The hobby of Amateur Radio has taken us to some unusual & interesting places over the years, and the 'Air Ambulance Week' from 27th September to 5th October 2014 certainly lived up to our belief that Amateur Radio is the hobby that takes you to places other hobbies don't reach...!
Our colleagues from Essex Ham arranged a special event station over 3 days from the base of the Essex Air Ambulance at Earls Colne Airfield, Colchester, using the callsign GB2EAA. The event was well supported, and we were made very welcome by the operators of the airfield, Anglian Flight Centres, and all the team at Essex Air Ambulance.
The 3 days - Sunday 28th, Wednesday 1st & Saturday 4th - proved to be an excellent example of all that is good in Amateur Radio. We made many contacts including other air ambulance stations on the air, and were able to raise awareness of the incredible work carried out by the Air Ambulance teams. We also received much genuine interest in our hobby from members of the public and from the team at the airfield.
Anglian Flight Centres were perfect hosts, and Essex Air Ambulance did a marvellous job explaining to us how their organisation works. We hope that we were able to repay their hospitality in a small way by encouraging various members of the team to give out guest messages & gain an insight into our world of Amateur Radio.
As if the above wasn't memorable enough, on our return on Saturday morning, Jim ('Chelmsford Calling') & Pete ('Essex Ham') were offered a flight by Instructor Eddie in a Piper Cherokee ! We were lucky to have glorious weather for the hour's flight, and flew at 2,000 ft over the Orwell Bridge, Harwich, Walton & Clacton.
All in all, 3 unforgettable days, brought about by our interest in the hobby of Amateur Radio. Our sincere thanks go to everyone we met and we look forward to future association with Earls Colne Airfield & Essex Air Ambulance.
Photos by Pete M0PSX, Kristian 2E0SSX & Jim 2E0RMI.