Field Day

****************************FIELD DAY 2021 IS APPROVED BY THE CITY OF MISSION VIEJO TO BE HELD AT GILLERAN PARK**************************

Though the state has lifted restrictions on public gatherings, we still have to operate with some restrictions to be compliant with our permit from the City of Mission Viejo.

The following is our current guidelines and information regarding FD 2021 at Gilleran Park. 

READ THE RULES FOR FIELD DAY!! Click the link here: Field Day Rules (


*** We are not requiring masks for those who have been FULLY VACCINATED; those who have not been vaccinated we ask that you please wear a mask when not socially distanced. Vaccinated Operators and Loggers may choose their comfort level in wearing or not wearing masks when working together.

Visitors are welcome but are asked to please wear masks and to stay for just a short time.

We are limiting set up and tear down to 15 people. Gathering in the main operation area during the contest will be limited to 20 people.

The number of people allowed in the operation tent will be 6 people (2 per station – operator and logger). We will be operating as a 3 Alpha station. No GOTA station this year. The plan is to have a Voice, Digital, and a CW station. The CW station may be used for Voice if there are no CW operators at the time and on a different frequency than the other station.

As has been previously discussed, you may operate a home station again this year and contribute your points as club points but cannot do club and personal from that same station. Refer to ARRL FD 2021 Rules.

No food will be provided this year; you must bring your own food. SOARA will provide chilled bottled water. A hand washing station will be available for use. The public bathrooms will remain unlocked for our use.

We do not have a sign up sheet for operators at this time but will initiate one if we feel it becomes necessary to do so.

We do plan on having a testing session at the picnic tables in the lower lot on Saturday. Time aprox. 1:30 – 2:00 pm with enough VE’s present.

We will set up three 700 milliwatt T-Hunt transmitters Saturday afternoon for a T-Hunt demonstration. You may bring your T-hunt antenna to practice. Time: 3pm

There will be a table with past SOARA Saturday Projects for you to look at.

Temps are expected to be 63 – 85 degrees Fahrenheit over the weekend.


If you have any questions about Field Day that were not addressed here, please email your questions to or call Heiko Peschel – Communications Director at the number listed in the Propagator.



WHEN:  Fourth Full Weekend in June (June 25-27, 2021)
TIME:  11:00am Saturday - 11:00am Sunday (Friday Setup Starts at 3pm)
WHERE: James G. Gilleran Park, 24960 Felipe Road, Mission Viejo, CA

TALK IN: 147.645 MHz, PL Tone – 110.9

2021 Schedule:

Volunteers Needed!

Fri 6/25 3pm: Setup begins (towers, antennas, tents, radios, etc)
Sat 6/25 9am: Field day site opens (set up crew can arrive earlier)
Sat 6/25 11am: Field day operations begins
Sat 6/26 2pm: ARRL-VEC Testing Session
Sun 6/27 11am: Field day operations cease

Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. Earthquakes, fires, storms, tornadoes, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables leave people without the means to communicate. In these cases, the one consistent service that has never failed has been Amateur Radio. These radio operators, often called “hams” provide backup communications for everything from the American Red Cross to FEMA and even for the International Space Station. SOARA “hams” will join with thousands of other Amateur Radio operators showing their emergency capabilities this weekend.

PIC_0143Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America including wildfires, winter storms, hurricanes, tornadoes and other events world-wide. When trouble is brewing, Amateur Radio’s people are often the first to provide rescuers with critical information and communications. On the weekend of June 25-27, 2021, the public will have a chance to meet and talk with South Orange Amateur Radio Association’s ham radio operators and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about as hams across the USA will be holding public demonstrations of emergency communications abilities.

index.19This annual event, called “Field Day” is the climax of the week long “Amateur Radio Week” sponsored by the ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio. Using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country. Their slogan, “When All Else Fails, Ham Radio Works” is more than just words to the hams as they prove they can send messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis. More than 35,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year’s event.

newsro5“The fastest way to turn a crisis into a total disaster is to lose communications,” said Allen Pitts of the ARRL. From the earthquake and tsunami in Japan to tornadoes in Missouri, ham radio provided the most reliable communication networks in the first critical hours of the events. Because ham radios are not dependent on the Internet, cell towers or other infrastructure, they work when nothing else is available. We need nothing between us but air.

P6260069cAt Gilleran Park in Mission Viejo, the South Orange Amateur Radio Association will be demonstrating Amateur Radio starting at 11am on Saturday. They invite the public to come and see ham radio’s new capabilities and learn how to get their own FCC radio license before the next disaster strikes.

Amateur Radio is growing in the US. There are now over 735,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the US, and more than 2.5 million around the world. Through the ARRL’s Amateur Radio Emergency Services program, ham volunteers provide both emergency communications for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies and non-emergency community services too, all for free.


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