TO: ALL WOOD COUNTY ARES MEMBERS (OFFICIAL)
ALL ARES AND NON-ARES AMATEURS ANYWHERE (INFORMATION)
FROM: KEN HARRIS WA8LLM ARRL DISTRICT 3
EMERGENCY COORDINATOR WOOD COUNTY EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS INC.
WOOD COUNTY ARES BULLETIN NR 21.28 DATE: July 11, 2021
SUBJECT: "AMATEUR" - TITLE ONLY.
With major losses of communications in the past few years from storms and other natural and man made disasters, Amateur, or Ham Radio, provided some of the backup communications. But Ham Radio doesn't get the respect it deserves, because we are only "Amateurs".
Because the word "Amateur" is used in our Title as Amateur Radio Operators, some agencies, both governmental and business, that provide "Professional" services, often refuse communications assistance from Amateur Radio Operators.
In Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary, the word "Amateur" means: 1. DEVOTEE, ADMIRER 2. one who engages in a pursuit, study, science, or sport as a pastime rather than as a profession 3. one lacking in experience and competence in an art or science. One who follows a pursuit without attaining proficiency or professional status.
When you look up the word "Professional" you will find: 1a. of, relating to, or characteristic of a profession 1b. engaged in one of the learned professions 1c. characterized by, or conforming to, the technical or ethical standards of a profession 2a. participating for gain or livelihood in an activity or field of endeavor often engaged in by "amateurs" 2b. engaged in by persons receiving financial return 3. following a line of conduct as though it were a profession.
From these two words, it looks like an "Amateur" is a person that peruses an art or science as a love, hobby, or pastime, rather than a profession or livelihood. By this definition, Emergency Medical Technician's (EMT's), Volunteer Firemen, many Paramedics, and Reserve Deputy Sheriffs are all "Amateurs". The people in these professions study and train to do the best job they can, and are trusted by the Medical Professionals, State and County Governments, Insurance Companies, and the General Public. They don't do it as a livelihood, or seek financial return.
Then why should "Amateur Radio Operators", who study and train in the field of communications, be any less entrusted to do a professional job?
Ken Harris WA8LLM
Wood County WV