Events

In-Person Meetings

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! The next meeting is Monday, May 13, 2019. A link to the agenda will be placed on this section at least 24 hours before the meeting. Past Meeting Minutes are found at the bottom of the PAST EVENTS page (the drop-down menu item from the EVENTS page).

AGENDA for the April 8 (previous) Meeting: Click Here

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 April 25, at 7 pm (146.415 MHz Simplex), but not before the West Co Co Cty EmComm/ACS Net on 145.110 MHz repeater (Tx -600 with a PL 82.5) ends.

As always be ready with pencil and paper Please come with new relevant announcements. The NCS has a surprise test for us all 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 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 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 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).

For past net events see our PAST EVENTS PAGE

NCS Spreadsheet (public)

KaroEcho is Now a Tax Deductible 501(c)(3) Organization

Kudos to Larry, KK6GIO, our treasurer who saw this achievement through. not without considerable effort and foresight. If you would like to help us in our public service mission (we are an all volunteer organization), your donation may be addressed to KARO-ECHO -- P.O. Box 2025, El Cerrito, CA. 94530-3651

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

GMRS/FRS Training Class for KE CERT will be held June 4 from 7pm - 9pm at the Arlington Park Clubhouse,

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

The presentation is all about the use of radio communications during a disaster when conventional modes of communications such as telephone, cell phone, internet, and the power grid are down or severely overloaded. We will focus on CERT use of FRS/GMRS radio systems, radio models, hands on training on their usage, and a general model on how block leaders can effectively communicate with their Search and Rescue Teams, Damage Assessment Teams, and and their area Command Post (CP). The interface between neighborhood areas in order to share human and material resources will be outlined definitively as well as how communications to the Emergency Operating Center (EOC) will interface with FRS/GMRS at the area Command Post (CP) Communications Center (CC). Information will be handed out on how you can obtain a GMRS license. Geoff Lomax, co-founder of BeCERTainn will present how GMRS repeaters work and benefit the community neighborhoods. We will close on the limitations of FRS, GMRS, and how amateur radio fills those needs.

You do not have to be a CERT graduate to attend, nor a resident of El Cerrito and Kensington. All are welcome.

A Joint CERT, GMRS. and Ham Emergency Exercise May 4 in Berkeley (Putting it all Together)

Save The Date: Saturday May 4, 2019 9:30AM - 11:30AM

NALCO (Northern Alameda County ARES/RACES, BDPNN (Berkeley Disaster Preparedness Neighborhood Network), and BeCERTAINN (Berkeley CERT and Inter-Neighborhood Network) will practice interoperabity and message handling communications operations. The aim is to enable members to field test their disaster response protocols. Please contact Geoff Lomax for additional details. On May 4, from 9:30-11:30am, you can participate in a city-wide (and beyond!) disaster drill!

Local disaster preparedness and emergency response teams will be conducting an “activation exercise.” Participants will include individuals, neighborhood CERT teams, and city-wide organizations involved in disaster response and preparedness. Participating individuals, groups, and organizations will have the opportunity to perform the following: Review and update their emergency response procedures Practice activating their emergency response plan(s) Participate in exercises with other CERT groups and city-wide organizations Sign up at the link below, and email info@bdpnnetwork.org if you have questions or are interested in volunteering. Once you sign up, bdpnn will send you scenarios that you can use to test how ready you, your family, your neighborhood, or CERT team are to respond to a large-scale emergency.

Because this will be a city-wide (and beyond) drill, we'll also provide a google map that you can use to communicate with (in person or by radio) BeCERTAINN's GMRS repeater radio group who'll be participating as well as NALCO ARES/RACES. We'll be practicing communicating both needs and available resources to a radio mesh. If all of this sounds confusing, fear not! Individuals and groups who have never participated in an emergency drill are welcomed and encouraged to participate. You can make it as involved as is appropriate for your level of readiness! This is all about community working together and communicating in times when professional first responders will be overwhelmed. Most people whose lives are saved in a large-scale disaster are saved by their neighbors! But knowing your neighbors and being connected with your community is vital to making that happen. Signup: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeiavGQJUYwHwp8O4OWZOAoABjeMge2By1BBZAwwI38P1-jmA/viewform

Field Day is Saturday, June 22, 2019 (11:00 a.m.), through Sunday, June 23, 2019 (2 p.m.).

Once again, the East Bay Amateur Radio Club ("EBARC") has invited all hams to join their Field Day operations in various capacities. We will be operating on battery power generated by solar panels. Field Day will be located at the North End of Caesar Chavez Park in the Berkeley Marina. Walk due North from the Caesar Chavez parking area up a small hill to find the site. Map HERE

  • Bodies are needed to assist EBARC with the Friday and Saturday setup of the Field Day stations;
  • Run the "Get on the Air" (GOTA) station as radio operators and contact loggers;
  • Be the GOTA station Captain(s);
  • Be Public Affairs Officers to handle questions from the public, encourage people to get on the air, and talk to people about Ham Radio (explain our radio communication roles;
  • Help break down the Field Day stations on Sunday afternoon;
  • Meet, greet, shmooze, and camp overnight at the Field Day installation on Friday, June 21 and Saturday June 22, 2019.
  • If you would like to operate, sign up for two-hour time slots (optional).

New to Field Day? Have no idea what Field Day is? It's a picnic, it's a camp out, it's practice for emergencies, it's an informal contest and, most of all, it's FUN! Learn more about Field Day by exploring the ARRL Field Day home page: http://www.arrl.org/field-day

Ya’ll come

Ham Radio License Tests in the Bay Area

Amateur Radio Technician License Class and Test in El Cerrito Starting April 3, 2019

The Kensington Amateur Radio Operators – El Cerrito Ham Operators (KARO-ECHO) and the East Bay Amateur Radio Club (EBARC) will jointly sponsor a class to prepare applicants for the Technician Class Amateur Radio License, starting April 3, 2019 and ending June 12. The class will meet each Wednesday from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM at Arlington Park Clubhouse, 1120 Arlington Blvd, El Cerrito. Textbook is The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, Fourth Edition. Books will be available for purchase. FCC examinations and license applications will be administered at the final class session by the EBARC Volunteer Examiners for a fee of $15.

Go to www.ko6no.com and click Register or email: ko6no@comcast.net or Contact Ken Fowler at 510-222-0830 to register by April 3, 2019.

For the Flyer in PDF format click here.

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The Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club (MDARC) also 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.

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.

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: https://www.sfarc.org/ve-examinations.html

Benecia Amateur Radio Club offers their highly successful hamcram. The next ham cram is on May 4, 2019.

We will be offering a One-Day Technician Class Ham Radio study session (Ham Cram) on May 4th 2019, to allow more people in the greater Bay Area and the Sacramento Valley to quickly earn their Ham licenses. 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/

he 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.

When: May 4, 2019, 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Where: Benicia Senior Center, 1201 East 2nd Street, Benicia, CA 94510 https://goo.gl/maps/4ruPX6Vahk22

Cost: $35. Includes all study material, venue, refreshments, handouts, freebies and the federally required exam fee. All instructors and facilitators are volunteers.

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.

Sincerely,

The Faculty and Volunteers, Benicia Emergency Response Team and the Benicia Amateur Radio Club

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BAEARS is sonsoring a ham test in Dublin on July 10, 2019 at 8 am. City. See: http://www.baears.com/index.php?option=com_seminar&Itemid=60

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The East Bay ARC (EBARC) frequently offers ham radio license courses and exams. EBARC is an excellent venue for recruitment. See http://www.ebarc.org/want.html

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.

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.

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).

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