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April VE Testing Canceled

Due to safety concerns and government recommendations for social distancing, VE testing for April 13th has been canceled. We hope to be back in operation for the May 11th session. Check back here for future developments. Thank you for bearing with us in these difficult times.



April General Meeting


In response to the government recommendations for social distancing, the Board has decided to change the April 6, 2020 general meeting location to be one where we meet electronically, rather than in person to protect the members of our organization as well as our EMA partners.  This will be done via internet, computers, and the telephone.  All members are encouraged to attend, as there is still important business that should be conducted to keep us ready to respond when needed.


The details on how we will conduct the meeting are still being worked out by the Board.  Further details, including actions that members will need to take to attend the meeting, will be communicated as soon as they are developed.  This communication will be no later than Friday, April 3, in time for the meeting to be held at the normal time (7:00 PM) on April 6, 2020.


The Board took this action to protect the members of the organization and still proceed with business that is important to the Lake County RACES/ARES organization.  This will also demonstrate our organization flexibility and allow us to conduct the business of maintaining the equipment and processes used for emergencies.


Please look for further communications in both your email and on the Races.Org web page.



NWS Spotter Training Canceled

As expected by most of us, spotter training for this year has now been cancelled. NWS Chicago may produce a webinar or video to watch at home - no firm decisions on that have been made yet. I'll update everyone as soon as I hear something.


We regret to inform you that the 2020 DuPage Advanced Severe Weather Seminar, scheduled for this Saturday (March 14) has been cancelled. Our event venue, Wheaton College has closed their campus to events such as ours as a response to the evolving COVID-19 situation. Additionally, the DuPage County Health Department has advised and recommended that all gatherings over 250 participants be cancelled. While we deeply regret the need to take this action, it is taken out of a desire to protect our constituents.

At this time, it is unknown if we will reschedule the seminar this year or work toward the 30th anniversary of the seminar next year.We will be working with Eventbrite to process refunds for individuals who purchased their seats for the seminar on-line.


CXheck RACES Calendar for other cancellations here


The Hot Air Weather Hour

The Hot Air Weather Hour is a monthly radio show on WRLR 98.3 FM hosted by Bruce Becker, Dave Kleckner, and Greg Perkins all about the weather. Live 90 minute episodes are aired at 5:00 PM on the last Sunday of the month. If you are unable to receive the low power over the air signal, the show can be streamed at http://wrlr.fm."


New Board Members

At the annual meeting on January 13th,2020 elections were held to fill expiring board positions.  New elected board members are Ben Miller, KD9BBB who will take over the position of Secretary and Matt Squire, NM1S who will become a new board member. Congratulations to both. Other positions remain unchanged.

The full board listing is here.


RACES Goes to the fair

W9QL Photo


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 - Apr 6th
7:00 PM

Training Topic

Activity Day

Saturday - Apr 11th
9:00 AM

VE Testing

Monday - Apr 13th
7:00 PM

Board Meeting

Monday - Apr 20th
 7:00 PM

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