Amateur’s Code

Drafted by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA, cr. 1928

(Paraphrased for modern context)

The Radio Amateur is…


Never knowingly operates in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others. Abides by FCC Rules, the laws of the land, and good Amateur practices as fostered by the ARRL.


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.


Seeks continued education and keeps a station which is well-built, efficient and abreast of science; whose operation is well-practiced and above reproach.


Slow and patient in operating when requested; friendly advice and counsel to the beginner; kindly assistance, cooperation and consideration for others. These are the hallmarks of the Amateur Service.


Radio is an avocation, never interfering with duties owed to family, occupation, school, church or community.


A station and skill always ready for service to country and community.