Home of KARO ECHO Ham radio ASSOCIATION
Welcome to the Home of W6ECK serving the El Cerrito and Kensington Communities
KARO ECHO is the acronym for the Kensington Amateur Radio Operators (KARO) and the El Cerrito Ham Operators (ECHO) mutual benefit association, an all-volunteer non-profit tax deductible organization (501c3) of amateur radio operators providing auxiliary communications and related training for the cities of Kensington, El Cerrito, and adjacent areas in the event of a disaster. KARO ECHO works with CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams), but is not an official part of the CERT program. As a 501c3 corporation KARO-ECHO is open to provide radio communications to other local non-profits who operate in the public interest.
Although our focus is on Kensington and El Cerrito and surrounding areas, all are welcome to train with us. KARO ECHO provides hands-on practical training, education, and biannual Simulated Emergency Tests (SETs) emphasizing best practices.
To provide skilled radio operators who can deliver reliable and effective radio communications for the El Cerrito and Kensington communities.
Approved by the general membership, September 2017
Field Day 2022 - Learn About Amateur Radio & Emergency Communication - Free
The public is invited to learn more about amateur radio at a free outdoor event sponsored by the Kensington Amateur Radio Operators and the El Cerrito Ham Operators (KARO-ECHO) and the East Bay Amateur Radio Club (EBARC). The event will be on Saturday, June 25, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Upper Canyon Trail Park, 6757 Gatto Ave, El Cerrito, CA
Directions: Go up the Hill on Cutting Blvd. Turn Left onto Hagen. Continue 1/2 block to the Y in the road. Go straight forward onto Canyon Trail which turns into Gatto. Follow the coax.
Weekly Radio Net
The KARO ECHO Training Net is every Thursday evening at 1900 (or after the WCCC RACES net, whichever is later) at 146.415 MHz Simplex
Meetings on the Second Monday each Month
KARO ECHO meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at 1900 (7:00 PM)
at the Kensington Community Center (KCC), 59 Arlington Ave., Kensington, CA 94707. The KCC is directly East of the Arlington Community Church and directly North of the Kensington Library. See Map. Ample parking is available by turning (East) up Kensington Park Road (at the only traffic light in Kensington). Due to covid-19 precautions, the June Meeting will be held on ZOOM only.
KARO ECHO also provides internet Zoom access to all meetings, thus, KARO ECHO member meetings will also simultaneously take place online using Zoom. Everyone on the KARO ECHO mailing list will receive an invitation link to the meeting by email. To get on our mailing list and receive our Newsletter, please JOIN HERE or send an email to info at KaroEcho.net
Become a Member of KARO ECHO
Yearly dues are $30/year and $40 for a family membership. We are a tax deductible 501(c)3 charitable organization . Use tax ID # 83-3114142. Your donation will help us serve our community. Use the donate button to donate or pay dues online (Paypal), and fill out the registration/signup form under Get Involved/Join. You can get on the mailing list by filling out the signup form without paying membership dues.
Mail and correspondence to:
KARO ECHO -- P.O. Box 2025, El Cerrito, CA. 94530-3651
"Neither snow nor rain, nor sleet, nor heat, nor fire bright, nor gloom of night,
Even though the earth doth shake
Or sunspot flake
Stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds"
~ Herodotus, 500 BCE (revised Karo-Echo version, 2020)
Executive Board Officers:
Emergency Coordinator, Howdy, KE6BEE
President, Howdy, KE6BEE
Treasurer, Annette, KJ6SWK
Secretary/Recorder, Tom, KN6BUY
Vice President , Frans, KJ6IUV
Net Manager, Newsletter Manager, Howdy, KE6BEE
Outreach/PR Manager: Blake, KN6CMP
Member at Large: Hal, KK6NDF
Webmaestro: Rob, K6RJM (e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org)