Ham Radio Project & NRAO Code of Conduct

Our Pledge

Overview: In the interest of fostering a positive learning environment, we as students, instructors, and mentors pledge to make participation in our ham radio EMS exploration course community a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of age, body size, disability, ethnicity, sex characteristics, gender identity and expression, level of experience, education, socio-economic status, nationality, personal appearance, race, religion, or sexual identity and orientation.

Participants also comply with the  NRAO’s Visitor’s Code of Conduct 

Additionally, all Amateur participants should comply with The New Amateur Code, and the DX Code of Conduct.

A New Amateur’s Code

  • CONSIDERATE…An amateur understands that their license to operate is a privilege and that the spectrum is a natural resource shared by all.
  • LOYAL…An Amateur offers loyalty, encouragement and support to other amateurs, local clubs, the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Radio Society in their country, through which Amateur Radio is represented nationally and internationally.
  • PROGRESSIVE…An Amateur is curious. An Amateur is enthusiastically and continuously learning new techniques, technologies, countries, and cultures with the understanding that everyone is an Amateur.
  • FRIENDLY…An Amateur is patient and friendly with beginners; offers kind assistance, cooperation, and consideration for the interests of others. These are the marks of the amateur spirit.
  • BALANCED…An Amateur understands that radio is a hobby, and that amateur activities should be in accord with family, work, school, or community responsibilities.
  • PATRIOTIC…An Amateur’s station and skills are always ready for service to the community, country, and all of humanity.

Adapted from the ARRL Amateur's code.

Our Standards

Examples of behavior that contributes to a positive learning environment include:

  • Creating safety through the use of welcoming, supportive, inclusive, and respectful language

  • Being respectful of differing viewpoints and experiences
  • Gracefully giving and accepting constructive criticism
  • Accepting responsibility and apologizing to those affected by our mistakes, and learning from the experience
  • Active participation and engagement with the materials and discussion topics
  • Showing empathy towards other community members

Examples of unacceptable behavior include:

  • The use of sexualized language or imagery and unwelcome sexual attention or advances

  • Trolling, insulting or derogatory comments, and personal or political attacks
  • Public or private harassment
  • Publishing others' private information, such as a physical or electronic address, without explicit permission
  • Other conduct which could reasonably be considered inappropriate in a professional setting


Students, mentors, and instructors are expected to take appropriate and fair corrective action in response to any instances of unacceptable behavior. Instances of abusive, harassing, or otherwise unacceptable behavior may be reported by contacting the student coordinator, Danielle Rowland or Reasonable efforts to maintain privacy will be made but privacy cannot be guaranteed in all situations. All complaints will be reviewed and investigated and will result in a response that is deemed necessary and appropriate to the circumstances.

Adapted from