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60th Jamboree On The Air
October 21st, 2017

The 60th Annual Scouting Jamboree On The Air happens October 21st, 2017. Lake County RACES/ARES will host scouts at our station in the Lake County EOC in the afternoon from 1PM to 4PM.

For more information look here.


Technician/General Ham Cram
November 4 & 5, 2017

  Lake County RACES/ARES will host a Technician/General Ham Cram on November 4th and 5th at the Lake CountyOC, in Libertyville, Il. Times will be 7:30 to 5:00 each day.

Testing is planned to be on Nov 5th at 5:00PM.

Candidates are expected to have studied the Technician and General Manuals. There will be a $15 charge fir the exam. Also 2 sets of ID are required, one being a photo ID. Candidates for General exam only will also have to have a copy of their Technician licscense or a current CSCE showing Technician passed.

Signup here


2017 Simulated Emergency Test (SET)
November 4th, 2017

Lake County will be participating in the 2017 Illinois State-Wide Simulated Emergency Test (SET).  We are seeking RACES/ARES Members to participate in the SET. The exercise will span multiple days from noon on Thursday November 2nd through noon on Sunday November 5th. The main SET activities for Lake County will be Saturday November 4th from 09:00 to 15:00 at the EOC and other locations around the county.


Here in District-4 (Cook, DuPage and Lake County) we have chosen the scenario of an Ice Storm to test/exercise our abilities.

 The General Goals of the SET will be:

 Operate on alternate (emergency) power

Conduct simplex nets to handle the event

Establish relay stations as needed to handle each net

Pass 10 messages (one each to SM, SEC, your DEC)

Utilize digital messaging

Engage with at least 1 served entity

Engage with 1 adjacent county

 Please sign up here to participate. If you are not available on Saturday the 4th but can participate on any of the other days, please indicate what days in your response.


2017 Pink Ribbon Run
October 21, 2017

Our next scheduled event for 2017 is the Condell Pink Ribbon run. This is a fun, low key event, held at the Mundelein Seminary. This is a perfect event to get your feet wet, if you  haven't participated in one of our race events before. We set up at 8:00 and the event kicks off at 8:45.

You can find out more about the event here.

You can sign up for the event here.


ARRL Field Day
June 24th and 25th

We had a great time at Field Day this year. Participation was good and the Spotter training was a great success. Here are a few photos of the activity. Click on the strip for a larger view.



   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.

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.



General Meeting

Monday - Nov 7th
 7:00 PM

Training Topic


Activity Day

Saturday  Nov 11th
9:00 AM

VE Testing

Monday -  Nov 13th
7:00 PM

Board Meeting

Monday - Nov 20th
 7:00 PM

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