About Amateur Radio
Amateur radio, sometimes called "ham radio", is a personal radio service
and an international hobby.
It is "amateur" only in the sense that it is non-commercial and cannot
be used for profit. As a hobby and a platform for experimenters, it
goes back to the very earliest days of radio itself. With over a century
of history behind it, it has sprouted innumerable specialized interests.
One such interest is emergency communications.
Police departments, fire departments, the Federal Government and other
emergency response agencies long ago learned that amateur radio operators
can perform a vital function in emergencies. As was the case during
Hurricane Katrina, amateur radio is sometimes the only
communicating into and out of a disaster area.
Amateur radio is a part of the emergency planning of many agencies in the
St. Louis area, including the National Weather Service's SKYWARN program.
Explanation of the links below
- The ARRL (American Radio Relay League) is the largest and oldest
amateur radio organization in the United States. With regards to
emergency communications, it manages ARES (the Amateur Radio Emergency
- Local Area Amateur Radio Organizations is a list of the amateur radio
clubs and organizations in the St. Louis, Missouri area.
- St. Louis Metro ARES/RACES is the primary amateur radio emergency
communications group in St. Louis City and County. The St. Louis
Metro Skywarn program net controllers are recruited from this team.