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!
10/10/2014 - 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 ] - October 10, 2014 The BARS UHF repeater configuration was checked and corrected for CTCSS decode and encode operation. This should help to minimize some of the interference that has been occuring due to conditions. Please note that if you are on the 440 machine, your audio will sound a bit "hot". The repeater committe is aware of this and will address this issue as soon as they are able. Speaking a bit farther awy from the mic or lower your mic gain can help with this until this issue is addressed.
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!
BARS repeater system update - October 10, 2014 4:00pm
BARS members (in no particular order) Ryan (W9UEY), Nathan (W6NJB), and Adam (KE4ENH) worked at the BARS linked repeater site today. The main focus for the work was to correct the UHF repeater CTCSS encode / decode setting. This issue has been corrected and the repeater will now look for CTCSS on a received transmission to decode to transmit. The UHF repeater is also encoding CTCSS on its transmissions, so you may set your radios to decode CTCSS if you prefer this method of opening your radio's squelch during repeater activity.
Some other maintenence related items were performed and the repeater committe is happy to report that all of the items for today's task list were accomplished! The repeater committee is working diligently (and as fast as we can!) to get the linked repeaters fine tuned and sounding great!
Last, but most certainly not least by any means ... BARS is very appreciative of the Village of Bolingbrook for their continued support!