The Radio Amateurs Code was written in 1928 by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA.
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 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.
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