KARO ECHO Handbooks, Checklists and other Documentation


Primer for New Licensed Hams in El Cerrito/Kensington: Getting Started

Recommended Base, Portable, and Mobile Dual Band Antennas for Newbies

Base, portable, and mobile antennas for vhf/uhf disaster communications (more detail)

Primer on the Pros and Cons of Handheld, Mobile, Portable, and/or Fixed Station Operations


KARO-ECHO TRAINING GUIDE Based on the Four Levels of Skill (Detailed long form)

The ABCs of Battery Power

KARO ECHO Go Kit / Checklist Recommendations. This Go-Kit is based on the above four types of deployment (Level A, Advanced B, Extra C, and MAT Qualified).

KARO/ECHO Simplified three page Jump Kit (Go-Kit) Check-List

A Jump-Kit Check-List with Extensive Discussion/Explanation

Karo-Echo Disaster Communications Plan


KARO-ECHO Net Script

Net Operations and Procedures

KARO/ECHO How to Work a Directed Net Click here

Critique/Cold Wash/Debriefing: Lessons Learned on the September 30, 2018 KaroEcho SET

KaroEcho Sept 30, 2018 SET Broadsheet. Detailed SET Info Sheet Here -- Held in parallel with the KE CERT Drill

Fundamentals of Net Control (based on lessons learned since the 2018 SET (by KM6UCF, KE6BEE, and NI6A)

Using Q signals and Handling Instructions (the HX field in the ARES message form preamble)


The Role of a Message Center and Message Center Manager

Role of a Neighborhood District Radio Communications Coordinator (DRCC) in Creating and Maintaining Neighborhood Comm Hubs

Emergency Communications Field Operations Manual and Handbook (Karo-Echo) (Rev 04/2020)

Definitions of ARES Message Precedence Designators (Emergency, Priority, Welfare, and Routine).

Formal Written Traffic versus Point to Point Verbal Tactical Comms: When to write it down and when not to

Battery Emergency Power Operations

A list of Relevant VHF and UHF SIMPLEX Frequencies in our area

Message Handling Best Practices This is a detailed, advanced, and rigorous Instructional guide. (see Chapt. 8 of KE Field Operations Handbook)

Obtaining Fills efficiently in Message Handling (short easy to understand primer)

Using ICS-213 Form Made Simple

Comparing ICS-213 Message Form with the ARRL Message Form (a very short critique)

A Breakdown of the Elements of the ARRL/ARES Standard Message Form Made Simple for Dummies!

A Short Example Why We Use the ARES/ICS Modified/hybrid Message Form

Utilizing the FOUR Time/Date Stamps of the KE Modified form 213, with clarifications on word count (check).

A Succinct Presentation of How to Use Prowords, Get Fills, Use Op Notes, and Handling Instructions Based on the 03/25/2021 Net

Sample Forms

The KARO-ECHO HYBRID/Modified ARES/RACES MESSAGE FORM as fillable PDF or in MS Word format

ICS 309 Communications Log Form (PDF)

ICS-309 KE-ARES Fillable Log Form (MS Word)

ICS-213 (pdf) (fillable PDF) (Word)

ICS-213 Fillable. docx

CERT FRS/GMRS Radio Operations and Guides (for Rote Beginners and Advanced)

Disaster Communications Primer for El Cerrito/Kensington CERT Trainees (Short Form)

Graphic Diagram of Emergency Communications Tiers Depicting how FRS/GMRS Interoperates with Ham radio and the EOC

A Detailed Introduction Using Family Radio Service (FRS) and General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) Radios for Disaster Communications (Long Form)

How to Run a CERT FRS/GMRS Directed Net Operation Control Operation on Tier 2 (to and from Blocks to Area ICPs)

FRS and GMRS Channel/Frequency and Power Limitation Chart according to the most recent November 2017 FCC Rules

Quick 1 page guide for FRS/GMRS radio operations. If you read only one page, read this one.

What Radio Equipment is Desired for FRS, GMRS, and Ham Radio EmComm Use?

Club Info

KaroEcho Constitution/Charter (Approved October 8, 2018)

KaroEcho Past Minutes (See the bottom of Past Events Page)

KARO ECHO Newsletters

KARO ECHO Treasurer Reports