In rememberence of His Majesty
King Bhumibol Adulyadej
1927 - 2016

His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, HS1A, the patron of the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand (RAST), passed away at Siriraj Hospital at 3.52 pm on Thursday, October 13, 2016, it was announced by the Royal Household Bureau.
His Majesty died peacefully at the Chalermphrakiet Building of Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok and all members of the royal family were present.
His Majesty was 88 and would have been 89 years old on December 5, 2016.
The Prime Minister's Office has announced that government agencies nationwide have been ordered to fly flags at half-mast for 30 days following His Majesty the King’s death and that government officials will wear black in mourning for a year.
His Majesty the King had been presented the callsign HS1A by the Ministry of Communications at Chitrlada Palace on August 18, 1989 in a ceremony witnessed by RAST officers. Five years later, in November 1994, His Majesty placed RAST under his royal patronage.
The ninth King of the Chakri Dynasty ascended to the throne on June 9, 1946 and His Majesty the King had been the world's longest-reigning monarch.





RAST officers witness the presentation of the amateur radio callsign HS1A to His Majesty the King on August 18, 1989 by a senior official of the Ministry of Communications at Chitrlada Palace while in the picture at left former President of RAST Mrs Mayuree Chotikul, HS1YL makes a presentation to His Majesty on behalf of RAST during the event.







February 2017
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Damage from subsidence at the HS0AC club station on the AIT campus



These photographs show part of the damage at the HS0AC club station at AIT which has been closed for safety reasons. RAST is now actively pursuing a new location for the club station and also intends to build a headquarters office there. At the New Year party on January 15, RAST President Jakkree Hantongkom, HS1FVL pledged that this would be achieved within this year. - Photos by Nikorn, HS5NMF

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If you would like to make a donation to help RAST get its HS0AC club station back up and running at a new location you can do so using PayPal by sending funds to donate@rast.or.th. By clicking on the donate button below you will be taken to the PayPal payment page...







Links to resources

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Radio Amateur Society of Thailand's website in Thai


About RAST, a brief profile of the society.


The RAST 2016-2018 committee and contact information for RAST


How to apply to join RAST

Application form to join RAST
(PDF format) Right click this link and select "save link as" to download

Application form to become a member of RAST that you can fill in online.
Enter your data and then click "Submit by Email" or "Print Form"


A history of amateur radio in Thailand

Policy and Regulations of the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand



Thailand's HF and VHF band plan from mid-July 2014

IARU R3 bandplan (Ms Word doc file)

Importing an HF rig? Here is a list of the Thai PTD's type-approved equipment

How to make payments to RAST

Amateur radio licensing in Thailand
(with details of how to apply for a bilateral reciprocal licence)

Details about upcoming VEC examinations in Thailand for a US FCC amateur radio licence

Thai hams can operate in the United States without any need to apply for permission

Formation of the Society


Call area map

Search the E20AS log (RAST's callsign used for contests and DXpeditions)

Thai calls

How Thai hams helped out after the tsunami

The Thailand DXCC list


The DX code of conduct

-- For DX chasers
-- For DXpeditioners
and here's a translation in Thai



The May 19, 2012 Intermediate Class amateur radio examination



This was the first intermediate class exam in Thailand to be conducted in eight years

Read this personal account by Champ, E21EIC/KY1A



Useful links

The Office of The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (in Thai)

Search the NBTC Callsign Database

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU)

IARU Region 3

WRTC 2018 Qualification Standings for Thailand

SI9AM: King Chulalongkorn Memorial Amateur Radio Society in Ragunda, Sweden

American Radio Relay League (ARRL)

Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB)

Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL) in English

QRZ.com callsign search and information


Propagation

DX summit

WA7BNM 8-day Contest Calendar

DX cluster - nice and customisable

Ham Radio Deluxe DX Cluster Analysis

CQ ZONE MAP

NG3K Amateur Radio Contest/DX Page

WORLD WIDE HAM AND DX LINKS Compiled By AC6V

OH1NOA's ham radio links

DX World's links

VK2CA's radio links

"Antenna Array," an applet to display antenna radiation by Karl L. Barrus

A collection of QSL cards from Thailand

An excellent educational video entitled "Discovering Amateur Radio" that serves as a good introduction to the hobby

"TX Factor - amateur radio explored" is a new high-definition series of videos about amateur radio from the UK covering all aspects of the hobby

Web sites of Thai hams

and other ham radio organisations in Thailand

100 Watts Magazine

Sheridon Street, HS0ZEE

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The distribution of forms at the February meeting to apply to sit the next Intermediate Class exam ensured a big turnout

Candidates line up to apply for next Intermediate Class exam

The February RAST meeting at Sena Place Hotel provided an opportunity for would-be candidates seeking to take the upcoming Intermediate Class amateur radio examination scheduled for May 21, 2017 to obtain an application form and consequently there were scores of visitors queueing up for the forms.
Many of these would-be candidates filled out the form to apply to sit the exam at the meeting but, while a few of the visitors stayed on for the meeting, most of them departed after submitting their completed application form to RAST officials.
For a while, it was "standing room only" while the forms were distributed and filled out.
For the latest information (in Thai) about the applications and how many vacant seats for the exam are left, please check the Thai-language RAST website here.
Meanwhile, members who were coming for the social aspects of the meeting and for the buffet lunch were also arriving at the Sena Place Hotel restaurant.
As usual, QSL cards were also available for members from bureau chief Champ, E21EIC while application forms for membership of RAST were available and were being accepted by J.C. Goi, E20NKB, the RAST registrar.
RAST President Jakkree (Jack), HS1FVL began the formal part of the meeting by referring to the upcoming Intermediate Class exam that will be administered by RAST in conjunction with NBTC officials on May 21.
He also reminded everyone that the annual Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) Championships would be held in Nong Prue, Chon Buri -- just outside Pattaya -- in two weeks' time. This will be on the weekend of February 18-19 when the Princess Sirindhorn Trophy will be awarded to the winning team. Applications have come in from amateur radio associations around the country and attendance should be high. More details can be found here.
President Jakkree also announced that he was part of a team of officials who were conducting a survey to examine levels of interference on the 50-54 MHz (six metre) band. This was part of an investigation to help resolve the issue between the NBTC and the Royal Thai Army following the regulator's assignment of the band to amateur radio on a secondary basis.
In addition, Jack said that RAST was also assisting the NBTC in helping it to work out the equivalent Thai HF licence class -- intermediate or advanced -- for holders of reciprocal licences based on their home licences.
Once this has work been finalized, many foreigners with Thai calls in the HS0Zxx series will be able to upgrade to a Thai Advanced Class licence, he observed.
This work should be concluded by the middle of the year and an announcement should come before the end of the year, he added.
There was also news about an upcoming micro-DXpedition to Bhutan and using the callsign A5A by "Zorro" Miyazawa, JH1AJT, along with Champ, E21EIC and J.C. Goi, E20NKB. The DXpedition will be active from February 10 to February 17, 2017.



Form-filling time -- shortly after 11 a.m. at Sena Place Hotel on February 5, 2017.


Announcement in mid-January 2017

Thailand's regulator, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), has announced that any amateur radio licence that has expired for a period of more than two years must be renewed before January 28, 2017. Otherwise the callsign will be revoked and may subsequently be reissued.
Members of the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand under the patronage of His Majesty the King (RAST) can check the validity of their licences along with the expiry date at the NBTC website.
Amateur radio licences may be renewed in person at the NBTC Secretariat on Phaholyothin Soi 8 (Soi Sailom) in Bangkok or with the assistance of the RAST registrar JC Goi, E20NKB.
If any member needs assistance in renewing an expired licence they should please contact RAST by email at rastmember@gmail.com




For a summary and pictures of the RAST New Year Party on January 15 please click on this link

December 2016 meeting



It's shortly after 11 a.m. on December 4, 2016 and RAST committee members are meeting at the far end of the table while guests at the December RAST meeting are seated in the foreground.

RAST to host New Year party on January 15 at Rot Meu Mae restaurant

RAST President Jakkree (Jack), HS1FVL began announcements at the December meeting at Sena Place Hotel by thanking the team of RAST staff members who had helped the society host the 44th SEANET Convention two weeks earlier in Pattaya which was a big success.
The event was well-attended with around 150 delegates from some 18 countries while Indonesia will host the 2018 event in Jogjakarta after a unanimous vote in favour of this proposal. Next year, the 45th SEANET Convention will be held in Cambodia at Siem Reap.
For full coverage and photographs of the Pattaya SEANET Convention please follow this link which has coverage of the welcome dinner and which contains links to six other web pages covering the entire event.
After applause from the audience in appreciation for the success of the event and for the efforts put into this by the RAST organizing team, Jack invited newcomers or returnees to the RAST meeting to introduce themselves.
There were many faces, both old and new, at the December meeting, including Don Craft, HS0ZBG, Rudy, HB9MHB, John, W2YR, Mike, HS0ZIU, Fred, K3ZO, Phoom, NO6A, Chris, G3VBL, along with Ritthichai, HS7JEN and Chalermpol, HS7EI and another HS7 from Nakhon Pathom.
Next month RAST will host its New Year party and this will be at the same location as last year, which is Rot Meu Mae restaurant in the northern suburbs of Bangkok, beginning at 3 p.m. on January 15, 2017. Please click here to view the location on Google Maps.
Directions: Head north from Bangkok along Vibhavadi Rangsit Highway and after the Ngarmwongwarn Road intersection take the frontage road. Turn left into the road signposted "North Park" (2.25 km beyond Ngarmwongwarn intersection). Follow this road for one and a half kilometers to a roundabout. Exit left and after 100 metres the Rot Meu Mae restaurant will be on your right.
The party will last until around 8 p.m. and guests will be invited to pay 320 baht (the same as for buffet lunch at Sena Place) for the banquet dinner.
Those attending the December meeting were also informed that the RAST club station at the Asian Institute of Technology is suffering badly from subsidence with major cracks in the building, which had been repaired and reopened in 2014 following the severe flooding in 2011.
The station is now off the air again and RAST is looking for a new location for its club station and, if possible, it would also like to establish a headquarters office as well. We hope to publish some photographs here shortly that show the extent of the damage to the station.
Jack explained that RAST had set funds aside for this, but the society was also seeking help and soliciting suggestions as to the availability of an inexpensive plot of land of approximately one rai in area in the vicinity of Bangkok where it could build these facilities, along with erecting towers and a "shack" to operate from.
This month, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has cancelled "Amateur Radio Day" following the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej but Jack said that the NBTC may reschedule such an event some time next year when RAST would participate.
On December 6, several RAST representatives will be participating in an NBTC seminar to which amateur radio societies throughout the country have been invited when Jack, HS1FVL and Joe, HS2JFW will make a presentation about repeaters.
Jack also announced that later this month RAST would be proposing to the NBTC that reciprocal licence holders in Thailand whose amateur radio licences are equivalent to the Thai Advanced Class licence be eligible for a Thai Advanced Class licence, rather than an Intermediate Class licence. Hopefully there will be an update about this soon.
There is also a new date for the ARDF Championships to be hosted by RAST that were postponed from the beginning of November and now they will take place in Nong Prue, Chon Buri -- near Pattaya -- on the weekend of February 18-19, 2017. Earlier they had been rescheduled to January 28-29 but this coincides with Chinese New Year, hence the new dates in mid-February.
Finally, RAST Secretary Champ, E21EIC will lead the VEC team to host the next FCC amateur radio examination for a US amateur radio licence to be held on January 7, 2017 in Chiang Rai Province from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more details click here.

44th annual SEANET Convention
a big success



A group photograph of delegates taken at Nong Nooch Garden on Sunday, November 20

The 44th SEANET Convention in Pattaya hosted by the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand under the Patronage of His Majesty the King (RAST) was a big success, being attended by some 140 delegates from 18 countries. This website has extensive and detailed coverage on a total of seven web pages which cover the entire event that took place from November 18-21 at the Discovery Beach Hotel.
Formally opening the event at the Gala Dinner on Saturday was NBTC Commissioner Gen Sukit Kamasunthorn while earlier that day delegates voted to have the 2018 SEANET Convention staged in Jogjakarta, Indonesia. Next year, the event will take place in Siem Reap, Cambodia and, for the first time, this will be organized from outside the host country with a team led by Raja, VU2KKZ.
Raja was attending the SEANET Convention in Pattaya and provided those present with a briefing and an outline of the program for the 2017 Convention and there was strong support and an eagerness to attend, as displayed during the Pattaya Convention.
You can start by viewing photographs and a report of the 2016 SEANET welcome dinner or jump to any of the web pages with coverage of the SEANET Convention by following these links:
Registration at the Discovery Beach Hotel and Welcome Dinner
Seminars on Saturday morning -- and a vote for Jogjakarta in 2018
The Saturday afternoon outing to the Pattaya Floating Market
The Gala Dinner at the Discovery Beach Hotel
Elephants followed by lunch at Suan Nong Nooch
The Silverlake Vineyard for wine in a fine environment
Pattaya Park Tower for a Farewell dinner with a view

Each web page maximizes the coverage in photos by combining a total of over 200 photographs in YouTube videos that are displayed at the top of each page.

SEANET summary and all web pages by Tony, HS0ZDX

A solemn November meeting

Prior to the November RAST meeting on the morning of Sunday, November 6 RAST President Jakkree Hantongkom (Jack), HS1FVL had paid homage in a bereavement ceremony to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, HS1A-SK, the patron of RAST who passed away on October 13, 2016.
The monthly meeting was held at Sena Place Hotel following the postponement of the ARDF Championships to late January in a mark of respect to His Majesty while the upcoming SEANET Convention on the weekend of November 18-21 had dominated a committee meeting of RAST officers that was held before the main meeting began.
Visitors included Kuny Nakada, 7L1FPU (AH0BT, who is the father of Yoshiki, KH0UA).
The formal part of the meeting began with everyone standing to respect the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Later there was a presentation of an Icom IC-9100 transceiver that RAST had purchased from G. Simon Radio for the ground station for the ongoing JAISAT satellite project which will use the callsign HS0AJ The ground station is to be located at the Rangsit campus of Bangkok University.
Among the announcements during the meeting was that the special callsign HS70A is now being used on two metres to commemorate the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej by enabling radio amateurs to express their condolences over the air between November 1 and December 31, 2016 on the amateur radio bands from every province in Thailand.
There is an online logbook of these QSOs and a summary of all contacts will be sent to the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) which will forward the log to the Royal Palace. More details can be found at the following link: http://www.rast.or.th/announcements/hs70a
The online log can be viewed at this link: http://www.rast.or.th/hs70a
During the meeting plans for a micro DX-pedition to Myanmar from November 15-22 were announced when the callsign may be XZ1A with the operators being JH1AJT, Zorro, DJ9AB, Andre, W5MJ, Madison, E20NKB, JC and E21EIC, Champ.



Nopanant, HS0JSB, (right) of G. Simon Radio makes the presentation of an Icom IC-9100 transceiver to RAST President Jakkree (Jack. The radio will serve as the ground station for the JAISAT satellite.

ARDF Championships postponed

The ARDF Championships which had been planned for November 5-6 at Nong Prue near Pattaya have been postponed to the weekend of February 18-19, 2017 to respect the passing of His Majesty King Bhumiphol Adulyadej on October 13.
RAST regrets any inconvenience this may cause and will announce further details later.

RAST to host Sunday meeting at Sena Place Hotel instead

Instead, on Sunday November 6, 2016 RAST will host its November monthly meeting at Sena Place Hotel from 11 a.m. onwards and all RAST members and any amateur radio operators visiting Thailand at the time are invited to attend.

ARDF and Seanet Convention dominate October meeting

Announcements at the October RAST meeting at Sena Place Hotel, attended by some 50 members and guests, began with everyone standing for a minute of silence in respect for Sawat, HS1HQT (pictured at right) a former RAST member but now a silent key who had passed away from heart failure following the September meeting. May he rest in peace.
The upcoming ARDF Championships on November 5-6 and the SEANET Convention in Pattaya from November 18-20 will be keeping RAST busy next month and these topics dominated the announcements.
Having been the society that won the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn ARDF Trophy last year, RAST has the honour of hosting the direction-finding championships this year and these will take place at Nong Prue in Bang Lamung, Chon Buri on the first weekend of next month. Nong Prue is on the outskirts of Pattaya and the municipality is located about six kilometres inland. Here is a link to the location on Google Maps satellite view and this link shows the map view.
There will be various activities and details of the event can be found here. On that Sunday there will be no regular RAST meeting at Sena Place Hotel but all members are welcome to attend the ARDF Championships at Nong Prue Municipality when food will also be available.



The RAST committee meets at Sena Place Hotel prior to the main meeting on Sunday, October 2, 2016.

As for the 44th SEANET Convention at Discovery Beach Hotel in Pattaya, the convention will begin on the evening of Friday, November 18 with a welcome dinner and there will be a gala dinner on Saturday. Details of the programme can be found here. There will be a special event station using the callsign HS44SEA which has been authorised by the NBTC Secretariat and there will also be tours to Suan Nongnooch and other attractions.
As for transport to the SEANET Convention from Bangkok, RAST will be providing minibuses which will depart regularly from both Don Muang and Suvarnabhumi airports on Friday for the Discovery Beach Hotel in Pattaya and members are welcome to avail themselves of this means of transport. Alternatively, of course, they may drive down to Pattaya or take a bus or tour bus from Ekamai or Morchit bus stations. The journey to Pattaya by car usually takes less than two hours via the Motorway (Route 7) or the Burapawithi elevated toll road (Route 34) followed by Route 7.


For some the tables at Sena Place Hotel are for enjoying the
buffet lunch while for others it makes a good workplace!


For earlier reports of activities in 2016 please click here






Visit the SEANET 2016 website)

Special rates for RAST members living in Thailand:

Full registration with accommodation at the Discovery Beach Hotel (the convention hotel): 12,000 baht

Registration with participation in all activities but not staying at Discovery Beach Hotel: 8,000 baht

Attending the Gala Dinner only: 2,500 baht.



When floodwater
inundated the
HS0AC club
station

We tell the story of the disastrous 2011 flooding of RAST's club station at the Asian Institute of Technology to the north of Bangkok in pictures. RAST has received generous donations from many individuals and organisations and the station was back on the air in July 2014.




How Thai ham volunteers helped victims of the 2011 flooding



We have the story in over 100 pictures here how RAST committee member Champ, E21EIC, his XYL Goi, E20NKB, RAST former Secretary Wacharapol, HS4DDQ and others pitched in to deliver water, medicine and survival packs to flood victims to the north and to the west of the city during the disastrous flooding around Bangkok in October and November 2011.



RAST meets every month

RAST holds a public meeting every month. Usually this is on the first Sunday of every month from 11.00 a.m. onwards at Sena Place Hotel and all members and any guests or potential members are welcome to attend. A buffet lunch is available for 320 baht.








Next meeting:

The next RAST meeting will be the AGM meeting at Sena Place Hotel on Sunday, March 5 from 11 a.m. onwards.

If you are not on the RAST email list and would like to receive occasional emails announcing events and the location of upcoming meetings, please send an email to Tony.waltham (AT) gmail.com with a request.




Check out the RAST archives

For earlier news about RAST please see our archive pages:

New Year Party, January 2017
June 2016 to August 2016

December 2015 to June 2016

July to early December, 2015

January to June, 2015

August to December, 2014

August, 2014

March to July, 2014

New Year Party, January 2014

October, November and December 2013

September 2013

June, July and August 2013

April and May, 2013

March 2013 AGM meeting

New Year Party, January 2013

November and December 2012

September and October 2012

April to August 2012

February and March 2012

September 2011 to January 2012, including the 2012 New Year party

June 2011 to September 2011

February to June 2011

October 2010 to January 2011, including the 2011 New Year Party

May 2010 to September 2010

January 2010 to April 2010, including the 2010 New Year party.

August-December 2009

July 2008 to July 2009

New Year 2007 to April 2008

Mid-2006 to January 2007

April and May 2006

From 2005 to February 2006


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Official addresses
for RAST


Mailing address: P.O.Box 2008, Bangkok, 10501, Thailand
Email: RAST Secretary Chalermphon Muangamphun, E21EIC e21eic(AT)gmail.com
The Office of the President: 70/140 Petchakasem 42, Bangjak, Phasi Charoen, Bangkok 10160



Registered address of the Society: 328/19 Sirinthorn Road, Bangbamru, Bangplad Subdistrict, Bangkok 10700



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