(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

  • FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn Stepping Down
  • Space Station Commemorative Slow-Scan TV Transmissions Prove Extremely Popular
  • Sweden’s SAQ LF Transmitter to be On the Air on May 1
  • Virginia Radio Amateur Completes Contacts on All 29 Ham Bands
  • International Girls in Information and Telecommunication Technologies Day is April 26
  • ARRL Executive Committee to Meet on April 21
  • IARU President Extends Greetings for World Amateur Radio Day 2018
  • Correction to May QST Article, “A Value-Added Technician License”
  • Maritime Radio Historical Society’s K6KPH will be Active for International Marconi Day
  • Radio Amateurs in Canada to Get New 100 W 5 MHz Allocation
  • Denmark’s EDR Offers Award for World Amateur Radio Day Contacts with 5P0WARD
  • “The Wireman” Press Jones, N8UG, SK:
  • Foundation to Honor Former ARRL Connecticut Section Manager Betsey Doane, K1EIC
  • Former “Coast to Coast AM” Radio Show Host Art Bell, W6OBB, SK
  • School’s Ham Contact with Space Station Raises Amateur Radio’s Visibility in Alabama

  • 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.