Amateur And Ham Radio
Operating Guide

Amateur and ham radio station operator VE2DPEHam Radio Operator VE2DPE

Amateur and ham radio station operating ... is a privilege.

The individuals who benefit from these privileges have been granted a license to operate an amateur radio station by the regulating agency of their country.

These unique privileges come with responsibilities. All privileges do!

Amateur And Ham Radio
International Agreements

All amateur radio operators must follow internationally accepted operating procedures and code of ethics. The operator who does not abide by the rules runs the risk of losing her/his license and call sign!

Amateur radio societies, from (most) countries of the world, collaborate to ensure an orderly use of the privileges granted to ham radio operators.

The ham societies collaborate under the auspices of a democratic organization called the IARU - International Amateur Radio Union.

Why collaborate? Because we all share a common natural resource: allocated portions of the radio spectrum (air waves).


Like aircraft pilots, who share the air space, must abide by commonly accepted rules and regulations, so must radio amateurs, but for different reasons.

  • In the case of aircraft pilots, their safety and that of others, both in the air and on the ground, is at stake.

Ham radio operators must also follow rules, but for a different reason. We must avoid causing interference to other hamradio stations, as well as other users of the radio spectrum such as......

  • commercial radio and TV broadcasting stations, their listeners ...
  • other commercial users such as air traffic control, marine, road transport dispatch, private telecommunication channels ...
  • government, military, police, fire departments ...

The list of radio spectrum users is nearly endless!

Huge Privileges

Unlike commercial radio, who are usually allocated only one frequency to operate on, the ham radio community can operate on a huge number of frequencies!

Amateur and ham radio operators are all over the place ... meaning that we can operate in any of many narrow bands of frequencies scattered all over the radio spectrum.

We often operate "elbow to elbow" with a large number of neighbors, in crowded areas of the radio spectrum. Therefore, we must always be careful not to "step on anyone's toes".

Code Of Ethics

The internationally recognized document that describes in detail how to operate as an amateur radio operator, within legal limits and in a considerate manner, is titled:

"Ethics And Operating Procedures
For The Radio Amateur"

You can download it from here.
(PDF document 2.1 MB)

Click here for a guide to the use of ham radio amplifiers.

Click here for mobile ham radio operating tips.

73 de VE2DPE
Claude Jollet
7, Rue de la Rive, Notre-Dame-des-Prairies, Québec, Canada J6E 1M9

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