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. The club is affiliated with the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and is active in the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) and the American Red Cross. B.A.R.S. is the primary point of contact for the National Weather Service office in Louisville for Skywarn communications.
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Summary page describing how B.A.R.S. Members can take action in an emergency. Download/View the BARS Emergency Communications & Club Information Handbook
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     Congratulations to Eddie Hall K4EDH, the Bullitt ARS Amateur of the Year for 2014! Eddie is always a friendly voice on the repeater, lends a big hand with the Greater Louisville Hamfest Association and volunteers with the local Meals on Wheels around Fairdale KY.
     The Golden Mike Award went to Ray Tillman, K4RDE. Ray spends quite a bit of time on the air, especially on the club repeaters and provides a friendly and welcoming voice to newbys as well as old timers.
     Finally, the infamous Golden Screwdriver Award went to Larry Rodan, K4LLR. After getting new tubes installed in his Kenwood 520, he placed the rig in the tune position and allowed himself to be distracted. He discovered his error 2 days and 2 failed tubes later.

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Solar Flux: 206 | Ap: 14 | Kp 5

Space weather for the past 24 hours has been minor. Geomagnetic storms reaching the G1 level occurred. Radio blackouts reaching the R1 level occurred.

Space weather for the next 24 hours is predicted to be minor. Geomagnetic storms reaching the G1 level are expected. Radio blackouts reaching the R1 level are expected.

(0000 UTC) 6h hi M1.2(0718Z 12/21) 24h hi M1.2(0718Z 12/21)

SSN: 159 (12/21/2014)

Solar Wind: 387 km/s @ 11.0 protons/cm3 Bz: 2014 Dec 09 1853Z at -3.9 nT

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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 U-Stuff-It Storage on the left. Becknell Hall is immediately on your left, just after the storage facility.

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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 a B.A.R.S. Membership Application, which may be picked up at any of our meetings or downloaded from our web site. (Adobe Reader is needed view or print this application.)

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 membership period is from January 1 through December 31. Dues are as follows:

  Over 62 Years Old  $15 per year*
  Handicapped per FCC Rules  $15 per year*
 All Others  $25 per year**
  Under Age 18 Years Old  No Cost***
 Additional Family Members  $5 per year (not pro-rated)
* 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

An associate (non-voting) membership is available to unlicensed individuals for $5 per year, not pro-rated. Full membership requires applicant to hold an amateur radio license.

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What If I'm Not A Ham?

That's fine. 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.

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Contact Information

Send Bullitt Amateur Radio Society - KY4KY
P.O. Box 580
Shepherdsville, KY 40165-9998
Email the B.A.R.S. Club!

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Sunday, 8:00PM - Fellowship Net
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