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(Last Updated:  - - Saturday - June 13, 2020)

    BARS  Announcements!


BARS Members - 

We have a few upcoming ZOOM Meeting events this week! 
(See Below) 
The BARS General Membership Meeting announcement in the CQ-BARS Newsletter, contains the Zoom Meeting ID informiaton - Check your CQ-BARS.

If you did NOT receive the June CQ-BARS Newsletter...
Please Contact: a BARS Board Member

Saturday, June 13, 2020



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-  * NEW *  - SEMI-WEEKLY / ADDED: Tuesday Nights -

BARS Semi-Weekly Zoom Social Events 

 - Tuesday & Friday Nights - Drop-In Zoom Socials - 
@  8:00 PM  Central Time 

Started:  Friday, April 10, 2020
BARS * New * Semi-Weekly 
"Tuesday & Friday Nights - Drop-In
" Social 
Gatherings on Zoom.
at 8:00 PMCentral Time.

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These days we are all trying to stay connected with people - Seperated Together.  Keeping this in mind, the BARS Board decided to Start a NEW Weekly Social Event for BARS Membership to use, enjoy, and to Stay Connected to each other with.  While still maintaining the current Socail Distancing and the Stay Home to Shelter-In-Place regulations - by connecting to our New Weekly "Friday Night Drop-In" Zoom Socials.

These New Social Gathering Events will be held on Zoom, instead of our repeater.  The "Friday Night Drop-In" Zoom Socials begin at 8:00 PM.  Immediately following our recently added "Daily Anti-Viral Net". 

If you are an Active BARS Member, you should have already received an email - with the Subject Line: "[BARS Membership] Friday Night BARS Social after the Anti-Viral Net".  

Within this email is some important information - 
      1. TheZoom Meeting ID number information.  
      2. The Zoom Meeting ID Link to the Meeting itself. 
Which is needed to access the Friday Night Drop-In Zoom Socials.  
You can either click the link, or open Zoom then type in the Zoom Meeting ID number.   

Remember, this Zoom Meeting ID will remain the SAME for ALL the Friday Night Drop-In Zoom Socials, keep the email and Zoom Meeting ID information handy.

  Come Join us at our Socials on ZOOM !

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Weekly Tuesday & Friday Night - Drop-In Zoom Socials 

on  www.Zoom.us  at  8:00 PM Central Time

 + Zoom Meeting ID # 
  The Zoom Meeting ID - is sent out via BARS Membership Email

If you are an Active BARS Member (dues paid), and have NOT YET received this Friday Night Social email - Please - 1st: Check your email Spam and Junk folders for the email. - 2nd: Contact BARS Secretary: Rob Sobkoviak, K9NYO via email at:  K9NYO@arrl.net  or rjsobkoviak@gmail.com - explain you are an active BARS member, but have NOT received the BARS Membership Email with the BARS Friday Night Drop-In Zoom Social Meeting ID information in it.  

Please Note: If you did not receive the email - There might be an issue with your BARS Membership status, or an issue where you need to be added to the BARS Active Members email distribution list.  In either case, we need to investigate the situation.    

Also Note:If you are currently NOT a BARS Member, but would like to be, or would like to participate in the Friday Night Drop-In Zoom Social - Please Contact Rob K9NYO (above) and let us know that as well.

The BARS Board wants to offer the opprotunity to the BARS Membership to see and hear one another (virtually face to face).  As a means to share our common experiences, list any needs we may have, and maybe even share some humor in what we are all enduring.  We will Get Through This Together - Seperated Together.  Stay Connected.

- BARS Board 

For more Information: Click HERE

The BARS Board would like to give a big Thank You to the NIARTT (Northern IL Amateur Radio Training & Testing) Team for letting BARS use the NIARTT Zoom Account.  Which was also used during 2019 in conjunction with the NIARTT Ham license training courses.   

NIARTT - www.niartt.org - email: niartt.73@gmail.com 

See you on Zoom !

Stay Safe - Stay Calm - Stay Home & Carry On! 
- Take a Breath - 
We can get through this by being Seperated Together.

Check the BARS Event Calendar for more Upcoming Events 

 –  Nightly Anti-Viral Net - 

On the Nightly Anti-Viral Net on the BARS 2m/440 Repeater System.  
To be held
Every Night at 7:30 pm (19:30Local Central / 0030 UTC Time

Nightly: EVERY NIGHT  at 7:00 PM

Except for: FRIDAY NIGHT  at 7:00 PM 

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During this Coronavirus Pandemic - While we are all shut in - Doing our part to comply with Social Distancing and Shelter-in-Place guidelines, by keeping our loved ones and ourself Safe and At Home. - Take a moment to also check in with your Ham Friends. - To share our common concerns, and experiences, our knowledge, and to pass on health and wellfare traffic, or to just share local news and views of any kind.  - but more importantly - To Stay Connected!

The Nightly Anti-Viral Net will rotate through Net Control Operators of those who volunteer to be NCOs.  The structure and organization of this Nightly Anti-Viral Net will vary and depend on the number of participants on any given night.  The A-V Net will run for about an hour, with the exceptions on if a regularly scheduled net is either in progress, or will start that night.  The Anti-Viral Net will continue Every Night for the duration of this COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Please pass along the word about this Nightly Anti-Viral Net to other hams, and other clubs, to be mentioned on their club nets, or posted on social media or club websites.  Feel free to post about the A-V Net on your own social media sites.  Share wherever and however you can, or see fit to do. 
We are communicators - let's communicate!

Please Contact:  Rob-K9NYO at k9nyo@arrl.net if you are interested in helping host this Nightly Anti-Viral Net as a Net Control Operator. 

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 – Nightly Anti-Viral Net – 

 On the K9BAR Repeater Systems:  
–  2 meter:
147.330 + Offset, PL Tone -107.2   and the  
  440/7c: 443.525 + Offset, PL Tone -114.8  
are linked on Transmit and Receive. 
(2-m) 147.330 ↔ 443.525 (440/7c)

The Anti-Viral Net will be held EVERY NIGHT at 7:30 PM
0) Local Central Time / 0030 UTC Time.

Except for: FRIDAY NIGHT it's at 7:00 PM

Except - NO Anti-Viral Net on the 3rd Monday - BARS Membership Meeting Night

If you have questions - Or if you interested in helping host this net as a Net Control Operator - 
Please Contact: Rob-K9NYO at 

The Nightly Anti-Viral Net was started on Monday, March 16, 2020 
- and will continue through the duration of this COVID-19 Pandemic.

Stay Safe - Stay Calm - Stay Home & Carry On! 
- Take a Breath - 
We can get through this by being Seperated Together.

A BIG Thank You to:  
Rob-K9NYO, Gary-AA9JS, Jaye-W9CY
- for the idea and implementation of this Nightly Anti-Viral Net on behalf of BARS. 
Also, Thanks to Greg-KD9LDD (for the naming of this net).

- The BARS Board




BARS Next  Monthly Meeting:  Monday June 15, 2020


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 BARS MEETING NOTICE:         June15, 2020

BARS Membership Meeting - will be held on ZOOM !!

The BARS Board decided to CHANGE the Monday April 20, 2020 Monthly Membership Meeting due to our current global health concerns.   The meeting will be held on ZOOM!

The BARS  General Monthly Membership Meeting – has been CHANGED to be a ZOOM meeting. 

The BARS Board decided to continue to conduct our BARS General Monthly Membership Meetings on Zoom!    The BARS Monthly Membership Meetings will continue to be held ONLINE for members and guests using the ZOOM Platform instead of gathering in person, until further notice.

These days during the Coronavirus Pandemic – We need to Stay Connected – Seperated Together!

If you are a BARS Member, you should have already received information, and are invited to join us on ZOOMfor the BARS Monthly General Membership MeetingONLINE using Zoom!  The BARS Monthly General Membership Meeting will be held ONLINE using Zoom to conduct a LIVE Meeting.  Holding our monthly meeting on Zoom will allow BARS members to once again meet up and enjoy being able to hear and see (virtually face to fact) other members.  To Stay Connected – All while maintaining Social Distancing and following the Stay at Home to Shelter-in-Place guidelines.  You should have already received an email with the BARS Monthly Membership Zoom Meeting ID numbers in it. 

If you have a Guest who you would like to have join the BARS Membership Meeting –
Please email the BARS Board at:  BARSBoard@k9bar.org  to requet a guest attend the membership meeting. 
Be sure to include the person’s email address, and an email invite will be sent to them. 

The BARS board is concerned about our Memberships’ health, and safety.  During these challenging times of this global Coronavirus Pandemic.  There are increased health, safety and wellbeing concerns for not only our family, ourselves, and our friends – but also for our Ham friends and our ham radio community.  Along with the implementation of Social Distancing, and self-quarantines, there are requests to Stay at Home and Shelter-in-Place guideline requirements – It is also important that we stay connected to each other!   Not only just “On-Air” on the Radio, but with personal interactions too.  Stay Connected – Separated Together!

There is a great way to do this virtually, and online.  Using Zoom is the quickest, easiest, and most importantly the Safest way to get-together – the best thing we can do.  The BARS Board tested the Zoom capability for the BARS Board meeting as was pleased with the success.  We are now and Until Further Notice - Conducting ALL the BARS Monthly General Membership Meetings online.  This will allow everyone to remain Safe at Home in their Shelter-in-Place location, and yet still be able to interact, have the comradery, fellowship, and to have fun and goof around with each other.  Something we all enjoy when we attend a BARS Membership meeting.

If you have any questions or concerns –

Please contact us by:

  1. Responding to this email with any questions or concerns.
  2. Email the BARS Board Members at:  BARSBoard@k9bar.org
  3. Reach out to any of the BARS Officers individually.  

The BARS Officers’ contact information is on our website: www.K9BAR.org  
Under: “Club Officers and Directors“ page under “Club Info“ Tab. 
Or at:  http://www.k9bar.org/index.php/club-info/club-officers-directors  

Thank you all for your understanding in the ever-changing current situation.

Please continue to monitor the BARS Website www.k9bar.org and the BARS Repeater for the latest in updated information.

We can get through this – Together.


~ The BARS Board

Officers:    President:  Ryan Schultz, W9UEY 

         Vice President:   Cyndi M Gillies, K9NAX 

     Secretary:  Rob Sobkoviak, K9NYO 

     Treasurer:  Deanne Serano, KD9HLX

Directors:                    Todd Fonfara, KC9UWV

Pat Smith, N9TBD

Lance Clarke, W9QB

Repeater Trustee:       Will Sperling, W9WSS

BARS Board Email:    BARSBoard@k9bar.org

Stay Safe – Stay Calm – Stay Home!
Stay Connected – Separated Together!

The BARS Board will continue to post the latest updates on this website:  www.k9bar.org 




As many of you know, currently, there is Road Construction going on in front of Fire Station # 5, on both Rodeo Drive and the Road directly in front of the Fire Station.   Because our BARS Members use and need access to the Sever Weather Radio Station equipment located in the back room of FS # 5, the Bolingbrook Fire Department is allowing BARS continued access to FS # 5 during this road construction project.   The BARS Board has decided to continue to use Fire Station # 5 for our Monthly Meetings at 7:30 PM (and the VE Testing Session at 6:00 PM) as normal.   

The Bolingbrook Fire Department Administrations Office has instructed BARS - IF the road in front of FS # 5 and/or the main parking lot is tore up or in a condition where you do not want to drive your vehicle through it, we can park either in the small parking lot located to the East of the FS off Rodeo Drive, -or- we can park on one of the neighborhood side streets.  This would mean you have to walk to the Fire Station.  If you need to do this, and you are unable or expect you'll have difficulty walking the distance, please request assistance and someone can shuttle you to the fire station.   

(If you do need to park elsewhere, we suggest if you can walk the distance easily, to please park on the neighborhood streets.  Leaving the small parking lot for those who may not be able to walk as easily as you).  

If during this construction time the BARS Board decides to move the location of our meeting, as before, a Notice will be posted on the Main Home page of the BARS website.  If the decision is made at too late of time to notify people, there will be someone posted at Fire Station # 5 to redirect people to the new location.  (presuming you haven't already received the information On-Air from listening on the repeater).  

Thank you for being understanding and flexible during this road construction situation.

- BARS Board. 

Other Local Calendar Events:

If you have information about other local calendar events - send an email to webmaster@k9bar.org 

Information provided to BARS members from BARS members.


The Northern IL Amateur Radio Training & Testing Team - 
NIARTT - Future Class Schedule:

2020 - Technicain / General Class License Training Course 

The next Northern Illinois Amateur Radio Training and Testing (NIART) Training Course Dates are not yet scheduled.   It is being planned to be in Spring 2020.  The NIARTT Team will again be working with the Bolingbrook Amateur Radio Society (BARS) and the Chicago Suburban Radio Association (CSRA) for their next course.

Keep an eye on the NIARTT website at:  www.niartt.org 
or Contact the NIARTT Team by email:  niartt.73@gmail.com 


NIARTT - Amateur Radio Class License Training Course
Visit NIARTT website at:  www.niartt.org
or Email NIARTT at:  niartt.73@gmail.com  

 For more information you can also visit the BARS Education Page on:  www.k9bar.org  at  www.k9bar.org/index.php/education


BARS Monthly Newsletter:   CQ BARS

   SEPTEMBER 2019   AUGUST 2019        JULY 2019  
  2019 09 Sep CQ BARS wrd sc Newsletter   08 Aug 2019 CQ BARS    07 Jul CQ BARS 2019 web tbnl   


Education Update:

Our Amateur Radio License Training Courses have Concluded.

With the current Corona Virus COVID-19 Pandemic situation, and the Socail Distancing and Shelter-in-Place regulations, both BARS and NIARTT (Northern IL Amateur Radio Training & Testing) are suspending ALL Amateur Radio License Training Courses, until further Notice!

We suggest if you are working towards your Ham Radio License, or wishing to Upgrade your  license, that you spend this at home time to Study using our favorite Ham Web Study tool - HamStudy.org.   

Our Study Tips: 
It is always best to break things into small pieces to digest and learn.  This means to study chapter by chapter, module by module.   
        1. Read - Through all the questions of just one Module at a time.
            - Don't Forget - Turn OFF the Distractive (Wrong) Answers when you read.
        2. Do Flash Cards - Go through and do the Flash Cards on the Module you just read.
            - Once you get to about 90% correct on the Flash Cards - 
        3. Move  

Saturday - September 21 
-through-  November 23, 2019
9 am - 12 noon

Held at the Golden Corral in Aurora - 4270 E. New York St.

TO REGISTER - GO TO:  http://niartt.org/register 

For More Information - See:  Education Info



Every  FIRST  THURSDAY Night of the month at   8:30 PM

Immediately following

The BARS - Weekly Information & Traffic Net at 8 PM  

BARS MONTHLY SKYWARN Training Nets are NOW ACTIVE - Monthly Scheduled: First Thursday of the month in October -through- March

BARS Weekly SKYWARN Training Nets are INACTIVE - Weekly Schedule:  First Thursday in March -through- Last Thursday in September


You don't want to miss a thing....

See ALL the BARS Upcoming Events on our  Events Calendar

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Interested in Amateur Radio? 
Here's an interesting article about Amateur Radio and Emergency Comunications.

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The Bolingbrook Amateur Radio Society (BARS) was established in the early 1970's.  We have a strong membership base 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, come visit our meetings and become a Member of our organization.

Please create an account to use this site!  We recommend that you sign up on our site as a "Web Member" to utilize all of our site's features.  PLEASE use your FCC CALLSIGN or real name. If you do not have an Amateur Radio callsign, please use your real name in place of a callsign.  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 ensure transparency of our users in our database.  A valid E-Mail address is required as you must verify receipt of registration email by clicking on a link to validate your registration. 


The Bolingbrook Amateur Radio Society wishes to acknowledge the generous support of:

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 Mayor Roger C. Claar and the
Village of Bolingbrook
The Bolingbrook Police Department The Bolingbrook Fire Department



UPDATED: 04/14/2019 






VHF 147.330




UHF 443.525


114.8 & NAC293


P25/Mixed-Mode Analog


147.330 ↔ 443.525



147.330 ONLY


Node #: 261875

UHF 443.700


Color Code 1 TS1&2


DMR Repeater

VHF 224.540




Sorry for the inconvenience... 

UPDATE: This antenna replacement is now completed, as of: 11/07/2019!

If you have been on the K9BAR Repeater recently, you probably noticed some static and interference occasionally with the VHF Repeater.  As well as the UHF Repeater is completely Down.  We are aware of these issues and are working on getting New Antennas in place which should resolve both of these issues.  Although we don't have an ETA, on exactly when this will happen, it is a work in progress.  We will update you when we have more information.  Until then, please be tollerant of our repeater, and don't let it get to you. 
After all, what is Ham Radio without some static and communication challenges!

Thank you for your understanding. 
- BARS Officers & Board of Directors
Updated: June 27, 2019

All of the K9BAR repeaters are OPEN with emergency power if needed.  All 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 linked 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!

Please remember to ID with your callsign when checking if you can get into the repeater from your location. There has been a lot of ker-chunking of the machines recently. Using your callsign and a statement that you are testing, will help repeater committee members to know that a valid transmission was accessing the repeater and that the signal was not harmful interference or an intermod related issue. Your help would be greatly appreciated!  Also, if using the UHF P25 System, please look at your signal meter before transmitting, there may be a digital QSO in progress.

Please use the repeaters and tell us what you think! We would like to hear from you! Optionally you may drop us a note on our Facebook page and let us know!

BARS is very appreciative for the Village of Bolingbrook's continued support with the 147.330 and 443.525 repeaters!  


BARS is one of the best radio clubs in the Chicagoland area. Visit us on our repeater system for a QSO or join us for a club meeting / event and get to know BARS!



Check the BARS Event Calendar for more Upcoming Events 

Please notify via email to: webmaster@k9bar.org for any corrections. 


until Further Notice.