The Amateur's Code

by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA (1928)

The Radio Amateur is:

CONSIDERATE  never knowingly operating in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.
 offering 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.
 with knowledge abreast of science, a well built and efficient station, and operation beyond reproach.
FRIENDLY  with slow and patient operation when requested, friendly advice and counsel to the beginner, kindly assistance, co-operation and           consideration for the interests of others. These are the hallmarks of the amateur spirit.
 Radio is an avocation, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school or community.
PATRIOTIC  with station and skill always ready for service to country and community

* Updated versions substitute the ARRL with the IARU.