Club Membership

To join BARS, fill out the application and the link below and mail it to the address provided on the form.  Payment can be mailed with the form, or made via the PayPal Donate button below using the $26 preset amount and noting the payment is for membership dues..

BARS Membership Application

Our Club is proud to carry on the legacy of Fred Keirstead, K4TN (SK).

Amateur Radio Activities

Friendly relationships

If you're looking for a friendly group that shares your interest in Amateur Radio, we get together informally several times a week for breakfast or coffee and bagels in the Brandon, Florida area.  See our About Us Page for more information.




And Repair


2 Meters - 147.165 + (136.5 Hz)

(Analog FM)

Echolink: N4DLW-R Node 851343

​• 440 MHz - 443.500 + (127.3 Hz)

(Analog FM + Digital Fusion)


Welcome to the Brandon Amateur Radio Society (BARS).​  BARS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has served Brandon, Valrico, Mango, Seffner, Palm River, Gibsonton, Riverview, and the East Tampa area for over 40 years providing public service and emergency preparedness communications.  ​We serve our community by providing communications for events like the Brandon Fourth of July Parade, and participate in Emergency Communications through Hillsborough County ARES/RACES.


​​• Monday Night Net
     2-Meters  on K4TN/R              8:00 PM

​• Tuesday Night Nets
     6-Meters   50.200 MHz USB   7:00 PM

     10-Meters  28.365 MHz USB   8:00 PM

​• Friday Night Round Table
​     80-Meters    3.830 MHz LSB    7:00 PM

License Testing

If the BARS testing sessions listed below do not meet your needs, you can search for additional testing sessions on the ARRL web site.

For More Information and Frequently Asked Questions about license testing click here

Dates: For 2023, we will provide Amateur Radio ​testing at 11:00 AM on the following dates:

  • January 7
  • February 4
  • March 4
  • April 1
  • May 6
  • June 3
  • August 5
  • October 7
  • November 4

       (Dates are the first Saturday of the month)
Location: 401 Pauls Drive, Brandon, FL 33511
                    (Map to the testing location)

NOTE: Until further notice, preregistration is required.
: Karen, K4KZF