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 on October 11, 2021 on Zoom

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 until further notice.

Tentative Agenda September 13, 2021

October 2021 Agenda: (tentative, subject to update and approval at beginning of meeting)

  • Call to order

    • Introductions

    • Approval of Minutes

    • Approval of Agenda

    • Treasurer's Report

  • Training and Operations

    • Preparation for Fall SET (Nov. 13)

      • Other (TBD)

    • Report on New Digital Net (the third Monday of the month) on 146.415 MHz

      • Old business

  • New business

  • Tech./Infrastructure

    • Goal to get up to three new patch boxes in place before (and used during) the Fall SET

      • KCC

      • Cerrito Vista

      • Canyon Trail

  • Elmering: Recent request/updates

  • Outreach/PR/web

  • Neighborhood nets and Comm. hubs

    • 1st Wed., reports

  • Adjourn

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 new occasions arise.

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 or

Also see: for study materials

PACIFICON 2021: The ARRL Pacific Division Convention Produced by the Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club


Friday through Sunday

Oct. 15-17, 2021

San Ramon Marriott

2600 Bishop Drive

San Ramon CA 94583



Valley of the Moon Amateur Radio Club will be hosting the 2021 Sonoma Hamfest -- 8 a.m. to noon on October 2nd, 2021

The event will occur at the First Congregational Church of Sonoma at 252 W. Spain St. in Sonoma, CA


Pancake Breakfast Fund raiser

A Swap Meet with all kinds of new and used amateur radio equipment

Demonstrations of Fox-hunting (where a person with a handheld radio and special antenna tries to find a hidden radio)

A VE session where prospective hams can earn their license or current hams can upgrade

A display of emergency vehicles

Meet ARRL Officials

Admission is FREE, There is a charge for breakfast

Talk-in on 145.350 MHz -600 (88.5 pl)

For more info:

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


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


Saturday, October 2, 2021 Valley of the Moon ARC

Time: 10:00 AM and 12:30 PM if there is enough demand (Reservations required)

Contact: Elizabeth Morris-Mowrey (N6LY) Email: n6ly.emm (at)

Location: First Congregational Church of Sonoma

252 W Spain Street, Sonoma

This will occur simultaneously with the Oct 2, 2021 Valley of the Moon Hamfest

Requirements: See:


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


10/16/2021 San Ramon

Sponsor: Mount Diablo ARC

Date: Oct 16 2021

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

Contact: Larry S. Loomer



Location: San Ramon Marriott

2600 Bishop Dr

San Ramon CA 94583-9999


10/17/2021 San Ramon

Sponsor: Mount Diablo ARC

Date: Oct 17 2021

Time: 9:00 AM (Walk-ins allowed)

Contact: Larry S. Loomer



Location: San Ramon Marriott

2600 Bishop Dr

San Ramon CA 94583-9999


Nov 13 2021 Time: 1:00 PM (No Walk-ins / Register or Call ahead)

Sponsor: Hamilton Wireless Association Contact: William B. Smith (415) 485-3815 Email:

VEC: ARRL/VEC Location: Novato Community Hospital, 165 Rowland Way, Novato CA 94945-5009

Drive-In Exam: Send Email for a Reservation


12/04/2021 Fairfield CA 94533-4994

Sponsor: Solano ARC VE Wolfpack

Date: Dec 04 2021

Time: 9:30 AM (Walk-ins allowed)

Contact: Jerome P. Olive (707) 422-6777 Email:


Location: Jerry Olive State Farm Ins. Office check-ins at 8:45am

1530 Webster Street, Suite A, Registration 9:00am


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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