The Nov '13 typhoon tragedy in the Philippines is a current example of international assistance provided by amateur radio operators to deliver vital emergency communications when all other means have failed.
And that's something we've All been very proud of since 1935
In recognizing its importance to the Nation in times of crisis, and its value for good will, research and experimentation, the FCC distinguishes Amateur Radio from professional radio services, such as Commercial Broadcast Radio, by granting amateurs FCC Licensed privileges to employ much of the radio spectrum for our communications, public services needs and for experimentation.
The FCC also prohibits compensation to Amateur Radio operators for their services.
Irene, 2011 photo by NBC News
ARES assisting the
Long Beach Recovery
GLORIA, 1985, LI Sound
(Cover photo by Larry Mulvehill, WB2ZPI)
2005 News Story