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December VE Testing Cancelled
December 14, 2020

Regretfully, we have had to cancel the December VE Test Session due to a inability to find an indoor location to test. Weather concerns preclude scheduling an outdoor session for December. We continue to search for an available indoor location.


December General Meeting
Dec 7th, 2020

A reminder that there will be no holiday party this year in December.Because of that, there will be a virtual general meeging on December 7th at 7PM. For a program, Dan Eder, interim manager LCEMA, will provide an  introduction and county update. Join us and see/hear how the county is dealing with Covad-19 and other county programs.  Invitations with Webex login information will go out in email before the meeting.



 VE Testing

Attention all VE test applicants:

Applying for a new Amateur Radio license?

Register in CORES (COmission REgistration System) and receive your FRN (Federal Registration Number) before sitting for your exam to ensure your new license is processed quickly and easily through the FCC's ULS (Universal Licensing System).

To conduct business with the FCC, you must register through FCC CORES and be assigned an FRN. This number will be used to uniquely identify you in all transactions with the FCC.

View the FCC web page New Users guide to ULS for step by step instructions on the registration process or the Commission Registration System Video Tutorials page for videos that help guide CORES users through a variety of situations.

For assistance, submit a help request on the FCC's Support Services page or call FCC at 877-480-3201 (Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. ET).



General Meetings


The November general meeting will be held on-line using the webex application. The meeting will occur on November 2nd.

Our training topic will be announced. Check back here for updates..

Note that there will be no Holiday Party this year. There will be a regular virtual club meeting in December. More details to come, watch this space.

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



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 - Dec 7th
7:00 PM

Training Topic

Activity Day

Saturday - Dec 12th
9:00 AM

VE Testing

Monday -Dec 14th
7:00 PM

Board Meeting

Monday - Dec 21st
 7:00 PM

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