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.