The original Radio Amateur’s Code was written by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA over 90 years ago (in 1928), and it’s as relevant today as the day it was written…
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; offers friendly advice and counsel to the beginner; kind 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 skills are always ready for service to country and community.
If we’re operating on the air or working to mentor a new operator, are we living up to this ideal and passing it along to others?