NBTC funds JAISAT-1 amateur radio satellite project with 9.3 million baht
National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) Chairman ACM Thares Punsri (left) and RAST President Jakkree Hantongkom jointly display the signed agreement between RAST and the NBTC's Fund for the Research and Development of Broadcasting, Television and Telecommunications for Public Benefit on September 22, 2015. This followed the formal signing of the NBTC's commitment to support the JAISAT-1 Project with 9.3 million baht in funding.
The ceremony took place at the NBTC Secretariat and was attended by several senior RAST representatives.
Among those attending the event and representing both RAST and the JAISAT project are, from left, Chavalit, E20KEW, Anant, HS1GAB, Wanlop Tadsri, HS6MYW, RAST President Jakkree (Jack), HS1FVL, Project Leader Tanan, HS1JAN, former RAST President Pornchai (Joe), HS2JFW. Thanks to Champ, E21EIC for these photographs.
October RAST meeting
Expansion of 80 metre band imminent
RAST to participate in IARU Region 3 Conference and SEANET Convention in India this month
In the after-lunch briefing by RAST President Jakkree (Jack), HS1FVL the 40-plus members present also learned more about the JAISAT-1 CubeSat satellite project, were informed about an imminent expansion of the 80 metre band and about RAST's plans to participate in the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission's (NBTC's) Amateur Radio Festival scheduled for early December.
As usual, the meeting began by inviting newcomers or returnees to introduce themselves by saying a few words and there were four guests taking the microphone: Bambi, VK4AYL who had previously attended a RAST meeting two years ago and who edits an online amateur radio magazine in Australia called "Cooee", Khun Montri, E20KOQ the owner of the
Then Jakkree announced that Fred Laun, K3ZO and HS0ZAR, had generously sponsored Champ and his wife to travel to Bali for the IARU Region 3 Convention on behalf of RAST with a donation of US$2,000 to cover their air tickets and hotel expenses. The convention, which is held once every three years, takes place from October 12-16 and will be hosted by the Organisasi Amatir Radio Indonesia (ORARI).
Also representing RAST overseas this month will be Ponwat, HS1XIM who will be travelling to Kerala State in South India to attend the 43rd SEANET Convention from October 15-18 when he will accept the SEANET flag on behalf of RAST who will be organising the convention in Pattaya next year.
Plans are moving ahead for the 44th SEANET Convention and the latest details can be found at the SEANET 2016 official website. There was a question during the meeting asking which hotel had been selected for the Pattaya convention but Jakkree explained this had yet to be finalized. Once this has been decided upon these details would be posted on this website as well as appearing on the official SEANET 2016 site.
It was also announced that last month the NBTC had formally signed its authorisation of 9.3 million baht in funding for the JAISAT-1 (Joint Academy for Intelligent Satellites for Amateur Radio in Thailand) satellite project over the next two years.
(A copy of the signed agreement is shown at right)
RAST Representatives led by Tanan Rangseeprom, HS1JAN are now working on the construction of the CubeSat satellite, negotiating with suppliers, and are seeking an appropriate rocket launch pad.
The RAST President also promised that there would be good news very soon regarding the 80-metre band with the NBTC reportedly about to announce an expansion from 3.5 - 3.54 MHz to 3.5 - 3.6 MHz, an expansion from 40 KHz to 100 KHz.
Jakkree also announced that the RAST club station HS0AC at the Asian Institute of Technology was preparing a team to operate in the CQWW SSB contest on October 24-25 and that any operators who were interested in taking part should contact Karn, E20ZFD (Email:e20zfd(AT)amsat.org).
He rounded up the announcements at the October RAST meeting by reminding everyone that the NBTC would be staging an "Amateur Radio Festival" at the beginning of December. This three-day event will take place at the NBTC Secretariat on Phaholyothin Soi 8 (Soi Sailom) where RAST would have a booth with demonstrations and the society would also be taking part in the seminar session when it will be making some presentations, including one about JAISAT-1.
IARU 90th Anniversary Award
Details regarding the award can be found at http://iaru90.hamlogs.net/iaru/
The award is being administered by Soyuz Radiolyubitelei Rossii [SRR], the Russian Amateur Radio Union and any inquiries about the award can be directed to email@example.com.
September RAST meeting
Deputy Bangkok Governor awards Her Royal Highness Princess Sirindhorn's trophy to winning RAST team
The Deputy Governor (pictured at left), accompanied by advisors to the BMA, joined RAST members and guests at Sena Place Hotel for a buffet lunch while later RAST President Jakkree (Jack) Hantongkom, HS1FVL presented certificates to those who had passed the recent VEC exam conducted by RAST officials led by Champ, E21EIC on behalf of the Federal Communications Commission of the USA.
During the meeting, RAST President Jack also provided an account of RAST's participation in the JARL Ham Fair in Tokyo last month which had marked the 90th anniversary celebration of the Japan Amateur Radio League attended by 20 RAST officers and members.
Members of the winning RAST ARDF team also attended the meeting and a presentation was made about the team's winning participation while a team of representatives from King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi also took part in the September 6 meeting.
RAST congratulates JARL during its 90th anniversary celebrations
RAST President Jakkree (Jack) Hantongkom, HS1FVL and JI1NNT, presents a congratulatory plaque on behalf of RAST to the Japan Amateur Radio League on the occasion of the society's 90th anniversary celebration that coincided with the JARL Ham Fair 2015 on the weekend of August 22-23.
RAST President leads a 20-strong team to Tokyo to take part in JARL Ham Fair
RAST had a booth there for the third consecutive year and the society was promoting the SEANET Convention which it will host in Pattaya next year as well as welcoming all contesters and DXers who visited the booth, booth No A15.
According to Champ, RAST committee members included the following participants:
JI1NNT = HS1FVL RAST president, Jakkree Hantongkom
JI1NNU = HS1JZT Apinant Kaeo-yu (Pop)
JI1NNV = HS7BHK Nukool Sukpol (Nuk)
JI1NNX = HS1IWX Amnat Chulakata
JI1NNY = E20MIO Dr Noppadol Narupiti (Mor Dong)
JI1MXI = HS1AAZ Dr.Panit Chantrabhakdee (A)
JI1MXJ = 9M6YBG Go Yeu Bin
JI1FGC = HS5IGY Noppadol Nimwanadon (Tong)
JH1TEP = E20NKB Acting 2nd Lt Neeranuch Muangamphan (JC)
JH1TEQ = E21EIC Chalermphol Muangamphan (Champ)
They will on the air from Japan and QSL via Homecall.
Our thanks to Chalermpol (Champ) and Noppadol Nimwanadon (Tong) who took most of these photos and posted them on Facebook (where you can find more photos of the event).
August RAST meeting
NBTC to help fund JAISAT satellite project with 9.3 million baht
RAST team wins ARDF royal trophy
Members and guests attending the August meeting of RAST were informed about these developments by RAST President Jakkree (Jack), HS1FVL following a buffet lunch at the Sena Place Hotel. Those present, numbering almost 30, included a long-time RAST member who mostly lives in Denmark, OZ1FJB, Lars who is a keen contester using the callsigns OU2V and OZ5E.
Other positive developments that Jack also announced during the meeting were the appointment of a company to organise and manage the 44th SEANET Convention in Pattaya next year and how a team of 20 RAST staff members would be helping out at the Tokyo Ham Fair later in August.
The President said that RAST's winning ARDF team would attend the September 6th meeting when they would bring along the HRH Princess Sirindhorn Trophy (pictured above during the presentation ceremony on August 1 in Ubon Ratchathani Province - Tnx to Khun Thida, HS1ASC for this photo)) that they had won for all to see.
This victory also meant that RAST would be the host of the event next year when the society would be responsible for organising the 2016 ARDF Championships, Jack added. More information about the ARDF championships and many pictures can be found on the ARDF Thailand Facebook page.
But, in terms of good news, the highlight during the meeting was the announcement of a pledge of funding from the NBTC and its Fund for the Research and Development of Broadcasting, Television and Telecommunications for Public Benefit for the JAISAT-1 project to the tune of 9.3 million baht.
JAISAT is an acronym for the "Joint Academy for Intelligent Satellites for Amateur Radio of Thailand."
Jack said that he, along with JAISAT-1 Project Leader Tanan Rangseeprom, HS1JAN (seen above right during the meeting and holding a CubeSat module) and other senior RAST officers were present at the NBTC Secretariat on Tuesday, August 4 -- National Telecommunications Day -- when the formal signing of the contract took place.
This funding would cover a two-year period for the JAISAT-1 satellite, which is a CubeSat, and this would include finances to develop and implement a linear transponder as well as to set up a ground station which would be located at Bangkok University. Jack added that RAST would establish a special sub-committee to help oversee this and this would include himself and Tanan.
The RAST President added that a separate bank account would be opened for the JAISAT-1 project while Tanan later provided additional information about the project to members at the meeting.
In other developments, Jack said that the company that RAST had appointed to organise the 2016 SEANET Convention was Baan Makkuted Co Ltd which had recently celebrated its 15th anniversary and which would be responsible for co-ordinating all the SEANET events, arranging airport transfers, travel and tours, selecting the convention hotel and organising other activities in accordance with RAST's recommendations.
A company representative (pictured above) had attended a RAST committee meeting conducted prior to the Sunday meeting for a briefing, he added.
Jack also reminded those at the meeting that a team of RAST officers and several members would be participating in the Tokyo Ham Fair on August 22-23. Jack will be there himself, along with several other RAST committee members who will travel to Japan for this including Nukool, HS7BHK, Noppadol, E20MIO, Panit, HS1AAZ and J.C. Goi, E20NKB. Altogether, some 20 RAST representatives will be helping out at the RAST booth there and this will be the third consecutive year that RAST has participated in the biggest ham fair in Asia.
RAST will also be taking advantage of this opportunity to promote the SEANET Convention in Pattaya next year during the event.
Click on the image to see who won which award in last year's CQWW VHF Contest.
Award presentations to contest winners the highlight of July RAST meeting
RAST President Jakkree introduces Passamon, E23SSH who passed the April 18 Intermediate Class exam to become the youngest Thai Intermediate Class radio operator at the age of 12. Here Passamon takes the microphone to say a few words to members and guests at the July meeting.
Presenting the awards that had been prepared by RAST Secretary Champ, E21EIC in front of an audience of some 40 members and guests were former RAST President Mayuree Chotikul, HS1YL former Vice President and RAST advisor Gen Prasit Neelayotin, HS1DN and RAST President Jakkree (Jack) Hantongkom, HS1FVL.
The presentations followed announcements made
by RAST President Jakkree, including news that permission had been granted by the NBTC for Intermediate Class operators and club stations to operate on six metres for three days later this month. This is from July 18-20 in conjunction with the CQWW VHF Contest on July 18-19. The special permission covers three days and should provide a good opportunity for Intermediate Class operators who have equipment for six
metres to test propagation and to work some DX stations in addition to participating in the contest.
Any Intermediate Class operator who intends to operate on 50 MHz during this period should register in advance at the RAST Thai-language website. Here is a link to the registration page. To view those who are
authorized to operate please click here.
Jakkree also announced that RAST will be sending a team to participate in the ARDF championships that will take place on July 31 and August 1 in Ubon Ratchathani province when the winner of the event will receive the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn trophy.
The RAST President also announced that a large RAST team would be travelling to Japan next month to help staff the RAST booth at the Tokyo Ham Fair from August 22-23. Champ, E21EIC will be leading 20 staff members to the Tokyo Ham Fair when the Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL) will celebrate its 90th anniversary. The RAST group will include President Jakkree, HS1FVL along with several other RAST committee members including Nukool, HS7BHK, Noppadol, E20MIO, Panit, HS1AAZ and J.C. Goi, E20NKB.
At the meeting members also learned that the society's participation in the Friedrichshafen Ham Fair in Germany the previous weekend (see an illustrated report below) with a booth had been a success when brochures for the SEANET Convention in Pattaya next year were distributed and some 330 visitors signed the RAST guest book during the exhibition.
Plans for the convention are moving ahead and Khun Polwat, HS1XIM who was one of the organizers of the 2007 SEANET Convention in Lampang, will be represent RAST at the 43rd SEANET Convention in India which will take place from October 15-18 in Alappuzha, Kerala on the west coast of India.
RAST is also preparing a video to promote the event next year in Pattaya and will select the hotel where the event will take place this month.
Among the newcomers to the July meeting was Miss Passamon Padungchewit, E23SSH who passed the Intermediate Class examination conducted for the NBTC by RAST on April 18, becoming the youngest Thai Intermediate Class amateur radio operator at the age of
President Jakkree took the opportunity to congratulate her and introduced her to members during the meeting when she took the microphone. In all, a total of 67 candidates passed both the Morse code test and the theory during the Intermediate Class examination and here is a list of those who
passed published by the NBTC.
There were also several winners of trophies attending the July meeting for the first time, along with Gerwin, GW4RII who has been living in Korat for three years and will be applying for a reciprocal licence. We do not have enough space to publish photographs of all the presentations of awards that were made during the meeting but hopefully the pictures here provide an insight into the atmosphere at the event.
Finally, Tanan, HS1JAN and Anant, HS1GAB made a joint presentation about progress around satellite communications in the region and provided a brief update about balloooning.
On June 27 and 28 Champ and other VEC examiners conducted a US FCC VEC examination for several novice and Intermediate class amateur radio operators in Bangkok.
RAST participates at Friedrichshafen Ham Fair with a booth
This group photo was taken during the Ham Fair in Friedrichshafen, Germany over the weekend of June 27-28 where RAST promoted the SEANET Convention in 2016 with brochures being distributed. Pictured at the booth here, from left, are Martin, DL1DCT, a member of the board of DARC, Jo, DL1AB from Icom Europe, Steve, WH2F, Dieter Hamberger of Icom Europe, Benjamas, HS6SSE, Koess, HS0ZLA and Gerd, HS0ZKF. Our thanks to Gerd for this photo.
RAST takes the opportunity to promote SEANET Pattaya 2016 at Europe's biggest ham fair
In two more exhibit halls there was a market for
used and old radios, measuring equipment and electronics while in first exhibit hall, there were boths of the national ham radio organisations of several countries including that of RAST.
More than 330 visitors signed the guest book at the RAST booth during the event -- and many of the visitors to the booth asked about how to operate on the amateur radio bands during their holidays in Thailand. The staff at the booth informed them -- to their disappointment --
that Thai authorities do not except the CEPT licence, but that residents who are nationals of many European countries may obtain a reciprocal licence to get on the air.
In the photos at right, RAST representative Benjamas, HS6SSE helped promote the 2016 SEANET Convention in Pattaya by visiting other booths at the exhibition with the pictures at right taken at the ARRL booth, the Austrian booth and the Polish booth in the exhibition.
-- Thanks to Koess, HS0ZLA and Benjamas, HS6SSE for the information and photos in this brief report.
This photo of the RAST booth was taken on the eve of the Fridrichshafen Ham Fair 2015 which began on Friday, June 26 and continued through to Sunday June 28 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Thanks to Koess, HS0ZLA, seated at left, for this photo.
Some of the team who set up the booth, including Stephan BŁttner, Benjamas Klingler, HS6SSE and Daniel Backes, are pictured taking a break outside the exhibition hall before the event.
Another team member, Gerd Hiltl, HS0ZKF, is pictured with Stephan at the booth below.
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