Events

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

The next meeting will be at 1900 January 11, 2020

KARO-ECHO 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!

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 on 145.110 MHz repeater (Tx -600 with a PL 82.5) finishes. 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 KARO-ECHO HYBRID ARES/RACES MESSAGE FORM in MS Word format

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)

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 info@karoecho.net

Also see: https://www.karoecho.net/workstreams/training for study materials

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 http://www.arrl.org/getting-your-technician-license

The Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club (MDARC) offers courses and exams. See http://www.mdarc.org/activities/education/Classes and http://www.mdarc.org/activities/license-testing 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, Jan. 12 - Mar. 2, 2021 (8 sessions)

Level 2 * General Class License Course-2021 All General License Class Sessions, each Tuesday evening, Apr. 13 - Jun. 8, 2021 (9 Sessions) Level 3 * Extra Class License Course-2021 All Extra License Class Sessions, each Tuesday, Aug. 3 - Oct. 5, 2021 (10 sessions)

More details: http://www.mdarc.org/activities/education/Classes

Also See: Getting Started in Ham Radio: http://www.mdarc.org/resources/getting-started-in-ham-radio and this online resource: http://www.hamradiolicenseexam.com/index.html

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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.

See: https://sites.google.com/site/wccerthams/classes/cert-ham-radio-licensing-training-class

San Francisco Radio Club is offering license exams. See: https://www.sfarc.org/ve-examinations.html

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 BeniciaARC.com. See: http://beniciaarc.com/wp/hamclass/

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 www.beniciaarc.com/. Class size is limited to 90 and it always fills up, so register promptly. Questions: hamradioclass@beniciaarc.com 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: https://beniciaarc.com/resources/fcc-license-question-pool/

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BAEARS sponsors periodic ham tests throughout the year in the Bay Area. See: http://www.baears.com/index.php?option=com_seminar&Itemid=60

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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.

Where: MEDIA ROOM -- OAKLAND FIRE DEPARTMENT -- 1605 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. WAY (AT 16TH ST) -- OAKLAND, CA 94612

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).

Fee

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

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The following link is a list of online classes by https://hamstudy.org/sessions look promising.

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More Classes:

Finding a License Class http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-class

Finding ON-LINE Ham Study Classes to prepare for exams: https://hamstudy.org/

Excellent Study Tools and Resources for License Preparation https://hamexam.org/

More Exams:

Finding an ON-LINE license EXAM http://www.arrl.org/findonlineexam

Find an IN-PERSON EXAM SESSION in your area here: http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-exam-session

12/19/2020 Concord CA 94521

Sponsor: Group of VE'S

Location: Parking Lot Time: 9:00 AM (No Walk-ins / Register or Call ahead)

Contact laryloomer@yahoo.com

Learn More

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02/13/2021 Novato CA 94945-5009

Sponsor: Hamilton Wireless Association

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

Contact: William B. Smith

(415) 485-3815

Email: info@k6bw.org

Location: Novato Community Hospital

165 Rowland Way

Drive-In Exam

Email for a Reservation

Learn More http://www.arrl.org/exam_sessions/novato-ca-94945-5009-34

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05/08/2021 Novato CA 94945-5009

Sponsor: Hamilton Wireless Association

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

Contact: William B. Smith

(415) 485-3815

Email: info@k6bw.org

Location: Novato Community Hospital

165 Rowland Way

Drive-In Exam

Email for a Reservation

Learn More

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

An extensive list of current Online Ham Exams HERE: https://hamstudy.org/sessions/online

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