February 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 2014-2016 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


DX summit

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

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

Good turnout for RAST's February meeting at Sena Place Hotel

The February 2016 RAST meeting saw a good turnout with over 40 members and guests present.

RAST President Jakkree (Jack) Hantongkom, HS1FVL reminded those present at the February RAST meeting that the next monthly gathering of the society will be its annual general meeting (AGM) and this year there will also be an election of the society's president and committee for a two-year term.
All members were encouraged to attend the upcoming AGM on March 6 at Sena Place Hotel while members should also receive a formal letter of invitation by postal mail.
Regulations now stipulate that at least 50 members must be present, along with two-thirds of the RAST committee, in order for there to be a quorum before an AGM can begin so the attendance at the March meeting needs to be good.
The February RAST gathering which was on the eve of Chinese New Year was well attended with slightly over 40 members present and, as usual, a buffet dinner was available.
After introductions from a few first-time attendees at the meeting, the RAST President reminded everyone that the society would be hosting the 44th annual SEANET Convention later this year in Pattaya.
Jack then announced the name of the convention hotel, which has been decided upon. This is the Discovery Beach Hotel, also known as D-Beach, (the image above is from the hotel's website) a four-star hotel located on Pattaya Beach Road next to Soi 6/1 and not far from Central Festival.
Please check out the SEANET 2016 website for the latest information about the convention which will take place from November 18-20. The US$499 registration fee covers everything including airport transfers from Don Mueang, Suvaranabhumi and U-tapao airports, hotel accommodation, all meals and gala dinners, shows and tours.

Photo by Damrongsak, HS8GLR

During the meeting, the RAST President also announced a successful demonstation that was conducted jointly by RAST and NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, at a school in Hat Yai, Songkhla when amateur radio was used to contact the International Space Station (ISS). On January 30, Jack himself had led several RAST committee members who helped to conduct the demonstration at the PSU Witayanusorn School when 18 students spoke to astronauts in space using the callsign E29AJ. YouTube videos such as this one capture the event.

Following the announcements, Jack invited RAST Secretary Chalermphol (Champ), E21EIC to award some plaques to members and, in turn, Champ invited Gen Prasit, HS1DN, a RAST advisor and committee member, to make the presentations. The plaques were issued by the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) for activities supporting its 90th anniversary celebrations last year and some of the operators of HS90IARU stepped forward to receive the plaque that was issued to RAST (above) while RAST member and DXer Svante (Sam) Nordenstrom, HS0ZDY (pictured with Gen Prasit right) received a plaque for contacting more than 20 different official IARU stations during the year 2015.

Report and photos by Tony, HS0ZDX

Above: RAST President Jakkree (holding the microphone) introduces some of the RAST committee members to the guests at the New Year Party on January 10 at the Rot Meu Mae restaurant.

RAST hosts New Year party

Over 70 members and guests attend
celebration at a restaurant in Laksi

More than 70 RAST members and guests attended the New Year Party on January 10 at Rot Meu Mae restaurant in Laksi in the northern suburbs of Bangkok when gifts were exchanged and lucky draw prizes were awarded.
The RAST New Year party began at 3 p.m. with food being served inside the restaurant as well as outside at tables where there were also many demonstrations of amateur radio activities, including the assembly of kits along with operating on the HF bands using portable antennas that has been set up for the event.
As darkness approached, everyone moved inside when, at around 6.30 p.m., RAST President Jakkree Hantongkom, HS1FVL welcomed everyone to the party and wished them a Happy New Year before inviting Wanlop, HS6MYW to take the microphone for the lucky draw awards. Nimit, HS1IFU/K6XOX helped translate the announcements into English.
There were many gifts to be awarded and the presentations took around two hours to conclude before the party wound down and guests started to head home. Thanks to donations, plenty of refreshments, including beer and wine, and been available throughout the party.
Hopefully, the photographs below capture some of the atmosphere at the event.

Photos by HS0ZDX

Amateur Radio Day 2015

Thousands attend Thailand's three-day
hamfest hosted by the NBTC

The following pictures provide some glimpses of the RAST booth and of gatherings of some of the thousands of radio amateurs from throughout Thailand who attended the three-day event hosted by the National Telecommunications and Broadcasting Commission from December 18 to December 20, 2015 at the commission's secretariat on Phaholyothin Soi 8.
RAST had extensive displays of equipment as well as operating an HF station using the special callsign HS90IARU during the event and many RAST committee members led by RAST President Jakkree (Jack) Hantongkom, HS1FVL took part in the hamfest.

RAST December meeting

Many members living overseas return to attend December RAST meeting

The December 6 RAST meeting at Sena Place Hotel had a good turnout with many members who attended the meeting having returned to Thailand from overseas for the "holiday season".
Among the returnees introducing themselves at the meeting were Fred, K3Z0 and HS0ZAR, John, W2YR and HS0ZDJ, Stig, LA7JO and HS0ZGD, Renato, HB9BXQ and HS0ZLN, David, HS0ZLG and his XYL Judy, KD6BBO and Akira, JA1NMH.
Also present as returnees or newcomers were Pittaya, HS1FRU, HS7IRS, E24MTA and HS1HQT along with Kamol E20EHQ.

Video of K1N DXpedition precedes announcements

Following a video presentation of the K1N DXpedition to Navassa Island last year, RAST President Jakkree (Jack), HS1FVL announced that the special event callsign HS90IARU was now on the air from stations authorized by RAST since December 1, 2015.
Permission to use this special callsign to mark the International Amateur Radio Untion (IARU)'s 90th anniversary this year has been received from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) and will be used until the end of this month.
Any licensed Intermediate Class amateur radio operator who would like to use this special event callsign can seek permission for this from either Jack, HS1FVL (HS1FVL (AT) gmail.com) or RAST Secretary Champ, E21EIC (E21EIC (AT) gmail.com).

The HS90IARU QSL card designed by E20PFE

All modes and all bands can be used with this callsign and so far, since December 1, a total of 3,500 QSOs had been logged, Jack said.
Later in December, the NBTC will be hosting Amateur Radio Day, this year to be a three-day event at the NBTC Secretariat on Phaholyothin Soi 8 from December 18 to December 20 when there will be seminars and an exhibition, along with free refreshments for visitors.
RAST will have a booth at the exhibition in which all amateur radio societies from throughout Thailand will be participating and representatives from the society will also be making presentations in the seminars.

Jack also announced at the December meeting that RAST will celebrate the New Year on January 10 with a special party a "Rot Meu Mae" (Mother's Touch) restaurant which was the location of the New Year party almost two years ago in 2014.
This will be in lieu of the regular monthly meeting and will be the next opportunity for RAST members to get together. The restaurant is located in the northern suburbs of Bangkok near North Park Golf Course.
Please see the map below for details about the location where you can also find directions as to how to get there.
The party will begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 10 and will continue until around 9 p.m. All guests are invited to bring a gift-wrapped New Year present valued at 500 baht (or more) for exchange during the party, while food at a buffet will be provided to all who register at the cost of 350 baht per person.
During the December meeting, Jack also announced that there had been progress in the preparations for the launch of the Joint Academy for Intelligent Satellites for Amateur Radio of Thailand (JAISAT-1) satellite sponsored by RAST by the team headed by Tanan, HS1JAN and that Ueda Hozuma had attended a RAST committee meeting on behalf of JAMSAT, the Japan AMSAT Association, at Sena Place Hotel earlier that day.

Finally, Jack presented a CQWW award to HS50RAST to HS0AC Station Manager Nikorn, HS5NMF for coming in first place in the SSB Multi-two category for Thailand (and sixth in Asia) in the 2014 CQWW contest for 2014 with 1,266,640 points.

For earlier news about RAST meetings and activities in the second half of 2015 please click on this link.

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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.

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 at Sena Place Hotel and all members and any guests or potential members are welcome to attend. A buffet lunch is available.

Next meeting:

The next RAST meeting will be at Sena Place Hotel, Phaholyohtin Soi 11 on Sunday, March 6 from 11.30 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:

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

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

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