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:
UPDATED: 07/21/2014 08:53 AM Central
BARS VHF Repeater - 147.330 | + Offset | PL Tone - 107.2 - UP, 80% operational
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 AND RUNNING
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!
07/28/2014 - REPEATER STATUS
• 147.330 BARS 2m repeater [ 80% OPERATIONAL] - BARS has not been updated with the current status of duplexer. Please note that the repeater can still experience periods of noisy transmissions until the duplexer is changed out.
07/21/2014 update - The replacement antenna is installed! Close examination of the old antenna showed three vertical fractures in the fiberglass radome. The fractures were located approximately 12" from the joint where the fiberglass radome is joined with the metal mounting base. The area of the fracture would definitely allow water to seep into the radome, especially when there are high winds causing the radome to flex.
There also was a problem with the new duplexer again! Sadly the old duplexer that we had in storage was not in better shape than the new one. The new duplexer is going to be assessed for repair or replacement. A revised status update will be made as soon as we have more information.
Thanks to everyone for their patience and assistance while working through the VHF repeater issues. Note that while the repeater may sound the same at this time, there were multiple problems this time. BARS is very hopeful that once we have the duplexer checked out and returned into service, the repeater issues will be over for quite a while!
• 443.525 BARS 440 repeater [UP] - The BARS UHF repeater has been placed back into service! Please use the repeater and report any issues that you may experience. BARS wants to thank all members and visiting amateur radio operators for their understanding and patience during the outage.
We are very appreciative for the Village of Bolingbrook's assistance with the repeaters! We hope to have the 2 meter duplexer back very soon!
SKYWARN NET INFORMATION:
Primary Skywarn operations will be conducted on the BARS UHF 443.525 repeater until further notice. 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 443.525 repeater, 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!
Amateur Radio Volunteers your help is requested! Special event station K2BSA will be in operation during Scout AirFest 2014, one of the largest Boy Scout events in Northern Illinois this year. Promote Amateur Radio and help a scout earn their merit badge! Click here for more information.
Event: AirFest 2014
Organization: Rainbow Council Boy Scouts of America
Date: August 8-10, 2014
Location: Lewis University Airport
With nearly 3,750 registered Scouters, AirFest is one of the largest Scout events in Northern Illinois this year. Volunteers are needed to work 4 hour shifts on one of our four HF voice, CW, and PSK radio stations at Lewis University Airport in Romeoville.
Our primary objective is introducing young men to radio communications, electronics, and related professional fields. The K2BSA operation is a great way to do this. Hams also have a unique opportunity to operate on one of America's most recognized amateur radio call signs.
Would you volunteer as a control operator and be an ambassador of the hobby?
Please visit the following link and register as a volunteer today.
Look under the AirFest 2014 heading and click on AirFest Radio Station.
Brian McDaniel, KC4LMD