The original Amateur’s Code was written by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA, in 1928. Although the code has been updated to reflect current realities, today ham radio operators take this code as seriously as their counterparts did in 1928.
The Amateur’s Code
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.
With kids keeping a real close eye on the calendar, counting down the days till summer vacation, summer is swiftly on it's way. Along with the hot summer fun, for everyone living along the Atlantic & Gulf Coasts, there's another seasonal pastime to look forward to... Tropical Storm & Hurricane season. While the Midwest states have already had to contend with Tornado outbreaks, each summer, the threat of a tropical storm or hurricane builds as ocean temps warm up in the northern hemisphere. While the cycle of storm threats seemingly on a downward trend, (depending on which propeller-head weather forecaster is speaking), it's still prudent to take time to refresh your preparations now before any need arises.