International Air Ambulance Week 2015 – GB1AAT Day1

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.

gb1aat with tet

We arrived at Trevellas at around,;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.

LDV mast

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.

m6zxz on ft450

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 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

One of the two Cornwall Air Ambulances

One of the two Cornwall Air Ambulances

Foundation Examination Successes 26-09-15

We held the latest Foundation Course examination today at Gweal An Top, Redruth.

An 80% pass rate achieved from the 5 candidates with the 5th scoring 18/27 missing success by just one mark.
It is always hard when that happens but better luck next time it was so close.

From Left to right:

Ian – Trevor – Gerry and Roger

A little more activity will be seen locally soon, well done guys and better luck on the second attempt to number 5 !

President CRAC

260915 Foundation passes

Thanks to:

Graham G3LAI – Trainer
Steve – G7VOH – Lead invigilator
Ken – G0FIC – Second Invigilator
Norman – G4USB – Course support

International Air Ambulance Week

International Air Ambulance Week is in full swing and the Cornish Radio Amateur Club have this year operated as an official station on Sunday 20th September and, we plan to be on air again on Sunday 27th September.

Cornwall was the fist County in England to have an Air Ambulance Trust and with some 25,000 sorties under their belts the two new MD902 Explorer helicopters (one pictured below in a shot taken in July 2015) the service continues to be a great success but, no funding is received from the Government coffers and the aircraft are kept in the air thanks to the fund raising carried out by the people of Cornwall and other donations.

The International Air Ambulance Week is designed to raise awareness of the Air Ambulance Service via Amateur Radio. If you would like to donate on behalf of our event station ref A032 please visit:

and use the Donate Button especially if you visit our beautiful County for your holidays, you never know when you may need their services!

Norman G4USB – President of the Cornish Radio Amateur Club

Please give us a call on Sunday if you hear us on the



Here we are operating on September 20th from our patch of land adjacent to the former Trevellas Airfield now known as Perranporth Airfield where, on the day, there was a charity parachute freefall experience day held also in aid of the Cornwall Air Ambulance. Unfortunately we were not able to set up our station on the airfield itself.


International Air Ambulance Week



Having contacted Cornwall Air Ambulance some time back they suggested we set up our operation at Perranporth Airfield on Sunday September 20th as, there is charity sky dive event in support of the Air Ambulance taking place on that date; all seemed well and agreed until yesterday (14th Sept) when the airfield owners blocked our attendance, today (15th Sept) an e-mail from them saying we could operate from the site but requesting a fee of £100.00 as the airfield is a commercial venture operating in difficult times. I hope they feel very guilty should the services of the Air Ambulance ever be needed by them or a loved one.

With our NOV tied to a specified post code I contacted Truro Marquees who have their store and office situated just off the airfield directly to the rear of the permanent hangar. We have been welcomed there with open arms and our gratitude is recorded here as there has been no mention of a fee for being there. Thanks to Mr Dagnall and Mrs Rosevear for their kind assistance.

Operation at the Newquay base of the Air Ambulance would have been ideal however, on a weekend  this is difficult as the only personnel there and on duty would be the flight crew.

A special call sign has been requested via Ofcom and we have been issued with the call GB1AAT – Great Britain’s First Air Ambulance Trust which, of course the Cornwall Air Ambulance was. As a service it is 100% funded by donation and monies raised on its behalf by the people and businesses of the County of Cornwall. It has never received any funds from central Government unlike, for example, the London Air Ambulance. Strange that!

Our participation has been registered as an official station and our reference number is: A032

One of the two Cornwall Air Ambulances

One of the two Cornwall Air Ambulances

Making a Donation

The primary rule is that no radio amateur should accept any donation – donations and offers of funding should only be made directly to which ever service you nominate when you complete the registration form to take part in the event. Registration will be mandatory and all stations taking part will be issued a registration number which will be listed on this website. The registered number will be quoted by our operators regularly during the operation. Included in the list along side each registered station will be a clickable link enabling those wishing to donate, to donate directly to the charity of the service they wish to support. Please be generous as the next patient they are called upon to help could be you or a loved one.

There is an amateur radio award on offer as follows:

International Air Ambulance Week Awards

These awards will be in PDF format sent out by EMail and will be free of charge

1. An award for having registered and taken part in the event.

2. A Bronze award for having logged a minimum of 5 IAW station.

3. A Silver award for having logged a minimum of 10 IAW station.

4 A Gold award for having logged a minimum of 15 IAW station.

5. Awards for SWL will follow the the above requirements

To claim the awards send a log extract with :-
Your Email Address Name Call-Sign
Your logs should include :-
– registration number from the IAW website list
– call of the station worked
– date
– time in UTC
– Band
– Mode
– and in case of SWLs: callsign of the station worked by the IAW station
Please include all IAW stations worked as the Awards states how many you worked in total not just the 20

The log extracts can be in any the following formats: txt, doc/docx, xls/xlsx, pdf, jpg and

should be sent to

The Awards Manager ,
Hans Jurgen-Schmelzer DE3EAR, by EMail Using: subject – IMW Award


We hope you will all give us a call on the day if you are not actually an operator at the station.

There is still time to register your own call sign if you would like to publicise the cause yourself from your own radio shack.

The more publicity there is the more support for the Cornwall Air Ambulance.


Offer to members from UAS Enterprises – AT588 fir 4M

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New stock


  • Frequency range : TX /RX : 66-88 Mhz PRE PROGRAMMED TO AMATEUR 4M
  • FM Mode :Wide/narrow< /span>
  • Channel spacing : 12,5–20 – 25Khz
  • Number of channel : 200 Cx + 1 (memories)
  • Phase locked Step : 5-6.25-8.33-10-12.5-15-20-25-30-50 kHz
  • Dimensions WxHxD : 140x41x190 mm
  • Weight : 1.2 Kg
  • Squelch : CTCSS/DCS/DTMF/2 Tone / 5Tone
  • ANY code
  • DTMF Microphone
  • Squelch level setup
  • Function scan
  • Function channel scan/CTCSS scan / DCS scan
  • Channel name édit
  • Tot out timer
  • B C L O (busy channel lock out)
  • Alarm Function
  • Level powered : LOW: 10 W – MIDDLE/HIGH: 25 W
  • Keyboard lock
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  • Power supply voltage Display
  • A P O (auto power off)
  • TX OFF setup
  • Voice prompt
  • Talk around
  • Clone by cable

Regards Roy 01209 844859

Foundation Course September 2015

On Saturday 5th September the course commenced.

We were expecting 12 students to attend based on the number of parties telling us they wished to attend.
On the day however only 4 turned up! This is very unfair to those actually attending as the cost for them has now increased considerably due to the hire of the premises costing the same no matter how many students attend, something out of the Club’s control unfortunately.

One candidate has been studying privately and was known to be away from the County for the first two weeks but will contribute to the cost as if he had been there.

The second session is on Saturday 12th at Gweal An Top.

Dual band antenna for 2m and 70cm

A good two band antenna with a low profile visually and a useful gain on both bands from an aerial around 5Ft in length only.

offered by:

UAS Enterprises ltd

X50 DUAL BAND COLLINEAR ANTENNA AERIAL 144 440 Price £32 X-50N Dual Band Base Antenna
Compact white fiber glass dual-band base antenna for 2m and 70cm.
Diamond X-50, which sells for £69.95.
Looks identical and gives the same performance – it just costs less!!

Frequency Bands 2m/70cm
Max Power 200W
Length 1.5m
Radials 3
Gain (2m) 4.5dB
Gain (70cm) 7.2dB
Weight 1.4kg
Type (2m) 3 x 1/4 wave
Type (70cm) Connector 3 x 5/8 wave N-Type
 Regards Roy 01209 844859 

Foundation Course to be held in September 2015

Please take action as soon as possible if you wish to take part in the new Foundation Course
commencing Saturday 5th September 2015

Foundation Course


The course will run over four Saturdays between the hours of 9.30am to 16.30pm as follows:
September 2015 on the 5th 12th 19th and the 26th

The Venue is our Club meeting place,

Gweal an Top School School Lane, Redruth. TR15 2ER

Before attending please purchase the Foundation Course syllabus Book from either the Radio Socity of Great Britain (RSGB) or via Amazon online .

Start reading

the booklet before you attend as more times you read it the easier it is to understand the coursework as it unfolds over the duration of the training.

To make the training as easy as possible it is your resoinsibility to provide and bring with you to the training the following items:

A Pen & or Pencil
A Note Book or paper for note making
Your glasses if you need them to benefit from presentations projected on to a screen.

Tea and Coffee will be available, there will be a break at around lunch time when you will be able to consume the food brought from home or, if you wish there is a Co-op near the hall where food can be purchased including pastes if you fancy something warm.

The costs:

The Examination fee must be paid and this is currently £27.50. This money is forwarded directly to RSGB and covers the cost of entry to the examination and provision of exam papers etc. (Nothing retained by CRAC)

The cost

of the hire of thye trainig venue is a moveab;e feast to some extent as it will be determined by the number of students taking the course with the cost divided equally between them. For example if the rent is £50 a session with 5 students each will pay £10…..

A form of identification must be presented to us at the beginning of the course and the following items are considered appropriate – Passport / Driving Licence / Birth Certificate

Please contact us to confirm your wish to attend the training sessions which lead to the examination itself by contacting either:

Ken Tarry:

G0FIC: pendennis38 Phone:01209-821073


Steve Holland: G7VOH: g7voh Phone:01209-844939

This could be the fiurst step to joining a hobby that will be with you for the rest of your life and be the means of forging new friendships from not only the local area but around the UK, Europe and the whole World.

We hope to see you there.

Norman G4USB – President of CRAC

Offers to Members from UAS Enterprises

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2 offers

Due in Wednesday

Nevada price when in stock £139.95 plus postage

My Price: £115.00
ANYTONE AT588 VHF 66-88MHZ (4M Version)

Output Power: 30/15/5 watt
100 programmable alpha-numeric memory channels+ Call channel,

CTCSS/DCS/5-Tone decodes and encodes
Four different single-tone pulse frequencies
Compander to reduce noise
Theft alarm
ANI function(DTMF/ANI,5-Tone/ANI) PTT ID.
QHM-03 multifunctional microphone with DTMF
Scramble function(option)
Technical Specification:

Frequency Range: VHF: RX 66-88Mhz TX 66-88Mhz
Channel: 200 Channels
Channel Spacing: 25K (Wide Band) 20K(Middle Band) 12.5K
Phase-locked Step:5/6.25/10/12.5/15/20/25/30/50kHz
Operating Voltage: 13.8V DC 15%
Squelch: Carrier/CTCSS/DCS/5Tone/2Tone/DTMF
Frequency Stability: 2.5ppm
Temperature Range: 20~+60
Dimension (WxHxD): 145 (W) x 47 (H) x 190 (L)mm
Weight: Approx 1.2Kg
Sensitivity (12dB Sinad): Wide band 0.25V Narrow band: 0.35V
Adjacent Channel Selectivity: 70dB 60dB
Intermodulation: 65dB 60dB
Spurious Rejection: 70dB 70dB
Audio Response: +1~-3dB(0.3~3kHz) +1~-3dB(0.3~2.55kHz)
Hum & Noise: 45dB 40dB
Audio distortion: 5%
Audio power output: 2W@10%
The AT588 is supplied with the following :- Microphone(with DTMF keypad)
Mobile installing bracket
DC power cable with fuse holder
Operator Handbook

As used by G4USB, 2E0CUH and Roger 2E0— at Rock. Found to be very good indeed. I would
recommend the radio to anyone wishing to have 50w on FM from a nice lookin well heat sinked
item with a signal meter all be it just 5 bars rising and falling but an indication.

See you on a Friday evening from around 2100 on 70.425 for the local 4m net. Norman

ANYTONE AT588 VHF 66-88MHZ (4M Version) AS ABOVE &
SIRIO GPA 40 – 70 Base Antenna 4m 6m PRICE:£140.00

Features: – Base station antenna, Mono-band
Omnidirectional, Unity gain
Made of aluminium alloy 6063 T-832
Tunable by whip length adjusting
Side mast mounting allowed by optional bracket FT-2 code 2510004.00
Part Numbers: P/N 2101401.00 GPA 40-70

Electrical Data
Type: 1/4 ground plane
Frequency range:
GPA 40-70: tunable 40…70 MHz
Impedance: 50
diation (H-plane): 360 omnidirectional
Radiation (E-plane): beamwidth @ -3 dB = 86
Radiation angle: 0
Polarization: linear vertical
Gain: 0 dBd – 2.15 dBi
Bandwidth @ SWR 2
GPA 40-70: 3.7 MHz @ 40 MHz
SWR @ res. freq.: 1.2 @ start freq.
GPA 40-70: 1000 Watts
Connector: UHF-female

Mechanical Data
– Materials: Aluminium, Chromed brass, Nylon
– Wind load / resistance:
GPA 40-70: 85 N at 150 Km/h / 150 Km/h
– Wind surface:
GPA 40-70: 0.07
– Height (approx.):
GPA 40-70: 3200 mm
– Weight (approx.):
GPA 40-70: 935 gr
– Radial length (approx.):
GPA 40-70: 1800 mm
– Mounting mast: ¨ª 35-40 mm

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Offer to Club Members —- From UAS Enterprises Ltd.

I doubt these prices will be bettered anywhere.


Sirio CX 4-68

4 metre (70MHz ) Vertical Antenna List Price £69.95

From UAS £39.75

These are good, as used by: G4USB, G0FIC, M0IAF, 2E0CUH, M6LDW


Sirio SY 68-3 4 Metre Yagi

3 Element 4 metre Beam Antenna List Price £69.95

from UAS £45.75


Sirio Tornado 50-60

Omni-Directional 6m 50Mhz Vertical Base Antenna

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From UAS £42.75

These too are tried ant tested and work very well indeed at G4USB & M6ZXZ

SIRIO GPA 40 70 Base Antenna 4m 6m PRICE £26.95

Features: – Base station antenna, Mono-band
Omnidirectional, Unity gain
Made of aluminium alloy 6063 T-832
Tunable by whip length adjusting
Side mast mounting allowed by optional bracket FT-2 code 2510004.00
Part Numbers: P/N 2101401.00 GPA 40-70

Electrical Data
Type: 1/4 ground plane
Frequency range:
GPA 40-70: tunable 40…70 MHz
Impedance: 50
diation (H-plane): 360 omnidirectional
Radiation (E-plane): beamwidth @ -3 dB = 86
Radiation angle: 0
Polarization: linear vertical
Gain: 0 dBd – 2.15 dBi
Bandwidth @ SWR 2
GPA 40-70: 3.7 MHz @ 40 MHz
SWR @ res. freq.: 1.2 @ start freq.
GPA 40-70: 1000 Watts
Connector: UHF-female

Mechanical Data
– Materials: Aluminium, Chromed brass, Nylon
– Wind load / resistance:
GPA 40-70: 85 N at 150 Km/h / 150 Km/h
– Wind surface:
GPA 40-70: 0.07
– Height (approx.):
GPA 40-70: 3200 mm
– Weight (approx.):
GPA 40-70: 935 gr
– Radial length (approx.):
GPA 40-70: 1800 mm
– Mounting mast: ¨ª 35-40 mm

01209 844859

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  • An end of an era begins 21/05/2015
    Today us the 76th anniversary of the formation of NAS 771. To mark the event 6 Sea King helicopters are carrying out a fly past sortie over West Cornwall leaving Culdrose at 10.30 BST. This also marks the start of … Continue reading →
  • CRAC Foundation Course Cancelled 05/05/2015
    Unfortunately it has been necessary to cancel the planned Foundation Licence course due to lack of support. Although there were 10 people waiting for a course in the final analysis only three came forward and confirmed they actually wished to … Continue reading →
  • Cornwall: Discovering the UK’s telecoms heritage 23/04/2015
    Follow the link below to take a look at the heritage we have on our doorstep Source: Cornwall: Discovering the UK’s telecoms heritage … Continue reading →
  • Making waves: Two huts used by radio pioneer Marconi provide a perfect base to explore the beautiful Cornish coastline 23/04/2015
    Known to us as the home of GB4MBP (Marconi Bass Point) one of our International Marconi Day Stations, station manager Geoff G0FHT. I visited the huts prior to their restoration and at that point they were fit to be demolished! … Continue reading →
  • Cornwall Volkswagen Owners Club – Swapmeet 18/04/2015
      The Swapmeet has been moved from the Easter Weekend due to popular demand and will take place on April 26th at the Victory Hall, Roche, St Austell, Cornwall. We hope to see a large attendance at this, the first … Continue reading →

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