September 2014
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RAST's Secretary Champ mans a booth at the Tokyo Ham Fair



In the picture at left: At the RAST booth at the Tokyo Ham Fair on Sunday, August 24, 2014, from left, Noppadol (Tong), HS5IGY and JI1FGC, Kuniyoshi, 7L1FPU, Yoshiki, JF1UCV and KH0UA, Goi JC, E20NKB and JH1TEP and Champ, E21EIC and JH1TEQ.
The picture above on the right shows the booth in prespective at the annual event at the Tokyo Big Sight in Ariake.


Many visit RAST's booth at the region's largest amateur radio event

RAST Secretary Chalermphol (Champ), E21EIC and his XYL, RAST Registrar Goi (JC), E20NKB along with Noppadol (Tong), HS5IGY with the help of other Thai radio hams set up and manned the RAST booth at the Tokyo Ham Fair at Tokyo Big Sight on the outskirts of Japan's capital city on the weekend of August 23-24.
The booth welcomed many visitors attending the largest amateur radio convention in the region and a large poster on display featured "The Rise of HS0AC", telling the story of the recovery of RAST's club station on the campus of the Asian Institute of Technology. Other posters (shown in the picture at right) paid tribute to RAST's patron, His Majesty the King of Thailand, HS1A and also announced RAST's 50th anniversary celebrations which will now be taking place in late January.
The dates of the 50th anniversary of RAST's founding in late 1964 will be from January 23-26, with a gala dinner on January 24, 2015 and tours for foreign visitors will be arranged on January 25 and January 26.
More details about the celebration will be provided at this website very soon.

RAST plays big role at NBTC seminar about the 10-metre band



Former RAST President Pornchai (Joe) makes a presentation during which he explained the importance of a band plan for 10 metres at the NBTC seminar at the Maruay Garden Hotel in the northern suburbs of Bangkok on Saturday, August 23.

On Saturday August 23 and Sunday August 24 RAST conducted a seminar about the 10-metre band on behalf of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) for over 300 participants that included NBTC officials and representatives from amateur radio associations from provinces throughout the country.
The event was held following the announcement in July of new regulations governing amateur radio in Thailand which, among other things, will authorise Thai novice amateur radio hams to operate on the 10-metre band. RAST has proposed that novices should receive training from authorised intermediate class licensees who will be able to grant them with a certificate of competency that will enable them to operate on the 28-MHz band.
RAST President Jakkree, HS1FVL, former RAST President Pornchai (Joe), RAST first vice president Sakol, HS1JNB, RAST senior advisor Prasit, HS1DN were present at the event along with many other RAST officers and members.
RAST had a booth in front of the main auditorium at the hotel which was popular and the sessions were well attended as can be seen in these pictures. -- HS0ZDX


Officers from RAST attended a formal ceremony on the morning of August 4, 2014 to mark National Telecommunications Day
at the secretariat of the National Telecommunications and Broadcasting Commission on Soi Sailom, Phaholyothin Road.
Above Wanlop Tadsri, HS6MYW with RAST President Jakkree Hantongkom, HS1FVL.



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 2014-2016 committee and contact information for RAST


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

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"

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























































































































Prayong, HS4BPQ is a silent key


RAST life member and active DXer Khun Prayong Dungnoei, HS4BPQ died tragically in a car accident in Krabi Province on August 18, 2014.
He had been a marine with the Royal Thai Navy based in Narathiwat Province.
He will be missed by his family and friends. May he rest in peace.

Guenter Philippe, HS0ZFF a silent key


On Saturday, August 23, 2014 RAST life member Guenter Philippe, HS0ZFF and DK1KM, passed away, aged 77.

He had been residing in Phanom Sarakham in Chachoengsao Province and Guenter had attended RAST meetings regularly.
He will be missed by his many friends.

May he rest in peace.






Sarawut Pitaksinagorn, HS1WNT, the owner of Siam Inter Network (right), presents a portrait of His Majesty the King, HS1A to RAST President Jakkree Hantongkom, HS1FVL at the HS0AC Open House event on August 3 at the club station on the campus of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT).

August meeting

Almost 100 attend the RAST 'Open House' at AIT

To celebrate the rebirth of HS0AC

Almost 100 members and guests, including representatives of amateur radio societies from several provinces, attended RAST's HS0AC Open House on August 3 at the newly-refurbished club station at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) on the northern outskirts of Bangkok.
Former RAST presidents Mayuree Chotikul, HS1YL, Chaiyong Wongwuticomjon, HS1QVD and Pornchai (Joe) Semjang, HS2JFW were present at the event along with almost the entire RAST committee and they welcomed visitors from Pathum Thani, Saraburi, Lop Buri, Chiang Mai and Khon Kaen provinces.
Also attending were visiting hams from Laos and Hong Kong and there was a video presentation entitled "The Rise of HS0AC" prepared by Tony, HS0ZDX along with a presentation from Dan Van Hoy, VR2HF about the Dayton Hamvention.



Inside the shack, operators were working DX on 15-metres while an array of snacks and cocktail drinks were available for members and guests.



With Pomchanok (Ray), E23PKO as emcee, the event kicked off in front of the shack at 2 p.m. with RAST President Jakkree (Jack) speaking about the gravity of the floods and how deep the flood water had been, and why RAST had gone to great expense to restore the HS0AC clubhouse and outfitted it with new equipment.
The total cost of the restoration had been at least a million baht, he said, but we had done this because this club station is a symbol of amateur radio in Thailand and of the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand under the royal patronage of His Majesty the King.
Jack (pictured at left) also mentioned the teamwork that had made the recovery of HS0AC possible, noting that for the three-element monoband Yagi beam for 40 metres almost 50 people had been present to help raise that antenna to the top of the tower.
He added that there should be an advanced class examination held next year, adding that RAST had no policy to distinguish between novice, intermediate or advanced class amateur radio operators. "It is one hobby -- one society," he said.
Pictures of the flood-damaged station and of the recovery efforts were displayed on a large poster affixed to the front of the club house bearing the slogan "The Rise of HS0AC."



Coincidentally, this was also the title of a 10-minute video that Tony, HS0ZDX had put together for the upcoming Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (GAREC) conference to be held in Huntsville, Alabama on August 14-15 and which was previewed at the Open House event.

Jack then invited the former presidents of RAST and Prasit, HS1DN to say a few words before members of the RAST committee elected or appointed in May 2014 stood in front of the club house and introduced themselves.
Then the representatives of the visiting amateur radio societies each said a few words before there was a presentation to RAST of a portrait of His Majesty the King, HS1A from the owner of Siam Inter Network Sarawut Piaksinagorn, HS1WNT.
This was followed by a donation to RAST by Watcharapong (Tof), HS1NNU on behalf of the club station E2X of a mounted ARRL Amateur Radio Map of the World.



Finally, Dan Van Hoy, VR2HF and K7DAN gave a short illustrated talk about the Dayton Hamvention, which is the biggest amateur radio convention that is held annually in Dayton, Ohio.



This year some 25,000 people had attended the event and Dan (pictured at left) assured everyone that it was worth the trip.
Most of the activities were conducted outside in front of the club house and along covered walkways and while the sky was overcast with a sprinkling of drizzle at times fortunately the rain held off during the meeting.
There was no formal update during the Open House meeting about the new regulations, but regarding the new bands, a sub-committee is working on details for a band plan for six metres which will be authorized on a shared basis with the army.
This should come into effect next year.
For the importation new equipment and type approval, the NBTC hopes to have the manufacturers of HF/VHF equipment assist with type approval assessments -- since they have the technical specifications -- and after this all approved equipment should available through any dealer or distributor.
As for novice amateurs operating on the 10 metre band, this privilege will only be allowed from club stations and under the supervision of an intermediate class operator to enable novice operators to learn the proper operating procedures.

Any additional information about the new regulations will be posted on this web site as soon as details are received. -- HS0ZDX




New Thai amateur regulations
enacted on July 24, 2014

Six metres opened up, 2-metre band expanded, UHF bands allowed,
novices may use 10 metres

Thailand's regulator, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has approved the new regulations to govern amateur radio that the agency has been working on for almost three years.
These regulations, which were published in the Royal Gazette on July 23 and will become law on July 24, 2014, allow operations on six-metres (50-54MHz), expand the 2-metre band by 500 KHz (up to 146.5 MHz) and activate the advanced class with privileges that will allow power output levels of up to 1,000 watts.
Restrictions on HF radios that include six metres will be removed and type-approval restrictions will be eased so that Thai radio amateurs will be able to purchase new models of transceivers.
Additional spectrum is also authorised in the 160- and 80-metre HF bands while the VHF and UHF bands above 2-metres are also to be opened up as can be seen in the proposed frequency allocation table.
The new regulations were signed by the Chairman of the NBTC on June 20, 2014 and will now become effective following their publication in the Royal Gazette. You can view or download the details (in Thai) in a PDF file by clicking on this link
However, while the law becomes effective on July 24, 2014 licensed Thai amateur radio operators will need to observe implementation guidelines that will be published in additional documents from the NBTC. As further information is received regarding this it will be published on this web site.
Other changes include:
Novice Thai operators will be able to operate on 10-metres (28-MHz) although the NBTC has set conditions that they must receive a certificate from an authorised trainer first.
Operators on two metres will be allowed to use up to 60 watts and club stations 100 watts. More club stations and contest callsigns will be issued.
Those who do not hold an amateur radio licence may operate under supervision at a club station.
Callsigns that have expired, if not renewed within two years, will be reassigned.
The Morse code test will remain as a component of the intermediate and advanced class amateur radio examination in Thailand, however the test will be for the ability to receive CW only.
RAST would like to extend its congratulations and thanks to the former President Pornchai, HS2JFW (Joe), RAST officers Narissara, HS1CHB, Thida, HS1ASC, Chalermphol (Champ), E21EIC, Jakkree, HS1FVL and all others who worked with the NBTC in public and private hearings to help draft and revise these new regulations that will now become law.
RAST would also like to thank the NBTC Chairman, commissioners and officers who have helped amateur radio in Thailand to take a big step forward with the enactment and passing of these new regulations.
You can download the regulations in Thai or view them online from this link (right click and select "save as" to download).
The new band plan can be viewed here.
More information will be posted on this website as details are made available. -- Tony Waltham, HS0ZDX




The 42nd SEANET Convention in
Bali from Nov 14-17, 2014



The Sanur Beach Hotel in Bali

An invitation from Gjellani J. Sutama (Jel) YB1GJS

Greetings from Bali island, Indonesia!

I am honoured to invite you to our country for the 42nd annual SEANET Convention, hosted after a long time missed in Indonesia. Our convention is truly a worthwhile endeavour as it affords us the opportunity to meet face-to-face and strengthen our bonds of friendship and learn from each other through sharing and discussion of our mutual interests.

Because I have had the opportunity to attend and participate in a number of our conferences, I have visited many countries and gained a greater understanding for various peoples and cultures that I may not otherwise have known. Further, I have deepened some of my SEANET friendships to consider many to be a part of my extended family.

Understandably, some travellers may have concerns when visiting Indonesia with the current political climate. However, everyone who travels to Indonesia comes to see it is a safe, warm and welcoming city where tourists can comfortably enjoy sightseeing and walking throughout its cities.

Bali is a magical island blessed with beautiful people and places, filled with art, music and festivals. Majestic volcanoes, enchanting heritage, mystical rice terraces and long sandy beaches are just the start of a highly uplifting and rewarding experience. Bali is so much more than people ever expect. From its varying landscapes to its incredibly rich culture and wonderful people, it is a destination that provides huge diversity, one that will ensure that even after a short programme each of us will form a bond with the island, its people and its magic, as well as with each other.

Combining Bali’s local charms with its cosmopolitan dining scene, out-of-this-world hotels and resorts and an extensive range of modern meeting venues and facilities to fit all budgets, you can be sure that from the moment your delegates step off the flight until their return, that just as with the people of Bali, there will be smiles all round.

We’re sure that your visit to Bali, Indonesia for SEANET 2014 will inspire you to return with family and friends to explore its history, natural wonders, and come to know its people and culture.

Our convention will be held at the Sanur Beach Hotel, a four-star international resort which commands a strategic location on the beach while being just minutes from a great shopping experience and not far from the cultural and natural attractions of Bali.

All categories of the guest rooms surround a tropical garden courtyard and an expansive pool environment.

Dear SEANET friends, on behalf of Organisasi Amatir Radio Indonesia (ORARI) and all Indonesia Amateur Radio operators, I await your arrival and look forward to welcoming you to Bali.

Due the high seasons of our venue in Bali island, we really need your co-operation to confirm, book and register your plans to come and join our SEANET Convention this year from November 14 to 17, 2014.

Please contact me directly at my email address ( yb1gjs@gmail.com ) regarding your confirmation / booking and registration at our website http://orari.or.id/seanet2014/.

73 es 88 TU de
SEANET Convention 2014 Chairman

Gjellani J. Sutama (Jel) YB1GJS
Mobile : +62 811 106 289





For earlier news about RAST and developments regarding amateur radio in Thailand, please check our most recent archive here. A list of links to archives that date back to 2005 can be found on the right-hand side of this page.






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 expects to be 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 11.30 a.m. onwards and all members and any guests or potential members are welcome to attend. A buffet lunch is available. The next meeting will be at a different place and at a different time, being an "Open House" at the RAST HS0AC club station at AIT. More details are provided below.





Visit our Thai-language website



Next meeting:

The next RAST meeting will be at Sena Place Hotel in Phaholyothin Soi 11 on Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 11.30 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:

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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