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Incident Action Plan Training Desktop Workshop
August 18th, 2018 Postponed

This workshop has been postponed until later in the fall. We will likely be re-scheduling the workshop for a date a few months from now.More details will be available after our next Board meeting on the 20th. Stay tuned.


Veteran of three wars. WWII, Korea and Vietnam


94 Years young Jim Walch, N4MJV just moved here from Alabama to be near family. His daughter reached out to RACES to see if we could help get him back on the air. Thanks to Dave, KC9GZB and Harry W9BR Jim was soon up and running on 2Meters. Sadly, Jim passed away a week later, but we were told that he had a smile on his face all week, being back on the air. RIP Jim.


Chicago Marathon 2018
October 7, 2018

Many of our Illinois ARES members participate in this great event. If you have not had a chance to do this activity, then read on.....


2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Ham Radio Medical Communications Team

Time to get ready for the 2018 marathon. It will be held Sunday, October 7th.

Over the years, the ham team has been able to demonstrate how effective we can be as a communications team for the events volunteer medical staff. As a result, our role has grown. We could easily use 150 volunteers. We have expanded our support in the final mile, Grant Park and increased staffing in several event medical facilities. We need you! Please feel free to forward this note and the registration link to your colleagues.

This is a great place to develop your public service communication skills. There is a great deal you can do now to prepare. We encourage everyone to take the ICS (Incident Command Structures) courses, especially ICS 100, 200, 700 and 800. These are available for free through FEMA. Even if you have had no experience, we will post you with some other who had had event experience. You need to still do the reading, watch the videos and be willing to serve the cause.

As in past years, there will be a two- part registration process. Part One is here. Follow the link below to register into our system. (By the way, this is not the most mobile friendly app, best to do this on a desktop computer.)


Part 2. Later, we will ask you to complete your registration in the Banks system.

We want to thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you in the Fall. Jerry and I are both available for presentations to club meetings, as we encourage clubs to bring their own teams (although we cannot guarantee that you will be assigned to that team.

Registration will close at the end of August, but don't put things off!! Register today.

Looking forward to seeing you in the Fall.

Your volunteer leads:

Rob Orr K9RST




Jerry Watts



Rob Orr

Rob Orr Productions






  North Shore Century
September 16 2018

Time to sign up to be part of the North Shore Century, sponsored by the Evanston Bike Club.  Many of you have worked this event in the past, and we appreciate your support.  The North Shore Radio Club serves as the main point of contact for the Evanston Bike Club, but this activity is open to all hams in the area.  We always start this request by writing to last years team and then try to reach to the wider community.  We need about 35 people for this event.  The North Shore Century will be September 16, 2018

 If you are new to this event, there are three ways you can participate:  serve at one of the rest areas to help facilitate communications; 2) Serve as a SAG (Support and Gear) ham radio car with a bike club assistant or ham radio assistant with a bike club driver or 3) Serve in the forward command tent managing al of the traffic.  We have opening for all positions.

 Please start by using this form to sign up. Feel free to pass this along to others as well.


 Derick Bonewitz is helping me manage the project because I need all of the help I can get!!

 Thank you for your support.

Rob Orr
Derick Bonewitz


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: 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.




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