Things needed for 9/27/2022 Meeting


Radiogram Form (fillable) and Practice Message: Find these in the “Downloads” area of this web site.

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2022 National Weather Service Storm Spotting Training

NWS Information can be found at this link: NWS Chicago Storm Spotting (

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McEMA – K9ESV Field Day Site

McEMA will be operating it’s 2021 Field Day Site on June 26 and June 27. The public is welcome to attend.

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ARES Annual Test Schedule for Illinois Amateur Radio

From the IL ARES DEC/EC Meeting – Center testing on the 15th of each month at 1900 hours Illinois time for two hours The months and days are indicated below for 2021. Each year the 15th will remain the same but day of week will obviously change.

January (Friday)  -Winlink message (HF radio to inside-Illinois gateway to another operator Call Sign)

February (Monday) – Wellness net on 3.905 LSB/Echolink WB0VTM-L/Illinois Link TG

March (Monday )- Winlink messages P2P HF (3.570 USB)

April (Thursday) – HF Simplex test on 146.52000 FM or 144.20000 USB

May (Saturday) – VHF Simplex message across State of Illinois at several locations (South to North, West to East)

June (Tuesday) – Winlink message (HF radio to out-of-State gateway (internet) to Email address)

July (Thursday) – Winlink message (HF radio to out-of-State gateway (internet) to another operator Call Sign)

August (Sunday) – HF 60 meter test (Channel 1 5330.5 Dial USB)

September (Wednesday) – 6 meter test (50.12500 USB) or

October (Friday)  – Family Radio Service test (Channel 1, 0 no encode/decode)

November (Monday) – CW test (3.522 Mhz  < 5 WPM straight key or two wires)

December (Wednesday) – Winlink P2P test (FM 145.61000) or HF

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DuPage 2021 Advanced Severe Weather Seminar

DuPage has announced that the 2021 Advanced Severe Weather Seminar will not be held next year. Since DuPage needed to start planning for it now and the odds are low that large gatherings will be allowed in March, they decided to not hold the even this year.

At this point, we would expect the same to happen with NWS spotter trainings in Q1-2021 that McHenry County EMA sponsors . NWS already has run this same training virtual online and we expect to see same for next year.

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WINLINK- RMS Station Gateway Update K9ESV-10

On November 24, 2020  the RMS gateway site has been updated to allow Digi directly through the TNC.

We will now beacon: IDEN Woodstock IL EN52si K9ESV-10 Digi DESV Node NESV BBS PESV McHenry County IL www.McRACES.Org

McHenry County Winlink-RMS packet gateway on 145.610 Simplex No PL.  More information on the Winlink system can be found at the link for the Live System Information. Stations, status and frequency information are all at this link.

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