The Radio Amateur’s Code

The following code is widely accepted by amateur radio operators as a guideline for operating in such a way as to create an environment that promotes learning and participation in amateur radio. This was adapted from the original Amateur’s Code, written by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA, in 1928.

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 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/she operating practice is above reproach.

FRIENDLY… He operates slowly and patiently when requested; offers friendly advice and counsel to the beginner; 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 station and skills are always ready for service to country and community.