O.C.A.R.C.'s 2017 A.R.R.L. Field Day
June 23rd, 2017 (Fri) Starting at 9:00 AM: Setup
June 24th - 25th, 2017: Operations (Sat, Sun)

(Always the fourth full weekend in June)


Notice: The 2017 ARRL Field Day is over. This year we finished 81st overall out of 2,965 entries (in the top 3%). We also finished 4th in the ARRL Southwestern Division and (for the 6th year in a row, and the ninth time in the past 11 years) FIRST in the Orange Section.

W6ZE (W6NGO) 2017 Point Summary
Mode Total Contacts Total Points
CW Contacts 710 2,840
Phone Contacts 1,781 3,562
Digital Contacts 91 364
SUB TOTALS 2,582 6,766
Bonus Points 1,470
TOTALS 2,582 8,236


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 Field Day site is at the same location we've used since 2009. The school is located immediately west of Knotts Berry Farm.

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.

Cell Phone Contact for Directions:

Tim Goeppinger N6GP will have his cell with him 714-875-2344


Construction of antennas and towers is scheduled to begin at 9:00 AM (local time) on Friday June 23rd (while it is still cool).


Teardown will begin at the end of the 24 hour contest at 11 AM (local time) on Sunday June 25th.


The OCARC will be operating in Class “A”. The number of simultaneous transmitters we plan to be running is five, but is subject to change if necessary.

Technician class operators, this is your opportunity to work some HF bands with a relatively powerful station. 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 memorial club call sign of W6NGO.


2017 Band Captains and Teams:

Meals and Food:

Boy Scout Troop 440 will be providing meals at a fixed cost. This is a convenience to the club and a fund raiser for the Boy Scouts. Here is the meal plan:

Meal details will be released in the upcoming RF. At that time this page will also be updated.

Contest Rules:

2017 ARRL Field Day information, including: the FD Information Packet, Full Rules, Summary sheet, W1AW Bulletin Schedule, Logging Sheets, the 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 2016 2017 2018 2019
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

This page last updated on 12 November 2017
OCARC S-Mail: P.O. Box 3454, Tustin, CA 92781-3454

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