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Mapping the myocardial electric field during a defibrillation pulse requires the recording of potential differences between electrodes. The field is then calculated from these quantities and the corresponding calibration matrix. One straightforward calibration technique involves alignment of a known electric field along each of the orthogonal axes of an electrode array and recording the resulting potential differences. However, no results have been reported to support the efficacy of this technique. This study performs a detailed error analysis including a one-to-one comparison to a precision calibration technique, and quantitatively establishes the efficacy of the orthogonal field technique.