Membership and Community OutReach
In order for KARO-ECHO to reach its goal in providing reliable and efficient communications during disasters an organized structure has been implemented for interested amateur radio operators who share our goals to JOIN WITH US.
All regionally located hams are welcome to join and train with us; albeit our focus will be Kensington and El Cerrito. Membership is open to all; but voting membership is reserved for licensed amateur radio operators who have paid their yearly dues. Please check-in to our weekly Thursday net and/or come to our monthly meetings on the second Monday of each month. Get involved and do what you can.
What is Amateur (Ham) Radio?
Amateur Radio Operators are Licensed by the FCC in accordance with Title 45 Part 97 of the FCC rules.
Would you like more information about KARO ECHO? Please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or join us at one of our meetings. Everyone is welcome. You can also connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
KARO ECHO works closely with local CERT teams, so we highly recommend taking the free CERT class offered by the El Cerrito Fire Department
The following online courses are available for free through the FEMA website
- IS-100.B: Introduction to Incident Command System
- IS-200.B: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
Here is the full list of FEMA online courses
You can learn more about getting an amateur radio license at the ARRL website
Announcements of Local Area Ham Radio License Courses, Exams, and Newsletters
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
The Contra Costa Communications Club (CCCC) is a local ham radio repeater club that meets at Denny's El Cerrito (Potrero and San Pablo). They support many repeaters in our area and also have an excellent newsletter with relevant local announcements. See: http://www.wa6kqb.org/
KARO/ECHO is the Auxiliary Radio Communications Organization for Kensington and El Cerrito
As a mutual benefit non-profit organization consisting of volunteers, KARO/ECHO is dedicated to provide skilled radio operators who are capable of providing reliable emergency and/or auxiliary radio communication services for the El Cerrito and Kensington communities. Our Radio Communications Services are primarily dedicated, in particular, but not exclusively, to aid the El Cerrito/Kensington Emergency Management System (EMS), the El Cerrito EOC and Fire Department, the Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), and other non-profit community service organizations when requested. KARO/ECHO intends to share resources with neighboring Mutual Assistance Teams should resources allow.
We are always in need of more ham radio operators in order to enhance our functionality. The more skilled radio operators that are available on a voluntary basis, the greater will be our ability to serve our neighbors and families in times of need.