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!
08/01/2014 - 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!
• 443.525 BARS 440 repeater [ UP ] - The BARS UHF repeater has been placed back into service! Please be aware that the UHF repeater is operating on carrier squelch (i.e. PL receive squelch is not set on). So there will be times that a distant repeater signal may cause intermittent interference because of this. BARS will be coordinate a date to visit the repeater site to correct this. We will update this status when more information becomes available.
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!
*** VOLUNTEERS NEEDED THIS SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 2014 ***
Date: September 14, 2014, 2:00pm CT
Organization: Village of Bolingbrook
Location: Bolingbrook, IL
[PUBLIC SERVICE EVENT] Amateur radio volunteers are needed for the Pathways Parade! This year's parade theme is "Let the Good Times Roll". This event will proceed rain or shine. Please reserve this date on your calendar and join us!
Any amateur radio volunteer wishing to work this event can contact the BARS event coordinator by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact the event coordinator to obtain detailed information for this event.
Hover your cursor over the EVENTS tab and then select Public Service.
Links to public information about the Pathways Parade may be found on the Public Service page.