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O.C.A.R.C.'s 2016 A.R.R.L. Field Day

(Always the fourth full weekend in June)

June 24th, 2016 (Fri) 9:00 AM: Setup
June 25th, 2016 (Sat) 11:00 AM: Operations Start
June 26th, 2016 (Sun) 11:00 AM: Operations End
June 26, 2016 (Sun) 11:01 AM till Approx. 2:00 PM: Teardown


Notice: The 2016 ARRL Field Day is over. This year we finished 139th overall out of 2,697 entries (just out of the top 5%). We also finished 7th in the ARRL Southwestern Division and (for the 5th year in a row, and the eighth time in the past 10 years) FIRST in the Orange Section.

W6ZE (AF6CF) 2016 Point Summary
Mode Total Contacts Total Points
CW Contacts 414 1,656
Phone Contacts (Corrected) 1,272 2,544
Digital Contacts 188 752
SUB TOTALS 1,874 4,846
Bonus Points 1,290
TOTALS) 1,874 6,242


The Orange County Amateur Radio Club, OCARC, hosted their 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.

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.

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.


Construction of antennas and towers is scheduled to begin at 9:00 AM (local time) on Friday June 24th (while it is still cool). There will be no setup activities on Thursday due to soccer activities.


Teardown will begin at the end of the 24 hour contest at 11 AM (local time) on Sunday June 26th.


The OCARC operated in Class “A”. The number of simultaneous transmitters we plan to be running is four + the free VHF/UHF transmitter.

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!

Field Day Call:

We will be using the Club call, W6ZE, for our general operations.
The GOTA station will be using the call sign of our club President — AF6CF.

Field Day Task Team Members:

2016 Band Captains and Teams:

Meals and Food:

Boy Scout Troop 440 provided meals at $5 each. This is a convenience to the club and a fund raiser for the Boy Scouts.

VE Testing at Field Day:

The Field Day VE testing session has been canceled.

Contest Rules:

2016 ARRL Field Day information, including: the FD Information Packet, Full Rules, Summary sheet, W1AW Bulletin Schedule, Logging Sheets, the 2015 FD Logo and much more is available on the Field Day page of the ARRL website in the months prior to Field Day.

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 2013
2014 2015
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
2013 2014 2015 ---- ---- ----

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