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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.

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

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.

The event will feature hands-on demonstrations of amateur radio equipment where visitors will be able to make voice contact with operators in other parts of the country or watch experienced “ham” radio operators sending digital emails through the radio and making long-distance contacts using Morse Code. Over 40,000 amateur radio operators across North America will be online for this annual celebration of amateur radio known as ARRL Field Day.

Amateur radio is a great hobby for the whole family and amateur radio operators also play an important role in natural disasters and other emergency situations. Even when the cell phone towers and Internet are down, amateur radio operators are able to communicate over long distances using battery-powered transmitters like the ones that will be demonstrated on Field Day. Learn more at this free and fun event. Detailed information for this Field Day event.

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

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)