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Q. Where can I find out more information about RACES and ARES?

Lake County RACES/ARES© Meetings

Q. When are Lake County Ill meetings held?

Q. Where are Lake County Ill meetings held?

Q. How do I find the Lake County Ill EOC (Emergency Operating Center)?

Membership
 
Q. How do I become a member?

Q. How much are annual dues?

Q. How do I obtain the County Photo ID?

Q. Can I belong to other amateur radio clubs and still belong to RACES?

Races Paging

Q What is Races Paging?


VE Testing
 
Q. How do I find ham radio test sessions?

Q. I passed my test, how and when can I find out my callsign?

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General Information

Q. Where can I find out more information about RACES and ARES?

More information on the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES)
can be found here.

More information on the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) can
be found here.

Meetings

Q. When are meetings held?

A. RACES/ARES Group general membership meetings are held the first Monday of the month, October through June. General membership meetings are not held in July and August. In September, the general membership meeting is the second Monday due to Labor Day. All meetings start at 7:00PM. In December, the monthly meeting is the Annual Holiday Party, location announced on the RACES Website.
 
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Q. Where are meetings held?

A. Meetings are held at the Lake County Sheriff's Office, Emergency Management Agency's (EMA) Emergency Operating Center (EOC).
 
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Q. How do I find the EOC (Emergency Operating Center)?

A. The EOC is located in Libertyville on Milwaukee Ave, half way between Route 137 on the north and Route 176 on the south. It is west of I-94 and east of Butterfield Road and Route 45. The entrance to the parking area is off Winchester Rd. 1/8 mile (2nd driveway) west of Milwaukee Ave. The entrance to the building is in the is in the rear (northwest side). Follow the signs to the EMA Classroom.

For a map view, look here.

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Membership


Q. How do I become a member?

A. Refer to the Membership Page for information on Joining

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Q. How much are annual dues?

A. Annual dues are $20 and are collected each January.

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Q. How do I obtain the County Photo ID?

A. The County ID cards are prepared by the County in Waukegan. We request cards for qualified members through the EMA Director.  Check the certification page to see if you qualify.

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Q. Can I belong to other amateur radio clubs and still belong to RACES?

A. Yes, you can.

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Races Paging


Q What is Races Paging?

Lake County RACES Maintains two restricted mailing lists to page out urgent information to members.

Member Page - This list is used to page out the weekly Duty Roster. It is also used to page out more urgent club information
partaining to items like Emergency Call Outs.

Weather Page - This list is used to page out weather watches and warnings and other urgent weather information as necessary.

To be included on these lists, a member must provide an email address for their mobile (smart phone) to place on the list. A member
can request to be added to one or both lists with an email to the member updater at http://www.races.org/emailsubscribe.htm
place your request, including your mobile email address in the comments section of the updater.
 

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VE Testing

Q. How do I find ham radio test sessions?
 
A. Lake County RACES conducts VE testing every month of the year on the second Monday of the month (3rd Monday in September due to Labor Day) at the Lake County EOC in Libertyville. The sessions start at 7:00 PM. Pre-registration is appreciated. For more information, follow the VE EXAMS link on the home page of this site. You can find additional test locations at the ARRL web site here.

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Q. I passed my test, how and when can I find out my callsign?

A. The QRZ ham website maintains a list of newly issued callsigns on their website. Go to http://www.qrz.com/new_hams.html and watch for your name. A similar list is published at http://www.vanityhq.com (pick New Hams from the menu). It usually takes about 7 to 10 days for any new license or upgrade action to make it through the government bureaucracy. These lists are updated daily.

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