Our main purpose is to encourage the pursuit of amateur radio as a hobby.
…including the sharing of information and cooperation among its members; promote the science of radio communication; demonstrate, urge and teach good operating habits; preserve the customs of amateur radio; sponsor and promote educational programs for its members and the general public; and render service to the public and public agencies.
THE AMATEURS CODE
THE RADIO AMATEUR IS:
CONSIDERATE…never knowingly operates in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of
LOYAL…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;
PROGRESSIVE…with knowledge abreast of science, a well-built and efficient station and
operation above reproach;
FRIENDLY…slow and patient operating when requested; friendly advice and counsel to the
beginner; kindly assistance, cooperation 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…station and skill always ready for service to country and community.
The original Amateur’s Code was written by
Paul M. Segal, W9EEA, in 1928.