155 candidates pass the first Advanced Class exam
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
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
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.
Foreigners with a Thai licence need to send an information update to RAST
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
-- 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
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
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