In-Person 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 directly North of the Kensington Library. See Map. Ample parking is available by turning (East) up Kensington Park Road (at the only traffic light in Kensington). KARO ECHO also provides internet Zoom access to all meetings, thus, KARO ECHO member meetings will also simultaneously take place online using Zoom. 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

Tentative Agenda

May 9, 2022 Agenda: (tentative, update and approval at beginning of meeting)

Call to order/logistics

  • Introductions

  • Approval of Minutes

  • Approval of Agenda

  • Treasurer's report

Training and Operations

  • April 30th SET discussion

    • Operation from EOC

    • Digital activity

New business

  • Acknowledgement of KARO ECHO in new El Cerrito Emergency Operations Plan

  • Calendar of Events / 25th Anniversary

    • 2022 Field Day June 25

      • Field Day planning to follow early close of meeting ~8pm

    • EC July 4th

      • Submit application to Recreation Dept

Old business

  • MOU update

    • Positive feedback, but probably have to wait for new Fire Chief


  • KE hats/vests


  • Equipment maintenance team report

    • Repair of EOC coax and radio/antenna test

  • New antennas and patch boxes

    • No progress yet, but ready to proceed

    • Consideration of freestanding versus building mount


  • requests to

Neighborhood nets and Comm. hubs

  • 1st Wed., reports

Adjourn ~8pm to start Field Day planning meeting (anyone can attend)

Please send 2022 dues made out to KARO ECHO

Yearly dues are $30/year and $40 for a family membership. We are a tax deductible 501(c)3 charitable organization . Use tax ID # 83-3114142.Your donation will help us serve our community. Mail and correspondence to: KARO ECHO -- P.O. Box 2025, El Cerrito, CA. 94530-3651Use the donate button to donate or pay dues online (Paypal). and fill out the registration form under Get Involved/Join. You can get on the mailing list by filling out the registration form without paying membership dues.

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. The latest update is May 8. 2022

Field Day June 25, 2022

Please set aside Saturday, June 25, 2022 for the very best amateur radio community event of the year. We will be setting up fully portable off grid radio pavilions showcasing amateur radio operations on HF, Voice, Digital, Morse Code, VHF, UHF and other radio modalities making contacts worldwide . Field Day is an excellent opportunity to learn how to set up a great variety of antennas, portable power sources, masts, and radios. It is an excellent practice in sorting out messages under crowded conditions efficiently. But moreover, FD is a great opportunity to work alongside fellow radio enthusiasts for a common purpose, meet the public, provide literature on obtaining a ham license, act as an educational gateway for those interested in electronic communication,, disaster communications, promote CERT and local radio clubs, publicizing amateur radio's positive contribution to our community, and most of all celebrating amateur radio in a festive picnic like outdoor setting.

Details are still being hammered out (check back here as time progresses). Your help in setup, teardown, operating, staffing the pavilion's information booths, providing refreshments, or acting as docents would be greatly appreciated. More on FD from the ARRL This year we will again plan a joint effort with EBARC (W6CUS)

Currently, May 10, we plan to operate from Upper Canyon Trail Park in El Cerrito, with Set-up starting at 0700 and tear down at 2000. Outreach will be coordinated by Blake, KN6CMP and Katie KN6APB, with a little help from our friends (the rest of us). For an efficient and fun event we need an overall site captain who can put fires out, make decisions and raise the troops where needed. He or she should ideally not be caught up in any other task. Our interim site coordinator is Howdy, KE6BEE. The site captain needs to recruit docents, travelers/floaters, and helpers.

YOU/WE are the planning committee. Howdy, KE6BEE, has created a spreadsheet like the one Howdy created last year itemizing essential needed equipment (stations, tables, chairs, pavilions, signs, hand outs, gala ribbons/balloons, etc.), Tasks, and Operating Schedules, .

We need to establish pavilion station captains/coordinators with 1 captain/coordinator each for:the following stations:

The Free VHF/UHF station: Jay, KJ6WSS

CW station: Don, NI6a

Digital station: Frans, KJ6IUV:

Voice station: Please volunteer -- Interim captain is Howdy, KE6BEE

Get On The Air (GOTA) station: Katie, KN6APB

Info station

First Aid/Lost and Found Pavilion station captain


Each captain/coordinator will be responsible for setting up their stations in terms of equipment, power, supplies, logging, and operators. Helpers and operators can be taken from a general pool.

We still need to decide whether we will use the W6CUS or W6ECK callsign as the GOTA Station Callsign this year.

N3FJP Logging Software. Since both W6CUS and W6ECK both own N3FJP FD logging software and it is both versatile and user friendly, it is suggested that we use it for both the GOTA and other stations. If we keep the modes separate, there may not be a need to link each station in a real time logging; however, each station will need a computer and most likely an AC inverter or battery power with a capacity for 10 hours operation.

Refreshments are always welcome


Please make a go-bag type check list for the day. Because of a lack of a fuse, a cable, a charged battery, a computer, a microphone, or an untested station, no contacts are possible. In general, propagation is expected to be much better this year as solar cycle 25 is kicking in. With the combined operator pool of both clubs, we may be able to fill more slots and spread the fun around. As long as we have a surplus of participants, we can use free time to catch up with old friends, help novices, and enjoy chewing the fat in the sun in a picnic like atmosphere. Given more lead time, we will be better prepared. Suggestions for special demonstrations and on-site events are graciously solicited. Let's all improve our skills in portable off the grid operations, have a picnic, and Field Day.

Here are some YouTube examples:

A nicely done video with high production values running SSB 2A South Carolina etc.

Here is a decent video on operating SSB 3A except he uses QRZ instead of CQ Field Day. Technically incorrect, as QRZ means, "Who is calling me?" 3A South Fla

Pasadena radio club There are many others. Have fun!

A summary of the new 2022 rules is here:

There are not many changes except that max power is reduced to 100 watts versus 150 watts and that a more stringent rule regarding claiming points for Public Relations (PR) is requires proof of actual publication, not just an attempt to get published. Complete 2022 FD Rules here:

Please consider participating even if it is only for a specific task or limited time period. For additional info on how you can participate or attend the next 2022 Field Day Planning Committee Zoom Meeting on May 23, at 1900, please send an email to or

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

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 (

New for January 2022

The PACIFIC DIVISION Zoom Meeting, was held on January 4, 2022 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 ARRL has started a new website for its Learning Center. You can find it at . It has several learning paths (Electronics & Technology, EmComm, etc.), a bunch of courses to take and a pot load of webinars. It also has links to help you find radio clubs; hamfests & conventions; license classes, and exam sessions. You can access the site from your computer, tablet or phone. See Dave Casler’s “Intro to the ARRL's new ‘’ Site” video at (YouTube; 11:58).

QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo

QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo are held twice yearly. They are quite good. They’ve put out a call for speakers and are looking for them worldwide. Information on becoming a presenter, or attending the expo, is at

Past presentation are available on Vimeo at

Ham Radio University

Attendance is free, but registration is required. There will be a total of 19 presentations over a wide range of topics, including EmComm; HF Operating; Contesting & DXing; Satellites; Software Defined Radios; Digital Communications and more. For more information, go to

For a plethora of their excellent past videos on Youtube please see:


A group in Southern California called the WaveTalkers has a mission “to help you learn to become a more effective communicator in any medium.” On their website at they have a number of resources, including video courses for all three license classes and courses to help you get started in APRS and Winlink. They also have reference materials for some ham basics, such as Phonetics and Q-Codes. Their home page announces that their next presentation will be on January 20 with a topic of “Solar and Emergency Power”. Definitely worth a look as part of your efforts to improve your skills.”

Valley of the Moon Hamfest

The Valley of the Moon ARC is having a Hamfest on April 23, 8:00 AM to noon at the First Congregational Church of Sonoma, 252 W Spain St, Sonoma. It will feature a pancake breakfast, a swap meet, a fox-hunting demo, a VE session and a display of emergency vehicles. Admission is FREE, there is a charge for breakfast.

Location: First Congregational Church of Sonoma, 252 W Spain St, Sonoma

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

Details are at:


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) expires June 30. 2022

The National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) Question Pool Committee (QPC) has released the 2022 – 2026 Technician Class FCC Element 2 NCVEC Question Pool Syllabus & Question Pool into the public domain. It’s available as a Word document or PDF. The three graphics required for the new Technician question pool are available within the documents, or separately as PDF or JPG files.

The new pool incorporates some significant changes compared to the 2018 – 2022 pool. Its 257 questions were modified slightly to improve wording or to replace distractors; 51 new questions were generated, and 62 questions were eliminated. This resulted in a reduction of 11 questions, bringing the total number of questions in the pool from 423 to 412. The difficulty level of the questions is now more balanced, and the techniques and practices addressed have been updated.

The new 2022 – 2026 question pool is effective July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2026, and must be used for Technician-class license exams administered on or after July 1, 2022

2022-2026 Technician Question Pool Public Release - January 3, 2022 Revised 01/06/2022 - MSDocX Format

2022-2026 Technician Question Pool Public Release - January 3, 2022 Revised 01/06/2022 - PDF Format

New Graphics

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


Start/End Dates: 03/29/2022 - 06/07/2022

Times: 7:00 t0 9:00 pm

# of Sessions: 9

Class level: General

Morse code offered: No

Pre register required: Yes

Fee: $15

Pre Study required: Yes

Class Type: Traditional

Exam offered: Yes

Sponsoring Club/Organization: MDARC

Instructor: AF6RJ

Contact: John Primus AF6RJ, Phone: (925) 825-7670, Email:

Location: Virtual AND IOOF Lodge Hall

4349 Cowell Road

Concord, CA 94518

Additional Information: The first class session will be from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. All other class sessions will be from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.


Concord CA 94518 LICENSING CLASS 07/19/2022

Start/End Dates: 07/19/2022 - 09/06/2022 Times: 7:00 t0 9:00 pm

# of Sessions: 8

Class level: Technician

Morse code offered: No

Pre register required: Yes

Fee: $15.00

Pre Study required: Yes

Class Type: Traditional

Exam offered: Yes

Sponsoring Club/Organization: MDARC

Instructor: AF6RJ

Contact: John Primus AF6RJ

Phone: (925) 825-7670


Location: Virtual AND IOOF Lodge Hall

4349 Cowell Road

Concord, CA 94518

Additional Information: The first class session will be from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. All other class sessions will be from 7:00 to 9:00 pm


More Classes:

This is an excellent free technician license preparation series

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 EXAMs

Contact these Online VEC examiners for their current exam schedules

A daily list of License Exams given ON-LINE by ARRL VECs or go direct to:

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


Novato CA 94945-5009 05/14/2022

Sponsor: Hamilton Wireless Association

Date: May 14 2022 Time: 10:00 AM (No Walk-ins / Register or Call ahead)

Contact: William B. Smith, (415) 485-3815, Email:


Location: Novato Community Hospital in parking lot, 165 Rowland Way. Drive-In Exam

Email for a Reservation


Lafayette CA 94549-9999 05/20/2022

Sponsor: Mt. Diablo ARC

Date: May 20 2022 Time: 5:30 PM (Walk-ins allowed)

Contact: Larry S. Loomer Email:


Location: Our Savior's Lutheran Church

1035 Carol Ln

Lafayette CA 94549-9999


Berkeley CA 94729 05/23/2022

Sponsor: UC Berkeley RC/ UCB EECS VEs

Date: May 23 2022

Time: 5:00 PM (No Walk-ins / Register or Call ahead)

Contact: Albert J. Goto (415) 735-1950 Email:


Location: UC Berkeley

Cory Hall - Room TBD

Berkeley CA 94729


Lafayette CA 94549-9999 06/17/2022

Sponsor: Mt. Diablo ARC

Date: Jun 17 2022 Time: 5:30 PM (Walk-ins allowed)

Contact: Larry S. Loomer Email:


Location: Our Savior's Lutheran Church

1035 Carol Ln

Lafayette CA 94549-9999


Berkeley CA 94729 06/27/2022

Sponsor: UC Berkeley RC/ UCB EECS VEs

Date: Jun 27 2022 Time: 5:00 PM (No Walk-ins / Register or Call ahead)

Contact: Albert J. Goto (415) 735-1950 Email:


Location: UC Berkeley

Cory Hall - Room TBD

Berkeley CA 94729


Mill Valley CA 94941-1551 07/09/2022

Sponsor: Marin ARS

Date: Jul 09 2022 Time: 1:00 PM (No Walk-ins / Register or Call ahead)

Contact: Kenneth N. Brownfield

(415) 389-6630 Email:


Location: MARS Clubhouse

27 Shell Rd

Mill Valley CA 94941-1551


Lafayette CA 94549-9999 07/15/2022

Sponsor: Mt. Diablo ARC

Date: Jul 15 2022, Time: 5:30 PM (Walk-ins allowed)

Contact: Larry S. Loomer, Email:


Location: Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1035 Carol Ln., Lafayette CA 94549-9999


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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