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About this website


Over the past decades, and not surprisingly together with the introduction and growth of the Internet, the behavior of the radio amateurs on the bands has significantly deteriorated. In 2008 John ON4UN and Mark ON4WW wrote a comprehensive document entitled "Ethics and Operating Procedures for the Radio Amateur", document aiming to become a universal guide for newcomers and old-timers alike on the subject of operating ethics and operating procedures. In 2008 this document was accepted by the IARU AC (Administrative Council, the highest body of the IARU) as representing the point of view of the IARU on the subject. During further regional IARU meetings it was emphasized that the document be made available via all means, and at no cost, in as many languages as possible to the ham radio fraternity.

Two years later the document has been translated in more than 25 languages, with more coming. In some countries the document is also offered in printed format and a large number of amateur radio sites have a link to the document on their site, be it in English or in the local language(s). Our most sincere thanks go to all our friends who spent hundreds of hours to take care of these translations.

In 2016, the responsibility for maintaining and developing the document was taken over by IARU. IARU will build on the work of the authors to ensure that the document continues to be relevant in the future and remains a reference for good operating practice in Amateur Radio.

If you spot any errors on these pages, or wish to comment, please email IARU Region 1 President - email address "president xxx". Replace xxx with @ when mailing  

Why this website?

To achieve easier access to all of the existing versions and languages of the document, the authors have set up this website which contains a listing of all versions / languages, sorted by country, where you can download the document from either one of two sources:

  • from this website, where these documents are continuously kept updated
  • from a link to the Radio Societies that make the document available on their site

You can also download the .PPS version of the document in one of 3 languages (English, French and Dutch). This is a Powerpoint document intended to help people who want to lecture on the subject in their radio club.

This dedicated mini-site also offers you the most direct way to let us know your comments and suggestions. That is what the guestbook page is for. Please use it.

We also provided a few links to websites that pursue the same goal as we do: make our bands a better place to enjoy our fantastic hobby.

John - ON4UN and Mark - ON4WW