February 2018
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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
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Application form to become a member of RAST that you can fill in online.
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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


DX summit

WA7BNM 8-day Contest Calendar

DX cluster - nice and customisable

Ham Radio Deluxe DX Cluster Analysis


NG3K Amateur Radio Contest/DX Page


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

Champ Muangamphun, E21EIC

The table distributing the yellow forms to sit the next Intermediate class exam in May was crowded during the February meeting.

Over 70 members and guests attend February RAST meeting

Over 70 members and visitors attended the February RAST meeting at Sena Place Hotel on Sunday February 4, 2018 where application forms to sit the next Intermediate Class amateur radio examination which will take place in May were available for Thai novice licence holders who would like to take the exam.
There were several new faces at the meeting, along with some returnees, plus at least one expatriate, Ernst, DL1GES, who is now resident here and who would like to apply for a Thai amateur radio licence.
After the buffet lunch, members were advised that the RAST Forum, a website for discussions about amateur radio issues in Thailand, is now down since, without notification, PayPal had suspended auto-payments to the website host for the past three years. RAST is now looking into this and may authorise a new web host for the forum and we will notify readers accordingly as soon
as we learn of the outcome.
Next weekend will be the CQ WPX RTTY Contest and the RAST club station HS0AC will be participating for the 48 hours of the contest (February 10-11) at its new location at Rajapruk University in Nonthaburi -- members interested in participating or in visiting the station during the contest are welcome.
RAST Secretary Champ, E21EIC then took the microphone to outline the Eritrea DXpedition that took place from January 14 to January 22 when a total of almost 34,000 QSOs were made by himself, Zorro, JH1AHT and others on the team.
He then awarded souvenirs to two Thai stations with the most QSOs on different bands with the station, including to Nikorn, HS5NMF, a RAST committee member (pictured at right).
RAST President Jack, HS1FVL also made a few other announcements and ended the formal session of the meeting by inviting everyone to attend the Annual General Meeting of RAST on March 4, 2018 when a new President and committee will be elected for a two year term.

The RAST New Year Party on January 14 was a big success

RAST President Jakkree, HS1FVL (at left) takes the microphone during the New Year party on Sunday, January 14, 2018.

Amateur Radio Day 2017 a success

"Innovation for Amateur Radio" was the theme for the day-long event at the NBTC Secretariat

Thailand's regulator, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), staged "Amateur Radio Day 2017" on Saturday, December 2 in the grounds of its secretariat where amateur radio clubs from all over Thailand converged to particpate with booths and exhibits.
With the theme being "Innovation for Amateur Radio," the annual event featured a series of seminars where the speakers included President of the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand under Royal Patronage (RAST) Jakkree Hantongkom, HS1FVL, Nimit Hongyim, HS1IFU, and former RAST President Pornchai Semjang, HS2JFW (pictured together on stage above).
Along with Suebsak, E20JFX, Deputy Secretary of the Telecommunications Assocation of Thailand (TCT) under Royal Patronage, they spoke about technology trends for amateur radio in Thailand.

The event's theme of innovation was also reflected in a competition that displayed equipment that had been created by Thai hams to help out in emergencies, to save on energy resources and to help cultivate crops.
Various products in four different categories were on display, including a battery-powered bicycle, a bicycle that can charge a battery, portable equipment for use in emergencies, including a mobile repeater and equipment for smart farming.

A team of judges evaluated the equipment in each entry and listened to the contestants' explanations as to how it operated and was beneficial before awarding prizes in the evening.

Nimit, HS1IFU won two of the awards (shown at right) and NBTC Commissioner Gen Sukit Khamasunthorn presents one of them during a ceremony on Saturday evening.

The Icom booth (above) was popular while at the RAST booth, which was next to it, the society was demonstrating operating on HF using the special callsign HS17NBTC, along with a VHF station and also a satellite station that made contacts over the LAPAN-A2 (IO-86) Indonesian satellite.

There was also a presentation about the role of amateur radio in case of an emergency or a national disaster when the speakers were Voluntary Radio Association (VRA) Deputy President Manas Songsaeng, HS1DE, Gen Sawasdi Sawateuk, E24SCW of the National Disaster Warning Centre and Thida Denpreuktham, HS1ASC, Editor of 100 Watts Magazine.

In the afternoon there was a fox-hunting (ARDF) competition in the extensive grounds of the NBTC Secretariat which is in the northern suburbs of Bangkok off Phaholyothin Road.
Amateur Radio Day has been staged by the NBTC since 2014, although last year the event was cancelled to respect the passing of His Late Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. This year, Amateur Radio Day began with a ceremony in respect of the late monarch, who was the patron of RAST and had held the callsign HS1A, as well as VR009, and who had been an inspiration to all Thai radio amateurs.

There was also a display of His Late Majesty's radio equipment at the exhibition and in the evening the event concluded with a memorial ceremony with candles in his honour.

Photos: Tony, HS0ZDX, Champ, E21EIC, Nimit, HS1IFU and Tim, HS6MYW

RAST to host ARDF Championships on December 17, 2017

On December 17 RAST will be conducting the first ARDF Trophy Championships at the King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB) Prachinburi campus.
There will be six categories for winning contestants to receive a trophy from RAST in conjunction with our supporters and there will also be a special prize for a lucky contestant.
Details can be found in Thai in the poster above and contact information is on the RAST Thai-language website here.
KMUTNB's Prachinburi Campus is located at 129 Moo 6, Tambon Noenhom, Amphoe Mueang, Prachinburi 25230.

Many new faces at the November RAST meeting

German DX Foundation (GDXF) President Franz Langner, DJ9ZB and HS0ZLP, introduces himself during the November RAST meeting while RAST President Jakree (Jack), HS1FVL (right) looks on. Franz was in Bangkok following two recent DXpeditions to Bhutan with Champ, Zorro, JH1AJT, and Jin, JF1IST from the station A5A. The main purpose of the trip to Bhutan was to support the launch of the Paralympic Committee in Bhutan with Bhutan Olympic Committee.

No RAST December meeting this year

There was a good turnout for the November RAST meeting at Sena Place Hotel with many new faces and a couple of returnees.
Attending a RAST meeting for the first time were Franz Langner, DJ9ZB and HS0ZLP, Somsak, HS7JPW, Worayot, E22QJZ, Kampanart, E25APP, Pakorn, HS1EFA, Attawit, HS0QNI, Noratigorn, E24YVI, Titigan, E24VRP and Capt Suriyan, HS5YSU of Thai Airways International.
In addition, returning to a RAST meeting after a long absence were Stig, HS0ZGD and LA7JO (pictured at right, with Sam, HS0ZDY and Franz, HS0ZLP) along with Naomichi Numatan, HS0/JK1GVN who previously had attended a RAST meeting 24 years ago.
After the buffet lunch, RAST President Jakkree (Jack) thanked the RAST members who had helped out at the HS0AC club station as net controllers to receive tributes over the air from Thai amateur radio operators to mark the royal cremation of His late Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, HS1A.
Jack, HS1FVL, also described the atmosphere during the CQWW SSB contest at the HS0AC club station, which had been relocated earlier this year to the campus of Rajapruk university in Nonthaburi.
It was also announced during the November meeting that there will be no RAST meeting in December since on the first weekend of next month the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) will be hosting its annual "Amateur Radio Day" exhibition from December 1-3, with the highlight of the event being on December 2 with the exhibition on the grounds of the NBTC Secretariat on Phaholyothin Soi 8. RAST will have a booth there and all members are invited to attend.
The next meeting of RAST will be in January when it will take place on the second Sunday of the month with a New Year Party hosted at Rot Meu Mae restaurant in Nonthaburi. The party will be on January 14, 2018 and will begin at 3 p.m. To view the location in Google Maps please click here.
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.
Those attending should bring a gift-wrapped present valued at 500 baht or more for exchange during the party.
Among the guests at the November meeting was Franz, DJ9ZB who had accompanied Champ, E21EIC and Zorro, JH1AJT to Bhutan to put this rare DX country on the air from a special event station A5A which had been active from September 29 to October 8, 2017 and again from Oct 27 - November 3, including during the CQWW SSB contest. Franz, DJ9ZT and also HS0ZLP, is the president of the German DX Foundation (GDXF) and he was invited up to say a few words during the meeting.

Thanks to Champ, E21EIC for the update and the photos from the November meeting -- HS0ZDX.

Antenna towers now adorn the rooftop at Rajapruk University above the HS0AC club station.

HS0AC update at the October meeting

An update about the RAST club station HS0AC at its new location at Rajapruk University in Nonthaburi headed the announcements made by RAST President Jakkree Hantongkom, HS1FVL at the October meeting at Sena Place Hotel.
He told the gathering of some 45 members and guests present that there were now three operating positions for HF and that three new transceivers had been donated to the station. Antennas had been erected and work on the new station was 80 percent complete, he added.
Dr Panit Chantrabhakdee, HS1AAZ had donated two Icom transceivers, an IC 7800 and an IC 7700, while G. Simon Radio had donated an Icom IC 910 to the station and members applauded the generosity of the donors for their contributions to the station.
Antennas erected will enable communications on the amateur bands from 1.8 MHz to the VHF bands, with satellite communications being possible. Work would be completed this month and Jack thanked RAST committee member Nikorn Deesai, HS5NMF for helping to co-ordinate the efforts.

The RAST meeting had begun, as usual, with newcomers and returnees introducing themselves to those present.
The RAST President then referred to the recent meeting of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) Secretariat at the beginning of September when it had been announced that the two-metre band allocation had been expanded to cover from 144-147 MHz. However, currently there were no transceivers on sale with the capability of transmitting above 146 MHz.
In addition, RAST has been assigned to endorse applications for amateur radio club stations with HF capabilities while it had also been announced that in future the NBTC will use computer terminals for candidates taking amateur radio examinations.
Jack also announced that the issuance of a 1-kilowatt station licence to holders of advanced class amateur radio licences had been suspended, with the limit remaining at 200 watts, based on advice from the Thai military. However, licences already issued would still be valid.
Those present at the meeting were also informed that the next FCC VEC examination to be conducted by RAST would take place on October 14 in Maha Sarakham Province in the Northeast.
RAST Secretary Champ, E21EIC was not present at the October meeting since, at the time of the meeting, he was participating in a micro DXpedition to Bhutan, operating with the callsign A5A and he would be there until October 7, Jack explained.
Champ has been an active participant in many DXpeditions that include the recent DXpedition to Eritrea, operating as E31A. Indeed, Champ was honoured at the 2017 Japan International DX Meeting during the JARL Tokyo Ham Fair on September 2 by having been invited to give an account of that DXpedition to everyone there.

RAST Secretary Champ, E21EIC (far left) and JC Goi, E20NKB (second from right) with IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH (second from left) and IARU Region 3 Chairman Gopal Madhavan, VU2GMN (third from left) at the RAST booth at the JARL Tokyo Ham Fair.

RAST committee member Nukul, HS7BHK (left) related this after being invited to say a few words about the Tokyo Ham Fair which had been attended by a total of seven RAST members this year. In addition to the RAST booth at the event, there were also booths from the Malaysian Amateur Radio Society (MARTS) and the Indonesian society (ORARI) while new equipment had been launched during the event by Icom, he said.

After the announcements from the RAST President, the JAISAT-1 satellite pioneers Tanan, HS1JAN and Anant, HS1GAB (pictured above with some of the equipment they described) took the microphones to provide an update about progress of the work on the amateur radio satellite, while some of the components and circuit boards were on display during the October meeting.
The next RAST meeting will be held on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at Sena Place Hotel.

RAST introduces young students to amateur radio at Satit Kaset school

On August 22-23, 2017 RAST president Jakkree (Jack) led a team of RAST committee members and volunteers to help train young students at the Kasetsart University Laboratory School Center for Educational Research and Development, informally known as Satit Kaset, in Bang Khen where amateur radio equipment was set up along with a booth to honour His late Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, HS1A and VR009.
Demonstrations included sending Morse code and operating on both HF and VHF bands. - Thanks to Champ, E21EIC for these photographs

RAST provides training in HF operating to new Intermediate Class hams

On Sunday, August 20, 2017 a team of RAST committee members led by President Jakkree, HS1FVL conducted a series of presentations about operating on the HF amateur radio bands at Rajapruk University for those who had passed the recent Intermediate Class amateur radio examination conducted by jointly by RAST and the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) on May 21, 2017. - Thanks to Champ, E21EIC for these photographs

Please click on this link to view the archives of the RAST website for the past year.

When floodwater
inundated the
HS0AC club

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 11.30 a.m. onwards at Sena Place Hotel and all members and any guests or potential members are welcome to attend and when a buffet lunch is available for 320 baht.

Visit our Thai-language website

Next meeting:

The next RAST meeting will be the AGM meeting which will be held on Sunday, March 4 at 11.30 onwards at Sena Place Hotel.

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Check out the RAST archives

For earlier news about RAST please see our archive pages:


New Year Party, January 2018

October 2016 to August 2017

New Year Party, January 2017

2016 Seanet in Pattaya

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 Seanet 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.

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

The RAST web site is designed, written and edited by Tony, HS0ZDX. Email: Tony.waltham(AT)gmail.com

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