GB4EAA 09 Sept 2017 Day One Report

On Saturday the 9th of September 2017, we completed our first of three days in support of International Air Ambulance Week. Essex Ham was supporting the Essex Air Ambulance, from its airbase at the Earl’s Colne Airfield. Here’s a quick summary, and a short video, of the first day of GB4EAA 2017:

GB4EAA 2017 – Day One Video

On Saturday the 9th of September 2017, we set up two stations for GB4EAA at the Anglian Flight Centres at Earl’s Colne Airfield.

Charlie M0PZT putting out the first CQ call of the day as GB4EAA
Charlie M0PZT putting out the first CQ call of the day as GB4EAA

Although local weather was good (apart from a short shower and a downpour at the end of the day!), the space weather was a significant problem – the recent Coronal Mass Ejection pretty much killed the HF bands for almost all of the day. We managed to work a few stations on various bands, including some of the “Churches On The Air stations, such as GB0SMD and GB2CED. As we were aware of the issues with HF due the “sneezing” sun, we were prepared for some 2m SSB activity, thanks to Charlie M0PZT’s 5 ele Yagi, and Peter G0DZB’s poles.

Peter G0DZB, operating whatever the weather!
Peter G0DZB, operating whatever the weather!

By coincidence, Steve G4ZUL was at the airfield, taking a flying lesson – and he gave us a tour of the two-seater Robin HR200 he’d recently taken up for a flight. We even heard Steve’s radio traffic as he took off and changed frequencies to Southend’s controlled airspace (he didn’t sign with a “73” for us SWLs!)

Steve G4ZUL at the controls at the Anglian Flight Centres
Steve G4ZUL at the controls at the Anglian Flight Centres

We also got to see the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance in action. The newly rebranded MD902 Explorer aircraft was tasked to assist at a multiple patient RTC to the East of Colchester.

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance taking off on 09 Sept 2017
Essex & Herts Air Ambulance taking off on 09 Sept 2017
Steve M0UEH operating GB4EAA in 2017
Steve M0UEH operating GB4EAA in 2017

Thanks to all who turned up on the first day to support the event. Great to see Philip (one of the current Foundation candidates) coming along to see a special event station in action!

Donate to Essex Air Ambulance

Remember, the air ambulances can’t fly without your support. Please support this valuable service by making a donation. Collecting tins are situated around the county. You can also donate online, by post, or on the phone – See ehaat.org

Thanks to Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust for allowing us to support this year’s event, and the great team at Anglian Flight Centres, Earl’s Colne for their hospitality. We’re back on Tuesday the 12th and Sunday the 17th of September 2017. All are welcome. For details of attending the next two days of GB4EAA, please see  GB4EAA 2017 Details

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