International Air Ambulance Week
The Club was proud to represent the Cornwall Air Ambulance using the Special Event call sign
Great Britain’s 1st Air Ambulance Trust
20th September 2015
A very successful day was enjoyed on Sunday 20th September with plenty of contacts entered into our log book. Thank you to everyone who came along to help and to all operators who took the time to make a contact with us. The club appreciates your support during the event to promote awareness of the air ambulance service in the County of Cornwall.
We arrived at Trevellas at around 9.00.am,;unfortunately we were not able to operate our station from the grounds of Perranporth Air Field, as previously arranged with the Parachute Club as, when the owners of the airfield realised we were going to be there, they contacted G4USB informing him that if we wished to set up on the airfield (which is working airfield being run as a commercial enterprise) the cost of their ground rent for our tent would be £100.00 for the day! The fact it was a station promoting the Air Ambulance Charity made no difference whatsoever. Plan B was called for with three days to go!
Thankfully Norman G4USB knew the owners of the land adjacent to the air field situated just behind the hangar buildings and arrangements were made enabling us to set up our tent on a patch of grass close to the airfield main entrance which shared the same postal code location to keep us within the NOV issued to Norman. Ian M0IAF allowed us to use his camper van mounted antenna mast fixed to the rear of the van and extending to 30 ft or so enabling us to raise our home brew G5RV into the air.
M0IAF’s van provided the antenna mast
Not too long into the operation we received a visit from a gentleman carrying a hand held. It transpired that he was the Airfield Manager Lucas, a Brazilian national working his way around the world from Country to Country who just happens to hold a Class C Amateur Radio Licence in Brazil as PU3LPR and he proudly demonstrated this by showing us his licence documents. He lived in the most Southern part of Brazil when at home but moved here from Spain where he had lived for around 10 years, his father is also a licenced Radio Amateur in Brazil.
Lucas had heard about our predicament only the day before but he was unable to negotiate on our behalf at such short notice but hoped he would be able to assist should we wish to operate there again in the future.
He was with us for quite a while and he was introduced to the Baofeng handheld radios having not realised how cheaply he could purchase one. After taking several photographs of the tent, the Feather Banner and the group of operators Norman G4USB,Steve G7VOH,Ian M0IAF,James M6ZXZ,Terry M6LDW and Ken G0FIC he returned to his duties in the control tower.
James M6ZXZ on the Mic of the FT450
We had a visit from Roger May one of our current students who is taking the Foundation Course and due to take the exam on Saturday 26th September. Roger seemed to enjoy his brief visit and it seemed to fuel his enthusiasm and resolve to pass the following weekend.
The Transceiver in use for the day was the clubs Yaesu FT 450D providing us with 100 watts into the G5RV. Operation was restricted to 40m as the band was in good shape for inter G contacts and we worked in all some 80 stations from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland plus a few from mainland Europe.
The generator, supplied by Norman G4USB worked well giving us a constant supply of 240 volts. Ken G0FIC managed to forget to bring the tables but luckily Ian M0IAF had one in his camper. Thankfully there was little wind as inserting the tent pegs was rather awkward as the grass seems to be growing on top of what was probable 2nd World War vintage concrete being part of the former RAF base.
We broke camp at about 4.30.pm and, once everything was cleared away it looked like we were never there!
International Air Ambulance Week runs from September 19th through to September 27th so we may be back at Trevellas again on Sunday 27th as We will be unable to take part on the Saturday due to examination duties at Gweal An Top.
73; from the team at GB1AAT – Ref AO32 for International Air Ambulance Week.
Happy landings to the two Cornwall Air Ambulances and their patients from all at C.R.A.C