The Amateur's Code

    The Amateur's Code was written by Paul Segal, W9EEA, in 1928: 

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 to family, job, school, or community.

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


** In 1928, the ARRL was probably the only significant national radio club in the world.  Today, almost every country has their own.  The intent of this point is loyalty to your own national radio club, which represents your respective country.

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