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K9BHM Silent Key

Lake County RACES/ARES is sad to report that long time Lake County RACES Radio Officer Bernie Moritz, K9BHM, passed away unexpectedly on June 18, 2017 at his home in Crystal Lake.  Bernie was originally licensed as KA9NOW while in high school in Lake Zurich in around 1982.. 

Visitation and Funeral details can be found at http://www.davenportfamily.com/notices/Bernard-MoritzJr


Lake Zurich Triathlon
July 9th, 2017

The Lake Zurich Triathlon is our next big event. We have been supporting this event for many years. Please join us. We need communicators for route safety positions, water spots, SAG, Net control positions and Sweep. Please sign up to help out. This is a fast moving event and usually complete by noon.

For more event details, look here.

Sign up to help here.


ARRL Field Day
June 24th and 25th

Join us for Field Day. Set up begins Satuday morning at 8AM and we're on the air at noon. We'll be operating with SSB, CW and Digital stations along with VHF/UHF and GOTA (Get On The Air). Come and operate or just watch and learn. There will be a Storm Spotter class Saturday afternoon (watch our facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/lakecountyraces for details).


June is Amateur Radio Month

Governor Rauner has designated June as Amateur Radio Month in the state of Illinois. You can read the proclamation 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.

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 - Sept 11th
 7:00 PM
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Activity Day

Saturday  July 8th
9:00 AM

VE Testing

Monday -  July 10th
7:00 PM

Board Meeting

Monday - June 19th
 7:00 PM

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