July 2016
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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



Links to resources

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Radio Amateur Society of Thailand's website in Thai


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)

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

Useful links

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

Search the NBTC Callsign Database

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU)

Thai Ham Weather Alert Station (in Thai)

IARU Region 3

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

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

K4MG Barry Rimmer Ham Radio 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

Champ Muangamphun, E21EIC

HS5AL club station in Lamphun








































































































































































































































































































































































































155 candidates pass the first Advanced Class exam



The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has announced the results of the first Advanced Class amateur radio examination supervised by RAST and conducted on June 18 at the NBTC Secretariat Office.
A total of 155 candidates passed the two-hour exam, out of 171 Intermediate Class operators who participated, and they will be able to upgrade their amateur radio licences to Advanced Class which, among other things, allows output power on the HF bands to be up to 1 Kw.
Contratulations to all who passed. The full list of the successful candidates (in the Thai language) can be found here.



Excellent openings on six-metres during the CQWW VHF contest

Thanks to special permission from the Office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) amateur radio stations in Thailand had the opportunity to operate on the six-metre band during the CQWW VHF contest over the weekend of July 16-17, 2016.
Operators, who had to register with RAST before the contest began, were rewarded with excellent DX openings to Asia and Europe when they were able to demonstrate the reach of the 50-54 MHz spectrum by working stations in over 30 countries.
There should be a report about these conditions during the August RAST meeting at Sena Place hotel by some of the operators but a glance at the spots on the DX clusters DX Summit and DX Watch provides plenty of evidence of the good conditions.
Thai stations were spotted during the contest on these clusters by radio amateurs based in a total of over 30 countries ranging from Malaysia, the Philippines and Japan in Asia, from across Russia and throughout Europe down to northern Africa with spots being made from the Canary Islands off the coast of Spain.
Within Europe itself there were spots of Thai stations on six metres from Ireland, England, France, Germany, the Ukraine, Italy and Greece, along with many other countries.
In all there were over 240 spots of Thai stations on the DX Summit cluster and most of these were made from outside Thailand on Saturday, when the opening to Europe lasted for around five hours from 03.23z to 08.54z. Propagation to Europe on Sunday was not so good with reports from stations located there spanning slightly over three hours between 06.38z and 09.50z. The majority of the spots were on CW, but there were many Thai stations worked using phone as well.
Around 20 Thai stations were spotted on these clusters with the credit for the most spots going to Champ, E21EIC who had a total of 52 spots. Next was the E2X contest station with 42 spots and third was RAST's HS0AC contest station with 36 spots on DX Summit. The next three Thai stations that were getting out well were E20QVD (25 spots), E20WXA (15 spots) and HS3ANP with 10 spots.
Congratulations to everyone in the contest and especially those stations that took advantage of the rare opportunity to put HS on six metres and demonstrate the potential for DX propagation on that band. -- summary by Tony, HS0ZDX




Big team effort in IARU HF Championship by RAST



RAST made a big team effort over the weekend of July 9-10 in the IARU HF Championship Contest with participation from all over the country and using the special event callsign E2HQ. There will be a full report about the contest activity during the next meeting of RAST at Sena Place hotel on Sunday, August 7 but these pictures hopefully give you an idea of the scope of the participation.

















Over 2,000 QSOs were made during the contest on bands from 160 to 10 metres in both CW and SSB modes. The photos include information about the operators and some of the stations participating. Our thanks go to RAST Secretary Champ, E21EIC for the pictures and for helping to co-ordinate the event.




RAST takes part in Friedrichshafen Ham Fair with a booth




RAST had a booth at the Friedrichshafen Ham Fair in Germany from June 24-26 which was well attended with more than 17,000 visitors. As in previous years, RAST had a booth in the main hall and the society is most grateful to its members in Germany who supported the society by setting up and manning the booth at Europe's largest amateur radio convention.
These included Koess, HS0ZLA, Gerd, HS0ZKF and Benjamas, HS6SSE (seen at the centre of both pictures here).
According to Koess, many radio amateurs visited the booth and there were many asking how to operate amateur radio from Thailand. Staff at the booth provided them with information about this and explained the situation since Thailand is not a member of the CEPT. In addition, several visitors also decided to attend the upcoming SEANET Convention in Pattaya this coming November. More than 350 visitors signed the RAST guestbook at Friedrichshafen.


In the picture below, Benjamas is seen with Fred Laun, K3ZO and HS0ZAR (left) and John Gagen, W2YR and HS0ZDJ. Thanks to Benjamas for the photo above and to John Gagen for the picture below.


Foreigners with a Thai licence need to send an information update to RAST

During the June RAST meeting, the RAST President made an important announcement regarding the society's need to comply with a request made to it by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) regarding information about its members.
He explained that, according to an NBTC announcement made in 2014, all amateur radio operators in Thailand are required to be a member of an amateur radio society that is approved by the NBTC.
Jakkree said that NBTC Secretariat has asked the registrars of all amateur radio societies to provide them with a summary of their members so that the NBTC will be able to provide a searchable database online and to comply with this request and ensure that its information is up-to-date RAST would like all its expatriate members who hold callsigns in the HS0Zxx range to provide the following information and to send it in an email to member@rast.or.th or rastmember@gmail.com
-- a scan or copy of their passport or ID card;
-- a scan or copy of their HS0Zxx amateur radio licence;
-- a scan or copy of their RAST membership card.
RAST would appreciate it if all expat members can comply with this request as soon as possible and an email has been sent notifying all members of this request.

But, if your licence has expired, this is what you must do

In addition, for any foreign amateur radio operator with an HS0Zxx callsign whose licence has expired for a period exceeding two years but who wishes to renew their licence, they must complete this licence renewal before December 31, 2016 or else their licence will be revoked and their amateur radio equipment will immediately become illegal to own or to possess.
To renew their licence they must take the following steps:
1. Fill out a Chor.Gor.2 form and a proxy form which can be downloaded from here;
2. Provide their original licence;
3. Provide a one- or two-inch recent photograph of themselves;
4. Provide a copy of their passport;
5. Provide a fee of 500 baht to cover expenses including for a new licence, excise duties and the cost of processing this;
6 Provide a 50 baht additional payment which is the fine for allowing the licence to expire.
These documents and fees should be provided to RAST Secretary Chalermphol Muangamphan (Champ), E21EIC or the RAST Registrar, Acting 2nd Lt Neeranuch Muangamphan (JC Goi) E20NKB. Again, the deadline for this is the end of this year but the sooner action can be taken, the better.


Candidates line up before the Advanced Class exam on June 18



Over 100 candidates who are about to take the first advanced class amateur radio examination pose before the exam at the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission Secretariat on Saturday, June 18, 2016.

NBTC conducts the first Advanced Class exam supervised by RAST

Thailand's regulator, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), conducted its first Advanced Class amateur radio examination on the morning of Saturday June 18 at its secretariat office on Phaholyothin Soi 8. A total of 171 candidates who hold Intermediate Class licences had applied to take the exam.
RAST helped to supervise the examination and the RAST President, Jakree Hantongkom, HS1FVL, and most of the society's committee members were among the candidates who, if they pass the exam, will receive additional privileges including an increase in the power limit for their HF transmissions of up to 1 kilowatt.
The following photographs capture the atmosphere and camardarie at the event and the pictures were taken by Champ Muangamphan, Pranee Nertrattana, Wanlop Tadsri, Thida Denpruektham and Ray T. Moonton and posted to Facebook.



Some of the YLs taking the exam, from left: 100 Watts Magazine Editor Thida, HS1ASC, RAST Treasurer Nong Ee, HS0VDX and RAST Registrar J.C. Goi, E20NKB.



RAST President Jakkree, HS1FVL demonstrates the society's support for the event shortly before the two-hour examination began at 10 a.m.

The photo at left shows RAST Secretary Champ, E21EIC, while the photo at right shows Pranee, E21DKD and Part, E20PFE.



Heads down, the exam is under way. In the front row at right is Wanlop Tadsri, HS6MYW.



Champ, E21EIC, J.C. Goi, E20NKB and Ray, HS4RAY with others at the event.



From left: Damrongsak, HS8GLR, Thiradej (Dave), HS1LCI, and, far right, Pornchai, HS2JFW.



At the exam table, at left, Tony, E21IZC who is seated next to Pornchai, E20GJW.

After attending the exam to sit for an advanced class amateur radio licence, RAST President Jakkree, HS1FVL visited the HS0AC club station at the campus of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) where he made presentations of plaques for the CQWW VHF contest for 2015.



Presentations were made to RAST Secretary Champ, E21EIC, (seen above with Jakkree, HS1FVL) the Siam DX Group award as the winner in the Thailand Single Operator category for 50 MHz.



Jakkree makes a presentation to Damrongsak, HS8GLR who was the winner in the Thailand Single Operator in the all band category of the 2015 CQ WW VHF Contest.



Damrongsak, HS8GLR also accepted a plaque on behalf of HS3NBR/R, the winner in the Thailand Rover category. The awards were sponsored by E21EIC and E20NKB and the Siam DX Group.



A large group joined the excursion to the HS0AC club station at AIT since the All Asia DX CW Contest was taking place that weekend and RAST intended to take part. Here Wanlop, HS6MYW (in the foreground) and Choon, E20HHK are operating in the contest while others are taking it easy in the background.




For more news of RAST activities earlier this year 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.



Thailand's flood situation: the big picture

Some of the links on this web page are a little dated, but they capture the onslaught of the flooding around Bangkok in late 2011 and provide some useful information about monitoring the weather and potential flooding in Bangkok and elsewhere in Thailand should it occur again.



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 at Sena Place Hotel, Phaholyohtin Soi 11 on Sunday, August 7 from 11.00 a.m. onwards. A buffet lunch will be available.

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:

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


All these archive pages open in a new browser window




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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