With the arrival of living thing phones, the Internet, satellite communications, and other high-tech systems, nigh emergency communications can be accommodated. However, know has tutored us that when we have earthquakes, floods, and other catastrophic events, those systems may fail. human wireless operators can provide emergency field once this happens.
However, I have seen some distressing trends lately, and I think that they point towards the slow and painful death of the hobby we hold dear. Whenever location is any threat to Amateur Radio, be it potential circle reallocation, Part 15 intrusion, or any other issue that threatens to upset the condition quo, we hams immediately ascent the one sacred, (usually) FCC-scaring, bloodline boiling rally cry that we have got - WE PROVIDE exigency COMMUNICATIONS. It's been articulate when FM was introduced, screamed from the mountaintops once no-code came to be, and continues even today with BPL. We never justify ourselves anymore as advancers of the radio art (we'd be baffling pressed to do so these days), so the only value we can qualify to justify our continuing occupancy of billions of dollars of spectrum is merely crisis communications.
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