Read my disclaimer.
"A well-trained radioman with good equipment and ever-charged batteries can be a fantastic link between two villages, two countries or two continents... When organized in a Union, you are a communication superpower in time of total electronic darkness." — Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, speaking to delegates to the IARU Region 1 General Conference on September 22, 2014 (link)
THE RADIO AMATEUR IS
CONSIDERATE... never knowingly operates in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.
LOYAL... 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.
PROGRESSIVE... with knowledge abreast of science, a well-built and efficient station and operation above reproach.
FRIENDLY... slow and patient operating when requested; friendly advice and counsel to the beginner; kindly assistance, cooperation 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... station and skill always ready for service to country and community.