(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

  • Just Hours Remain to Bid on Annual ARRL On-Line Auction Items
  • "Contest Giant,"Honor Roll DXer Paul Obert, K8PO, SK
  • Geomagnetic Storm Peaks at G3 (Strong) Level
  • Broadcasters, Jammers Wreak Havoc on Amateur Radio Frequencies
  • Ecuador Radio Club Recognizes ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager, Ham Aid
  • Philippine Hams Team Up to Confront Back-to-Back Typhoons
  • Annual ARRL On-Line Auction Now Open for Bidding!
  • The K7RA Solar Update
  • Apparent ARISS Radio Failure Prompts Shift to Russian Service Module Ham Gear
  • Georgia Section Manager Changing on November 1
  • The Doctor Will See You Now!
  • ARES/RACES Featured at Joint Tribal Emergency Management Conference
  • Time to File Your JOTA Station Report
  • ARRL Members with AOL Accounts Report Problems Receiving ARRL E-Mailings
  • MARS-Amateur Radio Interoperability Exercise to Test “Very Bad Day” Scenario

  • 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.