Welcome to BARA, the Barry Amateur Radio Association, established in 1955. BARA is an ARRL affiliated club in Barry County, Michigan, which is located in the southwestern part of the Lower Peninsula. Our club is composed of a group of people who enjoy sharing their knowledge of ham radio, serving our community, and just good old rag chewing. We are a very diverse group of individuals, each bringing something unique and enriching to our club and to amateur radio. Our doors are always open to new members.
Ongoing Events and Announcements
Weekly Nets: Note the time changes for our Thursday evening nets!
The YL net now starts at 7:00 p.m. local time year round. The 2 meter/70 cm. FM net now starts at 7:30 p.m. local time year round.
YL Chat – The ladies get together on the club simplex frequency, 146.560 MHZ, Thursday evenings, 30 minutes before the club-wide net -7:00PM -to talk about knitting, sewing or what ever comes up from a ladies point of view. It’s the Ham Radio version of a “girls night out”. Net control operator is usually Jean KC8UJA.
2 Meter/70 cm. FM Net-Join us on the club frequency 146.560 MHz simplex for the first round at 7:30 PM each Thursday for the weekly BARA net. After the first round of comments, we QSY (change frequency) to the K8YPW repeater on 146.840 MHz – 94.8 PL tone, for the second round. After the K8YPW repeater round, we go to the BARA repeater on 442.725 MHz with PL tone 94.8 (analog) for the wrap up. Net control operator is usually Ron KC8SFQ
Fusion C4FM net-every Wednesday evening at 7:30pm on the K8BMI Yaesu Fusion repeater-442.725 MHZ (no tone needed for digital mode). Please use only digital mode for this net. The antenna for the repeater is located on the tower at the Barry County EOC at 2600 Nashville Rd. Hastings MI Net control operator is usually Jim AC8AZ.
Our repeater is available for everyone to use. You don’t need to be a BARA member. The repeater is currently set to AMS mode, so it can be used in digital or analog mode. In the not too distant future, we plan to add Wires-X capability to the repeater.
6 meter SSB net-every Tuesday evening (except on BARA club meeting night which is the Tuesday following the 3rd Saturday of every month) on 50.140 MHZ. Net control operator is usually Jay (Floyd) KD8LNO.
All Amateur Radio operators are invited to join in on any of our nets! You do not need to be a club member to participate.
The BARA club meetings will NOT be held at the EOC until further notice. Due to the ongoing coronavirus concerns, the meetings will be online meetings held via the internet using the Zoom conferencing app. Club members will be provided with information needed to take part in the meetings.
BARA Club Meeting – The Tuesday after the 3rd Saturday of the month, 7:00 PM meeting start time, with a 6:30 PM informal “Gathering Time” at the Barry County Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The EOC is located in the basement of the E911 Central Dispatch building at 2600 Nashville Rd, Hastings (next to Thornapple Manor). Click here for map. Facing the building, go to the door on the left. Press the doorbell button near the door and pull the door open when you hear a click. Use 146.56 MHz simplex for talk-in, if you need directions.
NOTE: We do not hold a meeting in December
BARA Breakfast – Second Saturday of each month, 8:00 AM at Curley Cone 12850 M-179 Wayland MI 49348. Phone number 269-792-6560. Anyone with an interest in amateur radio is invited to join us for breakfast. At this time, due to the Covid-19 situation, we are not holding our monthly club breakfast. Stay tuned for further updates. Hopefully we’ll be able to resume in the near future.