The Radio Amateur is:
- Considerate…never knowingly uses the air in such a way to lessen the pleasure of others.
- Loyal…offers loyalty, encouragement and support to their fellow radio amateurs, their local radio club, and to the American Radio Relay League, through which Amateur Radio is represented.
- Progressive…with knowledge abreast of science. It is well-built and efficient. Operating practice is above reproach.
- Friendly…slow and patient sending when requested, friendly advice and counsel to the beginner, kindly assistance, cooperation and consideration for the interests of others. These are marks of the amateur spirit.
- Balanced…radio is their hobby. They never allow it to interfere with any of the duties they owe to their home, job, church, school, or community.
- Patriotic…their knowledge and their station are always ready for the service of his country and their community.
Who wrote the Amateur’s Creed?
The Amateur Creed was composed in 1928 by Paul M. Segal – then 9EEA in Denver, and General Counsel of the ARRL. The creed has been updated a few times over the intervening years, to update the text and put it into contemporary terms.
The Amateur’s Creed appears in a number of ARRL publications such as the Handbook, and is just as valid today as it has been for nearly 70 years.