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.
Anybody can be a Ham nowadays, the basic licensing isn't too hard to figure out, but if you're serious about the hobby, and serious about radios, it's important to learn how the Radio works. That's also the opinion of the US Army in training troops to operate & repair radios. The Army's been training troops fresh out of basic training to become Radio Specialists & Operators for decades. The training starts with the fundamentals of basic radio theory, and we can make use of the same training movies the troops had to view, for Ham Radio. While the films are a bit dated, the theory isn't. They offer valuable insight to the fundamentals of radio, especially in explaining that which is such a mystery to many.
Here's is what you learned about FM Radio Theory if you were in a Army Ground Radio School back in 1964: