When setting up your account please use your Amateur Radio Callsign for your Username. If you do not have a callsign, please use your Real Name. A VALID email address is required in order to complete your registration. If you do not reply to the registration confirmation, you will be deleted! Thank you!


    BARS  Announcements!

2019 - General Class License Course
Saturday - September 21, 2019

 Do you want to upgrade your license to a General Class License?      

Throughout the year, BARS offers multi-week Amateur Radio License training classes FREE for people wishing to prepare for either their first amateur radio license or for a license upgrade. 

This General class will  be presented by the Northern Illinois Amateur Radio Training and Testing (NIART).  This education collaboration is in association with the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and with local clubs which include: The Bolingbrook Amateur Radio Society (BARS) the Chicago Suburban Radio Association (CSRA) and the Fox River Radio League (FRRL).  This is a FREE 10-Week Training Course to help you receive or upgrade your Ham license. You don't need to be a Ham to attend this course!  We Welcome unlincesed students. 

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 NIARTT - Amateur Radio Class License Training Course

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

Course Dates:     Sept 21 -thru- Nov 23, 2019

When:                 Saturday Mornings
         Time:                  9:00 AM -to- 12:00 PM (noon)

Where:               Golden Corral in Aurora
                           4270 E New York Street, Aurora, IL 60504
BARS, CSRA, and  FRRL club members are invited to come early, eat breakfast, and offer their support.

This course will be using the ARRL offers the General Class License Manual 9th Edition.   
Textbook URL: http://www.arrl.org/shop/ARRL-General-Class-License-Manual-9th-Edition/  

See you there!

This Course is presented by:   
 NIARTT -  Northern IL Ameteur Radio Training & Testing 
-- website: www.niartt.org 
In affiliation with:    ARRL -  American Radio Relay League
-- website: www.arrl.org 
        BARS - Bolingbrook Amateur Radio Society -- website: www.k9bar.org 
        CSRA - Chicago Suburban Radio Association-- websitewww.craham.com  
        FRRL - Fox River Radio League--  website: www.frrl.org 

BARS Next Monthly Meeting:  Monday September 16, 2019

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 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:

Sep 21 - Bring the Freedom 5K, in New Lenox  -  7 AM - 10 AM
Sep 29 - Ham in a Day, in Braidwood  -  9 AM - 6 PM
Oct 6 - CASA 10K/8K/5K Races, in New Lenox  -  7:45 AM - 10:30 AM
Oct 13 - Chicago Marathon, email contact for details and registraton
Oct 19 - Frankfort Haunted Hustle Race, Hilda Walker School, in Frankfort  -  7:45 AM - 9:30 AM

Contact:  Jerry Watts - K9LOT, Emergency Coordinator, Will County ARES, k9lot1@gmail.com 

Information provided thanks to: Greg Morley - KD9LDD


BARS - Needs Your Help for....

The Bolingbbrook - Cheesy Pretzel 5K Run & 1 Mile Fun Walk - 2019

The Bolingbbrook's  Annual 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk -
previously called the "Heart Haven Hussle" is now the "Cheesy Pretzel" - (yeah a bit of a silly name).  Regardless of what Bolingbrook wants to call their Annual 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk  -  BARS has been asked to assist as we've done in the past with the Route Communications. 


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if you plan to work this Event as a BARS Special Event Communication Monitor - 
Plan to be at the BARS Event MUSTER-POINT for a PRE-EVENT Meetings and  Location Assignments at: 

     Muster-Point Location:        Bolingbrook Promenade 
                                                      619 East Boughton Road, Bolingbrook, IL 60440

     Pre-Event Briefing Time:     6:30 AM   

Please register via the Event Calendar page on the K9BAR website.  (link below)


Bolinginbrook -       Cheesy Pretzel  5K Run & 1 Mile Walk   
                                        (previously known as Heart Haven Hussle)

          DATE:     October 13, 2019

          TIME:      6:30 AM

          LOCATION:   Bolingbrook Promenade 
                                     619 East Boughton Road, Bolingbrook, IL 60440

 Bolingbrook's  Cheesy Pretzel 5K  -  October 13, 2019  -  8 AM  Race Start Time

 BARS Route Monitors:
need to meet at the Bolingbrook Pramanade at:  6:30 AM

Talk-in Frequency:  BARS VHF Repeater: 
147.330 | +600 KHz Offset | 107.2 PL

To Sign Up - Contact:  Dan McGowan, KN9E
email:  kn9e@comcast.net

See You There!!

For more information - visit the k9bar Event Calendar:  http://www.k9bar.org/index.php/events/events-calendar


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Education Update:

Our NEXT Amateur Radio License Training Course will be STARTING SOON! 

The General License CLASS Course will be on:

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 THURSDAY Night at   8:30 PM

Immediately following

The BARS - Weekly Information & Traffic Net at 8 PM  
BARS Weekly SKYWARN Training Nets are ACTIVE - 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...  
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!