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 for the cities of Kensington and El Cerrito in the event of a disaster. KARO ECHO works with CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams) in Kensington and El Cerrito, 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, 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 RACES net, whichever is later) at 146.415 MHz Simplex

Meetings on the Second Monday each Month

KARO ECHO normally meets in-person on the 2nd Monday of each month at 1900 (7:00 PM) in at Arlington Park Clubhouse. The Arlington Park Clubhouse is located in El Cerrito between Moeser Lane and Potrero Avenue at 1120 Arlington Blvd. 94530, however, as a result of the Covid-19 restrictions on gatherings, KARO ECHO member meetings until future notice will take place online using Zoom, instead of in-person. 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

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.

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. 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, Hal, KK6NDF

  • Treasurer, Larry, KK6GIO

  • Secretary/Recorder, Tom, KN6BUY

  • Vice President , Howdy, KE6BEE

  • Net Manager, Newsletter Manager, Howdy, KE6BEE

  • Outreach/PR Manager: Blake, KN6CMP

  • Member at Large: Annette, KJ6SWK

  • Member at Large: Don, NI6A

  • Webmaestro: Rob, K6RJM (e-mail to info@karoecho.net)