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 available to provide radio communications to other local non-profits who operate in the public interest. We are an Active ARRL Affiliated Amateur Radio Club.

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.

Mission Statement

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

Weekly Radio Net

The KARO ECHO Training Net is every Thursday evening at 1900 (or after the WCCC ARES/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). The December 12, 2022 meeting will be a hybrid meeting on both ZOOM and in-person. Elections of the 2023 officers will be held. Contact info at karoecho dot net for the zoom link.

KARO ECHO 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 Zoom 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 requesting the ZOOM link.

Meeting Minutes are archived at the bottom of our PAST EVENTS page

Past Newsletters are available on our documents page.

To learn more about KARO ECHO, you can read our Constitution, our Disaster Communications Plan, Past minutes, or browse our newsletters.

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 info@karoecho.net)