The Amateur’s Code


The Amateur is Considerate ... He never knowingly uses the air in such a way as to lessen the please of others.


The Amateur is Loyal... He offers his loyalty, encouragement and support to his fellow radio amateurs, his local club and to the American Radio Relay League, through which Amateur Radio is represented.


The Amateur is Progressive... He keeps his station abreast of science. It is well-built and efficient. His operating practice is above represented.


The Amateur is Friendly... Slow and patient sending when requested, friendly advice and counsel to the beginner, kindly assistance, cooperation and consideration for the interests of others; these are the marks of the amateur spirit.


The Amateur is Balanced... Radio is his hobby. He never allows it to interfere with any of the duties he owes to his home, his job, his school, or his community.


The Amateur is Patriotic... His knowledge and his station are always ready of the service of his county and his community.

- Paul M. Segal (1927)

Ham Radio in Central America