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I received my Technician license, KD8RDG, on November 1, 2011, and upgraded to General on January 21, 2014. I changed my call sign to K8RDG, dropping the D from the prefix, in January of 2015. I've been a shortwave listener for nearly 50 years.  I started in 1970 at the age of 10 in CB (11M) as KJM1161. I spent part of my career as a 9-1-1 emergency call-taker, dispatcher, and communications supervisor.

My modest station consists of a Kenwood TS-590 transceiver with MC-90 microphone, and a Kenwood TS-2000. I operate low power with only 100 watts and wire antenna(s). 


Other equipment includes a Yaesu FRG-100 receiver, ICOM IC-R75 receiver, and Uniden BC-780 XLT scanner; Sangean DAR-101 digital MP3 recorder and Sangean CL-100 weather radio; Alinco DM-330FX power supply, WGA TR-2000 Headset, and MFJ-269 Analyzer. (Not pictured are my Sangean ATS-909 and County Comm GP5/SSB portable receivers.)

Antennas include a Diamond D-130J Discone; W8AMZ/G5RV Jr; PAR OA-50 Omniangle; Comet GP-1; RF Systems MLBA-MK2; and an EFHW8010 mounted at various heights on a modest 30' (9.144m) tower along with a Davis Instruments Vantage Pro2 weather station. 

All coax cables enter the shack via MFJ-4601 window panel and are protected by MFJ-270 lightning protectors.

For mobile use in my 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD I operate a Kenwood TM-V71A dual band transceiver with a Jetstream JT7505BM dual band gain antenna.

Yaesu FT-60R dual band handheld transceiver for protable use.

(Not pictured is a Tytera MD-380 portable and a Connect Systems CS-800 mobile with a Hustler RX-440 gain antenna for DMR.)

I am a member of Oakland County ARPSC, ARES, and Michigan RACES. I am a SKYWARN trained spotter. I am a member in 10-10 International, Badger Weather Net, and NorCARS. I have been involved with public safety radio for over 30 years in my career, and over 40 years as a hobby.

Now as Fire Chief, my fire department SUV is equipped with a M/A Com 7200 800 MHz digital trunked mobile; a Motorola CDM1250 conventional VHF mobile; Uniden BC-780 XLT scanner; Motorla 800 MHz trunked mobile; two Motorla HT1250 (VHF & UHF) portables; and a M/A Com P7200 & a Harris XG75 800 MHz trunked portable.

I enjoyed participating in the ARRL Centnetial QSO Party during 2014, earning my WAS award before changing call signs, and receiving a top level award where I rank in the top 1.5% of participants. I even took a turn at working W1AW/8!

In 2016 I participated in the American Radio Relay League's National Parks On The Air event successfully chasing 395 parks, ranking 199 overall and 11th in Michigan, and earning the ARRL NPOTA Chaser Award and Honor Roll certificates.


Besides radios, my other hobby is my 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396. yes

My 10-10 number is 76373. My grid square is EN82jn.

I use QRZ; eQSL; and LoTW.

Thank you for visiting. 73!



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QRZ Logbook Summary for - K8RDG
Latest Contacts for K8RDG at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
KC3FVN 2017-06-30 40m SSB FN10jk United States KEITH A COMP
K0BAK 2017-06-28 20m SSB FM29en United States Peter L Kobak
N9MM 2017-06-27 20m SSB EM08dt United States NORMAN E MEYERS
K0BAK 2017-06-27 20m SSB FM28ll United States Peter L Kobak
K7CAR 2017-06-18 20m SSB DM65st United States KENT B O SELL
K0ATZ 2017-06-17 40m SSB EM49bp United States Brian K Martin
K0ATZ 2017-06-16 40m SSB EM39la United States Brian K Martin
WA5ZFP 2017-06-16 6m SSB EL49vw United States Ronald J Scalise, SR
K2RYD 2017-06-15 20m SSB FN30kr United States Salli J Rosato
W8TAM 2017-06-12 40m SSB EN85bl United States Thomas A Martin
K8VOX 2017-06-11 20m SSB EN75pu United States Julie A Martin
W0W 2017-06-08 40m SSB EM37oi United States Rick Hamel
KB3WAV 2017-06-07 20m SSB EN53cp United States Kerri L Wright
K8VOX 2017-06-05 20m SSB EN82gq United States Julie A Martin
K5PDC 2017-06-03 20m SSB FM21ui United States Peter D Caffrey

Book Totals: 1554 qso's   313 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

Grid Squared Award#10464
Granted: 2016-01-26 18:06:40   (K8RDG)

World Continents Award#11808
Granted: 2016-01-26 18:05:12   (K8RDG)

United States Counties Award#1767
Granted: 2016-07-19 22:32:02   (KD8RDG)

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