Announcing the first annual Bullitt ARS Antenna Contest... Here are the rules:
  • Antenna can be designed for any frequency
  • Antenna cannot be made from "traditional" materials
          - in other words no aluminum tubing, copper J poles or wire dipoles
          - think chain link fence, soda cans, guttering, step ladders, etc.
          - if you are concerned about your materials email for clarification
  • Winning antenna will be used on ARRL Field Day to make at least one QSO
  • Winning designer will receive a paid one year membership to the Bullitt ARS
          - current members will receive 2020 dues, non-members will receive 2019 remainder and 2020 dues

    Judging will be at the May 24 Bullitt ARS meeting. All designs will be "swept" with an antenna analyzer to check resonance at the stated frequency. Decisions of the judges will be final. In case of a tie, both antennas will receive the top prize.
  •      Field Day is June 22 & 23 this year (as early as it gets) so make plans now to attend. Do you want to chair a station?
         It's time to start recruiting for operators. We're looking for some hearty souls that want to talk through the night on the SSB station. Also, looking for some talented VHF ops. Drop an email.
    The Bullitt Amateur Radio Society (B.A.R.S.) is a diverse organization of amateur radio operators from around the Bullitt and Jefferson county areas in the state of Kentucky. B.A.R.S. is an ARRL (American Radio Relay League) Affiliated Club. We support ARES and RACES and have a partnership communications room at the Bullitt County American Red Cross to provide an emergency communications point between amateur radio operators throughout the state and the American Red Cross during times of disaster and other communications emergencies. The B.A.R.S. club repeater is used for the SKYWARN® Emergency Net during hazardous weather conditions.
    TAKE ACTION IN AN EMERGENCY - Summary page describing how BARS Members can take action in an emergency.
    Summary page describing how B.A.R.S. Members can take action in an emergency.

    Becknell Hall (Pioneer Village City Hall)
    For additional directions ask anyone on the
    146.700 MHz repeater or view our map.

    Club Meetings

         Regular monthly meetings are at Becknell Hall (pictured right), also known as the Pioneer Village City Hall, located at 4700 Summitt Drive. We meet the third Friday of each month at 7:00 PM, except when special events are scheduled, such as our annual picnic and Christmas party. These events and times will be posted and take the place of our regular meetings.
         Directions: From the Gene Snyder (I-265), take Preston Highway (Hwy 61) south to Bullitt County. Follow Preston to the traffic light before the 84 Lumber. There is a sign indicating the Pioneer Village City Hall to the right. Turn right, this is Summitt Drive. Follow Summitt until you see Mini's U-Stuff-It Self Storage on the left. Becknell Hall is immediately afterwards on your left.

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    Membership Information and Application

         If you would like to join the Bullitt Amateur Radio Society, we would enjoy having you as a part of our club. First, you will need to download a B.A.R.S. Membership Application or pick it up at any of our meetings.
         Mail the application to the address at the top of the form or bring it to one of our monthly meetings or club events. Be sure to include a check made payable to the Bullitt Amateur Radio Society or have correct change if paying in person.

    Our yearly membership period is from January 1 through December 31. Lifetime memberships are also available. Dues are as follows:

     MEMBERSHIP CATEGORYYEARLYLIFETIME
      Over 62 Years Old$15*$225
      Handicapped per FCC Rules$15*$225
     All Others$25**$375
      Under Age 18 Years OldNo Cost***N/A
     Additional Family Members$5 not pro-ratedN/A
     Associate (Non-Ham/Non-Voting)$5 not pro-ratedN/A
    * Pro-rated: $11 May 1-Jul 15; $7 Jul 16-Oct 15; $3.50 Oct 16-Dec 31
    ** Pro-rated: $18 May 1-Jul 15; $12 Jul 16-Oct 15; $6 Oct 16-Dec 31
    *** Must hold an amateur radio license for full membership. (Non-hams do not have voting privileges.)

    Full membership requires applicant to hold an amateur radio license.

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    What If I'm Not A Ham?

         That's okay too. One of the best ways to learn about Amateur Radio is to meet other hams. Drop by one of our meetings, get to know us, let us get to know you and, above all, ask us questions. Hams enjoy sharing what they know about Amateur Radio and want to see others become licensed operators.
         We also have some great help here on the website. How To Study For Your Amateur Radio License provides an introduction to Amateur Radio explaining how to get started, what privileges your license provides and several ways to study for your exam. There are also several videos explaining Amateur Radio and Emergency Services.
         Study Material To Earn Your Technician Class Ham License provides a number of presentations and printouts for downloading and studying. These material are sure to help you ace your test.
         Finally, when you're ready to pass your exam, check out the Louisville Area Amateur Radio Testing Sessions page to find out when and where you can take your test.


    Contact Information
    Send Bullitt Amateur Radio Society - KY4KY
    P.O. Box 580
    Shepherdsville, KY 40165-9998
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