Kane county amateurs now have the capability to send email using a VHF radio under the Winlink protocol. KC ARES amateurs Robert, W9DSR, and Bill, NF9D, have installed a Winlink Express gateway (WX9CTA-10) and a packet Digipeater (KC9AES-7) at two locations in the county. This system should allow most amateurs in the county to connect…

KC ARES Supports Local Bicycle Event
Members of Kane County and DuPage County ARES groups provided communications support for the Swedish Days Bicycle Ride held on Sunday, June 25, 2017. The ARES team provided communications between race control and the support vehicles deployed on course to assist riders and deal with emergency situations. The event, sponsored by the Fox Valley Bicycle…

The severe weather season started early in Kane County. On February 28 at 3 pm the National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for most of northeastern Illinois. As the afternoon progressed a series of storms began to sweep across the area, triggering several severe thunderstorm warnings and a couple of tornado warnings. We initiated…

Deployment Challenge Exercise
On Saturday, Nov. 12, Kane County ARES conducted a ‘Deployment Challenge’ exercise. The purpose of the exercise was to test our readiness to provide support for emergency situations that would require mobile deployment. Members of the group assembled at a local forest preserve and assembled several different amateur radio stations on the VHF/UHF and HF…