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Drafted by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA, cr. 1928

(Paraphrased for modern context)


The Radio Amateur is…



Never knowingly operates in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others. Abides by FCC Rules, the laws of the land, and good Amateur practices as fostered by the ARRL.


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.


Seeks continued education and keeps a station which is well-built, efficient and abreast of science; whose operation is well-practiced and above reproach.


Slow and patient in operating when requested; friendly advice and counsel to the beginner; kindly assistance, cooperation and consideration for others. These are the hallmarks of the Amateur Service.


Radio is an avocation, never interfering with duties owed to family, occupation, school, church or community.


A station and skill always ready for service to country and community.


  • I will listen, and listen, and then listen again before calling.

  • I will only call if I can copy the DX station properly.

  • I will not trust the DX cluster and will be sure of the DX station's call sign before calling.

  • I will not interfere with the DX station nor anyone calling and will never tune up on the DX frequency or in the QSX slot.

  • I will wait for the DX station to end a contact before I call.

  • I will always send my full call sign.

  • I will call and then listen for a reasonable interval. I will not call continuously.

  • I will not transmit when the DX operator calls another call sign, not mine.

  • I will not transmit when the DX operator queries a call sign not like mine.

  • I will not transmit when the DX station requests geographic areas other than mine.

  • When the DX operator calls me, I will not repeat my call sign unless I think he has copied it incorrectly.

  • I will be thankful if and when I do make a contact.

  • I will respect my fellow hams and conduct myself so as to earn their respect. 


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