(above) Inside the K8KDK radio shack.

(left) Ron Schuiling, former N8ZTR - foregroud, and Kim Karr, K8KDK - background, install the 25 foot Hy-Gain AV-640 vertical antenna.

(right) Another picture of the AV-640 antenna.



Hello,

Welcome to my amateur radio page. If you are unfamilar with amateur radio, you may want to visit this link to read more about it. I've been an amateur radio operator since July 1998 and have made many contacts all over the world.

If you are an amateur radio operator, you may be interested that I hold a General class license and I am involved with our local RACES. My station is quite modest. Some of the items include:

My KDK FM-2033 performing packet duties. Since "KDK" is in my callsign, I'm frequently asked if I have a KDK radio.

  • an Icom 706 (the original version),
  • a Kenwood TM-V7A,
  • a Yaesu FT-8800R,
  • a PacComm Handi-Packet TNC,
  • a Kantronics All Mode TNC,
  • an ADI AR-146 (2 Meter),
  • a KDK FM-2033 2 Meter (picture on the right),
  • a weather station that uploads data to the internet,
  • and an assortment of HT's and other items.

  • KDK Radio Files Download Area:
    Looking for KDK Radio information? Click here. I have a page that has several KDK radio files which are free to download.

    ARRL Amateur Radio News:
        *updated using XML

  • John Portune, W6NBC, Wins the February 2021 QST Cover Plaque Award
  • Spring Red Cross Emergency Communications Drill Set
  • Video Documents Removal, Preservation of 250 kW Voice of America Transmitter
  • The K7RA Solar Update
  • Wildlife Outnumber Participants in Winter Yellowstone VHF Radio Rally
  • ARRL Interview Explains Background of Ham Radio in Space Film Short
  • Amateur Radio Helping to Fill Earthquake Report “Donut Holes”
  • “Whirlwind Boom” Emergency Communications Exercise Set in Northern Florida
  • ARES and Red Cross Cooperate to Assist Storm-Affected Residents in Texas
  • Youth on the Air will Make Final Decision on Summer Camp in April
  • ARRL CEO David Minster, NA2AA, to Keynote QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo
  • The K7RA Solar Update
  • Ham Radio in Friedrichshafen, Germany, Tentatively on for 2021
  • Innovator Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, Donates Sophisticated Vector Signal Generator to ARRL
  • British Columbia Radio Amateur Copies Signal from Mars-Orbiting Satellite



  • Links:
  • Americal Radio Relay League
  • Kent County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES)
  • Nation Weather Service Skywarn Page for Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Karrtech.com - my main website.
  • Current Weather Conditions:  See the data from my weather station.

  • Downloads:
  • ADI AR-146 Manual (2.8 MB)
  • Icom IC-W32A Manual (.7 MB)
  • KDK FM-2033 Manual (download in the forum section)
  • Kenwood TM-V7A Manual (4.9 MB)


  • Me, Kim Karr, K8KDK, talking on a radio at a Red Cross shelter for Katrina evacuees.


    October 23, 2005 Search and Rescue training. That's me
    learning to run a SAR operation. Across from is Gil
    (one of the trainers). Next to me is Bob Dennis, KC8IRJ, as Net Control.


    Send me an email: kim@k8kdk.com.