July 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

(these pages open in a new window)


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

Guidelines for members seeking to use the RAST callsign E2E

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






















































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































New Thai amateur regulations
become effective 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 are now able to operate on 10-metres (28-MHz).
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 over the coming days. -- Tony Waltham, HS0ZDX, July 23, 2014






Choon, E20HHK (with microphone) explains the origin and history of the Thailand DX Association (HSDXA) as he stands with a group of HSDXA members wearing E2X T-shirts to mark the callsign allocated to their club station in Phitsanulok during the July RAST meeting at Sena Place hotel.


July meeting

HS0AC gets ready to celebrate its 'rebirth' next month



Inside the HS0AC shack, three operating positions. The FT2000s donated by Yaesu Inc. sit side-by-side with an Icom IC-746 off to the left. This is one of the many photographs shown during the July meeting of RAST. This photo was taken by E21EIC on July 5, 2014.

There were several new faces, including a Japanese radio amateur who immediately joined RAST on arrival, attending the RAST meeting at Sena Place Hotel on July 6, 2014.
Introducing themselves were returnees Dave, HS0ZLG and his XYL Judy (KD6BBO), a group from Khon Kaen including Surachit, HS4HLW and Suwarapong, HS4LKW and two journalists from 100 Watts Magazine, Natty, E20YGG and Peeranat, E20PFE.
The new faces were Frank, N3PQ who lives in Chiang Rai, Toshiyama, JM1KNQ, Pawan, E23PKQ (the son of Ray, E23PKO) and Sathitpong, E21SNN.





The 40 metre beam goes up on June 29. Photos by E22ICQ.

Throughout the meeting a slide show was running that was projected onto a screen and which showed the progress of work to restore the HS0AC shack at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) over the past two months by teams of volunteers who also assembled and installed antennas outside on three towers.
RAST President Jakkree (Jack) kicked off the formal part of the meeting following the buffet lunch by summarizing the "hard work" that had been carried out over the past two months to get the station back up and running.



"Many hands make light work" is an old saying, but in this case the work was still hard but the camaraderie certainly helped! Photo by E22ICQ.

Now the interior of the station is complete with two operating positions and three antenna towers have been equipped, mostly with monoband Yagis, although the rotator needs replacing for the tower with the 40-metre and 10 metre beams.



The rotator problem is investigated. It turned out to be irrepairable and a replacement rotator is now being sought. Photo by E22ICQ

However, Jack announced that he had spoken to Charly, HS0ZCW who had said he would donate a rotator to the club station that should be sufficient to cope with the heavy load.
To mark the completion of work on the club station -- thanks to the generous donations that had flowed in following the disastrous flooding in late 2011 -- RAST will hold a formal opening party at HS0AC on the campus of AIT on the afternoon of Sunday, August 3, 2014.
Indeed, donations are still coming in and Jack thanked RAST committee member Dr Panit, HS1AAZ for generously donating over 8,000 baht along with RAST Treasurer Nong-ee, HS0VDX and Nongyao, HS9EQY who both had donated 1,000 baht and Weerawat, HS7JJY for his 500 baht donation towards ongoing HS0AC expenses.



Now the work has been done, come to appreciate the "handiwork" on Sunday, August 3 when the HS0AC club station will have an "Open House" on the campus of the Asian Institute of Technology. Photo by E22ICQ.

The August 3 "Open House" at HS0AC will be instead of the regular meeting at Sena Place Hotel for August and will begin at 1.30 p.m. with snacks and refreshments being served during the afternoon.
The next item on the agenda was the 50th anniversary celebrations of RAST which Jack said would be marked in December this year with a gala Chinese banquet being hosted at the Navy Club on the Chao Phya River near Sanam Luang in the evening on Sunday, December 7.
It is hoped to attract many foreign visitors to this event which will be combined with a four-day/three-night tour package that will include accommodation and guided tours to key attractions in and around Bangkok.
Jack then spoke briefly about the draft amateur radio regulations that had been completed by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission and signed by the NBTC Chairman on June 20 but which has yet to be published in the Royal Gazette which is the requirement before becoming law.
This will provide sweeping changes to amateur radio in Thailand which are outlined in the news item below and which will include an advanced class for qualified operators, access to six metres, an expansion of two metres and the 80- and 160-metre HF bands and a relaxation of type approval constraints.
Jack welcomed these developments, but said he would rather wait until the regulations become law and the schedule for implementation is announced before making any further comments.



Champ, E21EIC takes the microphone to explain the use of the HS50RAST callsign to commemorate RAST's 50th anniversary this year with Tony, HS0ZDX at hand to summarise in English. Photo by E21SNN

He then invited RAST Secretary Chalermphol (Champ), E21EIC to speak about the use of the special callsign HS50RAST which has now been authorised and also about the CQ World-Wide VHF Contest on the weekend of July 19-20, 2014.
Champ said that any intermediate class licence-holder may request to use the callsign HS50RAST and in order to do so he or she needs to send a copy of the licence, full name, address, phone and email address along with the dates requested for operations using the call HS50RAST to Champ (e21eic(AT)gmail.com).
After the activity period is over, the operator must then send an electronic copy of the log (in .adi format) to Champ. Full details can be found at http://www.e21eic.net/rast50y_announce.php
As for the conditions for the use of the six-metre band which has been permitted by the NBTC for all intermediate class operators during the CQWW VHF Contest (July 19-20) this year they are summarised in the news item below.
The required data must be submitted to the secretary of RAST before midnight on July 18 in order for the applicant to be eligible.

At left, Mrs Mayuree Chotikul, HS1YL presents CQWW VHF contest certificates to E20YGG on behalf of HS1EFA and at right to E20GMY on behalf of HS6FUJ.



Mrs Mayuree Chotikul presents a plaque for the club station HS4AK in Khon Kaen to two of the operators, HS4LKw, left and HS4HLW.

Presentations of CQ World-Wide plaques and certificates were then made to winners or their representatives for 2013 and 2011 by RAST's former President and President of RAST's board of advisors Mrs Mayuree Chotikul, HS1YL.



Former RAST President Chaiyong, HS1QVD presents a letter of appreciation to HS4HLW on behalf of RAST for his support at HS0AC.

After that, former RAST President Chaiyong Wongwuticomjon, HS1QVD presented letters of thanks from RAST to members of a team from Khon Kaen who had pitched in to help at the HS0AC club station.
Then Champ, E21EIC showed the designs for shirts to mark RAST's 50th anniversary for sale at the Tokyo ham fair and to commemorate the "rise of RAST HS0AC station 2014" -- and which will also be available locally once they have been manufactured.
Finally, a group of Thailand DX Association (HSDXA) members wearing distinctive T-shirts bearing the callsign E2X posed for a photograph and Choon, E20HHK explained how the group had been formed in 1996 and had participated in many DXpeditions, including from Burma and Laos as well as from several IOTA islands in Thailand. The E2X callsign has been issued for use at the group's club station in Phitsanulok province, he explained.
During the meeting, Jack also thanked Champ, E21EIC for donating over 1,000 E2E QSL cards to RAST which he had designed and printed up.



Jack, HS1FVL accepts a donation of E2E QSL cards from RAST Secretary and QSL manager Champ, E21EIC who had designed and had them printed.


NBTC authorises 6 metre band for the CQ World-Wide VHF Contest

This year the NBTC is granting permission for all Intermediate Class amateur radio operators in Thailand to participate in the CQ World-Wide VHF contest on July 19-20, 2014 on the six-metre (50-54 MHz) band in addition to HS0AC and all other club stations in Thailand.
The contest rules (in Thai) can be found at www.e21eic.net/cqvhf and a version of the rules in English is here. The contest is from 18.00 UTC on Saturday, July 19 until 21.00 UTC on Sunday, July 20, 2014.
All stations that intend to participate in the contest on the six-metre band must register in advance with RAST and provide details of their callsign, name and address along with a copy of their intermediate class licence and a home or mobile telephone number. This information must be submitted to RAST by mail to P.O. Box 2008, Bangkok 10501 or by email to e21eic(AT)gmail.com. (Tel: 087-557-7773).
The deadline for providing this information is midnight on July 18, 2014 since RAST must forward these details to the secretariat of the NBTC prior to the contest.





From left: Representing Thailand at the annual Friedrichshafen ham fair in Germany last weekend are Amnat, HS1IWX, Benjamas, HS6SSE, Tanya and Pook, E22FQO. -- photos by Sam, HS0ZDY

RAST has a booth at Friedrichshafen Ham Fair

The Radio Amateur Society of Thailand was among the 200 or so exhibitors at the Friedrichshafen ham fair in Germany from June 27-29. This was the second year in a row that RAST has been represented there.
Several Thais and foreign nationals with Thai amateur radio licences visited the booth at Europe's biggest annual amateur radio exhibition.

At left: Hans Jürg Vögeli, HB9DKZ, HS0ZBT



From left: Gerd, HS0ZKF with the volunteers manning the RAST booth -- Amnat, HS1IWX, Pook, E22FQO and Tanya.



Restoration work on the HS0AC shack at AIT has been completed

The photograph below shows the interior of the HS0AC shack on the campus of the Asian Institute of Technology -- mission accomplished!
All the work on the interior of the shack as been completed by a team led by RAST President Jakkree (Jack), HS1FVL over a period of around three weeks, beginning in late May.
During that time a team of RAST officers and members, working hard on a day-to-day basis, finished off the restoration work which included decorating the interior of the building, installing a new air-conditioner, lighting and electrical power points along with plumbing work in the bathroom with new fittings installed.
For more information and pictures that portray the progress in getting HS0AC back up and ready to run again in pile-ups please follow this link.


Photo by Champ, E21EIC

As of mid-June all that remains to be done is to install new antennas and coaxial cabling and to set up the operating equipment on a desk in the shack.

June RAST meeting



The RAST 2014-2016 committee and RAST President Jakkree, HS1FVL at Sena Place Hotel before the main meeting on June 1, 2014

Over 70% of renovation work
at HS0AC already completed

Over 70 percent of work to complete the renovation of RAST's club station HS0AC at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) has been carried out, President Jakkree (Jack) Hantongkom told members at the June meeting on Sunday June 1 at Sena Place Hotel.
It had been less than 30 days since Jack, HS1FVL had been elected President of RAST and one of his commitments to members upon accepting the post had been to pledge that he would have the HS0AC club station fully refurbished and operational within three months.
He appears to be ahead of schedule and well within budget -- thanks to his efforts and to generous donations following the flooding that inundated the station in November 2011 to a depth of two metres.
Following the disaster, work on restoring the station over the past two and a half years had been repeatedly delayed.
Initially, there had been a debate regarding
whether to relocate the station, and if so, to where. Then, finally, after the society had agreed to stay at AIT, the contractor who had been appointed to take on the task had been unable to start work.
At the well-attended June meeting with around 40 members and guests present Jack explained how, over the past month, many members of RAST had helped out at the HS0AC premises.

(Our thanks to Champ, E21EIC for these photos)

With help from professionals, they had repaired the bathroom, replaced tiles, repaired cracks in the walls and had painted the interior.
"In under 30 days over 70 percent of the work at HS0AC has been completed," Jack said, adding that the renovation work would be finished in a further seven to 10 days. There would be security cameras and bars on the windows, while a new door would be installed. New antennas, mostly monobanders, would be stacked on the three towers at the station.



For an illustrated account of the ongoing efforts to restore the HS0AC club station click here



Several RAST members are also donating equipment for use at the club station and this includes an Electrolux microwave oven to be donated by Choon, E20HHK, while Ray, E23PKO has donated 25 down-lights to replace fluorescent lighting (to avoid using ballasts that can introduce RFI) and Phot, E20GMY, on behalf of the Thailand DX Association (HSDXA), has donated APRS equipment for RAST to use at HS0AC.
A table would be installed so that meetings could be held there and the next RAST committee meeting in mid-June would be conducted inside the HS0AC club house, Jack added, noting that during the month of July the station would be operational when it would be fully tested while the August RAST meeting would be held at AIT when representatives of amateur radio associations elsewhere in Thailand would be invited to attend the "HS0AC Open House."
The RAST President mentioned that the RAST committee had convened at Sena Place Hotel earlier that morning and that the committee would continue to hold meetings twice a month.
This year is an important year for RAST, being its 50th anniversary, and the occasion would be celebrated at the beginning of December when guests from overseas would be invited and a gala dinner would be staged at the Navy Club, Jack explained to those present.
He said he was designing a package for foreign guests including guided tours of Bangkok lasting three nights and four days around the anniversary dinner. Details will be posted on this website once they have been finalised.



The June meeting was well attended with around 40 members and guests present.

In other announcements, Jack said that RAST supported the JAISAT satellite project and that the society would sponsor this and would try to seek support from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).
Regarding the six-metre band, the RAST President noted that there had been a meeting with the NBTC the previous week regarding 50-MHz and both Jack, HS1FVL and Joe, HS2JFW, the former President of RAST, had represented RAST there when they had explained the reasons while this band should be allocated to amateur radio. Jack said that he was optimistic that there would be a favourable ruling soon.
Regarding the next intermediate class examination, Jack said that there should be authorisation from the NBTC for this in two to three months' time and after that RAST would immediately set a date for the exam.



At the end of the June meeting, Mrs Mayuree Chotikul, HS1YL presents an award to Sam, HS0ZDY for winning the IARU HF World Championships for Thailand in the single operator CW category in 2012. Champ, E21EIC who brought the certificate to the meeting, came in top for Thailand that year in the single-operator mixed mode category.

May 2014 meeting

Jakkree, HS1FVL elected President of RAST

Dr Jakkree (Jack) Hantongkom, HS1FVL was elected President of RAST for a two-year term during the society's May 4 annual general meeting (AGM) at Sena Place Hotel. Jakkree stood unopposed after the other nominee for president, Sakol Nakin, HS1JNB declined to run for election.
A nine-member committee to assist Jakkree in managing the society was also elected during the meeting.
Outgoing president Pornchai (Joe) Semjang, HS2JFW explained that work and family commitments precluded him for running for president again while he said he would continue to support RAST.



The committee members elected comprised Wanlop Tadsri, HS6MYW, Chalermpol (Champ) Muangamphun, E21EIC, Dr Noppadol (Mor Dong) Narupiti, E20MIO, Watcharapong (Tof) Chujinda, HS0NNU, Pornpimon Suksansomphop, HS0VDX, Anthony (Tony) Waltham, HS0ZDX, Pimchanok Palakawongse na Ayudhaya, E23PKO, Kriangkrai (Choon) Suriyakrai, E20HHK and Nukool (Nuk) Sukpol, HS7BHK. Another five committee members will be appointed by the President. See the full list of all committee members and their responsibilities.
The meeting saw a good turnout with almost 50 members attending and began with a head count in line with RAST's regulations which require a quorum comprising half the membership to be present.
Since RAST has over 800 members, mostly life members with many living overseas, there is an alternative and this is to wait for one hour, after which those present are deemed to constitute the quorum.
Initially, shortly after noon, the head count was 46 and an hour later at 13.15 it had increased to 49 which was declared to be the quorum and then the formalities proceeded with outgoing President Pornchai, HS2JFW thanking members for their support and help during the past two years.
He then invited any comments or suggestions from the floor and Charly, HS0ZCW mentioned that a US radio ham was now offering Thai radio amateurs the opportunity to rent a remote station in the USA and to operate that station over the Internet.
When asked what the fee for using this station was, Charly said that there were several packages, but it started at US$3 an hour, with five stations being available.
After this the 2013 AGM, which had been deferred from March, began with the approval of the minutes of the previous year's AGM with a show of hands.
Pornchai (Joe) then provided a summary of the activities of RAST over the past year, beginning with the New Year Party at the house of Noppadol (Mor Dong) in Lumlukka. He continued by noting that there had been many VEC examinations for a US amateur radio licence conducted by the team led by Champ, E21EIC and that following a dialogue with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) last year, the agency now accepted Thai holders of US general or advanced class licences as qualified to upgrade to a Thai intermediate class licence.
Other activities included several ballooning expeditions and the participation by RAST with booths at international amateur radio exhibitions in Friedrichshafen, Germany and Tokyo, Japan. Joe added that this year there would again be a RAST booth at both events thanks to the efforts of RAST members in Germany and to Champ, E21EIC and his friends in Japan.
Other achievements over the past year included permission to operate on 6-metres during the CQWW VHF contest with many club stations in the provinces joining in while RAST had worked closely with the NBTC in drawing up new regulations to govern amateur radio, providing information and making several proposals regarding this.
This dialogue was ongoing, Joe explained, and there were more meetings ahead scheduled for this month, he said, adding that another development last year had been to test the D-STAR digital mode on two metres in conjunction with the NBTC.
Joe then mentioned that there had been one outstanding task at the end of his term and this was the HS0AC club station where work to refurbish the premises at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) had been unable to resume after the contractor had been banned from working on the campus.
The next item on the agenda was to appoint an auditor and Joe said that the auditor for the previous two years, Prateep Saengthammarat had performed well and he proposed that Prateep be appointed for another two years. This was approved unanimously.
Joe then reviewed revenues and expenses for 2013 and, speaking on behalf of the treasurer, he stated the income as being 431,815.32 baht with expenses of 455,401.59 baht, or a net decline in finances of 23,586.27.
However, Joe said that these figures were misleading because 50,000 baht had been withdrawn from the RAST deposit account to pay the contractor for work on the HS0AC station at AIT, but that nothing had been paid because the work could not be performed and so RAST had an additional 50,000 baht in hand.
Joe also announced that RAST now had 832 life members and 16 ordinary members.
Then it was time for the election of a new president and committee and Joe began by inviting former RAST President Chaiyong Wongwuticomjon, HS1QVD to preside over this. Chaiyong accepted and asked for some assistants to help him, while a white board had been provided to record the outcome and voting slips were handed out by Champ, E21EIC.
Nominations were then invited for the position of President of RAST and Jakkree (Jack) Hantongkom, HS1FVL was nominated along with Sakol Nakin, HS1JNB. Both candidates were invited to the front of the room to say a few words when Sakol thanked the person who had nominated him but declined to run.


Sakol, HS1JNB (right) declines to run after being nominated so Jakkree stood for election as RAST President unopposed.

Jack then said that if elected president he would pledge to do three things:
-- to have the club station completed and ready to operate within three months
-- that this year's 50th anniversary of RAST would be a major celebration, the biggest ever
-- he would raise the profile of RAST. Everyone must know about RAST and RAST must be accessible, he said.
There would also be intermediate class and advanced class amateur radio examinations this year, he added.
The election was then conducted with a show of hands and support for Jakkree was unanimous.
Nominations were then accepted for RAST committee members for the next two years, with a total of 10 nominees being proposed and their callsigns were written on the white board. Members then wrote down the names of up to nine of their preferred candidates to be committee members and the votes were collected in a box before being counted. The vote outcome was updated on the white board with the finally tally shown in the picture near the beginning of this report.
After the vote count was complete the nine elected committee members were invited to stand with President Jakkree and former President Mayuree Chotikul for the photograph you see at the top of this page.
Finally, Jakkree, formerly secretary of RAST under the presidency of Pornchai (Joe), thanked Joe for his strong leadership of RAST over the past two years.



After being elected president, Jakkree (Jack), HS1FVL seeks a blessing and advice from former RAST President Mayuree Chotikul, HS1YL.

Record of QSL cards handled by the RAST bureau



RAST's QSL Bureau manager Champ, E21EIC provided this report with statistics about the number of QSL cards handled by the bureau. Cards are distributed free-of-charge to members at every meeting of RAST and are displayed as shown in the picture below taken during the May meeting. To offset expenses outgoing cards are charged at a rate of two baht a card.
Note that the number of cards received reflects both the level of activity and the need for radio amateurs to have a QSO with Thailand confirmed and reflects the rarity of HS/E2 on the bands.
There were more QSL cards received (and outgoing) over the past year than in the two previous years, while in the year 2010-2011 the levels were about the same.


-- Report and photos by Tony, HS0ZDX



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.
Subsequently a follow-on meeting was conducted at Sena Place Hotel on March 30, but there were fewer than 40 members present and a vote was taken to defer the AGM meeting to May 4.



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.








Next meeting:

The next RAST meeting will be at the HS0AC club station on the campus of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) on Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 1.30 p.m. onwards. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.


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


All these archive pages open in a new browser window




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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