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 to
family, job, school or community.
PATRIOTIC...station and skill always ready for service to country and
--The original Amateur's Code was written by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA, in 1928.
It seems that we have forgotten much in 80 years.
The goodwill of working a few of these guys might go a long way down the
road when you are begging for contacts on Sunday in Sweepstakes or some
other domestic contest. We depend on the casual op in most contests for
significant portion of our contacts.
The rest of his post was just pot stirring which I will not get involved
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