the premise of the question is flawed, there is in fact no amateur radio hobby. it is in fact a radio service, as defined by the ITU. The U.S. FCC also defines us as a radio service. Hence he license requirement worldwide. once we understand that FACT the . answer is obvious. This key fact is one reason why we are defined by the general public as we are. Most see us as a bunch of unskilled radio nut jobs. In fact we re highly skilled in the radio art, that is the image we need to portray. Gentlemen lets act like skilled radio enthusiasts not nut jobs.