THE MOST IMPORTANT FEATURES OF THE AMATEUR SERVICE ARE:
It makes unique provision for advancing an individual's skills in both the technical and operating phases of the art thus helping to provide a reservoir of trained operators, technicians and electronics experts. It also provides an venue for further investigation for those already engaged in this field.
It has a unique ability to enhance international goodwill.
(3) I is a voluntary, non-commercial service.
The interests of radio amateurs are as diverse as the number of countries and regions in which they are located.
The basic desire to study radio communications with the opportunity for practical application leads to:-
(1) The acquisition of experience and skill in communications techniques and operating:
(2) Contact and interchange of information with others having similar interests:
(3) Furtherance of the unique ability of the radio amateur to promote international goodwill:
(4) Contribution to scientific research by participation in a programme organized on a national or international organization, and
(5) Participation in communications systems and also emergency communications by both training, and assistance when required.
Reference has been made to the urge to communicate. The Amateur Service provides a trained regulated and disciplined outlet for that desire. Otherwise that urge, and perhaps potentially dangerous transmissions.
An important aspect of the Amateur Service is that, because the amateur must be qualified and then licensed by his administration, he is known and recognized. The amateur zealously guards his spectrum allocations and rejects the improper use of the frequencies allocated for his use. Such improper use cannot go unnoticed, nor can unauthorized users hope to remain undetected and it would be a foolish act to operate a clandestine transmitter in an amateur service allocation.
Many administrations rely heavily on the fact that the amateur service is a safeguard against unauthorized use of radio communications.
( The above article was published during a WARC conference and extracted the same from an ITU journal)