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Purpose of Radio

Amateur Radio is to many just another hobby, but there are other important reasons why we have amateur radio today.

Per the United States Federal Communications Commission:

Sec. 97.1 Basis and Purpose.

The rules and regulations in this part are designed to provide an amateur radio service having a fundamental purpose as expressed in the following principles:

  1. Recognition and enhancement of the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary noncommercial communication service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications.
  2. Continuation and extension of the amateur's proven ability to contribute to the advancement of the radio art.
  3. Encouragement and improvement of the amateur service through rules which provide for advancing skills in both the communication and technical phases of the art.
  4. Expansion of the existing reservoir within the amateur radio service of trained operators, technicians, and electronics experts.
  5. Continuation and extension of the amateur's unique ability to enhance international goodwill.

If you'd like to learn more about Amateur Radio, visit www.arrl.org. Be sure to come to one of our meetings. We'd love to share this great hobby with you.