Good Operators Guide
The following hints are a starting point for being a good
operator. They have been put together from various statements made
by Riley Holingsworth of the FCC during many different presentations
he has made.
Please think about them.
- You don't "own" or get preference to use any frequency.
- Realize that every right carries responsibilities, and just
because you may have a right to do certain things doesn't mean it's
right to do them in every circumstance.
- Give a little ground--even if you have a right not to--in order
to help preserve Amateur Radio and not cause it to get a bad name or
hasten the day when it becomes obsolete.
- Respect band plans, because they make it possible for every
mode to have a chance.
- Be aware that we all love Amateur Radio, and there's no need
to damage or disgrace it just to save face.
- Cut a net or a contester a break, even if you don't have
to and even if you have no interest whatsoever in nets or contesting.
- Don't operate so that whoever hears you becomes sorry they ever
got into (or tuned in on) Amateur Radio in the first place.
- Keep personal conflicts off the air. Settle your arguments
on the telephone, the Internet or in person. Just keep them off the air.