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June 23, 2018

Lake County Skywarn is again offering a National Weather Service spotter training class to be held at 3 PM, Saturday, June 23, 2018. The training session lasts about 90 minutes to 2 hours. This is same course taught during the spring by the NWS and accredited teachers.

The class will be held again at the Lake County Government Campus classroom, 1303 N Milwaukee Ave. Libertyville, IL

If you would like to attend this class, please send an email to n9vid@lakecountyskywarn.org

There are currently 11 openings remaining

In addition, the class will be held during the annual Ham Radio Field Day on the campus from 1 PM Saturday, June 23rd through 1 PM, Sunday, June 24th.

Stop in and say hello and even have a chance to get on the air.


ARRL Field Day 2018
June 23-24

Last day of May, Today and 23 days until Field Day! How are you planning to participate?

- Saturday 23 June -

-Breakfast at 6:45 AM at the Liberty Restaurant,419 S Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville, IL -self pay

-Setup starts at West Tower 8:00 AM; sign in, military tower setup, including CW wire antenna, EOC class room setup, Digital station setup.

-Official start of Field Day active operations 1:00 PM -
- Voice station in EOC
- CW station in trailer next to West tower
- Digital station in popcorn trailer in Winchester House North parking lot
- Get-On-The-Air(GOTA) station in trailer next to West tower(extra points)
- VHF/UHF station in trailer next to West tower(space available)
- Satellite station near the Digital station (when satellite pass is available)
- 5 contacts from battery charged by solar power(extra points)
- Youth making contacts(extra points)

- Dinner - at West tower about 6;00 PM (need coordinator), operation will continue through the night.

- Sunday 24 June -

- Breakfast - at West tower about 7:00 AM

- continue operating until 1:00 PM

- Restored site and stored equipment about 2:00 PM

Wow, lots of activities, and needs;

- need setup, and restore members
- need CW, Voice, and Digital operators
- need a person to coordinate Dinner

- want to have good weather, and safe weekend
- want members to challenge themselves in learning new things
- want members to invite family and friends to FD site
- want members to take pictures and send the best to me, kc9hhb

For more information contact Les KC9HHB


Lake Zurich Triathlon
Sunday, July 8, 2018

After Field Day, our next event is the Lake Zurich Triathlon. Our group has supported this event for many years and it's always a good time. Support is needed for safety checkpoints, SAG, Start/Finish
and other positions along the course. Please sign up to help.

Event info can be found here.

Sign up to  help here.


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.


Vietnam Vet's Last QSO

 John Nugent WA2EQJ and family

Photo courtesy of Don Whitney K9DRW


On Tuesday December 5, 2017, members Donald Whitney K9DRW, James Nelson K9QF, Harry Hahn WB9R, Scott Campbell and Dave Hartnett K9DRH deployed an HF station on 20 meters to help John Nugent WA2EQJ accomplish one more check off his Bucket List.

John (75 years old) is terminally ill and wanted to make some 20-meter radio contacts one last time. He has been in the Captain James A Lovell Federal Health Care, Community Living Center for more than 3 years.

Our members with the help of the amateur radio community made that happen. The stations John talked to were W6LG (CA), AB9PR (IL), W9QL (IL), K9QF (IL), NY9X (IL) and WL7OU (TX).

See Tribune Article here.

Watch Video here.           Watch W6LG Video here


   Tom Skilling's Tornado and Severe Storms Seminar
at Fermilab, 2017

This year, we again participated in the Severe Storms Seminar at Fermilab. We set up our Skywarn display,  answered questions about Skywarn, Weather Ready Nation, our organization and managed the annual drawing for weather radios. Unfortunately, this event will not be held in 2018 due to Tom's heavy committments in other areas.

2017 Severe Weather Seminar


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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: http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://races.org 

How about this: http://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: http://web.archive.org/web/  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.





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