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 ARRL, 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 advise and counsel to the beginner; kindly assistance, cooperation and consideration for the interest 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.