Nets and Repeater

K9ESV repeater

Primary repeater for the operation of our group is the K9ESV repeater located in Woodstock Illinois with operating frequencies 146.835 out, 146.235 in, and with PL of 91.5. With its antenna located on the public services radio tower at the county Government Center repeater covers the entire county and well beyond that.

Other then providing reliable county-wide coverage repeater is capable of broadcasting National Weather Service Watches and Warnings as well as paging alert tones. This provides us with an easy way to alert and activate our volunteers as well as keep general public informed about any potential hazards.


Net operations

Official RACES/ARES weekly net is conducted on Monday nights at 20:00 CST. This a formal, directed net conducted by trained net control operators. All check-ins are welcome, as we are always looking to expand our ranks and involve more hams in the county. The Purpose of this Net is to provide a single point of contact for all trained RACES & ARES operators in McHenry County, to test emergency communications procedures, and to provide information pertinent to the operations of the group. Other then weekly check in, net is used to keep our members appraised about upcoming public service events, training, group announcements and other ham radio related events.

Most common emergency net activations in our county are severe weather activations. During these nets, our members create a weather monitoring net all across the county to keep an eye on any developing storms and report any hazards. Most of our members are also trained storm spotters and any hazardous weather reports are forwarded directly to National Weather Service.


Net Control Stations for 2019/2020 (Revised 12/25/2019)

Monday Night Net Control Stations

1/7/2019 Zwierzycki 7/22/2019 Finnegan
1/14/2019 McGrath 7/29/2019 Leracz
1/21/2019 DeSantis 8/5/2019 Zelz
1/28/2019 Dulaney 8/12/2019 Lubow
2/4/2019 Finnegan 8/19/2019 Zwierzycki
2/11/2019 Leracz 8/26/2019 McGrath
2/18/2019 Zelz 9/2/2019 DeSantis
2/25/2019 Lubow 9/9/2019 Dulaney
3/4/2019 Zwierzycki 9/16/2019 Finnegan
3/11/2019 McGrath 9/23/2019 Leracz
3/18/2019 DeSantis 9/30/2019 Zelz
3/25/2019 Dulaney 10/7/2019 Lubow
4/1/2019 Finnegan 10/14/2019 Zwierzycki
4/8/2019 Leracz 10/21/2019 McGrath
4/15/2019 Zelz 10/28/2019 DeSantis
4/22/2019 Lubow 11/4/2019 Dulaney
4/29/2019 No Net 11/11/2019 Finnegan
5/6/2019 McGrath 11/18/2019 Leracz
5/13/2019 DeSantis 11/25/2019 Zelz
5/20/2019 Dulaney 12/2/2019 Lubow
5/27/2019 No Net 12/9/2019 Zwierzycki
6/3/2019 Leracz 12/16/2019 McGrath
6/10/2019 Zelz 12/23/2019 No Net
6/17/2019 Lubow 12/30/2019 No Net
6/24/2019 Zwierzycki 1/6/2020 Finnegan
7/1/2019 McGrath 1/13/2020 Leracz
7/8/2019 DeSantis 1/20/2020 Zelz
7/15/2019 Dulaney 1/27/2020 Lubow


Net Control Operators are encouraged to exchange time slots with each other to best fit their schedules

Saturday Net Control Stations – Two Times Per Month (1st & 3rd Week of the Month)

1/5/2019 Zelz 7/20/2019 Lubow
1/19/2019 Lubow 8/3/2019 Clements
2/2/2019 Clements 8/17/2019 McGrath
2/16/2019 McGrath 9/7/2019 Zelz
3/2/2019 Zelz 9/21/2019 Lubow
3/16/2019 Lubow 10/5/2019 Clements
4/6/2019 Clements 10/19/2019 McGrath
4/20/2019 McGrath 11/2/2019 Zelz
5/4/2019 Zelz 11/16/2019 Lubow
5/18/2019 Lubow 12/7/2019 Clements
6/1/2019 Clements 12/21/2019 McGrath
6/15/2019 McGrath 1/4/2020 Zelz
7/6/2019 Zelz 1/18/2020 Lubow


Net Control Operators are encouraged to exchange time slots with each other to best fit their schedules