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. Ample parking is available. The next meeting is Monday, December 10, 2018. On the agenda are approval of the KaroEcho Disaster Comm Plan (see documents page), a yearly dues structure, the election of 2019 officers, reports on incorporation and city sponsorship , the February SET, training, and much more.

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 December 6, at 7 pm (146.415 MHz Simplex)

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


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 Mentoring/Elmer Program

The September and November KE classes covered many basics. The next meeting will be in January for fellow licensed amateur radio operators in West Co Co County. KaroEcho is running a series of hands-on beginners classes for existing hams who are interested in improving their radio communications abilities by receiving an overview of amateur radio, its possibilities, and as well as some hands-on practical operating skills in order to provide confidence and increased communications abilities.

Since we are all at various degrees of learning, a generalized class will risk being boring to some and perhaps over-the-head for others. So feel free to email me regarding topics that you would like to cover. Email ni6a at The location will be in North El Cerrito. RSVP and you will receive an address. If a common time and date can’t be reached for all, please contact NI6A for personal mentoring on any radio topic. Possible topics are:

Past subjects:

How repeaters work (duplex) including the use of offsets and PL (Private Line CTCSS) Tones,

Simplex operation,

Antennas (base, mobile, and portable usage),

Emergency power and batteries,

Message handling and procedures including the use of phonetics,

Net Operations,

Programming your radio,

Basic conventions, FCC rules, and courtesies,

GMRS/FRS and ham inter-operability and message center operations., etc.

An ongoing graduated class structure will be developed subsequently after ascertaining the needs of attendees of this introductory class.

KaroEcho Mentoring/Elmer Program -- Next Class in January (Date TBA)

See: for study materials

If you are interested please email: NI6A at ARRL.NET

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

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 - Prepare for and take the FCC license exam - Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 8:00am-4:30pm

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 - Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 6:30pm-8:30pm . 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 - Wednesday, December 19, 2018 from 6:30pm-8:30pm. 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 exam on Sunday Dec 9, 2018, 9am -12 noon. See:

Benecia Amateur Radio Club is offering a ham cram on Feb 2, 2019 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