[amsat-bb] Re: This Is a HOBBY people

Gregg Wonderly w5ggw at cox.net
Sun Oct 23 17:41:45 PDT 2011

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:

(a) 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.

(b) Continuation and extension of the amateur's proven ability to contribute to 
the advancement of the radio art.

(c) Encouragement and improvement of the amateur service through rules which 
provide for advancing skills in both the communications and technical phases of 
the art.

(d) Expansion of the existing reservoir within the amateur radio service of 
trained operators, technicians, and electronics experts.

(e) Continuation and extension of the amateur's unique ability to enhance 
international goodwill.

None of these items say "this is a hobby" nor do they allude to "just having 
fun."  I am not trying to say that its just serious in nature, but there is a 
considerable amount of personal responsibility and focused effort implied by the 
above points.  Think seriously about the phrase "This is a HOBBY people."  It's 
not "just" a hobby, although there are many things that you might do with 
Amateur Radio that don't focus on the above points.  The above points are the 
"reason" why the FCC lets you have a license and allows us to use the 
frequencies.  If we don't focus on fulfilling the responsibilities and charter 
of these points with some effort, we are just riding on the heals of the hard 
work of others, who do, in fact, have these things at the forefront of their 
efforts to do good things with Amateur Radio.

We need to have discussions and we need to focus on the things that do have 
meaning related to the 5 points above.

Gregg Wonderly

On 10/23/2011 3:33 PM, Kevin Deane wrote:
> As much as I enjoy the banter, animosity and sometimes really brilliant posts, I want to remind everyone that this is a HOBBY!
> Amateur Radio.
> Shut up and have fun, some of you take this WAY TO SERIOUSLY.
> Kevin
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