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!


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 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 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 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:

 bolingbrook logo BPD BFD
 Mayor Roger C. Claar and the
Village of Bolingbrook
The Bolingbrook Police Department The Bolingbrook Fire Department



UPDATED: 07/10/2017 






VHF 147.330





UHF 443.525


114.8 & NAC293


P25/Mixed-Mode Analog


147.330 ↔ 443.525


Still working on this....


147.330 ONLY




Color Code 1, TS1 & TS2


VHF 224.540




All of the K9BAR repeaters are OPEN 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 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!  




DMR Repeater coverage in Bolingbrook!


 BARS, in partnership with the Motorola Amateur Radio Club  (MARC), is proud to bring DMR digital coverage to Bolingbrook and the surrounding area and to be part of the DMR-MARC network!

 Many Thanks to MARC and key individuals for their help and support in this endeavor!  

The BARS 443.700+ repeater has been changed over to DMR digital use only.


DMR Repeater Information

K9BAR 443.700 +5 MHz Color Code 1

Time Slot Talkgroup Name Area Activation
1 8 Tri-State 11 Repeaters in IL, IN, WI PTT with 10 min inactivity timeout
2 3 North America North America PTT with 10 min inactivity timeout
2 9 Talk Linked Reflector 24/7
2 13 Worldwide English Worldwide 24/7
2 4XXX* Reflectors Various 1st PTT
2 4000 Disconnect Local Repeater 1st PTT
2 5000 Status Local Repeater 1st PTT

* View Reflectors Here

View DMR+ Reflector Instructions Here


Updated as of 4/17/2017


 Refer to the DMR-MARC networked repeater map for other repeaters in the area!

WHAT IS DMR? Click here for more info! 

While it is understandable that every ham wants to play with their new toy as soon as they get it, it is strongly suggested that you should learn all you can regarding programming your DMR radio.  A radio codeplug obtained from someone else will almost never be quite what you wanted or need. Therefore knowing the nuances to radio programming will minimize making mistakes and confusion. Feel free to ask any BARS member on DMR for help!

It is also suggested that you learn as much as you can about the networks that make up the worldwide DMR network. Knowing your equipment and how the network operates will make your experiences on the DMR network a much more enjoyable one.

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!