Hybrid In-Person/Virtual Meetings
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 North and uphill of the Kensington Library. See Map. Ample parking is available by turning (East) up Kensington Park Road (at the only traffic light in Kensington). The December 12, 2022 meeting will be a hybrid (Zoom and in-person) meeting. The election of 2023 officers will be held. Email info at karoecho dot net for the zoom link.
KARO ECHO provides internet Zoom access to all meetings, thus, KARO ECHO member meetings will also simultaneously take place online using Zoom. Everyone on the KAROECHO 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
Please send dues made out to KARO ECHO
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 ARES/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:
The KARO-ECHO HYBRID ARES/RACES MESSAGE FORM in MS Word format
Comparing ICS-213 Message Form with the ARRL Message Form (a very short critique)
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
The KaroEcho Technical Work Group was at the Kensington Fire Station (FS-65) on Saturday, October 15, 2022 repurposing radios, batteries, and equipment due to upcoming seismic retrofitting.
Left to right: KN6BUY, KK6NDF, KJ6IUV, and KE6BEE
Recent Webpage Updates to KaroEcho.Net: New content, links, and files
ELECTIONS WILL BE HELD ON DECEMBER 12, 2023. Please send in nominations for 2023 candidates. The 2023 nominations committee would like to receive nominations by December 1 if possible. Nominations will also be welcomed at the December 12, 2023 meeting.
Website File Updates in General
This file will be updated monthly or when new occasions arise. The latest update is May 8. 2022
VHF/UHF Simplex Operations in Our Area
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Also see: https://www.karoecho.net/workstreams/training for study materials
Quality Ham Radio Ongoing Yearly Presentations and Events
Ham Radio University (HRU) Past Presentations
Among the presentation topics every year will be Amateur Radio Emergency Communications; Basics of HF Operating; Ham Radio Contesting and DXing, Communicating Through Amateur Radio Earth Satellites; Software Defined Radios; HF and VHF Digital Communications; Parks on the Air, Skywarn, Cables & Connectors, and Using Raspberry Pi Computers in Amateur Radio. For more information and to register, go to (https://hamradiouniversity.org/past-presentations/
The PACIFIC DIVISION Zoom Meeting, was held on January 4, 2022 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPfZ1bRL4v4 run by Pacific Division Director, Kristen, K6WX, video recording can be found here and on our Resources page. Kristen emphasized that she and the ARRL works for us, we do not work for them. They are listening, so send in your suggestions.
The next Pacific Division Wide Zoom Meeting will be held on December 10, 2022 at 1030 local on Zoom. Details will be sent to all ARRL members in the Pacific Division who are signed up to receive Pacific Division News.
Ham Radio Classes and License Tests in the Bay Area
ALL FCC EXAM QUESTIONS and ANSWERS ARE PUBLISHED ON-LINE
*Please Note that Most In Person License Preparation Classes and Exams have been temporarily discontinued because of the pandemic precautions. 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 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 classes: https://www.mdarc.org/education-and-testing/class-details
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
*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: https://www.sfarc.org/ve-examinations.html
*Postponed- Please check back after the SIP
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 several 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: email@example.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/
*Please check back after the SIP
BAEARS sponsors periodic ham tests throughout the year in the Bay Area. See: http://www.baears.com/index.php?option=com_seminar&Itemid=60
*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.
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).
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).
Call 510-918-4627 or 510-741-8227
*Postponed- Please check back after the SIP
Local In Person License Preparation Classes
No in person exam preparation classes are currently offered in our area. This situation is constantly changing. Please see: http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-class
This is an excellent free technician license preparation series https://radiosignals.org/main/tech
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/
The following links list online classes by https://hamstudy.org/sessions look promising
Youtube.com has a plethora of license guide videos that vary from excellent to poor
The following are some select ARRL on-line ham license study classes
W9TWJ VETEAM Contact: Tanner Jones Email: W9TWJ@arrl.net
Exam Website: https://hamstudy.org/sessions/W9TWJ
KA4KBX VETEAM Contact: Gary Pike, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsor: KJ4PJE PARC
Exam Website: https://hamstudy.org/sessions/KJ4PJE
Contact: Gordon Hanson Email: N0ZRD@mnyarc.org
Exam Website: https://hamstudy.org/sessions/N0ZRD
KB7UTV KC7QJO VETEAM
Contact: Lawrence Simon Email: email@example.com
Sponsor: Las Vegas VE Team
Exam Website: https://hamstudy.org/sessions/KC7QJO
Contact: Rodney Webb Email: W4WREares@gmail.com
Sponsor: Lakeway ARC - W2IQ
Exam Website: https://hamstudy.org/sessions/W4WRE
Contact: Heather Parker Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsor: San Diego ARRL VE Team
Contact: Janet Crenshaw Email: email@example.com
Exam Website: http://hamstudy.org/sessions/wb9zph
Contact: Morris Jones Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsor: Silicon Valley VE Group - register on website or email team for an appt.
Contact: Linda Straubel Email: email@example.com
Sponsor: Daytona Beach ARA - contact team (7:30pm testing Mon-Thurs)
Exam Website: https://www.dbara.org/about/testing-sessions/
Contact: Brandin Hess Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsor: Aurora Amateur Radio Group
Exam Website: https://hamexamgen.com/schedule.php
Contact: Alan Crosswell Email: email@example.com
Sponsor: Columbia University VE Team ARC
Exam Website: https://hamstudy.org/sessions/W2AEE
Contact: Joseph Speroni Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsor: Emergency Amateur Radio Club - ZOOM video session
Exam Website: http://hameducation.org/register/
Contact: David Robinson Email: email@example.com
Sponsor: Sun City W4SPC - email team for an appointment
Contact: Ken Zieleck Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsor: Carteret Cnty ARS - email team for an appointment
Contact: Allan Ryan Email: testing@barnstableARC.org
Sponsor: Barnstable ARC - on demand testing, EMAIL team for an appointment
Contact: Benjamin Murray Email: email@example.com
Sponsor: Williams County ARC
Contact: Peter Dernikos Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsor: Book a time slot BEFORE registering on exam website.
Exam Website: https://hamstudy.org/sessions/K3BV/
Additional ARRL VE Teams
Find an IN-PERSON EXAM SESSION in your area here: http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-exam-session
More In-Person EXAMS in Our Area:
The Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club (MDARC) often offers license tests preceding each club meeting. For a current listing see https://www.mdarc.org/education-and-testing/license-testing
Berkeley CA 94720-0001 11/28/2022
Sponsor: UC Berkeley RC/ UCB EECS VEs
Date: Nov 28 2022 Time: 5:00 PM (No Walk-ins / Register or Call ahead)
Contact: Albert J. Goto, (415) 735-1950, Email: email@example.com
Location: UC Berkeley, Cory Hall - Room Tbd, , Berkeley CA 94720-0001
Fairfield CA 94533-4933 12/03/2022
Sponsor: Solano ARC VE Wolfpack
Date: Dec 03 2022
Time: 9:30 AM (Walk-ins allowed) check-in at 8:45am
Contact: Jerome P. Olive (707) 422-6777 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Jerry Olive State Farm Insurance Office, 1530 Webster Street Suite A, Fairfield CA 94533-4933
Clayton CA 94517-1072 12/17/2022
Sponsor: A Group of VEs
Date: Dec 17 2022, Time: 2:00 PM (Walk-ins allowed)
Contact: Larry S. Loomer, Email: email@example.com
Location: Church Building, 1578 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton CA 94517-1072
Mill Valley CA 94941-1551 01/14/2023
Sponsor: Marin ARS
Date: Jan 14 2023, Time: 1:00 PM (No Walk-ins / Register or Call ahead)
Contact: Kenneth N. Brownfield, (415) 389-6630, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: MARS Clubhouse, 27 Shell Rd, Mill Valley CA 94941-1551
For many applicants, on-line exams are the most convenient.
They are given often and can be done in the comfort of your own home. Please consider any of the following:
For additional ARRL teams offering remote online exams visit: https://hamstudy.org/sessions/arrl/remote
Silicon Valley VE Group Online Exams - *FIRST & THIRD SATURDAY MONTHLY*
Contact: Morris Jones AD6ZH Email: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: www.svve.org
Finding an ON-LINE license EXAMs http://www.arrl.org/findonlineexam
A daily list of License Exams given ON-LINE by ARRL go direct to: http://www.arrl.org/online-exam-session
A daily list of License Exams given ON-LINE by ALL VECs https://ham.study/sessions/remote
Resources for on-line study and exams https://hamexam.org/