Pomchanok, E23PKO (with the microphone at left) during introductions of recipients of the Advanced Class certificate during the December, 2018 meeting.
Big turnout for December RAST meeting
Those who passed the Advanced Class Amateur Radio Examination in October line up to receive their certificates.
There were also many expatriate licensed amateur radio operators who were invited to introduce themselves as "new faces" or returnees to a RAST meeting and these included VK4AYL, Bambi, HS0ZNE, Bengt, HS0ZLN, Renato, HS0ZNV, Horst, HS0ZGC, Richard, HS0ZNN, who is resident in Ko Lanta, HS0ZKW, Paul, HS0ZNW, Sandy (pictured above), HS6SSE, Benjamas and HS0ZET, Ralf.
Also introducing themselves during the December meeting were the many Thai radio amateurs who had passed the recent Advanced Class exam and who would later be awarded certificates for this during the meeting while Pomchanok (Ray), E23PKO passed the microphone around. (Above, Pomchanok introduces Arisza, E24RCM)
RAST President Jakkree (Jack), HS1FVL began his announcements after the introductions which followed the buffet lunch by reminding everyone that on Saturday, December 15 the Thai regulator, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), will be hosting Amateur Radio Day at its grounds on Soi Sailom, Phaholyothin Soi 8.
The day-long event, which begins at 9 a.m. in the morning, comprises seminars and an exhibition area and RAST along with other amateur radio societies in Thailand will be participating.
RAST will have tents on the premises where HF and VHF amateur stations will be operating and the society will also have an ARDF tent, a "homebrew" tent and a satellite tent while an International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) tent which will also be hosted by RAST.
Food will be available and there will also be a dinner served in the evening and all members and any radio hams visiting Thailand on Saturday, December 15 are welcome to attend.
For a map, please click on this link.
As was the case last year, there will be a buffet with free-flow refreshments for 500 baht.
Directions: Head north from Bangkok along Vibhavadi Rangsit Highway and after the Ngarmwongwarn Road intersection take the frontage road. Turn left into the road signposted "North Park" (2.25 km beyond Ngarmwongwarn intersection). Follow this road for one and a half kilometers to a roundabout. Exit left and after 100 metres the Rot Meu Mae restaurant will be on your right.
Those attending should bring a gift-wrapped present valued at 500 baht or more for exchange during the party.
The other major upcoming event that those present were informed about is the 55th anniversary party of RAST, along with the AGM for the year 2018, which is to be held at the Sripiamsuk Resort in Pathum Thani just to the north of Bangkok. This will be held on March 2, 2019 and in the morning there will be an FCC VEC examination there. There will be a barbeque, a buffet lunch and free-flow drinks for a package price of 500 baht.
In the meantime, RAST has received permission to operate its club station with the special event callsign HS55RAST leading up to the event.
Above, RAST Secretary Champ, E21EIC organizes the certificates for the recipients of Advanced Class Certificates who stand in line by the window at the Sena Place Hotel restaurant and will receive them from RAST President Jakkree (Jack).
College students explain plans for Cubesat satellite project
RAST President Jakkree, HS1FVL (right) offers to help Bangkok Christian College students to ensure that their equipment and ground station is properly licensed by the authorities.
Following the buffet lunch, students from BCC took the microphones and, with the help of images projected on a screen, explained the school's space project which is to launch a 1U Cubeset by the end of 2019 or in early 2020 with four different cameras (Optical, Short Wave Infrared (SWIR), Near Infrared (NIR) and Red.
The ground station, which will use amateur radio frequencies, will be located in the grounds of the college on Sathorn Road where the roof of the building has an uninterrupted view of the sky. The satellite itself is being built in Thailand, but with some of the components being imported. The launch is planned to be in about one year's time, or slightly longer than that, using a Russian Soyuz rocket.
RAST President Jakkree, HS1FVL thanked the students for their presentation, which was made both in Thai and in English, and he said that RAST would help the college where it could, and particularly for getting licences for the ground station and for radio transmitting equipment from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) and help ensure that everything was legal and in order.
There is a TV channel 7 video about the project while additional information can be found here. There is also a good article in Thai in Thai Post here.
Following the satellite presentation, RAST President Jakkree made some announcements, including a planned Open House at Rajapreuk University where RAST has its HS0AC club station on November 15 where there will be a seminar in the morning, beginning at 9 a.m., and followed by a lunch.
Jakkree (Jack) also announced that the NBTC would be hosting its Amateur Radio Day exhibition in its grounds on Soi Sailom, Phaholyothin Soi 8, on Saturday, December 15. RAST will have tents at the event and will be operating on various frequency bands there and all members are encouraged to attend.
As a result, plans to host the ARDF Championships which had been scheduled for December 15, have been postponed and the event will take place either later in December or early next year. The location should be in the Hua Hin area and details will be announced later.
And to mark the beginning of 2019, RAST will host a New Year party on the second Sunday of January, January 13, at the Rot Meu Mae restaurant, which is the same location for the party as last year, and which not far from Laksi to the north of Bangkok. The party will begin at 3 p.m. and there will be a buffet with food and refreshments for 500 baht. This will also double as the January RAST meeting, so there will be no gathering on the first Sunday of the year.
The other major forthcoming event on RAST's calendar will be its 55th anniversary meeting on March 2 which will take place at the Sripiamsuk Resort in Pathum Thani to the north of Bangkok on the Chao Phya River. The event will begin at 10 a.m. and will also incorporate the society's Annual General Meeting. This will be a day-long event and members can stay at the resort overnight if they wish.
The next RAST meeting will take place on Sunday, December 2 at Sena Place Hotel while among those introducing themselves as either newcomers or returnees at the November meeting were Franz, DJ9ZB and HS0ZLP, Peter, HS0ZGM from Nan, Horst, HS0ZNV from Koh Lanta, Jakrapot, HS1ERP, Ken, VE3HLS and Uwe from Germany.
RAST to celebrate its 55th anniversary in March 2019
Following the buffet lunch, RAST President Jakkree Hantongkom, HS1FVL (Jack) began his announcements by saying that next year RAST will celebrate its 55th anniversary on the first Sunday of March (March 3, 2019) when the society will host an anniversary party as well as conducting its Annual General Meeting for 2018.
The event will take place at a restaurant on the bank of the Chao Phya River in Nonthaburi, just to the north of Bangkok.
Jack also announced that RAST has appointed a committee to supervise and oversee the upcoming Advanced Class Examination which will take place on October 21 at Rajapruek University in Nonthaburi.
Later this month, the annual SEANET Convention will take place in Yogjakarta, Indonesia where it will be hosted by Indonesia's national amateur radio society, ORARI, from October 18-21.
However, the location of the convention for the following year, 2019, has not yet been determined and so RAST has submitted a proposal to host the SEANET Convention next year in Phuket. This will be voted on during the upcoming convention and the outcome will be known later this month.
Jack also told those present at the meeting that RAST Vice President Ukrit, HS1AXC will be responsible for organizing the ARDF Championships and awarding the RAST ARDF trophy. The competition which will feature teams from amateur radio societies throughout Thailand will take place on the weekend of December 15-16 with the location being very close to Ratchaphat Park in Hua Hin in the province of Prachuap Khiri Khan.
Meanwhile, during the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 3 Conference held during September in Seoul, Korea, RAST President Jakkree, HS1FVL was elected to become an IARU Region 3 Director and those present also voted to approve a proposal by RAST to host the next IARU Region 3 Conference which will take place in 2021 in Bangkok.
At left: Jack with Bhoom, E24RVK/KI7PGH who is 13 years old and who upgraded to a US General Class licence at the FCC exam on September 22, while at right Jack presents a certificate to HS5BQT/KG5ULY who upgraded to a US Extra Class licence.
During the October meeting, those who were successful in upgrading their licence class by taking an FCC VEC exam conducted by Champ, E21EIC and a team of VEC examiners on September 22 received certificates from Jack, and they included HS5BQT/KG5ULY and HS5XWY/KC1JPW who both upgraded to Extra Class, E24VRK/KI7PGH, who is now 13 years old, HS2AQG/KI7WRG and E25ABK/KI7WRF who all upgraded to General Class licences.
The Thai regulator, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), regards Thai radio amateurs who hold FCC licences as Intermediate or Advanced Class amateur radio operators in Thailand.
-- With thanks to Champ, E21EIC for this report and the accompanying photographs.
RAST to host IARU Region 3
Conference in 2021
RAST President Jakkree elected
as a director of IARU Region 3
The RAST delegation: from left, RAST Registrar Acting 2nd Lt Neeranuch Muangamphan (JC Goi), E20NKB, RAST Secretary Chalermphol Muangamphan (Champ), E21EIC, RAST President Jakkree Hantongkom (Jack), HS1FVL, RAST member Krisada Arjinpattara, E21FYK, and RAST Committee member and Emergency Communications Co-ordinator Apinant Kaeo-yu (Pop), HS1JZT.
During the conference, RAST proposed to host the next triennial conference that will take place in the year 2021 and this was approved in a vote. In addition, RAST President Jakkree was nominated as an IARU Region 3 director and this was also endorsed by those present.
We will bring you a full summary of the conference later on this website, and at the October 7 RAST meeting at Sena Place Hotel there should also be a report from those who participated in the event.
The RAST delegation is seen here with the president, vice president and directors of the IARU, with IARU Region 3 Director Gopal Madhavan, VU2GMN, at the centre of the picture. To his right in the picture is IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH, IARU Seretary David Sumner, K1ZZ and IARU Vice Pesident Ole Garpestad, LA2RR.
The RAST delegation to the Tokyo Ham Fair lines up at Tokyo Big Sight for a group photograph.
Jack outlines plans for IARU Region 3 Conference at September meeting
RAST President Jakkree (Jack) began by saying that RAST's participation in the Tokyo Ham Fair the previous weekend had been a success, where RAST had a booth with over a dozen RAST officers and members taking part.
Jack then said that the next major item on the agenda would be the 17th IARU Region 3 Conference scheduled to take place on September 10-14 in Seoul, Korea when he along with four other RAST delegates would be participating.
At left, Pop, HS1JZT, and Martti Laine, OH2BH, in front of the RAST booth.
The RAST President revealed that RAST would be seeking support from representatives of other amateur radio societies at the meeting for a request to be submitted to the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to seek permission for licensed amateur radio operators in other Asian nations to be permitted to operate here for up to three months with a temporary callsign HS0/homecall RAST would also be looking for support at the IARU conference from other societies to endorse an appeal for a 400 KHz allocation on the six metre band, from 50.000 to 50.400 MHz.
While in Seoul, Jack said he also hoped to have the opportunity to propose to the Organisasi Amatir Radio Indonesia (ORARI) that RAST would like to host the 47th Southeast Asia Net (SEANET) Convention next year in Phuket. This year, ORARI is hosting the convention in Jogjakarta from October 18-21.
At the meeting, E23PXX presented to Jack an educational video about amateur radio that was made by E23PKO, Pomchanok, a RAST committee member. (A link where the video can be downloaded will be provided on this website in the near future.)
In addition, the next Advanced Class amateur radio examination in Thailand will take place on October 21, 2018 for which a total of 122 candidates have registered, while the next FCC VEC examination will be conducted at noon at the KMIT North Bangkok campus on September 22.
The next RAST meeting will be on Sunday, October 7.
These Yaezu caps were received at the Tokyo Ham Fair and were distributed to RAST members at the September meeting in Bangkok.
Champ recounts his participation in the 2018 WRTC Championships
He was invited to speak following announcements by RAST President Jakkree (Jack), HS1FVL, which included mention of upcoming trips to the Tokyo Ham Fair later this month where RAST will have a booth and participation in the IARU Region 3 Conference in September (Sept 10-14) in South Korea. Jack will lead delegations to both events, accompanied by RAST Secretary Champ, RAST Registrar JC Goi, E20NKB and RAST Committee member Apinant (Pop), HS1JZT.
Jakkree also mentioned that RAST intends to celebrate its 55th anniversary at the end of next February with a dinner party at a riverside restaurant or resort in Bangkok, the location of which has yet to be decided upon.
On the projector screen Benjamas, HS6SSE holds the "Thailand" sign with Ralf, HS0ZET, (at right) while Zaki, 9M2ZAK, at left, along with Champ and Goi look on.
Champ then took the microphone and illustrated his presentation with slides and a video taken during his trip to Germany, which had been the second time that he had participated in the WRTC Championships. This year he was joined by Zaki, 9M2ZAK from Malaysia in the Asia team.
He explained that he flew to Frankfurt on July 6 with baggage weighing 70 Kg and which had included equipment such as bandpass filters for use in the contest. While in Germany, he visited the Icom Europe office where he met Helmut, DF7ZS who helped by training him in the functions of the Icom 7851 which he would be using in the contest.
Then Champ travelled on to Wittenberg, the centre for the WRTC Championships this year and he observed that few Asians had been participating -- with only nationals from Thailand, Malaysia, Japan and Israel. He also praised Benji and Ralf (Benjamas, HS6SSE and DJ5BK, and Ralf Klinger, HS0ZET and DF6RK) who had taken good care of them in Germany.
The Spiderbeam antenna which had a problem with a high SWR and the balun and cable had to be replaced during the contest, forcing Champ's station off the air for three and a half hours.
The location for taking part in the contest as well as the callsign to be used was assigned through a lucky draw and they did not know the callsign they would be using until 15 minutes before the contest would begin, while the prefix of the callsign assigned -- Y86P -- was rare and had not been issued since 1990, he said. Champ also praised Fred, HS0ZAR and K3ZO, who, along with the PVRC (Potomac Valley Radio Club), had sponsored the tent used during the contest.
The antenna used had been a Spiderbeam, while there was a team of four local volunteer hams -- DL1UHU, DL6UD, DL7AT and DL9MWG, with the site manager being DM3BJ. The set up and testing of the station, which was located a long way out in the countryside, had begun one day before the contest would begin.
Once the contest was underway, Champ said he did not eat anything, and he had been on the radio non-stop, however, it turned out that there had been a big problem with the antenna balun and the connector which had lasted for three and a half hours. After one hour spent looking up at the antenna, the support team finally took the antenna down and then had to drive for two hours to fetch a replacement, which cost the team some 1,500 QSOs.
In all, the team made over 2,000 QSOs on both CW and SSB in 24 hours but having been forced off the air cost the team many points and they came in 61st place out of a total of 63 teams. The full results, with Lithuania coming in first place, Germany second and the USA in third place, can be seen here.
Champ ended his presentation by saying that he hopes to get a chance to participate in the next WRTC Championships in four years' time because of the antenna problem this year.
RAST, thanks to many contributions from donors, both corporate sponsors and individual members, had supported Champ's trip to Germany with a total of 189,000 baht, while Champ had only spent 149,000 baht and at the meeting he handed 40,000 baht back to RAST President Jack who said that the funds would help subsidise the upcoming trip by RAST members to the Tokyo Ham Fair.
Jack pulls the names of 10 sponsors of Champ's trip to Germany to participate in the WRTC Championships out of a jar who were the lucky winners of Yaesu hats following Champ's presentation.
Champ then donated 10 Yaesu hats to members who had donated 1,000 baht or more who were selected in a lucky draw and the meeting closed with Jack thanking Champ for his presentation and for returning the 40,000 baht he had not used on his trip.
The next RAST meeting will be on Sunday, September 2, 2018 at Sena Place Hotel.
RAST Treasurer Pornpimol, HS0VDX was one of the lucky winners of a Yaesu hat.
Please click on this link to view the archives of the RAST website for the previous year.