Notice: The 2009 ARRL Field Day is over. The Orange County ARC with tremendous support from WARA personnel and Catalina Repeater Group finished third overall in the ARRL 2009 Field Day event. Officially the club made 5,925 contacts and scored a total of 19,304 points, including bonus points.

2009 Field Day Top Ten from December QST
# Call / (GOTA) Score Class Club
* Battery Class
1 W3AO / (KE3Q) 30,888 20A MDC Potomac Valley RC & Columbia ARA
2 K1R / (W1WQM) 20,562 5A NH Port City ARC
3 W6ZE / (N1AB) 19,304 9A ORG OCARC
4 W9CA / (N9CC) 18,996 3A IL Cortek Rdio Ass'n
5 W2RDX / (W2AN) 18,614 3A WNY Rochester DX Ass'n
6 W6YX / (K6SU) 17,448 4F SCV Stanford ARC
7 K2NJ / (W2EN) 16,790 3F NNJ West Jersey DX Group
8 K2ZR / (none) 15,142 2A* WNY Buffalo Lighthouse Crew
9 K2AA / (W2EA) 14,894 6A SNJ South Jersey Radio Ass'n
10 W4IY / (none) 14,744 6A VA Woodbridge Wireless

O.C.A.R.C.'s 2009 A.R.R.L. Field Day
June 27th - 28th, 2009

(Always the fourth full weekend in June)


The Orange County Amateur Radio Club, OCARC, will host Field Day at the Walter Knott Elementary School at 7300 La Palma Avenue in Buena Park, CA. The school FD site is immediately to the West of Knotts Berry Farm Park. Everyone is welcome to attend. Amateur radio operators are encourage to bring their families. If you're a ham just visiting the area on business or vacation, you're welcome to join us.

Please bring a copy of your ham license to FD to allow you your full license privileges.

Here are two maps of the Field Day site:

Driving Instructions:

The Walter Knott Elementary School in Buena Park may be reached by:

The location of the OCARC FD on the school grounds can be reached by entering from La Palma into the schools far right driveway. See the annotated FD map. The school grounds are behind the school buildings and are to the South.


Setup is scheduled to begin at 11 AM on Friday June 26th. If you plan on arriving earlier than that, please contact our Field Day Chairman for instructions.


OCARC is currently scheduled to operate in the 9A class, meaning there will be 9 transmitters running full time on emergency power. We will also have one VHF/UHF and a GOTA (Get On The Air) station that are not included in the nine. The GOTA station is for new amateur operators who have not worked in the HF bands and for visitors who do not currently have an amateur radio license. Any operator that makes 50 GOTA contacts over Field Day earns the club bonus points!

Technician class operators, this is your opportunity to get HF in your blood :) If you are looking for inspiration to upgrade, this is your chance. Anyone can work the HF bands at a Field Day site with a control operator present!

Stations making up our 9A class:

  1. 80 meter CW
  2. 75/15 meter SSB
  3. 40 meter CW
  4. 40 meter SSB
  5. 20 meter CW
  6. 20 meter SSB
  7. 10M SSB
  8. 6M SSB
  9. UHF

Free Stations:

  1. GOTA (Get On The Air), Satellite, etc.
  2. One 2M PHN station

Field Day Call:

We will be using the Club call, W6ZE, for our general operations.
The GOTA station will be using N1AB call for its operations.

Band Captains and Teams:

Meals and Food:

The club will provide the following meals (Menu to be posted shortly):

Contest Rules:

The 2009 ARRL Field Day Rules are available in html and pdf format. Field Day log sheets and check sheets are also available here.

Club Field Day History:

Here are links to past Club ARRL Field Day scores and sites:

1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
2008 2009

This page last updated on 29 April 2010
OCARC S-Mail: P.O. Box 3454, Tustin, CA 92781-3454