On September 17th  the McHenry County EMA will be conducting a Simulated Emergency Test (SET).  This drill will be conducted at several sites throughout McHenry County by the organization’s amateur radio operators.  The SET drill is held in conjunction with September’s National Preparedness Month. Follow the event via social media by scanning the QR code in the poster and take this opportunity to review your preparedness.

Preparedness Calendar handout 2

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ARES Training

The dates for the ARES training have been finalized. They are Tuesday, April 12 from 7 to 9 PM and Saturday, April 16, from 9 to 11 AM. The training will take place at the McHenry County Mental Health Building on Dakota Street in Crystal Lake. This is the same location where the storm spotters training was done. Pictures for IDs will be taken. You only need to attend one of the sessions to become a fully registered member of the ARES team. Watch for a registration link soon.


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Latest Weather Lead Schedule

Here is the latest weather lead schedule. This most likely will be the last for 2015.

8/2 – Jacobsen

8/9 – Leracz

8/16 – Zelz

8/23 – Rospopo

8/30 – Jacobsen

9/6 – Leracz

9/13 – Zelz

9/20 – Rospopo

9/27 – Jacobsen

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Field Day 2015 Results

Here are the numbers for FD 2015. Thanks to all who participated in any way at making this a success!

Trivia: We achieved Worked all States (WAS). We also worked Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Mexico and Costa Rica. We missed a clean sweep of all sections by just 2 sections, East Bay and Newfoundland/Labrador!
80M  103
40M  351
20M  491
15M  83

CW/Digital QSO’s  1028
Year-to-Year  29.63%
80M  11
40M  105
20M  45
15M  58
10M  21

Phone QSO’s  240
Year-to-Year  -25.93%

Total QSO’s  1268  13.52%

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Field Day 2015

Field Day is coming upon us quickly. The event will occur on June 27 and 28, 2015, with operating to begin a 1PM local time. Here is a description of our activities:

-Field Day operations will begin on Friday afternoon, June 26 with the setting up and staging of as much equipment as possible. This will include potentially the installation of antennas.

-Saturday setup begins at 8AM with positioning of the trailers, generators and anything else that did not get done on Friday.

-Lunch will be provided on Saturday to include sandwiches, etc.

-Operations begin at 1PM local time on Saturday

-Dinner will be provided Saturday evening. Menu looks VERY nice and includes the S-word (you figure it out.)

-Breakfast will be prepared on Sunday morning.

-Break down will begin during the morning on Sunday of items not needed, such as 80M dipole (if we are using one.)

– A light lunch will be provided on Sunday.

If you are available to participate in the event, please let John, w9ze@arrl.net or Al, kb9ymd@arrl.net know so they can plan for adequate refreshments.

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Weather Lead Schedule for June and July 2015

Here is the latest weather lead schedule:

6/7 – Jacobsen

6/14 – Leracz

6/21 – Zelz

6/28 – Rospopo

7/5 – Jacobsen

7/12 – Leracz

7/19 – Rospopo

7/26 – Zelz

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Weather Lead Schedule

Weather Lead Schedule for April and May

Here are the weather leads for the first two months of the storm season. Backup leads will be done on a volunteer basis.

4/5         – Zelz

4/12       – Rospopo

4/19       – Leracz

4/26       – Jacobsen

5/3         – Rospopo

5/10       – Leracz

5/17       – Jacobsen

5/24       – Zelz

5/31       – Rospopo

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