O.C.A.R.C.'s 2013 A.R.R.L. Field Day
June 20th - 21st, 2013: Setup (Thu, Fri)
June 22nd - 23rd, 2013: Operations (Sat, Sun)

(Always the fourth full weekend in June)


This section is reserved for announcing the results of the 2013 OCARC W6ZE Field Day:

Notice: The 2013 ARRL Field Day is over. The Orange County ARC with support from WARA and the SCDXC members finished in second place overall in the ARRL 2013 Field Day event. Officially the club made 6,859 contacts and scored a total of 21,258 points, including bonus points. This is the third time in seven years that the OCARC ended up in the top three!

2013 Field Day Top Ten from December QST
# Call / (GOTA) Score Class Club
* Battery Class
1 W3AO / (KE3Q) 33,724 29A MDC Potomac Valley RC & Columbia ARA
2 W6ZE / (W6BAC) 21,258 12A ORG Orange County Amateur Radio Club
3 K5UZ / (KD5J) 20,696 2A AR Batesville ARC
4 W4IY / (N9CC) 19,924 9A VA Woodbridge Wireless
5 K6EI / (W6ZZZ) 18,885 9AB* SCV West Valley ARC
6 W4EZ / (K6SU) 17,675 9AB* NC Orange County Radio Amateurs &
Durham FM Ass'n
7 K4LRG / (K5NOB) 17,392 5A VA Loudoun ARG
8 NA5NN / (K5DXA) 16,750 5A MS 599 DX Ass'n
9 W6YX / K6SU) 16,074 9F SCV Stanford ARC
10 K4FC / (N4FLA) 15,954 7A NFL Lake ARC


The Orange County Amateur Radio Club, OCARC, will host Field Day at the Walter Knott Education Center at 7300 La Palma Avenue in Buena Park, CA. This year's Field Day site is at the same location we've used since 2009. The school is located immediately west of Knotts Berry Farm. Everyone is welcome to attend. Amateur radio operators are encouraged to bring their families. If you're a ham just visiting the area on business or vacation, you're welcome to join us.

The School District does not permit alcohol or tobacco to be used on the school premises. If you bring a dog assure it is on a leash; you are responsible to dispose of any waste by the dog.

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

Here are maps and a layout of the Field Day site:

Driving Instructions:

Directions to the Walter Knott Education Center in Buena Park:

The location of the OCARC FD on the school grounds can be reached by entering from La Palma into the school's East driveway. See the annotated FD map. The school grounds are behind the school buildings to the south.

Talk-in Frequency:

The simplex frequency of 446.520 MHz (FM) will be monitored for people needing directions to the location or needing info.


Setup of antennas is scheduled to begin at 5 PM (local time) on Thursday June 20th and will continue on Friday June 21st. The tower set-up efforts will start on Friday morning between 8 and 9 AM (while it is still cool).


Teardown will begin at the end of the 24 hour contest at 11 AM (local time) on Sunday June 23rd.


The OCARC will be operating in Class “A”. The number of simultaneous transmitters we will be running has not been determined at this time.

Technician class operators, this is your opportunity to work some HF now that the bands have finally opened up. 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 properly licensed control operator present!

There will also be VE testing at the site for anyone wanting to upgrade their license.

Stations currently planned:

Field Day Call:

We will be using the Club call, W6ZE, for our general operations.
The GOTA station will be using the call W6BAC.



Band Captains and Teams (To Be Updated Further):

Meals and Food:

The OCARC will be providing meals for those who are working Field Day. Our food Chairman is Kris KC6TOD.

VE Testing at Field Day:

George N6VNI has organized to have ARRL VE Tesing conducted at FD on Saturday afternoon. See DETAILS for more testing info and contact info.

Contest Rules:

2013 ARRL Field Day information, including: the FD Information Packet, Full Rules, Summary sheet, W1AW Bulletin Schedule, Logging Sheets, the 2013 FD Logo and much more are available on the Field Day page of the ARRL website.

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 2010 2011 2012

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This page last updated on 17 November 2013
OCARC S-Mail: P.O. Box 3454, Tustin, CA 92781-3454