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    BARS  Announcements!


   BARS - Winter Field Day

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Come Join BARS for Winter Field Day!
24-hours of non-stop Radio Operating!

Join BARS as we participate in the Winter Field Day Association 
where Hams conduct a Winter-Time test of Radio Equipment, 
Communication Skills, and Emergency Readiness during the Winter.  

 Saturday - January 25, 2020
 Sunday - January 26, 2020 


  11 AM - Saturday   (approx.)
   2 PM - Sunday   (approx.)
 Where:  Fire Station # 5 
    1900 Rodeo Dr., 
Bolingbrook, IL 60490
 (same location as BARS monthly meetings)

Bring any Radio Equipment you want to set up to test or show off.

To help out or for questions - Contact:  
Field Day Chairman:   Pat Smith - N9TBD 
on BARS Repeater - or email - n9tbd@arrl.net 


It's a COOL Blast of Radio FUN in the middle of Winter!

See you at Winter Field Day!

Why?  Because National Disasters, Severe Weather, and Community Readiness - 
doesn't always happen in good weather days in daylight!

2019 BARS Awards Page  


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 Next  Monthly Meeting:  Monday January 20, 2020

BARS Monthly Meeting


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.


BARS Monthly Newsletter:   CQ BARS

   SEPTEMBER 2019   AUGUST 2019        JULY 2019  
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Education Update:

Our CURRENT Amateur Radio License Training Course started but it's NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN!

The General License CLASS Course:

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


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 replacement is in progress now, 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!