(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

  • Two Amateur Radio CubeSats Carrying Transponders Set for Future NASA Launches
  • New Section Manager Appointed in West Virginia
  • The K7RA Solar Update
  • The March/April Issue of QEX is Hot Off the Press!
  • HAARP Goes Classical During New Experimental Campaign
  • Amateur Radio Balloon to be Part of K2BSA Activities at 2017 National Scout Jamboree
  • Texas Club Distributes Copies of Ham Radio for Dummies to Schools, Libraries
  • Youthful BY70-1 CubeSat Builders: We’ll be Back!
  • Winter SWL Fest Set for March 2-4
  • Orlando HamCation a Hit, Posts New Attendance Record
  • MARS Refocuses Its Mission, Encrypts Data Nets
  • Winter Cycle Section Manager Election Results Announced
  • Winter 2017 Edition of Radio Waves is Now Available!
  • The Doctor Will See You Now!
  • Homer V. Thompson, W4CWV, and Annette P. Thompson, W4LKM, Memorial Scholarship Endowed



  • 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.