From the ARRL Web Site arrl.org

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 IARU 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 beginners; 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

 

 

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