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 interest of others. These are the hallmarks of the amateur service.
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.