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The Amateur's Code


Paul M. Segal, ex-9EEA, W3EEA, former director (1924) from the Rocky Mountain Division, and General Counsel of ARRL from 1928 to 1961 became a Silent Key in Washington, DC on May 24, 1968. Of his many accomplishments and contributions to the advancement of amateur radio, there may be no more fitting tribute to his memory than to reprint and share these six "commandments" he authored in 1928 in its original form.


ONE: The Amateur is Gentlemanly ... He never knowingly uses the air for his own amusement in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others. He abides by the pledges given by the ARRL in his behalf to the public and the Government.

TWO: The Amateur is Loyal ... He owes his amateur radio to the American Radio Relay League, and he offers it his unswerving loyalty.

THREE: The Amateur is Progressive ... He keeps his station abreast of science. It is built well and efficiently. His operating practice is clean and regular.

FOUR: The Amateur is Friendly ... Slow and patient sending when requested, friendly advice and counsel to the beginner, kindly assistance and cooperation for the broadcast listener; these are marks of the amateur spirit.

FIVE: The Amateur is Balanced ... Radio is his hobby. He never allows it to interfere with any of the duties he owes to his home, his job, his school, or his community.

SIX: The Amateur is Patriotic ... His knowledge and his station are always ready for the service of his country and his community.

-- Paul M. Segal 1928