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2016 Field Day
June 25-26, 2016

It's time to start planning and preparing for Field Day. Save the dates and sign up to participate. This is a fun weekend event. Help setup, teardown, operate your favorite mode. There will be a lot going on. We expect some interesting presentations in the EOC, good food and lots of opportunity to catch up with friends and chat. Bring the family, bring your friends, introduce them to Amateur Radio. Hope to see you there.

Sign up to participate in  this major event here.



   Tom Skilling's Severe Weather Seminar
April 2nd, 2016


Congratulations to our Skywarn Team

Congratulations to our RACES Skywarn team at lakecountyskywarn.org who have been named to the Weather Ready Nation Ambassador program. The Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador initiative is an effort to formally recognize NOAA partners who are improving the nation’s readiness against extreme weather, water, and climate events.

For more information about the Weather Ready Ambassador program, look here.
Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador Frequently Asked Questions.


59th Annual Des Plaines River
Canoe and Kayak Marathon
May 22nd, 2016

The Des Plaines River Canoe and Kayak Marathon, founded in 1958 by Ralph Frese, is the second oldest continual canoe race in the United States. The race is 18½ miles on the beautiful and historic Des Plaines River. Lake County RACES/ARES has been supporting this event for over 30 years. Support is needed for the Start Line, Finish Line and safety check points along the river. Please join us to support this event.

Event information can be found on the event website at www.canoemarathon.com

Please sign up to help out with this major event here.


2016 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Blood Sweat & Tears Charity Bike Ride
July 31, 2016

Lake County RACES/ARES will be supporting a new event this year. The 2016 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Blood Sweat & Tears Charity Bike Ride will be an all day event, starting in Mundelein with 35, 65 and 100 mile routes. We will be supporting Route Safety, SAG and rest stops.

Event information can be found on the LLS/BST website at bikebst.org

Please sign up to help out with this major event here.


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.


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Monday - May 2nd
 7:00 PM

Training Topic
Skywarn Refresher

Activity Day

 Saturday May 14th
9:00 AM

VE Testing

Monday - May 9th
7:00 PM

Board Meeting

Monday - Apr 18th
7:00 PM

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