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A radio operator aboard the RV Polarstern.

A radio operator refers to a person who is responsible for the operations of a radio system. The profession of radio operator has become largely obsolete with the automation of radio-based tasks in recent decades.[1] Nevertheless, radio operators are still employed in maritime [2]and aviation fields.[3] In most cases radio transmission is now only one of several tasks of a radio operator.[4][5] In the United States, the title of Certified Radio Operator is granted to those who pass a test issued by the Society of Broadcast Engineers.


  1. ^ "Radio Operators". Retrieved 2017-07-08.
  2. ^ GMDSS Radio Operator
  3. ^ "Radio Operator: Information About a Career as a Radio Operator". Retrieved 2017-07-08.
  4. ^ "Being A Radio Operator: What You Really Do". Retrieved 2017-07-08.
  5. ^ "Agent Radio Operation During World War II — Central Intelligence Agency". Retrieved 2017-07-08.