by W. Wilson - VE3NR 1997
The thoughtful Radio Amateur is:
Responsible using courteous operating Practice, complying with regulations and accepted technical standards;
Progressive striving to develop and improve operating and technical skills;
Helpful offering assistance, support and encouagement to other Amateurs, especially beginners and
Public Spirited offering use of station, knowledge and skills as a public service whenever possible.
The Amateur's Code
by Paul M. Segal - W9EEA 1928
The Radio Amateur is:
CONSIDERATE - never knowingly operates in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.
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 above Amateur's Code was written in 1928 at the infancy of radio. Why was it written? Because there was a need. At that time as now there are individuals who use amateur radio and forget who is listening. They forget or intentionally use abusive and vulgar language. They are argumentative and threatening. They lessen the pleasure of others and forget that children are listening. If you experience such behavior. Do not confront it. Just record in your log the circumstances with the date and time and then turn your radio off. If you can record the offensive conversation, do so and have it available for Industry Canada. Custodians of repeaters can do the same then switch their repeater off. Then as now the above words are eloquently put. The code was originally written for the American amateur but can apply to any amateur in the world.