(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.


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

  • The K7RA Solar Update
  • IARU Welcomes Member-Society for St. Kitts&Nevis
  • ARES® Continues Move Toward Enhanced Training, Paperless Reporting
  • KX9X Wins the June QST Cover Plaque Award
  • Broadcaster to Transmit Field Day Greetings in MFSK64
  • ARISS-Russia Testing Undeployed CubeSats from ISS
  • FEMA Region X Field Day Weekend Event to Use 5 MHz Interoperability Channels
  • Experiments Look to Leverage Low-Latency HF to Shave Microseconds off Trade Times
  • Amateur Radio Honored in Advance of Field Day 2018 on June 23 – 24
  • W1AW Announces Field Day Bulletin Schedule
  • Prolific QSL Manager Kappy Kaplan, WA4WTG, SK
  • FCC Marks 84th Anniversary
  • DXpedition Team Set to Depart for Baker Island, Ducie Island Preparations on Target
  • Assigning Kosovo Z6 Call Signs “Unauthorized and Illegal,” ITU Secretary-General Says
  • ARRL Website, Services to be Down for Up to 4 Hours on June 20

  • 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.