In 1928, Paul M. Segal, W9EEA wrote The Amateur’s Code. Through the test of time, Segal’s six elements of what the Radio Amateur is remains a great reminder to what each ham needs to be. Whether you are new to amateur radio or you have been licensed for a few decades, this nearly 100 year old piece is not only a classic piece of amateur radio insight, but its principles resonate today. When we look around at the membership of the PRA, it is obvious that not only do we play radio, have fun and keep the squelch loose, but we live out Segal’s six elements daily.
From Segal’s The Amateur Code, we learn that “The Radio Amateur is:
CONSIDERATE…never knowingly operating in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.
LOYAL…offering 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 beyond reproach.
FRIENDLY…with slow and patient operation when requested, friendly advice and counsel to the beginner, kindly assistance, co-operation 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…with station and skill always ready for service to country and community.”
As I have reread Segal’s passage many times over the last 30-years of my amateur radio journey, at least one of these elements becomes a good reminder, from time to time, what amateur radio is all about. I know that when I am frustrated in learning a new mode, or my SWR readings are not cooperating, or the RF noise is blanketing a DX pileup, or I am struggling programming a new radio; Segal’s basics bring me back to center. What is most inspiring to me is watching these words become action with the PRA. Simply watch (or better yet, participate!) in the various monthly activities we have going. Member or non-member, we want you to not only be a part of our organization, but we are ready to meet you where you are in your amateur radio journey.
As we embark on the second half of 2022, we look forward to continuing to give of our time, talent, and treasures as individual radio amateurs and as a collective group of passionate radio hams that are considerate, loyal, progressive, friendly, balanced and patriotic.
Dan – N2SRK
Parker Radio Association