March 2014
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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 2012-2013 committee and contact information for RAST


A history of amateur radio in Thailand

Guidelines for members seeking to use the RAST callsign E2E

Policy and Regulations of the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand

Thailand's HF band plan

Thailand VHF band plan

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) click to display or right click and select "save as" to download

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































AGM and elections
deferred to May 4

The RAST AGM meeting scheduled for March 30, 2014 -- and held on the last Sunday of March rather than on the first Sunday of a month as usual -- saw a low turnout with only 39 members attending.
The number of members present did not comprise a quorum, according to the society's constitution, and some of the members expressed concern about having the AGM that would have included an election of a new president and committee with such a low attendance, according to RAST Secretary Jakkree (Jack), HS1FVL.
A vote was then taken as to whether those present would like to have the AGM postponed (including the election of a new president and committee) and 32 of the members voted in favour of this.
After that, a further vote was taken on when the next attempt at holding the AGM should be and 29 of the members voted in favour of Sunday, May 4, 2014.
A further vote was then called as to whether the outgoing committee should continue to serve until May 4, 2014 and 32 members voted in favour.
So the March 30 meeting, which was presided over by RAST President Pornchai Semjang, HS2JFW, ended with the consensus that the AGM and elections would take place on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at Sena Place Hotel and that the President and the committee would continue to serve during the interim period.

All members are invited to RAST's AGM meeting on March 30 at Sena Place

The 2013 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand under the royal patronage of His Majesty the King (RAST) will be held on Sunday March 30, 2014 at Sena Place Hotel beginning at 11.30 a.m. when the president and a committee for 2014 and 2015 will be elected. As usual a buffet lunch will be available.
All members are invited to attend this meeting that will be presided over by RAST President Pornchai Semjang, HS2JFW. The agenda will include approval of the minutes of the 2012 AGM meeting conducted on March 3, 2013 and a report on RAST's activities for 2013 along with a vote to approve a nomination of the society's auditor for 2014.
RAST regulations require that the society's AGM be conducted during the month of March each year and this year's AGM meeting will be the second RAST meeting to be held this month. Consequently there will be no RAST meeting on the first Sunday of April this year and RAST will hold another get-together on May 4, 2014.
All members should receive a formal invitation to this meeting, along with minutes of the 2012 AGM meeting and a report on the finances of RAST by postal mail sent to their home address.

March 2 RAST meeting

The RAST meeting at Sena Place Hotel on March 2 was presided over by Jack (Jakkree), HS1FVL, who took the place of RAST President Pornchai (HS2JFW) after lunch when he made some announcements.
Jack explained that the RAST President had been unable to attend the meeting due to a prior commitment. This meeting had been a regular meeting of RAST and was not the annual general meeting (AGM) as had been announced earlier on this website.
The AGM is being rescheduled and the date will be announced here as soon as it is finalised. RAST members will also be notified in advance by postal mail in accordance with RAST regulations.
The March 2 meeting had been well attended with a buffet lunch for members and guestsserved and, as usual, QSL cards were made available for members to pick up by RAST QSL manager Champ, E21EIC and his XYL JC, E20NKB.

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Rana, WB4NFO, HS0ZBK is a silent key

RAST life member Pradyumna Rana, HS0ZBK and WB4NFO, died peacefully in his sleep from congestive heart failure on December 29, 2013 at the age of 76 in his house in Alexandria, Virginia where he had lived for 40 years.
Rana, as he was known to everyone, was originally from Nepal where he had operated as 9N1NFO, 9N33 and 9N38. He had made many visits to Thailand from his home in the United States and had been very active in the Southeast Asia net having attended several SEANET conventions in Bangkok.
Rana had become a ham as a young man in Nepal after being mentored by Father Marshall Moran, 9N1MM at St Xaviers School in Kathmandu. After school he began working for the American Embassy with assignments in Nepal and India and eventually emigrated to the United States in 1965.
Once in the States he pursued technical studies in electronics and eventually obtained his amateur radio licence. Rana worked for AT&T as a telecommunications specialist and retired in 1990. Rana had been a member of the National Capital DX Association (NCDXA) and had 335 confirmed in the ARRL DXCC mixed standings.
He had been a good friend of Fred Laun, K3ZO/HS0ZAR who recalls: "When Rana attempted to resign as a member at one of the NCDXA meetings due to his inability to drive to meetings by himself because of the loss of his peripheral vision, his request to resign was rejected by those members in attendance, which for me was one of the crowning achievements of the NCDXA during my years as a member.
"Such was the esteem in which Rana was held by our members that the thought of his resigning because of a physical problem was considered to be completely unacceptable," Fred added.
Fred also remembers how "as a 14-year-old boy Rana had been dispatched to India to accompany Father Moran and to serve as a guide when Father Moran entered Nepal for the very first time as a Jesuit priest from Chicago."
Rana leaves a son (Pravin); his wife (Rama); daughter-in-law (Himashree); three granddaughters (Nisha, Neha, Megha); his brothers (Ravindra and Dipendra); his sister (Shuvalaxmi); and extended family and friends in Nepal, US, Thailand and all over the world.
May he rest in peace.







Over 85 attend RAST's New Year party

Over 85 members and guests attended the RAST New Year party at Rotmeumae (Mother's Touch) Restaurant in the northern suburbs of Bangkok near Laksi on Sunday January 12 that began at 3 p.m. and continued into the evening.
Amateur radio equipment was on sale, an HF station was operational using the callsign HS0AC and CW proficiency tests were conducted at the party. A buffet dinner of Thai food was available and refreshments were provided, with many guests chipping in with donations that ensured that beer flowed for everyone all afternoon and evening.
Most guests brought a gift with them and these were exchanged in a lucky draw while there were some bonus gifts including a portable 7-MHz antenna sponsored by the Club Station amateur radio shop.
After an excellent buffet dinner, RAST President Pornchai (Joe), HS2JFW began by wishing everyone a happy new year, adding that this would be a "year of change" for amateur radio in Thailand -- change that would mostly be positive when looking at the conclusions following the NBTC's recent public hearing.
New regulations had been approved and would likely become effective around March or April and they mostly reflected improvements, he said.
Pornchai (Joe) then went on to start the drawing of gifts along with RAST Secretary Jakkree (Jack), HS1FVL.
After most of the gifts had been exchanged, Joe then went on to announce some of the innovations that radio amateurs in Thailand can expect in 2014.
These included the advent of the advanced class licence for which exams would be administered and this would be equivalent to the US extra class licence.
The main difference in operating privileges would be additional power output of up to one kilowatt being allowed compared with the current limit for intermediate class licensees which is 200 watts.
However, a RAST proposal to merge the points from the theory and Morse code components for intermediate or advanced class exams had been rejected and candidates will still have to attain a 70% pass mark in both the theory and the Morse code.





Joe added that a small portion of the six-metre band would likely be authorised for operating in 2014, and this would hopefully be a first step and we should see more spectrum allocated later, he predicted.
Meanwhile, in the 435-438 MHz band (70 cm) and in the 1.2 GHz band (23 cm) operations will soon be permitted for the first time -- but on the satellite uplink frequencies only.
Another big change will be that novice operators will be allowed to operate on the 10-metre HF amateur radio band but the responsibility for explaining HF operating procedures along with the need to conform
with the international band plan would be the responsibility of the provincial amateur radio associations, rather than RAST directly, the RAST President said.
However, RAST intends to organise briefing sessions for representatives of these assocations to offer guidance as to how they might oversee this.







Another aspect of the forthcoming permission to allow Thai novice hams to operate on 28-MHz is that the maximum power allowed will be 30 watts.
Joe also announced that this year the cost of the buffet lunch at Sena Place Hotel, RAST's regular venue for meetings, would increase by 40 baht from 280 baht to 320 baht and he sought any feedback on this while the consensus was that despite this increase the February meeting would be held Sunday, February 2 at Sena Place.
After these announcements the lucky draw of gifts resumed and the party later drew to a close at around 9 p.m. as guests began to make their way home. -- Report and photos by Tony, HS0ZDX

Here is a link to more photos taken at the party.



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 early October 2013.




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.

For more details, see below.








Next meeting:

The next RAST meeting will be at Sena Place Hotel in Phaholyothin Soi 11, near Saphan Kwai, on Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 11.30 a.m. onwards. This will be the society's Annual General Meeting (AGM) when the president and committee for the next two years will be elected.


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:

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: hq(AT)rast.or.th
The Office of the President: 70/140 Petchakasem 42 Bangjak Pasijaroen Bangkok 10160
(If calling from outside Thailand: +6681 4950781)
Email: president(AT)rast.or.th

Registered address of the Society: 328/19 Sirinthorn Road, Bangbamru, Bangplad Subdistrict, Bangkok 10700



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