The Amateur's Code

The Radio Amateur is:


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

Loyal. . . offers loyalty, encouragement, and support to other amateurs, local clubs, and the American Radio Relay League, through which Amateur Radio in the United States is represented nationally and internationally.


Progressive. . . with knowledge abreast of science, a well-built and efficient station and operation above reproach.


Friendly. . . slow and patient operating when requested; friendly advice and counsel to the beginner; kindly assistance, cooperation, and consideration for the interests of others. These are the hallmarks of the amateur spirit.


Balanced. . . radio is an avocation, never interfering with duties owed by family, job, school, or community.


Patriotic. . . station and skill always ready for service to country and community.


--The original Amateur's Code was written by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA, in 1928--