If the government considers us strictly hobbyists and sees LITTLE TO NO FURTHER WORTH of amateur radio operators requested for deployment in RED BALL MAYDAYS...so be it! I've KEPT a complete record since 1985! I'd simply LOVE to NOW be able TO BILL the government for the days and nights I've spent on deployment HUNDREDS OF MILES FROM HOME...WHEN ASKED TO DO SO BY WHATEVER EMERGENCY AGENCY IS REQUESTING HAM RADIO! CLEARLY, HAM RADIO'S WORTH, TO AT LEAST THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, HAS WORN OUT IT'S WELCOME. OR, ARE THE DIMINISHING RANKS OF VOLUNTEER AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS THAT PATHETIC AND THE CORE OF ALL THIS? I BELIEVE THEREIN LIES THE PROBLEM BOY AND GIRLS! THAT and the fact that some entrenched entity believes that the modern communication systems are believed to have become infallible?