I will learn to Listen – and Listen to Learn
- I must remember that hearing is a gift, while listening is learned.
- I will always rank listening as paramount in all I do in Amateur Radio.
- I will always abide by the “TLS” rule: Think, Listen, Speak.
- I will develop and depend on my natural listening abilities.
- I will listen in order to learn correct procedure and protocol.
- I will take notice of the topic and protocol before jumping into a net.
- I will always remember: the bands are never dead for the expert listener.
I Will Master Protocol and Procedure
- Mastering on-the-air the protocol will take precedent over equipment operation.
- Prosigns, Q signals, phonetics and abbreviations will be my second language.
- I will learn the basics of traffic handling, net operation, and emergencies.
- I will learn the proper operation of my radio gear and take measures to insure a clean signal.
I Will Respect Mother Nature’s Role
- I will study the pivotal roles the ionosphere and propagation play in radio.
- I will learn how weather, time of day, location, time of year affects radio
- I will learn the meanings of bandwidth, beamwidth, ground effect, aurora, scatter,
ducting, skip, MUF, RFI, solar flux, and E-layers.
I Will Appreciate My Ability to Compromise
- I hold that compromise and resourcefulness are Ham traditions.
- I will remember that “making-do” can often be the easiest route to
- I will always remember that being on the air is the true spirit of Hamming.
I Will Share What I Learn
- I will commit to self-study of Amateur Radio – from technology to protocol.
- I will openly share the knowledge I gain with anyone who is interested.
These things I hold to be true for all radio amateurs – now and in the future
– “A Grateful Operator” via WorldRadio News.
Radio Club, Chicago. [www.hamfesters.org]