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Operating Ethics

Operating Ethics and Operating Procedures

In 2008 John Devoldere, ON4UN, and Mark Demeuleneere, ON4WW, wrote a comprehensive document entitled "Ethics and Operating Procedures for the Radio Amateur." The purpose of this document was for it to become a universal guide on operating ethics and procedures.

This document was accepted by the IARU Administrative Council as representing their view on the subject. During subsequent Regional IARU meetings it was emphasized that the document be made available to the Amateur Radio Community via all available means, at no cost, and in as many languages as possible.

The document has since been translated into more than 25 languages. In some countries the document is also offered in printed format and many Amateur Radio websites have a link to the document. Our most sincere thanks go to all our friends who spent hundreds of hours to take care of these translations.

To achieve easier access to all of the existing versions and languages of the document, it is published on the IARU website at: It contains a listing of all versions/languages, sorted by country, where you can download the translations in any of the following forms:

  • PDF or Word documents from various countries
  • Directly from the different Radio Societies' web sites
  • A downloadable PowerPoint (available in one of three languages--English, French and Dutch)

John, ON4UN, and Mark, ON4WW



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