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The Washington County Auxiliary Communications Emergency Service (ACES), a chapter organization of the Antietam Radio Association, Inc. (ARA) welcomes you to the ACES web site. The primary purpose of this site it to provide information to the amateur radio operators of Washington County, Maryland. We do, however recognize that a person browsing through the "net" may find our site.
So, first a word about Amateur Radio.
Our "hobby" is not seen as a true hobby by the FCC, who grants amateurs the broadcasting "spectrum" that allows us to communicate locally and internationally. The FCC provides the following reasons (Basis and Purpose of existence) as:
§97.1 Basis and purpose.
The rules and regulations in this Part are designed to provide an amateur radio service having a fundamental purpose as expressed in the following principles:
(a) Recognition and enhancement of the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary noncommercial communication service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications.
(b) Continuation and extension of the amateur's proven ability to contribute to the advancement of the radio art.
(c) Encouragement and improvement of the amateur service through rules which provide for advancing skills in both the communications and technical phases of the art.
(d) Expansion of the existing reservoir within the amateur radio service of trained operators, technicians, and electronics experts.
(e) Continuation and extension of the amateur's unique ability to enhance international goodwill.
Yet, we do look at amateur radio as a "Hobby" and continue to find ways to have fun. We even poke fun at ourselves, the following is a good example http://ringwald.com/report.htm . Our page "Become a Ham" guides you along the path that will lead you to a truly enjoyable hobby.
We not only use the microphone, but we do digital communications of many different kinds, including Morse code. No, you don't have to know Morse code, but some day you just might get interested in Morse code (CW). This is a hobby for all of us and all of the U. S. as well as all of the other countries in the world. Yes, join us in meeting and promoting "international good will" it is fun!
VY 73, (Very best wishes)
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