In-Person Meetings

KARO-ECHO meets in person at 7:30 PM on the second Monday of each month at the Kensington Community Center, 59 Arlington Ave, Kensington, CA 94707 in the upper East Room (room 3). Ample parking is available. The next meeting is Monday, February 11, 2019. On the agenda is the Feb. 23 Simulated Emergency Test (SET), reports on incorporation and city sponsorship , training, reserve battery power measurements, camaraderie, and much more. Agenda is HERE

Beginning March 11 and onward KaroEcho will change its monthly meeting location to Arlington Park Clubhouse

The Arlington Park Clubhouse is located in El Cerrito between Moeser Lane and Potrero Avenue at 1120 Arlington Blvd. 94530

Weekly Radio Net

The KARO ECHO Training Net is every Thursday evening at 1900 (but not before the end of the WCCC RACES net) on 146.415 MHz Simplex. All are very welcome.

Upcoming KE Net on Feb. 7, at 7 pm (146.415 MHz Simplex), but not before the West Co Co Cty RACES/ACS Net ends on 145.110 MHz repeater (Tx -600 with a PL 82.5)

As always be ready with pencil and paper Please come with your notes and announcements. Be ready to change frequency. Please have handy ICS Form 213 and the KaroEcho Hybrid 213 message form. Always be familiar on how to use your radio to change frequency. See related documents on our Training page and on the Operations page. 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 by NI6A)

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).

See the past net events at our PAST EVENTS PAGE

NCS Spreadsheet (public)

KaroEcho February 23 Simulated Emergency Test (SET) is scheduled 0930 to 1230

Please keep the date open. This SET will focus on mobile and portable emergency power operations within the El Cerrito and Kensington CERT Areas using a directed net format while listing and handling formal written mock messages, general requests for need resources within the CERT areas, tactical (peer to peer) unwritten traffic, and the efficient use of multiple frequencies/bands in the hope of creating a core of experienced operators. The general SET Plan can be found here. A chronological list of planned events can be found here. These two files will be updated often as Feb, 23 approaches.

Please send an email to Ni6a at ARRL.NET to participate. More information will follow.

KaroEcho Mentoring/Elmer Program

We held two Elmering classes in 2018 and ran three private Elmering sessions. Please feel free to ask for additional classes or help by sending an email to NI6A at ARRL.NET .

Also for study materials

GMRS/FRS Training Class for KE CERT will be held in March

Time, date, and location TBA.

Ham Radio License Tests in the Bay Area

The East Bay ARC (EBARC) frequently offers ham radio license courses and exams. EBARC is an excellent venue for recruitment. See

Next Class: EBARC is offering a class to prepare applicants for the General Operator Class Amateur Radio License. FCC examinations and license applications will be administered at the final class session by the EBARC Volunteer Examiners, for a fee of $15.

This class is intended for Hams with a Technician Class License and will cover Electrical Principles, Amateur Radio equipment, and Communication Modes. Topics common to the Technician Class license such as FCC Rules and Safety will be covered only as necessary.

The class will take place starting January 18 and ending April 5, 2018, meeting on Fridays from 6:30pm - 9:00pm at the






To register for this exam prep & test bundle, or for more information on the ham radio licensing classes offered by EBARC please contact Ken Fowler at 510-222-0830 or write ko6no AT comcast DOT net.

The textbook is the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual 4th Edition. Books will be available for purchase at the class. Please visit for much more information on this class.

This examp prep & testing bundle only covers the General Operator Class permit. For other classes, check the EBARC schedule, or consult ARRL's Find A Class page

The Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club (MDARC) also offers courses and exams. See and Tests are offered at 6 pm before the MDARC regular meeting begins.

Walnut Creek CERT Ham Radio Licensing (Ham Cram) & Training Classes: November 3, 2018 from 8:00am to 4:30pm in Walnut Creek

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.

2018-2022 (June 30) Technician Class License Exam Pool(GM).pdf

2015-2019 (June 30) General Pool(GM).pdf

San Francisco Radio Club is offering a license exams. See:

Benecia Amateur Radio Club is offering a ham cram on Feb 2, 2019. The Benicia Amateur Radio Club is offering one of their famous One-Day Ham Radio Classes. It is being held on February 2, 2019, 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM at the Benicia Senior Center, 1201 East 2nd Street, Benicia, CA 94510. Please contact them at or Bob Fentress at 707-742-3847. You can also obtain additional information by going to the BARC website at See:

BAEARS is offering a ham cram on Saturday, January 12,, 2019 at 8:00am – 5:00pm

Where: The Event Center, Saint Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA 94109-6686

Fee: $35.00 at the Door. Questions: Ross Peterson or 650-349-5349


Class size is limited, reservations are required. Prospective Hams should have an active Ham as a mentor to assist in the familiarization with amateur operation. Study Session, Followed by Exam

Sponsored by: San Francisco Fire Department NERT

A Jointly Sponsored Technician Class License Class and Test given by KaroEcho and EBARC License Test will Begin April 3 in El Cerrito at the Arlington Park Clubhouse, 1020 Arlington Blvd., 94530. It will meet for 10 more Wednesdays culminating in a Technician license test on June 12. More Details TBA or contact ko6no at


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. Alternatively, the ARRL maintains a list of all affiliated clubs offering exams on their Find An Exam page.


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

When: At 9am on the following Sundays for 2019:

  • April 28
  • July 28
  • October 27

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