end, it was on the listing as a valid operation and many were happy.
Sometimes, ridiculousness, QRM, politics, etc. all go out the window for a lack of something to work....
Glad I am not on any board or committee. No one could ever point at me in the end...LOL
I'm not quite clear on the "problem." Apparently China claims Scarborough is Chinese Territory. Noe the Philippine Govt. is agreeing that they don't have jurisdiction. Am I correct so far?
SO which country issued the latest BS7 callsign, China or the Philippines?
Agree..."Scaffold Reef" should be deleted
Originally Posted by WU0R
I must've missed something. I read the piece about the history of the place, but saw nothing about ham radio. It does seem like the area belongs to China, but either way, have to wonder why the Philippine Navy would want to harass Chinese ships. Seems like China would have a much bigger military and besides, they were seeking shelter from a storm. But, as I say, perhaps I missed something.
The Philippine claim was expressly made in 1997 by the following statement of its
Foreign Affairs Secretary: “we maintain that the Scarborough Shoal is part of our
territory” because Article 1 of the Philippine Constitution states that the national
territory comprises the Philippine archipelago, with all the islands and waters
embraced therein, and all the other territories over which the Philippines has
sovereignty and jurisdiction. It was further stated that:
…the Philippines has exercised sovereignty and effective jurisdiction over
Scarborough Shoal as well as over waters surrounding the shoal. Filipino
fishermen have used the area as their traditional fishing ground and as
sanctuary during bad weather. It has been the subject of oceanographic, reef
structure and other marine scientific studies by the Philippines through the
University of Philippines and the Department of Environment and Natural
Resources. Scarborough Shoal was used for a long period of time as an impact
range by defense authorities. The Philippines had also operated a lighthouse
on Scarborough Shoal. Philippine laws on smuggling and illegal fishing have
been enforced in the area for a long time.
And then there is this:
Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
MANILA, Philippines — A Philippine Navy ship and at least two Chinese vessels were locked in a standoff for a second day at the Scarborough Shoal on Wednesday after the Philippine Navy caught eight Chinese fishing boats poaching in Philippine waters and was about to apprehend them, the foreign office said.
It said Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario had summoned the Chinese Ambassador Ma Keqing to a meeting to resolve the problem diplomatically.
A statement from the Department of Foreign Affairs said the confrontation happened two days after a Philippine Navy surveillance plane found the eight Chinese fishing boats anchored inside the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal on April 8.
According to the DFA, the Panatag Shoal is an integral part of Philippine territory.
“The Shoal is 124 nautical miles from the nearest basepoint in Zambales province. It is within the Philippines’ 200 nautical miles Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and Continental Shelf,” the DFA said.
To protect the marine environment and resources in the Panatag Shoal and to assert Philippine sovereignty and sovereign rights over the area as a responsible coastal state, the Philippine Navy deployed the BRP Gregorio del Pilar (PF-15) from Palawan to Northern Luzon waters on the same day to conduct maritime patrol over the Shoal.
“In the course of its patrol, PF-15 confirmed the presence of the eight Chinese fishing vessels anchored inside the lagoon of the Shoal,” the DFA statement said.
The navy vessel remained in the vicinity of the shoal for continuous monitoring of the fishing vessels, it added.
In the morning of April 10, the BRP Gregorio del Pilar, in accordance with the established rules of engagement, dispatched a boarding team to inspect the fishing vessels and collect photos and other evidence of their catch.
“The inspection team reported that large amounts of illegally collected corals, giant clams and live sharks were found inside the compartments of the first fishing vessel that was boarded by the PN team,” the DFA said.
It added that the BRP Gregorio del Pilar later reported that two Chinese maritime surveillance ships identified as Zhonggou Haijian 75 and Zhonggou Haijian 84 managed to sail to the mouth of the shoal, placing themselves between PF-15 and the eight Chinese fishing vessels, thus preventing the arrest of the Chinese fishermen.
This situation has remained unchanged as of Wednesday morning, the DFA noted.
“To seek a diplomatic solution, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario communicated to Chinese Ambassador Ma Keqing in the evening of April 10 that the Panatag Shoal is an integral part of Philippine territory and the PN is enforcing Philippine laws on the Shoal, which is within the Philippine EEZ and Continental Shelf,” the DFA said.
Furthermore, Secretary del Rosario has invited Ambassador Ma to the DFA for further discussion of this issue, it added.
Zhang Hua, spokesman for China’s embassy in Manila, told Agence France-Presse on Wednesday he had no comment on the latest standoff.
The incident is the latest flare-up in tensions between the two countries over competing territorial claims to parts of the South China Sea, which is believed to sit atop vast oil and gas deposits.
China insists it has sovereign rights to all of the South China Sea, even waters close to the coast of other countries and hundreds of kilometers (miles) from its own landmass.
The Philippines says it has sovereign rights over areas of the sea within its 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone, and that its position is supported by international law.
Apart from China and the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam, also have overlapping claims to parts of the South China Sea, making the waters one of Asia’s potential flashpoints for armed conflict.
The Philippines and Vietnam complained last year of increasingly aggressive acts by China in staking its claim to the South China Sea.
The Philippines accused Chinese vessels of firing warning shots at Filipino fishermen, as well as harassing an oil exploration vessel. AFP, AP