Beaches Amateur Radio Society
The Beaches Amateur Radio Society (BARS) is an association of amateur radio operators living in and around the beaches of Jacksonville, FL. The beaches include Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra Beach. All persons with any interest in learning about amateur radio are welcome to any of our events!
We meet every month on the 4th Thursday evening of the month. Typically we meet at the Knights of Columbus in Jacksonville Beach.
We also have a regular breakfast meeting on the first Saturday of each month. We meet at Bob Evans Restaurant on Hodges Blvd just south of Beach Blvd.
Our regular meetings include radio oriented discussions and some kind of educational program and are open to the public. If you want to learn more about amateur radio and becoming a “Ham”, please attend one of our meetings!
We are good communicators! If you are having a public event where safety and and communications are important, we may be able to help. Hams assist in events such as triathlons, bike races, parades, foot races and air shows. Of course all that practice is just preparing us for the emergencies that we hope will never happen. Let us know if we can help with your event.
BARS owns and operates one of the amateur radio repeaters at the Beaches of Jacksonville. Our repeater operates on 145.35 and is open to the all amateur operators. If you would like to help support our efforts to maintain repeater coverage at the Beaches, please join BARS!
If you are a new ham and would like to borrow some equipment to get started with please join BARS and take advantage of our equipment loaner program.
We announce meetings, gatherings and special events through the following social networking sites.
Our next meeting will be 7pm on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at the Knights of Columbus in Jacksonville Beach. (map)
The next breakfast meeting will be 8am on Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 at the Bob Evans Restaurant at Hodges and Beach Blvd. All are welcome! (map)
Weekly Simplex Net
Every Tuesday night at 7 PM we hold a simplex net on 146.46. Usually we have no tone on the net but sometimes we experiment with adding 67.0 tone. This net is in preparation for emergency use.
UHF Repeater on the air
The BARS UHF repeater is back in operation. It is operating on 444.875/127.3. Many thanks to Donny, KM4CTB and Miller, W4EMN for making this happen.