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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:    

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.

BARA Multi-Band 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, 600 khz negative offset, 94.8 PL tone, for the second round. After the K8YPW repeater round, we go  to the BARA  K8BMI Yaesu Fusion repeater on 442.725 mhz,  5 mhz positive offset, 94.8  PL tone, (please use analog mode) 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,  5 mhz positive offset (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 at 7:30pm (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 monthly BARA  club meetings are again now being held at the EOC. 

BARA Club MeetingThe 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. 

The meetings begin at 7:00p.m. and everyone is welcome to come at 6:30 to chat and socialize.  We  meet in EOC basement meeting room. Unless you need to use the elevator,  enter through the door at the front of the building near the flagpole and take the stairway to the basement.  When you get downstairs, go to the other end of the hallway to find the meeting room.  If you need to use the elevator, you will enter the building via the doorway on the East end of the building. Ring the doorbell by the door and someone will answer you.  Tell them you are there for the Ham Radio club meeting You will hear a click when they unlock the door.  Then enter and listen for another click as they unlock the next door ahead of you.  After you enter this second door, you’ll see the elevator to the basement to your right.

NOTE: We do not hold a meeting in December, but instead we normally hold our club Holiday dinner at a local restaurant, usually sometime during the first or second week of 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.  The restaurant is located about 250 yards east of the intersection of M-179 and Patterson Road. Anyone with an interest in amateur radio is invited to join us for breakfast.  Currently, we try to provide an accurate number of breakfast attendees to the restaurant management by noon on the day before the breakfast. Club members receive a reminder to RSVP via email and on the club Facebook Group page. Non members may RSVP via our email link on this website or on our Facebook Group page.

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