Field Day 2024

The Kachina ARC participated in the 2024 ARRL Field Day on June 22, 2024. The club’s operation was held in Taylor, at a nice visible location in front of the Walmart parking lot. We had lots of visitors with interest and questions about ham radio. Here are a few pictures.

Deuces Wild Triathlon

The Kachina club provided communications support for the Deuces Wild Triathlon on June 1, 2024. This was our first triathlon so a lot was going on everywhere! It was a beautiful day and a great venue at Fool Hollow Lake.

Club members provided radio communications at 10 locations along the bike route.  There were 40 riders in the 57 mile race and 80 riders in the 20 mile short course.   

A special “Thank You” to Bruce Sparrow – N2KTV, Viveca Gresham – AG7UD, Randy Beecroft – W7RJB, Richard Browning – K1RAB, Kevin Parmenter – KG5Q, Wade Millett – KK7KIG, Brian Carpenter – KA7EEJ, Mike Boger – W7IJ, George Meyer – W7AGM, Mark Binnie – W3NYC, Brian McCarter – KK7THM, Tom Goforth – WY7TG, Cheri Goforth – N7WEM, Jim Mortensen – W7AZY, Marie Mortensen – N7SKS

Here are a few pictures of the event:

Emergency Preparedness Fair

The Community Emergency Preparedness Fair was held May 11, 2024 at the Taylor Rodeo Grounds. (There were about 40 booths) The Kachina Club had a booth to promote ham radio.  Many individuals came by and visited with us, and we gave out about 56  flyers!  We’re excited that maybe in the near future there will be more ham operators! Thank you to Mark Binnie, George Meyer, Randy Beecroft, Jim and Marie Mortensen for helping at the booth.

Bill Turley shared his love of Dutch  oven cooking and Brian Carpenter shared his knowledge of GMRS!

All in all it was a very successful event and great to see many of our Club members stop by!

Here are a few pictures:

Motus Wildlife Tracking Project

As we learned at the October 2023 club meeting, the club has the opportunity to assist the Arizona Game and Fish Department with a wildlife telemetry tracking project.  It’s called the Motus Wildlife Tracking Project and is international in its coverage. A PowerPoint presentation is included below.  More can be found at

The project uses stationary, permanently mounted receivers that are constantly listening for radio-tagged wildlife to pass by them with any detections passed on to a central database server in near real time.

As far as the Kachina Amateur Radio Club involvement goes, this project is open to anybody with any kind of interest and knowledge level.  Hopefully, we can turn this into a productive learning experience.  With a little assistance, it is relatively easy to learn to put these receivers together or host a station if you have a tower in just the right location.

Motus Wildlife Telemetry System

Possible activities for club members include building a receiver, antenna construction, and hosting a station.

Anyone interested in helping out should email President Kevin and we will get back to you with possible meeting dates.  In your email to Kevin, indicate if there are any bad days or evenings for you to make a meeting.  We may establish regular recurring meetings, if needed.  Thanks!!!