The Bolingbrook Amateur Radio Society (BARS) was established in the early 1970's. We have a Membership of about 50+ men and women, plus a year-round calendar of events and activities. BARS specializes in SKYWARN, Emergency Communications, Field Day and Community Event Communications. We invite you to browse our website to see who we are and what we do. We hope you will like what we have to offer and become a Member of our organization.
Please Sign Up to use our Web site! We recommended you sign up on our site as a "Web Member" to utilize all of our sites features. PLEASE, NO funny or "weird" Display Names. EVERY user of this site needs to make an account using their CALL SIGN or REAL Name. If you do not have an Amateur Radio Call Sign, please use your REAL name in place of a call. You may put it together as one word or just your name with a space. EXAMPLE: Johndoe or John Doe. We are doing this to eliminate auto spam and with your call sign it will be easier to know users in our database. All users that create a account without a proper Call Sign or Name will be deleted.
The Bolingbrook Amateur Radio Society wishes to acknowledge the generous support of:
| Mayor Roger C. Claar and the
Village of Bolingbrook
|The Bolingbrook Police Department||The Bolingbrook Fire Department|
K9BAR REPEATER STATUS:
BARS VHF Repeater - 147.330 | + Offset | PL Tone - 107.2 - UP
BARS UHF Repeater - 443.525 | + Offset | PL Tone - 114.8 - UP
BARS UHF 443.525 <--> VHF 147.330 LINK STATUS ---- > LINK ENABLED
BARS VHF Repeater - 224.540 | - Offset | PL Tone - 110.9 - UP
All of the K9BAR repeaters are OPEN repeaters with emergency power if needed. Any licensed Amateur Radio Operators are welcome on these repeaters and are encouraged to use them. We ask that you please be courteous, respectful, and follow good operating procedures while using the repeaters. We have a zero tolerance policy for abuse and misconduct.
If you have not had the pleasure of using our repeater system then you are missing experiencing its wide area of coverage. Stop by for a QSO with a BARS member or bring a friend along and try out the machines. These repeaters are open to all licensed Amateur Radio Operators!
BARS is in search of a working 220 MHz duplexer. Please contact any BARS officer on the contacts page if you know of one that is available!
10/10/2014 - REPEATER STATUS UPDATE
• 147.330 BARS 2m repeater [ UP ] - The tuned duplexer was installed on Friday, August 1, 2014.
Thanks to everyone for their patience and assistance while working through the VHF repeater issues!
*** UPCOMING EVENT ***
11/23/2014 - Repeater maintenance will be scheduled in the near future. The purpose will be to update the firmware in our repeater controller (more features and bug fixes), swap out the old unknown coax jumpers from the repeater and duplexer, and to install a new duplexer cabinet stand (built and donated by club member, Jim Roller - KA9SFW).
• 443.525 BARS 440 repeater [ UP ] - October 10, 2014 The BARS UHF repeater configuration was checked and corrected for CTCSS decode and encode operation. This should help to minimize some of the interference that has been occuring due to conditions. Please note that if you are on the 440 machine, your audio will sound a bit "hot". The repeater committe is aware of this and will address this issue as soon as they are able. Speaking a bit farther awy from the mic or lower your mic gain can help with this until this issue is addressed.
Please use the repeater system and report any issues that you may experience to any officers via email (see our contacts page). BARS wants to thank all club members and visiting amateur radio operators for their understanding and patience while working through all of the repeater performance issues.
BARS is very appreciative for the Village of Bolingbrook's assistance with the repeaters!
SKYWARN NET INFORMATION:
Primary SKYWARN operations will be conducted on the BARS VHF/UHF Repeater System. The Six Meter Club of Chicago (SMCC) 2 meter repeater will be used as the alternate repeater for SKYWARN operations should we experience any issues with the BARS repeater. Please note that the BARS 2 meter repeater will stay linked to the BARS UHF repeater and you can still use the 2 meter repeater for reporting purposes as long as transmissions are clearly received by the SKYWARN Net Control operator.
If you do NOT hear Skywarn operations on the BARS Repeater System, please check the Six Meter Club of Chicago 2 meter repeater (146.970-, PL 107.2) for alternate SKYWARN net operations. The Six Meter Club of Chicago (SMCC) has graciously allowed BARS to use their 2 meter repeater as an alternate while the BARS repeaters are not fully fuctional. Many Thanks to SMCC!
If you are interested in helping your community, you can easily help by becoming a trained weather spotter! Click on the SKYWARN tab above for more information about training!
BARS Holiday Dinner Party date is confirmed! - December 15, 2014 @ 6:30 pm CST
Its that time of year again! The BARS Holiday Dinner Party usually occurs in lieu of the club meeting during the month of December. Please make sure that you put it on your calendar if you plan to attend our holiday event. Please watch this space for updates as they occur. Our dinner party will be held at the Bolingbrook Golf Course. BARS will have the East Room known as the Eagle's Nest located upstairs. Dinner menu choices are chicken, fish, and steak.
The deadline for reservation notifications for the holiday party to the event coordinator will be December 10, 2014. The event coordinator for the holiday party is Scott Hagner (KC9UTC). You may contact Scott via email at KC9UTC at arrl.net (please use @ in place of at, trying to ward off spambots). You may also use the email address on our contacts page too.
The website team will be setting up an event calendar where you may add yourself to a list. Please try this out when this comes online on our website. We are trying to make coordinating events easier for everyone and would appreciate your assitance in working through any issues with the event calendar.
11/23/2014 ---> NOTICE!!!! The event calendar has been added for your registration convenience! Once you register for the Holiday Dinner Party, your registration will be added to a list of participants. Please make sure your registration information is correct as it will be used to contact you in the event of any issues.
We will be adding a PayPal button on the site shortly to help make it easier to pay for your holiday dinner reservations. The website team apologizes for the oversight in omitting our PayPal button that was on the old BARS website.
The PayPal button for this button is not online at this time. The cost is $25 per person for dinner. You may also contact our club secretary (secretary at k9bar.org) to make arrangements to pay for your reservations. Keep watch here for notification of the appearance of the PayPal button for this event on our website. Thank you!
BARS repeater system update - October 10, 2014 4:00pm
BARS members (in no particular order) Ryan (W9UEY), Nathan (W6NJB), and Adam (KE4ENH) worked at the BARS linked repeater site today. The main focus for the work was to correct the UHF repeater CTCSS encode / decode setting. This issue has been corrected and the repeater will now look for CTCSS on a received transmission to decode to transmit. The UHF repeater is also encoding CTCSS on its transmissions, so you may set your radios to decode CTCSS if you prefer this method of opening your radio's squelch during repeater activity.
Some other maintenence related items were performed and the repeater committe is happy to report that all of the items for today's task list were accomplished! The repeater committee is working diligently (and as fast as we can!) to get the linked repeaters fine tuned and sounding great!
Last, but most certainly not least by any means ... BARS is very appreciative of the Village of Bolingbrook for their continued support!
A huge Thank You! to Jim Roller (KA9SFW).
BARS wants to thank Jim Roller (KA9SFW) for stepping up and building the new VHF duplexer stand. During the club meeting, it was stated that there was still the need to find out how much it would cost to build the new VHF duplexer cabinet stand. This would be needed to be done for the upcoming VHF repeater coax jumper replacement project.
Jim recognized a need and he offered to build it with the wood that he had readily available. The finished product was exactly what was needed and it was available the following day! Pictures will be placed on the website soon for everyone to see the craftsmanship. It looks so good, that its almost too good for its intended purpose! This most definitely helps the repeater commitee with the jumper replacement project! Whew! :-)
It is the members like Jim that make BARS the great club that it is. Sure the club could have paid for the materials, but now the money that was saved can go towards helping with other upcoming club projects. I recognize that everyone has to balance work, family, and amateur radio. This is OUR club, what Jim did is a great example of amateur radio at its best. We should all be working together for the benefit of every member of BARS and the amateur radio community. Helping where we can and realize that no offer of assistance is too small if it benefits everyone.
BARS and my sincere thanks, Jim!
--- Adam Lee (KE4ENH), Director