BARA is an organization dedicated to all aspects of amateur radio, including communications technology, emergency communication, electronics (hobby,   experimentation, robotics, etc.) and community service. BARA dates to at least 1915, by which
time its predecessor the Binghamton Progressive Radio Association had

BARA meetings are held at Kopernik Observatory and Science Center on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7 PM. Everyone is welcome!

Membership is open to anyone interested in radio and electronics technology.

The Binghamton Amateur Radio Association, Inc. is an ARRL-affiliated club.

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Upcoming Events

April 27, 2024
  • International Marconi Day

    April 27, 2024  9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Marconi Tower, Lewis St, Binghamton_NY

    BARA is spearheading an effort to participate again in International Marconi Day, celebrating Guglielmo Marconi's substantial contribution to the invention of radio, which is held annually on the Saturday closest to Marconi's birthday. Participating stations are located at historic sites related to Marconi's life & career as BARA's will be operating from the historic Marconi Tower next to the baseball stadium and train station in downtown Binghamton. Photos and logs from previous years are posted to

    BARA will operate using the Special Event callsign K2M (details at Many of the details (shelter, power, landowner permission, porta-john, official registration, and obtaining the 1x1 callsign) have already been taken care of and I trust that the remaining needs (rigs, antennas) will easily be met. I'm writing to encourage you to join in the fun that day, if even for a little while. It's a great, non-competitive event to practice our emergency communications setups (there are always lessons learned when setting up portable outdoor systems) and a splendid opportunity to publicize our club and a little-known but significant local historic site.

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  • Kopernik Race to the Stars

    April 27, 2024  6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Kopernik Observatory Science, 698 Underwood Rd, Vestal_NY

    If you'd like to volunteer, please email Ford Drake 
    Kopernik Race to the Stars 5K Road Race is an annual fundraiser started in 2018. Join us for this special 5K road race through the hills surrounding the Observatory. We invite all to participate by sponsoring, donating, running, and cheering your friends and family on! For more information and a link to online registration, please go to:

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May 5, 2024
  • Greater Binghamton Bridge Run

    May 5, 2024  7:30 am - 11:00 am
    Please contact Ford AB2HS if you would like to help out with radio communications.

    The Greater Binghamton Bridge Run is an annual running event that starts on Henry Street in Binghamton_NY. The event attracts runners from across the region and is known for its scenic route across the city's bridges, including the famous "Double-Arch" Bridge. Participants can choose to run a 5K, 10K, or half marathon and the event offers both in-person and virtual options for runners to participate. The race is organized by the Triple Cities Runners Club and has become a popular tradition in the local running community. You can register for this event on their website ( either in-person or virtually.

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May 15, 2024
  • Volunteer Exam (VE) Test Session

    May 15, 2024  6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Kopernik Observatory Science, 698 Underwood Rd, Vestal, NY

    Please bring your FRN number (for upgrades: a photocopy of your current license) to the test session, along with a government-issued photo ID. Walk-ins Accepted.

    Please create an FCC account if you don't already have an FRN number. 

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  • BARA Monthly Club Meeting

    May 15, 2024  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Kopernik Observatory Science, 698 Underwood Rd, Vestal, NY

    Everyone is welcome to attend as BARA meetings are open to all. The only prerequisite for attending is an interest in Amateur Radio. In addition, you will have the opportunity to meet other ham radio operators in your area and learn from their experiences as well. Can’t attend in person? Join us virtually via Zoom! Click here to Join the Zoom MeetingDon’t miss this opportunity to expand your knowledge, make new friends, and celebrate the world of Ham Radio. We can’t wait to see you there!

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