Dues and Donations information can be found on the Membership page.

Memberships are valid January 1st thru December 31st.

A Big Thank You!

To George Thurner, W8FWG (SK) for his many years of service to the KCRA, CCRAA and to the Ham radio community.

George’s Obituary can be found here.


The 147.315 repeater has been upgraded to a Motorola MTR2000 with an external controller.

The new repeater will announce the time and does have a courtesy tone. 

Autopatch has been re-enabled. (As of 06/03/2023)

Also the 443.150 repeater has been taken off the air.

Nets and Meetings

The Keweenaw County ARES Net is on Fridays at 9pm Followed by A Skywarn Net on 147.315+ MHz PL 100.0 Hz

The Houghton County ARES Net will be on Wednesdays at 8:00PM.
On the 88 repeater (146.880 MHz- with a PL of 100.0 Hz)

The Ontonagon County ARES Net will be on Wednesdays about 8:30PM-8:45PM.
On the 67 repeater (146.670 MHz- with a PL of 100.0 Hz)

Next Meeting Date: January 13th, 2023, 11:30am

The KCRA will meet the second Saturday of each quarter at The Loading Zone, 406 Calumet Street Lake Linden, MI 49945. To be determined at a later date.

Meetings are open to all interested in Amateur Radio.

Technician HAM Classes:   Thanks to Don W8PSP for teaching the classes! In the 2022 session we had 25 new Hams and in 2023 there was 10. For a total of 35!

Don W8PSP and Simon KE8TXD did an interview for “Copper Country Today”

Aired on January 22, 2023

Copper Country Today Archives – Keweenaw Report

New Copper Country Ham Directory 2022

FCC Application Fee Instructions

Detroit Free Press- Article on local Hams.

Check the Open Sky Project. At openskiesproject.org

2019 Chassell Ham Swap Meet sponsored by the CCRAA, BCRA and KCRA grand prize raffle winner. John Kemppainen N8BFL (right) receives his prize a Yaesu FTM-400XDR/DE from CCRAA treasurer Randy McClellan KE8DCK.


Hi! We wish you a hearty Yooper welcome and thanks for visiting our neck of the woods.

Located in Michigan’s northernmost county, the KCRA was originally established in 1983 to provide amateur radio service in rugged and rural Keweenaw County and nearby coastal waters. Today, the K8MDH repeater reaches from Thunder Bay, ON to the Lake Superior shore in Alger and Marquette Counties.

A Big Thank You !

To Gary Hansen, K8YSZ(SK) for his many years of service to the KCRA and as the Keweenaw County EC.

Meet and Greets

Most weeks a group meets on,

Tuesdays at Candie’s Corner Cafe (Hubbell) at 9:00am,

Thursdays at Burger King (Calumet) at 2:00pm and

Saturdays The Hut (Kearsarge)The Miners Café (Laurium) or The Loading Zone (Lake Linden) at 11:30am.

(Give a call on the 315 to see if anyone is going)

Thank You

The KCRA would like to thank Keweenaw County for hosting our repeaters at Mount Horace Greeley. (Calumet Air Force Station)

We would also like to thank Pasty.net for supplying us with power and a phone line.


This cam is located at the home of Jeff W9GY and over looks the North Entry of the Portage Canal.

What is “Ham Radio”

The Radio Amateur’s Code

The Radio Amateur is CONSIDERATE…He/[She] never knowingly operates in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others. LOYAL…He/[She] offers loyalty, encouragement and support to other amateurs, local clubs, the IARU Radio Society in his/[her] country, through which Amateur Radio in his/[her] country is represented nationally and internationally.

PROGRESSIVE…He/[She] keeps his/[her] station up to date. It is well-built and efficient. His/[Her] operating practice is above reproach.

FRIENDLY…He/[She] operates slowly and patiently when requested; offers friendly advice and counsel to beginners; kind assistance, cooperation and consideration for the interests of others. These are the marks of the amateur spirit.

BALANCED…Radio is a hobby, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school or community.

PATRIOTIC…His/[Her] station and skills are always ready for service to country and community.

– adapted from the original Amateur’s Code, written by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA, in 1928


ARRL Affiliated Club




International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend!

This year 00.01 UTC 19th August to 24.00 UTC 20th August 2023 (48 hours)

This year K8L we will be operating from:

Eagle Harbor Lighthouse US0017


CopperDog 150

The CopperDog 150 will be March 1-3, 2024.

If you are interested in volunteering, would like to sign up for your favorite location, or you have a question or suggestion please contact Communications Coordinator Bill LaBell at billlabell@copperdog150.com.

We will be operating special event station K9C on popular HF bands,  See QRZ.com for QSL details.

Swap & Shop

Hiawatha Amateur Radio Association


Marquette County

Swap & Shop Saturday September 16, 2023

We are hoping that the beginning of summer is soon and the end of summer is a long way off in the distance but we’d like you to mark your calendar now for our annual Swap & Shop that has been moved to September 16, 2023. For ages we held this event in February but plans are to host it annually in the fall.

Other than that everything is the same. Location is the Negaunee Township Hall on M-35 just south of the U.S. Hwy 41 and M-35 intersection. Times are 0900 to 1300. We’ll have lots of door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. Refreshments will be available.

Here is only a small sample of what will be on our club table. I realize it is scheduled down the road somewhat but please mark your calendar now so you don’t miss it. Please let your club members be aware of our upcoming Swap & Shop.

Also does anyone need a sales table at our event? Contact Greg KI8AF at ki8af@arrl.net