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Links to resources

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Radio Amateur Society of Thailand's website in Thai

A history of amateur radio in Thailand

Policy and Regulations of the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand

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) 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

Thai calls

How Thai hams helped out after the tsunami

Type-approved transceivers for Thailand

(NBTC inspection and approval is still required)


Kenwood Icom Yaesu Collins Drake Misc
TS-120B IC-710 FT-1000 KWM-2A R4-C Heathkit HW-101
TS-120S IC-718 FT-290RII (Version B) 32S-1 T4X-C Elekraft K2
TS-440S IC-720A FT-747GX 75S-1 MFJ-9015
TS-450S IC-725 FT-757GXII 32S-3 MFJ-9020
TS-50 IC-730 FT767 75S-3B MFJ-9040
TS-50S IC-735 FT840 KWM380 HR-20
TS-570D IC-737 FT890 HR-40
TS-820S IC-738 FT900 Trio R599
TS-830S IC-751A FT-101 Trio T599
TS-850S IC-775DSP FT-1000MP
TS-870S IC-781 FT-1000MP MkV
TS-870SAT FT-200
TS-920S (see note)
TS-930S FT920 (see note)
TS-940S
TS-940SAT
TS-950SDX
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 NTC.
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

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