The Amateur’s Code

The Amateur’s Code is the creed by which all ham radio operators should aspire to live by. Written in 1928 by Paul M. Segal, then general counsel for the ARRL. You can still find the code published to this day in many ARRL books and publications.

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.

LOYAL….. 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.

PROGRESSIVE….. 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.

BALANCED….. Radio is an advocation, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school or community.

PATRIOTIC….. with station and skill always ready for service to country and community.


One Response to “The Amateur’s Code”

  1. Gary Faust May 7, 2016 at 3:44 pm #

    Thanks for including this in your website. I’m sure I read this long ago when I studied for the Novice license. I was 15 and took classes at a community college given by the Brightleaf Amateur Radio Club in Greenville, NC. The Hams that taught the classes were all fine gentlemen, very generous with their time, and instilled in me an appreciation for Hams and the hobby that has never faded even though I let my license lapse while going to school, enlisting in the Navy, and raising a family. Now that I’m retired and have picked up the hobby again, it’s because of the example set by those fellows, lots of whom are SK now. But I never forgot the example they set and how they lived by the Creed,

    Gary Faust – N4PIR

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