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In the beginning; from the FCC Rules and Regulations Part 97 - Amateur Radio Service.
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Subpart A--General Provisions

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 communications 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.

Please notice subpart (a) in the above preamble and consider if you will how the other subparts all might pertain to the subpart (a). 

There are so many facets of Amateur Radio Emergency Services so I will focus on the ones I am most familiar with.  I'll break them into a list, and each item will take you to a page that discusses this particular facet of Amateur Radio Emergency Services.


  1. How are amateur radio operators able to provide emergency communications at the basic level?
  2. Amateur radio operators form clubs and associations at the local level.
  3. National and State level associations.

Be Prepared

  1. Equipment readiness.
  2. Your ability to operate the radio.
  3. Continuing education designed to prepare you for an emergency situation.

The Treasure Valley Radio Association

  1. What is happening in my local area.