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2019 Des Plaines River Canoe & Kayak Marathon
Sunday May 19th, 2019

Lake Zurich RACES/ARES® has been supporting this event for many years. The race runs 18.5 miles  from Libertyville to DesPlaines. Please join us. Hams are needed for safety checkpoints along the river.

Look here for more information.

Sign up to help here


Spring State Wide Simulated Emergency Test
April 27, 2019

Lake County RACES/ARES will be participating in the 2019 Spring Illinois State-Wide Simulated Emergency Test (SET).  We are seeking RACES/ARES Members to participate in the SET. The exercise will be one day from 0800 until 1600 (the "Hotwash" may extend this time) on Saturday April 27th . The main SET activities for Lake County will be  at the EOC and other locations around the county.

THREAT:  Technological Infrastructure Outage

Cellphone, Wired Phones, Internet and the Starcom-21 System all  impacted to some extent.

OBJECTIVES:  Demonstrate the ability to:

Communicate with multiple stations within the state well as Emergency  Operations  Centers within the Counties

Communicate with the State Emergency Operations Center  (Springfield) via voice and data communications methods

Support local communications methods

Effectively use ICS forms

Support Hospital communications

Integrate Auxiliary Communications into the ICS Structure

Please sign up to participate here


New Board Members Elected

At the January 14th  annual meeting four board positions were up for election.
Two incumbents chose not run resulting in two new boad members elected and two incumbents reelected to the board.

The RACES board for 2019 are as follow.

Jim Nelson - K9QF - President
Brian Costello - N9ETH - Vice President
Leonard Fabbro - Secretary
Brad Sarobeloam - NEW Treasurer
Craig Tisdale - KB9MMH -  NEW Board member
Harry Hahn - W9BR - Board Member
Les Muntz - KC9HHB - Board Member

Welcome our two new board members.


Gregory Shaskan MD Award for Outstanding Medical Service
2018 Recipient  David Kleckner KC9GZB

The Gregory Shaskan MD Memorial Award was created in 2010 to honor the memory of former Medical Volunteer Dr. Gregory Shaskan. Dr. Shaskan served as Code Team Medical Captain at the Chicago Marathon from 2007-09. He was commited to the assurance that every participant finished safely. He also served as a mentor for other health care professionals to help them promote healthy living throughout the community. Each year, this award will be given to the Medical Volunteer team member who exemplifies commitment and professionalism. This individual has shown great leadership in the field of marathon medicine and additionally has served as a teacher to those who follow.

David KlecknerDavid Kleckner has been a critical part of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon for the last 10 years. He came to the event has a part of the ham radio team, and has since applied his professional experience in meteorology to support the race from an emergency preparedness standpoint. In the days and weeks leading up to the Chicago Marathon, David closely examines the weather feeds and patterns to create custom forecasts for the event. His predictive models help to inform our Event Alert System and ensure that everyone is prepared for changing conditions leading up to and during the race.

David is KC9GZB our RACES Radio Officer.. Read the original article on the Chicago Marathon Website.


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 - May 6th
7:00 PM

Training Topic
Surface Mount PCBs

Activity Day

Saturday May 11th
9:00 AM

VE Testing

Monday -  May 13th
7:00 PM

Board Meeting

Monday - May 20th
 7:00 PM

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