Lead Wiki Manager
- Jul 18, 2004
- Brownsburg, Indiana
The only possible perception of "duty", "responsibility", or "obligation", in the case amateur radio licensees under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission comes from Part 97:
However, I'm not aware of any rule or law that requires public safety agencies to actually use amateur radio operators in an emergency.§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 communication 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.