Response: Due to areas of focus, traits and interest:
- Because they often have portable, mobile and/or handheld radios and other communications devices that are constantly in use all around their communities. They have been doing that for decades before the cellular phone offered a portion of that capability to non-Amateurs. In effect, many of them are walking communications points-of-light.
- Because they possess traits valuable to their communities:
- innovative and highly resourceful
- often make mind-connective associations that others miss (which can be especially critical in emergencies)
- proven problem solvers
- provide solutions to situations that seem impossible
- dedicate long selfless hours in pursuit of excellence
An example of their diversity is a club of forty five that was asked (a) why each got their license; (b) what was their current interest. Their responses indicated over 40 different aspects of the broad field that makes up "Amateur Radio".
That diversity is true across the entire spectrum of Amateur licensees. Some are only interested in passing 'traffic messages' (as for the Red Cross and National Traffic System, for example.) Others focus on 'talking over the radio' to their buddies a few miles across town or in another state or a country. Some mainly enjoy morse code; some, digital high-speed networks. Others spend their energies on television, others on satellites. Sometimes their interest changes and they focus on a different aspect of the many that are permitted by their license.