Type-approved transceivers for Thailand
(NBTC inspection and approval is still required)
|TS-120S||IC-718||FT-290RII (Version B)||32S-1||T4X-C||Elekraft K2|
|TS-920S (see note)|
|TS-930S||FT920 (see note)|
|I can find no data to support there ever being a TS920, either internationally or JA domestically.|
|There is an FT920 and I know of at least one in Thailand so most likely this is confusion|
|from the original list.|
|The FT290 and FT767 are the only VHF radios shown. The FT767 was approved with only the 144-146Hz module.|
|Source: HS0ZED, July 1, 2008|
All transceivers must be inspected after entering
the country, and an import licence is required
The importation of amateur radio transmitting equipment into Thailand must comply with the amateur radio regulations of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) that mandate that all transceivers, both VHF and HF, if brought into the country, need to be inspected and approved for use by the NBTC.
Prior to their being brought into the country, an import licence must be obtained from the NBTC and after Customs duty has been paid, the transceiver must be submitted to the NBTC for inspection within seven days.
To expedite this inspection and registration, RAST strongly advises that only type-approved transmitters be imported, since equipment that is capable of transmitting on unauthorised amateur radio bands will not be registered or allowed to be used.
This list is shown above and, as you can see, is limited in the makes and models that are allowed in, but please note that there is an involved procedure in getting any transceiver added to the approved list and there is a possible high "first listing" cost of 27,000 baht.
It is not normally possible to import and register a transceiver that operates on bands that are not approved by the NBTC and this excludes most modern transceivers that now include 6 metres (50-54MHz) as a standard feature, while this band has yet to be authorised for general use in Thailand. However, in 2012 there have been some exceptions to this rule and the best RAST representative to obtain the latest information about this from is Narissa Showannasai (HS1CHB/N9WMS) whose email address is n9wms(AT)hotmail.com.
Please also note that, in addition, only persons who possess a Thai amateur radio licence may be issued an import licence to bring in such equipment into the country.
Updated on July 2, 2012