In-Person Meetings

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

The next meeting will be at 1900 July 12, 2021 on Zoom -- Agenda TBA

KARO-ECHO normally meets in person at 7:00 PM on the second Monday of each month at the Arlington Park Clubhouse . PLEASE NOTICE THE TIME CHANGE TO 1900! The Arlington Park Clubhouse is located on Arlington Blvd. in El Cerrito between Moeser Lane and Potrero Avenue at 1120 Arlington Blvd. 94530 All are welcome! Due to the Shelter in Place Orders, KaroEcho will be meeting on Zoom.

Tentative Agenda July 12, 2021 TBD

  • Call to order

    • Introductions

    • Approval of Minutes

    • Approval of Agenda

  • Training and Operations

  • Old business

  • New business

  • Tech./Infrastructure

  • Elmering

  • Treasurer/Funding

  • Outreach/recruiting/web

  • Adjourn

Field Day Saturday June 26 at Upper Canyon Trail Park 1100 - 1900

Field Day is the premier yearly event that integrates the creation of a portable field operation working self-sufficiently off-the grid using emergency power, technical know-how, education, training, community, comradery, and demonstrations pertaining to the art of radio communications be it digital, voice, satellite, Morse code, propagation, or public service. Traditionally, Field Day is held on the last full weekend of June with overnight camping on Friday evening and operations beginning at 1100 on Saturday lasting overnight to 1100 on Sunday.

This year, because of SIP uncertainty KAROECHO will set up at 0700 Saturday at Upper Canyon Trail Park, June 26 , from 11-7. Set up will commence at 7am and take down at 7pm. This is a community effort, and help is very much appreciated. All stations will be operating on battery power. We will have GOTA, VHF/UHF, HF SSB/CW, and HF Digital stations running all day (see videos below). There will be demos on using an Electric vehicle (EV) and inverter to provide emergency power. Also solar photovoltaic battery charging. There will be a demonstration of a completely portable and powerful battery (General Mobile Radio Service ( GMRS) station on wheels with an integral antenna system. Anyone is eligible to operate and there are many slots open for operators to schedule. Also we need help tabling and interfacing with the public. Contact ke6bee at ARRL dot net or ni6a at ARRL dot net to volunteer. See: this spreadsheet and sign up

Field Day Resources including Rules and Resources

The following variegated videos display the diversity in approaches to field day as well as operating procedures.

Field Day Introduction

Operating Procedures on Field Day. Notice W4OT is using QRZ (who is calling me) instead of CQ. Notice "South Florida is more efficient than voicing, sierra foxtrot alpha (phonetically) The demo is a bit wordy, but demonstrates HF Single Sideband (SSB) operation.

Rather than using "CQ Field Day or QRZ Field Day", the pros simply say, "Field Day Field Day Whiskey Six Echo Charlie Kilo".

When responding to a "CQ Field Day" call, immediately voice, "Whiskey Six Echo Charlie Kilo". When acknowledged copy their class and section data, then respond "Two Alpha Echo Bravo". Repeat if needed.


Having Fun on Field Day with the Vaca Valley ARC

Canadians do it better

We will call "CQ Field Day Field Day Whiskey Six Echo Charlie Kilo Field Day" or equivalent. Our exchange will be 2A EB (voiced Two Alpha Echo Bravo) Echo Bravo stands for East Bay Section. Two stands for the number of simultaneous stations operating at any one time (exceptions the GOTA station and bonus VHF/UHF station). We may also operate 3 alpha depending. Stay tuned and jump in!!!

Field Day 2015 LAX

How to log using N3FJP software -- Easy-Peasy

The Intl. Space Station will operate Field Day 2021

Interest Makers and Shakers

When the Chips are Down

Weekly Radio Training and Preparedness Net

The KE Net meets every Thursday (except Thanksgiving and major holidays) at 1900 on 146.415 MHz Simplex, but not before the West Co Co County EmComm/ACS Net finishes on their 145.110 MHz repeater (Tx -600 with a PL 82.5). All hams are welcome.

As always, be ready with pencil and paper. Please come with new relevant announcements. The NCS has a surprise test for us each net. Be ready to change frequency. Please have handy the KaroEcho Hybrid 213 message form. Always be familiar on how to use your radio, keep your batteries charged, and how to change frequency. See related documents in our Training page and in the Operations page on the WORKSTREAMS drop-down menu. Specifically see:

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


The same KARO-ECHO Hybrid ARES/ICS 213 message form as a PDF

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

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 Message Form

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

For past net events see our PAST EVENTS PAGE

NCS schedule of operators

NCS Spreadsheet (public)

Recent Webpage Updates to KaroEcho.Net: New content, links, and files

This file will be updated monthly or when events arise.

June 16 USGS Webinar on the Effect of a Hayward Fault 7.0 Earthquake on Telecommunications

This Zoom presentation is based upon a 7.0 earthquake on the Hayward fault and its impacts upon telecommunications and information and communication technology (ITC) while addressing roles that amateur radio may provide.

The USGS HayWired Scenario is a multi-year effort to model and study impacts on the San Francisco Bay area from a magnitude 7 earthquake on the Hayward Fault. You can read more about it and watch the video here:

David Witkowski W6DTW and Dr. Anne Wein (USGS) have been working on the Telecommunications & ICT chapter of the project, including how a major earthquake would impact the region's communications and computing networks, and some connections with regional RACES/ARES.

As part of their series of webinars on the topic, they will be hosting a free online webinar specifically for the amateur radio audience on June 16th at 7:30pm. It will include an overview and major findings of the HayWired scenario, geographic and sector vulnerabilities for Telecom & ICT, and discussion of policy implications.

The HayWired Connection

Wednesday June 16th, 2021

19:30-21:00 PDT

PDF flyer:

Zoom link:

KaroEcho Mentoring/Elmer Program

Take advantage of this service as it benefits the entire community to have more skilled radio operators in the field. The more questions, the more answers. Please feel free to ask for additional classes and/or help by sending an email to

Also see: for study materials

Winlink Demonstration by Walnut Creek CERT Hams July 6 7pm

Walnut Creek Cert hams have demonstrated VHF Winlink email communications from all our field sites (and Martinez) to the EOC with cooperation from Walnut's Creeks CIO. John k9onr, has lead our technical effort (with help from Sharky ww1ace, and Mike n6jga, our new East Bay Section Manager.

On July 6 at 7pm John will be giving a MDARC auxiliary class with the topic of "An introduction to Winlink". The registration link is

VHF Winlink is a very robust, versatile, and very fast (when using VARA FM Wide as the modem) error free mode. The advantageous use has been demonstrated by Walnut Creek CERT hams ( and others around the nation from Seattle to Florida.

Ham Radio Classes and License Tests in the Bay Area


2018-2022 Technician Class License Exam Pool with errata (pdf)

Technician Class Test Study Guide from KB6NU (PDF)

2019-2023 General Class Pool (pdf)

2020-2024 Extra Class Pool

The ARRL Guides for Obtaining your technician class license

Please Note that Most In Person License Preparation Classes and Exams have been temporarily discontinued because of the SIP. However there are many on-line classes and on-line exams being offered.

'The Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club (MDARC) offers courses and exams. See and Tests are offered at 6 pm before the MDARC regular meeting begins (temporarily postponed due to the Shelter in Place Orders). However, MDARC is offering ZOOM Classes and exams at public parking parking lots.

Oncoming MDARC zoom classes:

Level 1 * Technician License Course-2021 Each Tuesday, (8 sessions)

Level 2 * General Class License Course-2021 All General License Class Sessions, each Tuesday evening, (9 Sessions)

Level 3 * Extra Class License Course-2021 All Extra License Class Sessions, each Tuesday, (10 sessions)

More details:

Also See: Getting Started in Ham Radio: and this online resource:

Postponed- Please check back after the SIP


Walnut Creek CERT Ham Radio Licensing (Ham Cram) & Training Classes:

The Walnut Creek "CERT Ham Radio Licensing (Ham Cram) & Training Classes" are a series of three classes which will give you the skills and knowledge to become a member of Walnut Creek CERT’s radio communications team.

Part 1 -The part 1 class is a one day exercise that prepares you to pass the ham radio “Technician” license examination required by the FCC to legally operate a ham radio. (A training session for "General" license upgrade is also available). The Walnut Creek CERT communications training team conducts this training session using a simple technique (called "association") that produces a very high percentage of successful test results, virtually eliminating the need for a multiple week training course to pass the FCC license exam that will be given at the end of the session.

Part 2 - “CERT Getting on the Air” class 1 - . Learn how to communicate on a radio and, optionally, order a radio as part of the WC CERT Group Purchase plan.

Part 3 - “CERT Getting on the Air” class 2 - Learn how to use your new radio.

The cost for Part 1 is $35, payable at the door, which includes the required $15 FCC license Examination Fee; all training materials; continental breakfast; and a pizza or sub sandwich lunch. There is no additional charge for Parts 2 and 3.

Note: The Walnut Creek CERT Ham Crams and License tests will resume after the Shelter in Place orders are lifted.


San Francisco Radio Club is offering license exams. See:

Benicia Amateur Radio Club offers their highly successful hamcram. The ham crams have been postponed because of the shelter in place orders.

They encourage CERT members to expand their value to their teams by becoming licensed Amateur Radio Operators. They also offer a simultaneous One-Day General Class upgrade study course for those who currently possess a Technician License. The cost is $35, which includes all study material and the FCC exam fee. We also provide free coffee and other refreshments throughout the day to make things easier. Lunch is NOT included but there are 7 restaurants across the street and a list will be provided. You can obtain additional information by going to the BARC website at See:

The Benicia Amateur Radio Club (BARC), partnering with the Benicia Emergency Response Team (BERT) members was asked several years ago to create a Ham Radio licensing class for members of its CERT program. Response to this One-Day licensing class has been very favorable and recently the class was opened to CERT teams throughout Northern California. Attendees have come from Shasta to Santa Clara, and from Alameda to Sacramento and the San Joaquin Valley.

Following emergencies, communications are often lost or severely impacted and FEMA has recommended that CERT teams throughout the country encourage the use of Amateur Radio as an alternative. Also known as Ham Radio, this proven means of communications does not rely on existing infrastructure thereby providing an alternate method of communicating during and following a disaster.

We would like to invite your CERT team members to join other fellow CERT members from throughout Northern California at our accelerated one-day licensing class in Benicia. Historically over 90% of attendees pass the on-site FCC licensing exam administered by federally accredited examiners immediately at the conclusion of class.

Access: Our facility has full handicap access.

Info/Signup: Online at Class size is limited to 90 and it always fills up, so register promptly. Questions: or Ham Class Instructor, Art Mayoff, (925) 212-9953. Please share this invitation with your CERT team leaders and your individual team members.

Increase your value as a CERT team member. Become a licensed Ham Radio Operator in one day.

The above classes are temporarily postponed until the Shelter In Place orders are lifted.

License Pool link:

Please check back after the SIP


BAEARS sponsors periodic ham tests throughout the year in the Bay Area. See:

Please check back after the SIP


EBARC, Oakland Radio Communication Association, (ORCA) and Amateur Radio Club of Alameda (ARCA) co-sponsor quarterly American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) Amateur Radio Test Sessions. Note: Classes and exams are postponed until after the Shelter in Place orders are rescinded.


What?: Testing for FCC Technician, General and Amateur Extra operator class licenses will take place.

Classes and tests are currently postponed because of the lockdown orders.

What to Bring

a government issued photo ID, either your Social Security Number or FCC Registration Number (FRN), a pen and a pencil. For upgrades bring your original license and a photocopy of it, or a valid Certificate of Successful completion of Examination (CSCE) from a prior exam and a photocopy of it.

What NOT to Bring

Calculators at a VE session are provided by the team (i.e., no personal electronics or calculators are allowed).


A $15 license fee per exam date is required. No extra fees beyond the $15 are required should a candidate choose to take all three exams—for each of the operator classes— in one session (as time permits).

More Info

Call 510-918-4627 or 510-741-8227

Postponed- Please check back after the SIP


Local In Person License Preparation Classes

Concord CA 94521 LICENSING CLASS 08/03/2021

Start/End Dates: 08/03/2021 - 10/05/2021

Times: 6:30 - 9:00 pm

# of Sessions: 10

Class level: Extra

Pre register required: Yes Fee: $10

Pre Study required: Yes

Exam offered: No

Sponsoring Club/Organization: MDARC

Instructor: KK6QPE

Contact: John Primus AF6RJ Phone: (925) 825-7670 Email:

Location: Virtual Concord, CA 94521

Additional Information: The Extra Class License Course will begin 8/03/21 Virtually on ZOOM in compliance with COVID-19 rules/regulations. License testing will be offered one week following the course completion. For further details, please visit


More Classes:

Finding a License Class

Finding ON-LINE Ham Study Classes to prepare for exams:

Excellent Study Tools and Resources for License Preparation

The following links list online classes by look promising has a plethora of license guide videos that vary from excellent to poor

More Exams:

Finding an ON-LINE license EXAM

A daily list of License Exams given ON-LINE by ARRL VECs

A daily list of License Exams given ON-LINE by ALL VECs

Resources for on-line study and exams

Find an IN-PERSON EXAM SESSION in your area here:


More In-Person EXAMS in Our Area

Concord CA 94520 June 26



Sponsor: Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club

Date: Jun 26 2021

Time: 1:00 PM (Walk-ins allowed)

Contact: Larry S. Loomer



Location: Olympic High School

2730 Salvio St

Concord CA 94520


07/10/2021 Mill Valley CA 94941-1551

Sponsor: Marin ARS Date: Jul 10 2021 -- Time: 1:00 PM (No Walk-ins / Register or Call ahead)

Contact: Kenneth N. Brownfield: Email:


Location: MARS Clubhouse -- 27 Shell Rd. -- Mill Valley CA 94941-1551


08/14/2021 Novato CA 94945-5009

Sponsor: Hamilton Wireless Association

Date: Aug 14 2021 -- Time: 1:00 PM (No Walk-ins / Register or Call ahead)

Contact: William B. Smith (415) 485-3815 -- Email:


Location: Novato Community Hospital - 165 Rowland Way

Drive-In Exam

Email for a Reservation

Novato CA 94945-5009


Stockton CA 95203-3416 08/14/2021

Sponsor: Stockton FD Div Training

Date: Aug 14 2021

Time: 8:00 AM (Walk-ins allowed)

Contact: John T. Litz

(209) 323-4028



Location: Stockton Fire Dept

110 W Sonora St

Station #2 Training Classroom

Invitation Only

Stockton CA 95203-3416


Sonoma CA 95476-5655 08/28/2021

Sponsor: VOMARC

Date: Aug 28 2021

Time: 12:30 PM (No Walk-ins / Register or Call ahead)

Contact: Elizabeth A. Morris-Mowrey

(707) 935-7441



Location: Sonoma PD EOC - Limited seating

175 1st St W

Reserve ahead via email

Sonoma CA 95476-5655


10/09/2021 Mill Valley CA 94941-1551

Sponsor: Marin ARS

Date: Oct 09 2021 -- Time: 1:00 PM (No Walk-ins / Register or Call ahead)

Contact: Kenneth N. Brownfield: Email:


Location: MARS Clubhouse

27 Shell Rd

Mill Valley CA 94941-1551


Silicon Valley VE Group Online Exams - *FIRST & THIRD SATURDAY MONTHLY*

Contact: Morris Jones AD6ZH Email:

The Silicon Valley VE group offers online exams the first and third Saturday of each month from 9AM until 11AM PDT. All elements are available. The number of applicants per session is limited due to 4 VEs proctoring each applicant during the exam process. Pre-registration is required. Please sign up by contacting AD6ZH at Include your Name, FRN number, callsign if any, and which element(s) you wish to take. More information and technical requirements can be found on the SVVE website:

For an Extensive Online Ham Exam Up-to-Date List from the ARRL: Click HERE

An extensive list of current Online Ham Exams HERE: or


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