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3.0 Amateur Radio Organizations

The ARRL has been around for a long time, and is probably the de facto Ham Radio lobby group, much as AOPA is to general aviation pilots. Although it is not universally accepted, the ARRL has been in the forefront of Amateur Radio growth for a long, long time. It also provides many services to the amateur radio community, such as testing and certification of volunteer examiners.


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  • While it does represent radio amateurs, the ARRL is the AMERICAN Radio Relay League (not AMATEUR...)

    2014-04-09 09:28:40

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Just about every country has at least one amateur radio organization, which maintains a liaison with similar organizations in other countries. In the US, it is the ARRL: »www.arrl.org

In addition, each state in the US and subdivisions of other countries have innumerable local and state clubs, but in general, these are not "steering" in nature as is the ARRL and its counterparts in other countries.

Other large, national organizations:
International Amateur Radio Union: »www.iaru.org/
Radio Amateurs Canada: »www.rac.ca/
Wireless Institute of Australia: »www.wia.org.au/
Radio Society of Great Britain: »www.rsgb.org/

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Amateur Radio Emergency Services / Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services

Local groups of Ham volunteers dedicated to assisting Government Emergency Services organizations in times of natural or man made disasters/times of crisis/hurricanes/floods/tornadoes/earthquakes/etc and other incidents of large scale commercial power and telecommunications outages.

Generally supported by the ARRL, but ARRL membership is not a requirement

More info here:

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last modified: 2012-09-15 07:52:10

AMSAT(tm) - The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation

AMSAT is a worldwide group of Amateur Radio Operators (Hams) who share an active interest in building, launching and then communicating with each other through non-commercial Amateur Radio satellites. AMSAT has used predominantly volunteer labor and donated resources to design, construct, and, with the added assistance of international government and commercial agencies, successfully launch, over 30 Amateur Radio satellites into Earth orbit. Today, almost 20 of these satellites are operational.

Since the very first OSCAR (Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio) satellites were launched in the early 1960s, AMSAT's international volunteers have pioneered a wide variety of new communications technologies that are now taken for granted in the world's satellite marketplace.

More info here: »www.amsat.org/amsat-new/index.ph ··· ndex.php

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last modified: 2007-11-11 20:17:00