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Amateur License Training
September 7&8, 2019

Lake County RACES/ARES will be conducting a combined Technician/General two day class on April 7th and 8th at the Lake County EOC. Class times will be from 8AM to5PM on Saturday and from 8AM until about 4PM on Sunday. License testing by our VE Team will be held on Sunday mid afternoon  after the class.

If you have questions, send email to hamclass@races.org.

Details here.

Sign up for the class here.


Intro to AUXCOM
August 3rd, 2019

The long awaited Introduction to AUXCOMM Training Course will be held from 8 to 12 am on August 3rd at the Lake County Illinois EOC/Classroom. Yours truly and Greg Perkins, KC9GHZ will be instructing this class. This training is LIMITED in attendance to 25 people. We will first open up registration to LCRACES Members and then it will be open to all of District 4 Amateur Radio Operators on July 11th.

 The prerequisites and requirements are as follows:

  • A valid copy of your Amateur Radio license
  • A copy of your FEMA ICS 100, 200, 700, and 800 certificates. Although "B" is the latest FEMA certificates to be taken on line, and preferred, we will make an exception and accept "A" certificates at this time.
  • Send copies of your license and certificates along with your email and cell number to


    by July 10th. We will open up registration to all of District 4 on July 11th.
  • At this course you will be instructed on how to register with IEMA as a radio operator asset. After successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate and you will be listed and recognized with IEMA as a communication radio operator.
  • Please be aware that this course is 4 hours, with breaks, and DOES NOT replace the DHS/FEMA two day course. It gives you the necessary information to enter that two day course fully prepared.

With any questions you may have contact

 Harry Hahn COML
Lake County RACES


Amateur License Testing

Members and the public are reminded that our VE Team conducts license testing every second Monday at 7PM at the Lake County EOC in Libertyville. Watch this website for exact dates as some may be offset due to holidays. Walk ins are welcome however pre-registration is available.

More details about our VE program are available here and Pre registration is available here.


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Support Lake County RACES/ARES®

Did you know that there are new ways to support our group? We have added a support page to our menu.

If you shop on Amazon, you can join Amazon Smile. By joining and logging in via amazon smile, at no additional cost to you, a small percentage of what you pay to Amazon will be donated to RACES. It's easy to set up and use.

We use Go Fund Me page for project donations. There is no current project but will be soon.

And if you would like to make a cash donation please visit our PayPal donation page. We can always use additional funds to support our projects.

Our support page is located here. Please visit it. Thanks.


Discovering Amateur Radio

This is a great introduction into Amateur Radio. Written and Narrated by K1AN Well worth watching.



Buy a Weather Radio

According to our EC Don K9DRW, if you don't have a weather radio, you REALLY should buy one.

Read the article

Reprinted from November 2008 Public Safety Communications with permission of APCO International. For membership and subscription information, visit http://www.apcointl.org.



Here's a "Time Machine" for you to try. It is an archive of old web pages that is fully searchable (by URL). This link takes you to the original RACES.ORG web pages allowing you to view monthly activities and our original  newsletters. It is a nostalgic walk through memory lane.

Go to: https://web.archive.org/web/*/http:/races.org 

How about this: https://web.archive.org/web/19980508003742/races.org/newsaug.htm and read the August 1998 newsletter?

Consider another use. Use it to search out old user manuals, documentation, or spec sheets. Just go to: https://web.archive.org/web/19980508003742/races.org/newsaug.htm  and add the URL of the site you are looking for. How cool is that!!


Go Kits

Anyone serious about Emergency Support should have a go-kit, or maybe more than one. It may be something you keep in the car or something mostly packed and ready to go at home. Even if you don't have one, you should think about what you might need to have in case of an emergency.

This is a presentation that Dan O'Connor, KE7HLR made at EMCOMMWEST in 2008. It's a rather large PDF file (about 3Meg). If you don't have a high speed connection, I suggest downloading it, and reading it off line. It's great 'food for thought' and well worth the read. I found myself mentally comparing Dan's ideas to what I have assembled and thinking about what I might want to add.




General Meeting

Monday - Sept 9th
7:00 PM

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VE Testing

Monday -  Aug 12th
7:00 PM

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Monday - Aug 19th
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