Radio Amateur’s Code

The Radio Amateur’s Code

The Radio Amateur is

Considerate… He/She never knowingly operates in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.

Loyal… He/She offers loyalty, encouragement and support to other amateurs, local clubs, the radio society in his/her country, through which amateur radio in his/her country is represented nationally and internationally.

Progressive… He/She keeps his/her station up to date.  It is well-built and efficient.  His/Her operating practice is above reproach.

Friendly… He/She operates slowly and patiently when requested; offers friendly advice and counsel to the beginner; kind assistance, cooperation and consideration for the interests of others.  These are the marks of the amateur spirit.

Balanced… Radio is a hobby, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school or community.

Patriotic… His/Her station and skills are always ready for service to country and community. 

— adapted from the original Amateur’s Code, written by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA, in 1928.  Available here courtesy ARRL.

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