RAST enters its 60th year with a New Year party
One of the many gatherings at the RAST New Year party at Rot Mue Mae restaurant in Laksi. RAST President Jakkree Hantongkom, HS1FVL (Jack) can be seen standing, second from left.
The year 2023 marks the 60th anniversary of the society and, with the party, the year got off to a good start with the exchange of gifts between participants.
Photos courtesy of Jack, HS1FVL
Former RAST advisor Fred Laun, K3ZO, HS0ZAR passes away
Fred Laun, HS0ZAR with former RAST President Mayuree Chotikul, HS1YL in November 2009. Both are now silent keys.
May he Rest in Peace (RIP).
Fred had become ill on December 15, 2022 and was transported from his home to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Northern Virginia, USA on December 18. His condition had worsened as time progressed as he had been battling an infection and COVID.
Fred Laun had been actively involved in supporting RAST since the early days of the society in the late 1960s when he was based in Chiang Mai, working for the United States Information Service (USIS) there.
Since its founding in 1964, RAST had been on the ITU's "banned list" because of an erroneous notification to the agency in response to a questionnaire.
As Fred recalled in a document he had written for the RAST website: "We engaged in an extensive conversation with Dick Baldwin, W1RU, then assistant secretary of the ARRL (and later to become president of IARU) and Ted Robinson, F8RU of the ITU, in order to find out why Thailand was on the ITU banned list."
Fred had been informed that in response to the question "Does your administration prohibit amateur radio stations in your country from communicating with those of other countries" whoever had answered the questionnaire on behalf of the Thai Post and Telegraph Department (PTD) had replied "yes".
In an article on the history of RAST (on the RAST website), Fred wrote that the ITU "had advised us that in order for Thailand to be removed from the banned list, the PTD would have to send a telex to the ITU saying that 'Thailand has no objection to its radio amateurs communicating with those of other countries.' "
Fred added that the then deputy director-general of the PTD, Sribhumi Sukhanetr, had been kind enough to send this telex to the ITU, and in September, 1969, the ITU announced that Thailand had been removed from the banned list.
"Almost immediately, stations from the USA were allowed to work us," he wrote.
Fred had also been actively involved in getting RAST registered as an IARU member society and had invited Michael Owen, VK3KI (now a silent key), then an official of the IARU Region III, to visit Thailand, "where we gave him an extensive briefing on ham radio here, including a written explanation for the special problems of amateur radio here," he wrote.
Shortly after VK3KI had returned to Australia with the society's application for membership in IARU Region III, it was approved. "This would have been in about 1969," Fred recalled.
Over many years, Fred had been actively involved in supporting RAST activities, including presenting US$2,000 in conjunction with the YASME Foundation in 2017 to support RAST's investment in a headquarters office and for setting up the HS0AC club station at a new location following subsidence problems at the campus of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT).
Fred had also been a long-term advisor to the society and, in addition, in 2015 Fred had generously sponsored the then RAST Secretary, Champ, E21EIC, and his wife Goi, E20NKB, to travel to Bali to attend the IARU Region 3 Convention on behalf of RAST with a donation of US$2,000 to cover their air tickets and hotel expenses.
Fred had also supported contest activities from Thailand, helping to fund equipment and antennas at the E2A station in Nakhon Ratchasima Province where he, along with a team of colleagues, had also operated in the CQWW CW DX Contest with the callsign HS0ZAR several times over the years.
With two long stints in Thailand working for USIS, initially in Chiang Mai and then with a second term in Bangkok the late 1970s and early 1980s, Fred has long had close ties with Thailand and he had a Thai wife, Somporn, for many years until she passed away in March 2011, aged 51.
Internationally, he is best known for his intensive participation in HF DX contests from his home station in Maryland, just outside Washington DC, with the callsign K3ZO and has won many trophies for his achievements.
With his passing, his absence from the HF bands will be missed by many amateur radio operators.
RAST and its members are deeply indebted to Fred Laun for his long-standing support for the society and will miss him on the bands and, with this summary, the society would like to sincerely thank him for all his efforts and commitments to amateur radio in Thailand and to the society.
There is an excellent link here
RAST to host "28 MHz Caravan" to Chiang Mai
On November 5 there will be an official visit to the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT). The Thai National Observatory (TNO) is NARIT's main facility, atop Thailand's highest mountain, Doi Inthanon in Doi Inthanon National Park, Chom Thong District, Chiang Mai Province and a 10-metre portable station will also be set up on Doi Inthanon at an altitude of 2,000 metres.
Meanwhile, on November 6 there will be a visit to the Thai national radio telescope, a 40 m single-dish short-millimetre telescope located in Huai Hong Khrai Royal Development Study Centre at Doi Saket District in Chiang Mai Province.
The Advanced Class amateur radio exam at Rajapruk University had about 80 candidates.
RAST conducted an Advanced Class exam and hosted a meeting on October 15, 2022
Among the announcements during the meeting, RAST President Jakkree (Jack), HS1FVL, informed members that the society was developing equipment for communications on the 10 GHz band and this was expected to be completed by December along with permission to operate in the band by the NBTC.
A RAST monthly meeting at Baan Im Sabuy followed the Advancec Class exam on Saturday, October 15 from 4 p.m. omwards.
August meeting at Baan Im Sabuy
The forms will also be available online at the RAST Thai-language website
There was also a demonstration of how to install and operate using a three-band Quad antenna during the meeting.
A group photo of Mayuree's family and RAST committee members at Wat Makut Kasatriyaram Ratchaworavihan following Buddhist prayers in a ceremony that was co-hosted by RAST on July 21.
Former RAST President Mayuree Chotikul, HS1YL passes away
May she rest in peace
RAST to co-host ceremonies on July 21
She passed away on July 18, 2022, aged 81, and funeral ceremonies will take place at Wat Makut Kasatriyaram Ratchaworavihan in Sala 2 from July 20 to July 26.
Ceremonies will begin on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at 16.00 when water will be poured on her body. Then at 17.00 royal water will be poured and at 18.00 there will be Buddhist prayers for the departed. Then from July 21 to July 23 at 18.30 there will be Buddhist prayers. RAST will be the co-host of ceremonies on July 21 while on Sunday, July 24 there will be Buddhist prayers at 10.30 followed by a donation of food for monks. Then at 18.30 there will be Buddhist prayers. On July 25 and July 26 there will also be Buddhist prayers from 18.30 onwards and following that the body of the departed will be stored for 100 days. Details are summarised in Thai below.
A summary of the RAST AGM, and tributes to Zorro and Bob Leo
Zorro founded the SEISA Group and the Foundation for Global Children (FGC) and through his schools and humanitarian projects in Asia and Africa, specifically in Cambodia, Bangladesh, Japan, Myanmar, Eritrea and Bhutan, he brought a better life for countless disadvantaged children and their communities. He also took part in many DXpeditions in these countries and was often accompanied by Champ.
Zorro became a silent key on March 23, 2022 after a battle with cancer.
More information can be found at this link
Robert Leo, W7LR, had been in Thailand in the early days of amateur radio in Thailand, between 1963 and 1965, when he was the Director for SRI communication research laboratory and operated with the callsign HS1L. In order to push the Thai government to legalise amateur radio then, Bob W7LR along with five other co-founders, took the first crucial step of registering “The Radio Amateur Society of Thailand” or “RAST” with the Ministry of Education on 27th November 1963. The license was finally granted on August 5, 1964, but their objective of getting amateur radio legally recognised was not achieved until 1987 after two further decades of hard work and lobbying by successive RAST committee members. All in all, amateur radio in HS-land would not be where it is today if not for Bob’s courage and determination back in 1963.
Robert Leo became a silent key on 23rd March 2022 at the age of 101.
May both Robert Leo and Zorro rest in peace.
RAST Annual General Meeting
March 20, 2022
HS1FVL, Jack re-elected RAST President
(Here is a link to the new committee and advisors)
The atmosphere of RAST 2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 20th March 2022 at Rot Meu Mae Restaurant, Bangkok
(L-R) E22UYH, HS3NBR, E24OYI, E24MMV, E25ETT, E29TGW
Champ, E21EIC, reporting QSL Bureau activity
1. RAST President, HS1FVL, thanked RAST members for their participation in the AGM and extended his gratitude to the executive committee for their hard work for the past two years, whose term had now drawn to an end.
2. The minutes from 2019 AGM were approved by the attendees
3. RAST President, HS1FVL, provided a summary of the many activities of RAST that took place in 2021 despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, including:-
- Actively participating in several contests under the callsign E2E from HS0AC-2 station in Pathum Thani province
- RAST collaborated with the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) in satellite and space exhibition
- Hosted “RAST CW Challenge” to inspire new HAMs in the art of Morse code with the hope of putting more CW operators from South East Asia on the air
- Hosted “RAST Talks” via Zoom Meeting where experts in their chosen field gave a series of seminars to RAST members on topics concerning amateur radio and beyond
- E2HQ RAST-HQ Station participated in the IARU HF World Championship 2021
- RAST was the host for the 18th IARU Region 3 Conference where HS1FVL was re-elected as one of the Directors of the IARU Region 3.
- RAST activated two special event stations (i) HS18IARU to commemorate the hosting of the 18th IARU Region 3 Conference, and (ii) HS400OZ to celebrate 400 years of good trade relationship between Thailand and Denmark
- RAST supported YOTA Thailand and Radio Scouting Thailand in hosting JOTA SSTV during the 64th JOTA-JOTI Jamboree
- RAST QSL Bureau summarized the number of incoming and outgoing QSL cards at 24,179 and 16,113, respectively.
- Respects were paid to silent key members including : HS1LCC, HS1OVH, HS1QVD, and E21CJN
There is a full summary of the activites of the society in English here.
HS1FVL (left) presenting an ICOM IC-G88T to E21CED (right) after winning the auction, sponsored by G. Simon Radio Co., Ltd.
(L-R) E21SNN, HS3NBR, HS2UPR, HS1JNB, HS2JFW
5. Mr Palakorn Noppaketjaras (DAN), HS0KRM, summarised the income and expenses of RAST over the past year on behalf of RAST Treasurer Pornpimol Suksansomphop, HS0VDX, who was unable to attend the AGM
6. RAST Registrar, Acting 2nd Lt Neeranuch Muangamphan (JC), E20NKB, summarised the current membership
7. As for the “any other business” that was raised during the AGM (i) Mr Pimchanok Palakawongse na Ayudhaya (Ray), E23PKO, proposed that RAST organise Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) project to commemorate RAST's 60th anniversary so that interested students can contact the ISS. This was approved by the members (ii) RAST presented a banner flag as a token of appreciation to all the Executive Committee members whose term had just ended and to the 18th IARU Region 3 Conference Working Committee (iii) RAST also awarded Certificates to those who had passed the Thai Intermediate Class License Examination held in January 2022
HS1FVL (left) presents a certificates to hams who had passed their Thai General License Examination in January 2022
HS1FVL (left) presenting banner flags to RAST Executive Committee and the Working Committee of the 18th IARU Region 3 Conference
From here, HS1FVL as RAST President has the authority to appoint another 5 individuals of his choosing, and the Executive Committee can collectively appoint another 4 individuals to bring the total number of Executive Committee to 18 members, however the final list has yet to be announced.
The AGM 2021 drew to a close at 16.00 in high spirits and with many congratulations to Dr Jakkree Hantongkom (Jack), HS1FVL, and his Executive Committee on their newly appointed roles for 2022-2024.
RAST oversees Intermediate Class exam at Bangkok University
A total of 78 novice class licensees took the exam of which 52 candidates passed the Morse code test.
No monthly RAST meeting in February
The society hopes that all members stay safe from Covid-19 and we will inform you in advance of any future meetings or events.
May all participants in the examination achieve success.
New Year Party at Baan Imm Sabuy
The party began at 3 p.m. in the afternoon and carried on into the evening at around 8 p.m. with a buffet dinner being served.
Activities included demonstrations of an automatic satellite tracking system, FT8 on a Raspberry Pi 4 computer and a magnetic loop antenna while gifts were exchanged between guests and there was a lucky draw for two Begali CW keys and two Icom G88-T handheld transceivers for two metres.
Credit goes to Jack, HS1FVL for most of these photos which hopefully help to summarise the events.
RAST conducted December meeting at Baan Imm Sabuy restaurant in Nonthaburi
Some 50 members and guests attended the meeting, which was held at an outdoor restaurant because of Covid-19 concerns and there was also a CW examination being conducted during the event, when six candidates passed and now qualify for Intermediate class amateur radio operator certification, being E25HGQ, E25LTK, E25FUK, E25CRF, HS5BQT and HS0KRM.
During the meeting RAST President Jakkree Hantongkom, HS1FVL, took the opportunity to bring members present up to date with the activities of the society.
(Photos courtesy of Benjamas Klinger, HS6SSE and DJ5BK, and Wanlop Tadsri, HS6MYW)
IARU Region 3 Secretary Shizuo Endo addresses the conference.
The IARU Region 3 virtual Conference was a success
On Sunday September 19, the conference was preceded by a meeting of IARU R3 Secretary and directors, also attended by member society representatives, when nominations or volunteers were requested for the chairpersons and secretaries of working groups, and for the finance committee, while the virtual voting process was reviewed.
This was the first time that this conference, which is conducted every three years, has been held virtually because of concerns and travel restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The conference itself began at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 20 with an opening address by Dr Panit, HS1AAZ, while the Chairperson of the conference was Bun, E25KAE, who began the conference with a minute of silence for silent keys Larry Price, W4RA, Reinaldo Leandro, YV5AM, Ramaiah Ramachandra, VU2RCR, Sangat Singh, 9M2SS, Halim Dani Hidayat, YB2TJV, Arasu Manomar, VU2UR, Roberto C. Vicencio, DU1VHY, Faisal Al-Ajmi, 9K2RR.
IARU R3 Chairman of Directors Wisnu, YB0AZ makes his opening address.
The Chairman of the Region 3 Directors, Wisnu, YB0AZ then made his opening address during which he stressed the need to keep the amateur radio spectrum safe and that we should promote amateur radio to young people.
Following this, the IARU president since 2009, Tim Ellam, VE6SH welcomed everyone but noted that between 144 MHz and 275 GHz 9 percent of the spectrum was allocated to amateur radio and this could be in jeopardy.
Other opening addresses were made by Mario Maniewicz, the ITU Radio Communication Bureau Director in Geneva, the APT Secretary General Masanoni Kondo and NBTC Commissioner Gen Sukit Khamasundara. After that, there was a RAST video presentation.
Then, the delegate for RAST, Champ. E21EIC, proposed that Bun, E25KAE be the Conference Chairperson, which was endorsed by ORARI and approved. The Region 3 Secretary then summarized the directors' meeting.
Bun, E25KAE impressed conference participants with her skilled management of the conference as the Chairperson.
Representatives of 18 member societies were attending the event and each society made a presentation of their report to the IARU Region 3 Conference to all participants.
Chinese Amateur Radio Club delegate Fan Bin, BA1RB presents the CRAC report.
Details of these reports and other conference documents can be found at the IARU R3 website
There were also proposals for changes in the IARU R3 constitution, a discussion on threats to amateur radio and recommendations for changes to the IARU R3 band plan that were among topics discussed and reviewed, with amendments to documents and proposals later being approved.
There was a also finance committee meeting and various working groups discussed proposals and recommendations in Zoom breakout rooms. Finally there was an election of six IARU Region 3 directors for the next three years, along with a Secretary for the period.
Dr Panit, HS1AAZ President of the Conference, declared the conference open on Monday September 20, just after 10 a.m. (Thailand time) and his closing speech was made on Wednesday, late in the afternoon.
The directors elected were Wahyudi "Yudi" Hasbi, YD1PRY, Dr.Jack J. Hantongkom, HS1FVL, Katsumi "Ken" Yamamoto, JA1CJP. Oscar Reyes, VK3TX, Mohd Aris Bernawi, 9M2IR and Don Wallace, ZL2TLL while the newly-elected Secretary for Region 3 for the next three years was Yuki Yosuke Uchiyama, JH1NBN.
Yuki Yosuke Uchiyama, JH1NBN was elected as IARU Region 3 Secretary for the next three years.
As for the Chairman of the directors, it was decided that this position would be held by two of the directors, each for 18 months, with Ken Yamamoto, JA1CJP being Chairman for the first 18 months and Yudi, YD1PRY holding the post for the second 18-month period.
A RAST proposal to host the 19th IARU Region 3 Conference in three years' time in September 2024 was also voted on and adopted during the virtual conference and it is sincerely hoped by RAST that by then it will be able to host the conference in person.
(The HS18IARU special event callsign will remain active until September 30, 2021)
RAST conducts AGM meeting and hosts New Year Party
Members vote to approve the minutes of the 2019 AGM during the meeting at Rot Meu Mae on Sunday, April 4, 2021.
There were around 100 members and guests present at the restaurant while the meeting began with the approval of the minutes for the 2019 AGM meeting last year. Then, RAST President Jakkree Hongtongkom, HS1FVL, summarized the activities of the society during the meeting (a link to the English version of the activites can be found here) while there was also also a summary of the income and expenses of RAST over the past year.
Many RAST activities during 2020 had been cancelled due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic and there had only been a few monthly meetings during the past year for this reason.
Hopefully, some of the accompanying photos here capture the festive mood of the meeting.
RAST President Jakkree (Jack), HS1FVL, displays an Icom bandplan framed in plastic which was available during the meeting. There is a link to the bandplan here
The winner of an Icom-9700 transceiver in the lucky draw poses with the Icom team from G. Simon Radio.
RAST Vice President Tony Waltham, HS0ZDX, presents his gift to Goy, E20NKB who won it in the lucky draw for New Year gifts.
RAST QSL Bureau increases rate due to higher postal fees
November RAST meeting
The turn-out was relatively low, however, with around 25 members attending the event when the RAST President Jakkree Hantongkom (above right) announced that it was important that RAST co-ordinated with the King Mongkut Institute of Technology North Bangkok's space program. He said that Apiwat (Pao) HS4SCI, a former space engineering student, would be helping in this on behalf of RAST.
Thanks to RAST Secretary Champ, E21EIC, for the details and accompanying photographs.
Champ awards a certificate to E20NRP who passed the FCC exam on October 3 at the RAST on the Beach event.
120 attend the third RAST on the Beach event in Rayong
by Champ Muangamphan, E21EIC
The event was a workshop activity when experienced RAST representatives demonstrated communications in the HF bands in SSB, CW and Digital modes to enhance the knowledge, expertise and experience of those at the event in terms of antenna equipment and HF band communications as well as in the installation of amateur radio stations in the field.
The event was attended by about 120 people who came to from all regions of the country, with registration beginning at around 1 p.m. on October 3. At the same time, different antennas were installed in the beachside grounds of Rock Garden Beach Resort, including on trailers. Emergency equipment was also demonstrated by E23NEZ while there were 40M and Tribander directional antennas, Hexbeam antennas (20M-6M), 40M ground plane antennas, as well as various dipole antennas along with satellite dishes to make contacts using the QO-100 satellite.
From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., the US FCC Amateur Radio VEC Examination was also held, being conducted for the third time this year in Thailand with a total of 27 candidates participating while 16 passed the examinations divided into Technician Class examinations with three persons passing, General Class with 7 persons passing and Extra Class with a total of 6 persons passing.
At the event, the ICOM IC-705, a new portable QRP transceiver, was on display by G. Simon Radio Co., Ltd., the ICOM dealer in Thailand, which will be launched in Thailand soon.
In the evenings there was fun and an informal feast along with the exchange of knowledge as well as the use of the special callsign HS0AC/2 and participation in the Oceania DX Contest in SSB mode.
Some scenes from RAST on the Beach #3, showing a Hexbeam antenna being erected, on the air activity during the event and equipment for communicating via the JAISAT satellite.
Photos by Champ, E21EIC
Here is a good video (in Thai) of the event:
NBTC and RAST present the callsign
HS10A to His Majesty the King
and provide equipment
In a ceremony at Dusit Palace
RAST, with the support of G Simon Radio Company Ltd, also donated amateur radio equipment, being an Icom IC-7300 HF transceiver and an IC-9700 VHF/UHF transceiver, along with antennas and other equipment, to His Majesty King Vajiralongkorn, the patron of RAST, in the Amphon Sathan Hall at Dusit Palace.
NBTC Chairman Gen Sukit addresses his Majesty King Vajiralongkorn on behalf of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission at Dusit Palace on September 24, 2020.
There will not be a RAST meeting in September
The next get-together will be RAST on the Beach event on October 3-4, 2020 in Rayong
Instead, the next meeting of RAST will be conducted in Rayong on the first weekend of October when the third "RAST on the Beach" (ROB) event will be hosted on October 3 and October 4 at the Rock Garden Beach Resort in Rayong.
This had been the intended location of the Youngsters on the Air (YOTA 2020) event which had been postponed due to Covid-19 and all members are welcome to attend the ROB get-together.
If a RAST member plans to attend, they should contact the Rock Garden Resort and book accommodation in advance. The phone number of the resort is 081-359-0325 and the Rock Garden Beach Resort in Klaeng District of Rayong also has a website.
The RAST meeting will take place on Saturday, October 3.
Located beside a lake, Baan Imm Sabuy provided a comfortable and refreshing atmosphere.
Just before the beginning of the meeting a beam antenna for 7 MHz and 14 MHz was erected in the restaurant car park.
RAST hosts August meeting at an open-air restaurant
The gathering at the Baan Imm Sabuy restaurant on Route 345 in Bang Bua Thong district of Nonthaburi was attended by around 35 members which included a team of visitors from the Bang Plee Amateur Radio Club from Samut Prakan and several visitors from the Amateur Radio Association of Nonthaburi.
The environment at the restaurant, which is located beside a large lake, was refreshing with a cool breeze and, with cloudy skies, it was cool and without any rain.
An HF station was set up with a 7/14MHz three-element beam erected in the adjacent car park, while two of the members present were also demonstrating how they could remotely operate a station at their home QTH by using a notebook computer with software installed for two-way amateur radio remote control over the Internet.
Equipment and accessories such as filters, headphones and lightning arrestors were also offered for sale during the meeting while nano Vector Network Analyzer (VNA) equipment was also on sale and it was explained how this equipment can be used for measuring the SWR of an antenna system.
A buffet lunch was available and the owner of the restaurant, also an amateur radio operator, Siramath, HS5XWY was introduced to members by RAST President Jakkree (Jack), HS1FVL.
After newcomers to the meeting had introduced themselves, Jakkree announced that the next VEC exam for a US FCC amateur radio licence would take place on August 15 from noon onwards at the King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL) while the annual RAST on the Beach event would be taking place in October this year in Rayong Province.
The RAST President also announced that the RAST HS0AC Club Station at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) had been disbanded, with the equipment, including a tower, having been removed from the AIT campus and transferred to a new site nearby, being at the MMC Factory about one kilometre further north on Phaholyothin Road. The satellite ground station had also been moved from AIT to this location.
RAST President Jakkree, HS1FVL holds up headphones which were on sale during the meeting
There was a good buffet lunch available during the August RAST meeting at the Baan Imm Sabuy restaurant.
Champ is seen here with Zorro, JH1AJT. Both were inducted into the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame for 2020 and they have both made many DXpeditions together.
Champ, E21EIC inducted into Amateur Radio Hall of Fame
The DX World website and the Southgate website announced this on May 16, 2020 with the following explanation:
"Champ Muangamphun, E21EIC is a DXer and DXpeditioner who has been a sparkplug for growing interest in ham radio in Thailand and throughout Southeast Asia; Champ also accompanies JH1AJT on many of his humanitarian missions and operates DXpedition-style ham stations while Zorro works with government officials and non-governmental organizations on behalf of the Foundation for Global Children."
Zorro, JH1AJT, was also among the 2020 Amateur Radio Hall of Fame inductees, which totalled seven amateur radio operators, including four silent keys. This brings to 333 the total number of members inducted since the hall's establishment in 2001.
RAST would like to sincerely congratulate Champ for attaining this honour and for his long-term support for the society as RAST Secretary and QSL Bureau Manager. This is an outstanding achievement.
Special callsign issued to RAST
RAST will be operating using this callsign on all bands and in all modes.
Friedrichshafen Ham Fair has been cancelled this year
“Due to current developments relating to the coronavirus, we have the unfortunate duty of announcing that we cannot hold the 45th edition of Ham Radio as planned,” explains Klaus Wellmann, Managing Director of Messe Friedrichshafen.
Further information can be found here
. In addition, the Tokyo Ham Fair has also been cancelled this year.
April meeting of RAST cancelled because of Coronavirus concerns
Members will also be advised individually in an email message and we will also inform them when the next public meeting will take place.
Normally RAST holds a monthly get-together on the first Sunday of each month at Sena Place Hotel and we apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause but we believe in putting everyone's safety first.
And we would also like to remind everyone that amateur radio is a great hobby because we can operate our radios without having to leave the safety of our homes.
RAST President Jakkree (Jack), HS1FVL, addresses the RAST AGM meeting on March 1 after his re-election.
RAST members raise their hands to vote for a proposal during the RAST AGM meeting.
Jack, HS1FVL re-elected
President at AGM meeting
The formal meeting began after a buffet lunch and after waiting for a period of over one hour, after which the number of members present, who comprised 79 members of RAST, constituted a quorum for the AGM meeting.
The AGM began with the approval of the minutes of the 2018 AGM and this was followed by a summary of the activities of the society over the previous year by the President which was followed by a version in English by RAST Vice President Tony Waltham, HS0ZDX.
(The full version of the activities in English can be found here)
After that, an auditor was appointed to oversee the accounts of RAST and RAST Treasurer Pornpimol Suksansomphop, HS0VDX summarised the income and expenses of RAST over the past year.
A summary of the current membership (life members, annual members and committee members) was made by the Registrar, Acting 2nd Lt Neeranuch Muangamphan (Goi), E20NKB and then some amendments to the RAST regulations were voted on.
During the "Any other business" section and in response to an enquiry from Dr K.N. Singh, 9M2KN relayed by Tony, HS0ZDX, there was an explanation from the RAST President as to why RAST would be unable to host the annual SEANET Convention this year. SEANET 2020 is scheduled to take place in northern Thailand after Ponwat, HS1XIM and Dave, HS1LCI agreed to host the event this year during the 2019 SEANET Convention in Johor Baru, Malaysia.
Jack explained that RAST was already committed in October this year to being the host of the IARU Region 3 youngsters on the air (YOTA) event and an IARU directors meeting in Rayong Province and thus would be unable to take on the SEANET Convention as well this year.
The votes for the RAST committee members are being counted: Sakon, HS1JNB turns to Pomchanok (seated at right) who is counting the votes.
After that, Sakol Nakin, HS1JNB was appointed to oversee the voting for the President of RAST for the next two years as well as for 9 members of the executive committee for RAST. Then, names of 15 contenders were proposed by members present and then the voters filled in lists of nine of the 15 names recorded on a whiteboard on slips of paper.
Jakkree, HS1FVL was the sole contender for President of RAST and was unanimously re-elected and following that 15 contenders for executive committee members were proposed and their names were recorded on a whiteboard.
Then the voting took place after which the tallies were recorded on the whiteboard next to the names and then those with the top nine vote counts were automatically nominated to the RAST committee for the next two years.
The nine RAST committee members who had the top vote counts, from left, E21EIC, E23PKO, HS0VDX, HS6MYW, Jakkree, HS1FVL, E23NEZ, HS5NMF, HS0ZDX, E20NKB nd HS0KRM.
After that there was a group photo of the nine committee members elected by the votes.
Then the newly-re-elected President, Jakkree, appointed another five committee members who were present at the meeting, being HS1EFA, HS1JZT, HS2UPR, HS7BHK and E21FYK, with another group photo being taken (shown above). Then Jakkree named another four committee members who were not present, being HS1AAZ, HS1AXC, E20HHK and E25GGT.
The meeting lasted for almost four hours and, as usual, there were QSL cards available from RAST Secretary Champ, E21EIC.
The vote tallies for the 15 names nominated for committee members of RAST after the votes had been counted.
RAST to host YOTA in October
This was agreed in September 2019 by the IARU Region 3 Chairman Wisnu Widjaja, YB0AZ, and IARU Region 3 directors which include RAST President Jakkree Hantongkom, HS1FVL.
YOTA is a rapidly growing group of young radio amateurs which has the goal of getting more young people interested in amateur radio and in growing the amateur radio community. Every year many youngsters meet up in a different IARU Region 3 country for the exchange of ideas and experiences.
This year the event will be held at the Rock Garden Beach Resort in Rayong.
More information is available at the YOTA website. The RAST YOTA team comprises Jakkree, HS1FVL, Apiwat, HS4SCI, Wanlop, HS6MYW, Kitsada, E21FYK and Pimchanok, E32PKO.
A group photo taken towards the end of the February meeting at Sena Place Hotel.
Lars, HS0ZME and SM6NT, introduces himself during the February RAST meeting.
February RAST meeting
There were no formal announcements during the meeting, except for Jack to encourage all members to attend the next monthly RAST meeting that will be on March 1, 2020 which will be the society's annual general meeting when an election will be held for the RAST President and for members of the RAST committee for 2020-2021.
The March meeting will be at Sena Place Hotel from 11 a.m. onwards on Sunday, March 1 and for there to be a quorum, at least 50 members need to be present.
RAST President Jakkree (standing in the centre of the picture) with some of the RAST committee members during the February meeting.
RAST celebrates 2020 with a New Year Party
The party began at around 3 p.m. and continued for around six hours with activities both indoors and outdoors, along with a lucky draw and an exchange of gifts that had been brought to the party by many of the guests.
Pictured at right is RAST President Jakkree, HS1FVL making an announcement during the party.
Kits were assembled outside, along with loop antennas and there was plenty to see and do during the party.
From around 5 p.m. onwards a good buffet dinner with a wide variety of spicy Thai dishes was available while soft drinks and beer were on hand all afternoon and evening with an ample supply of chilled beer cans thanks to donations from several members.
The next monthly meeting of RAST should be on Sunday, February 2, 2019 at Sena Place Hotel as usual.
Hopefully, these photographs capture the atmosphere at the RAST New Year Party.
Amateur Radio Day 2019
Senior NBTC officials, Representatives of RAST and other amateur radio societies as well as speakers during the conference take the stage following the opening of Amateur Radio Day on December 14, 2019 at the Office of the NBTC.
RAST was participating in a big way with several booths, including one conducting CW tests at 10, 20 and 30 words per minute and another which had HF and VHF stations operating with the callsign HS19NBTC.
The society also provided speakers about Earth-Moon-Earth (EME) communications, featuring Alex, HB9DRI and Joe, HS2JFW.
Joe, HS2JFW and Alex, HB9DRI are on stage making a presentation about Earth-Moon-Earth (EME) amateur radio communications.
Nimit, HS1IFU, shows his robot in action at the RAST booth during Amateur Radio Day.
Hopefully the photographs here convey the atmosphere of the event.
A participant does his best in the CW contest.
At left, the HF antenna used by RAST for operating from the special event station and at right, RAST President Jakkree, HS1FVL and Vice President Tony, HS0ZDX at the event.
December RAST meeting
RAST President Jakkree (Jack) explains plans by the NBTC, Thailand's regulator, to grant permission to amateur radio operators from countries without a bilateral reciprocal agreement with Thailand to obtain a temporary operating licence in the format HS0/homecall.
RAST members invited to attend Amateur Radio Day on December 14
RAST will also have tents on the office grounds with VHF and HF stations operating while there will also be exhibition tents representing other amateur radio societies in Thailand at the NBTC's annual event.
During the December RAST meeting at Sena Place Hotel on Sunday, December 1, RAST President Jakkree (Jack), HS1FVL, invited all members to attend the Amateur Radio Day event and he introduced Alex, HB9DRI who will be delivering an address on amateur radio EME (earth-moon-earth) communications at the NBTC auditorium.
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 14 are welcome to attend.
Jack also announced that negotiations were underway with the NBTC for citizens of countries without a bilateral reciprocal agreement to obtain a temporary operating permit to get on the air from Thailand with a callsign in the format HS0/homecall and there were several questions about this, but Jack said that the details had not been finalized by the NBTC.
During the meeting there was also one minute of silence in memory of Finn, OZ1HET-SK and HS0ZLM-SK who passed away last month in Denmark. He will be missed by many members who knew him well and Finn had formerly served as station manager for the HS0AC club station for many years. May he rest in peace.
Members were also informed that the next meeting of RAST will be its annual New Year party which will be held on Sunday, January 12 at the same venue as in the past few years, Rot Meu Mae restaurant near the North Park Golf Course in Laksi, in Bangkok's northern suburbs.
Delegates prepare to pay obeisance to His Majesty King Vajiralongkorn in front of the royal portrait at the NBTC Secretariat.
NBTC Secretary-General Takorn Tantasith participates in the opening ceremony of the International Alliance Volunteers Conference on Saturday, November 16 at tne Office of the NBTC.
Just a few of the participants can be seen here posing for a group photograph during the conference.
NBTC and RAST host International Alliance Volunteers Conference
Called the International Conference Volunteers 2019 Conference, the objective was to promote the development of volunteering for amateur radio communications during crises and disaster events and to enhance the partnership between amateur radio operators for long term cooperation and international goodwill.
Participants also paid obeisance to His Majesty King Vajiralongkorn, King Rama X, to commemorate his recent coronation. King Rama X is the patron of the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand and has the callsign HS10A.
RAST jointly hosted the conference with the NBTC that was attended by over 100 delegates. Representing the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) was the Region 3 Chairman, Wisnu Widjaja, YB0AZ, along with a Region 3 Director, Don Wallace, ZL2TLL, who both made presentations about the role of amateur radio volunteers in disaster and crises in foreign countries.
There were also many other presentations by representatives of national amateur radio societies. Also making a presentation during the conference was the IARU Region 3 Secretary, Ken Yamamoto, JA1CJP, who also represented the Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL). Other presentations were made by representatives of several national amateur radio societies including the German Amateur Radio Association (DARC), the Indonesia Amateur Radio Association (ORARI), the Philippines Amateur Radio Association (PARA) and the Luxembourg Amateur Radio Society (RL).
The countries that were invited to participate in this conference were those with a bilateral reciprocal agreement with Thailand, along with Finland where an agreement is almost finalized. There were also representatives from countries in Asia including Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines that had been invited to participate.
The RAST presentation was about lessons learned from the Tham Luang cave incident in Chiang Rai, northern Thailand, when a junior football team of 12 boys aged between 11 and 16 were trapped, along with their coach, for over two weeks in a vast cave complex following flooding in late June and early July of 2018. Speakers who recounted the incident on behalf of RAST at the conference were Larry Riser, HS0ZKZ, Dr Pakorn Watanachaturaporn, HS1EFA and Pornchai Semjang, HS2JFW who is also a former president of the society.
There was also an emergency medical project explained by a senior adviser to the KDDI Foundation, Mr Yosuke Uchiyama, JH1NBN and Dr Pairoj Boonsirikamchai, a deputy secretary general of NIEM, the National Institute for Emergency Medicine.
The event enhanced the partnership between the countries involved whose representatives had participated in the event and the conference helped to promote awareness of the significance in the role that amateur radio operators can play when an emergency such as when extreme weather, an earthquake or a tsunami occurs.
A group ohoto taken during a dinner hosted by the organizers on the eve of the event.
Here is a news report about the event in Thai:
Tanan and Anant explain aspects of the QO-100 geostationary amateur radio satellite at the November RAST meeting.
Satellite update at November meeting
Currently, these are the only two stations authorized by the NBTC to make such contacts, although, with the right equipment, other hams in central or western Thailand would be able to listen to signals from the satellite which is over Africa and as at about a 6 degree angle above the horizon from Bangkok. Thailand is right on the fringe of the signal map and it would be impossible to listen or make contacts from the Northeast of Thailand.
The first contact made from the HS0AJ Ground Station was with PY2RN in Brazil on March 10, 2019 and the illustration below shows the footprint of the satellite, with Thailand and Brazil at opposite sides.
Also at the meeting was an EME enthusiast, Alex, HB9DRI and previously his callsign had been ZS6EME when he was based in South Africa and who will be based here for four years and has already applied to join RAST.
54 candidates sit for US FCC exam on October 12
A total of 54 candidates sat the latest US FCC exam conducted by RAST at the King Mongkut's Institute of Technology in Lad Krabang (KMITL) on Saturday, October 12, 2019. -- Photo courtesy of Champ, E21EIC
RAST meeting on October 6
It was also announced at the meeting that on Saturday, October 12 RAST will conduct a US FCC amateur radio examination at King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Lard Krabang (KMITL) with a total of 53 candidates taking the exam which will begin at 12 noon while in the morning of the same day there will be a ceremony there to award novice amateur radio licences to those who passed the recent exam.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, October 20 RAST will provide a training course for Intermediate Class amateur radio licence holders in a project known as HF 101 with speakers including E20HHK, E21EIC, HS5NMF, HS2JFW, HS7WMU who will provide all the information that amateur radio operators operating on the HF bands should know.
This will be free of charge for up to 50 applicants at KMITL.
There will also be a JOTA JOTI (Jamboree on the Air, on the Internet) event from October 18-20 with RAST providing a station using the callsign HS0AC located at KMITL when scouts from around the world will communicate using amateur radio frequencies and via Echolink over the Internet.
All members are invited to attend and participate in this activity which will use VHF and HF frequencies as well as using amateur radio satellites and D-Star.
RAST President and almost 30 RAST members attend the Tokyo Ham Fair
Almost 30 RAST members attended the 43rd JARL Ham Fair at Tokyo Big Sight on August 31 and September 1, 2019. The group was led by RAST President Jakkree Hantongkom, HS1FVL along with many RAST committee members. This photograph was taken in front of the RAST booth at the Ham Fair.
96 Candidates take the latest Thai Intermediate Class amateur radio exam
Candidates with 100% CW copy receive an awardOn Saturday, August 24 RAST conducted an Intermediate Class amateur radio exam at Bangkok University's Rangsit campus and thosw who pass will be able to operate on the HF bands.
A total of 96 candidates sat the exam and 44 passed the CW examination at 8 WPM, with 13 of those copying the Morse code that was sent without any errors, including two boys, one 11 years old and the other 14 years old.
Those who passed the CW test -- E21HYR, E22NGP, E24TFP, E24VRK, E25AFQ, E25AQB, E25DHO, E25DOY, E29TGW, HS3QET, HS3QGB, HS5QQT and HS8NKB -- with 100% copy were awarded a world map by RAST and the recipients are seen with RAST President Jakkree (Jack), HS1FVL in the picture below.
August 2019 meeting
The CQWW plaque, being the E21EIC Award, for the Multi-Operator, Two Transmitter category of the 2017 CQWW SSB Contest is presented during the RAST meeting in August, 2019. At far left is Champ, E21EIC, while next to him is RAST President Jakkree, HS1FVL (Jack) along with several of the operators in the 2017 CQWW DX SSB Contest.
HS0AC awarded CQWW plaque for 2017 SSB contest at August RAST meeting
There were a total of 26 participants in the contest led by Jack, HS1FVL and they comprised HS1IFU, E20ZFD, HS5NMF, E29BUQ, E23NHL, E24XUR, E24PNG, JJ1DQR, E20EHQ, E23NEZ, HS0KRM, E21FYK, HS7BHK, E21SP, E25AHH, HS7JPW, E24VRK, JA1WCV, E24MMV, HS1GAB,
HS5VLE, E24PQG, E24VRP, E21GJC and E24XUS.
HS0AC, the RAST club station, was the winner in the Multi-operator, Two Transmitter category of the contest for the ASEAN region, comprising Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Vanuatu, Indonesia and the Philippines). This award was sponsored by Champ C. Muangamphun, being the "E21EIC Award" and their winning score was 782,952 points.
RAST Vice President Tony Waltham, HS0ZDX was also the winner of an award in this contest, coming first in the ASEAN region in the Single Operator, All Band category with 77,616 points, receiving an award sponsored by the YB Land DX Club.
During the August meeting, RAST President Jack also announced that the next Intermediate Class examination will be taking place at Bangkok University's Rangsit campus on Saturday, August 24 while there will also be a novice class exam sponsored by RAST on September 6, 2019 at King Mongkut Institute of Technology Lard Krabang (KMITL) and also at Bangkok Chtistian International School.
The next meeting of RAST will be on October 6 because at the beginning of September the President of RAST and many committee members will be attending the Tokyo Ham Fair in Japan, where RAST will have a booth, while after the Tokyo Ham Fair RAST President Dr Jakkree Hantongkom, who is also a director of IARU Region 3, will be attending an IARU Region 3 meeting.
Tanan, HS1JAN (left) takes the microphone, flanked by three other members of the JAISAT-1 Team, from left, Chakaj, E21QJU, Anant, HS1GAB and Masanobu Tsuji, JA1DAO.
The JAISAT-1 satellite is launched
Project team members explain the development of the satellite during the July meeting of RAST
The launch reflected several years of efforts by the JAISAT-1 team led by Tanan Rangseeprom, HS1JAN who had been inspired to create an amateur radio satellite after experimenting with amateur radio ballooning activities with efforts having begun in 2013. The abbreviation "JAISAT" is short for the "Joint Academy for Intelligent Satellites for Amateur Radio of Thailand."
Later, in July 2015, the NBTC's Fund for the Research and Development of Broadcasting, Television and Telecommunications for Public Benefit approved a 9.3 million baht budget for the JAISAT-1 amateur radio satellite project and since then efforts by the JAISAT team, with assistance from various agencies and organizations, notably Japan's JAMSAT have been ongoing.
A summary of the activities, including an explanation of the assembly and testing of the cubesat satellite with videos and slides, was provided during the meeting by representatives of the JAISAT-1 team led by Tanan, HS1JAN, along with Anant, HS1GAB, Chakaj, E21QJU and Masanobu Tsuji, JA1DAO.
A picture of the Soyuz rocket prior to the launch on a display behind the presenters clearly shows the RAST and the NBTC logo on the side of the rocket.
Congratulations to everyone who was involved in this significant project.
The picture on the display at left shows the RAST and the NBTC logos on the side of the Soyuz launch rocket.
RAST has a booth at the Friedrichshafen Ham Fair
RAST has participated in this event annually for several years now and many of the visitors who want to visit Thailand ask representatives at the booth how they could operate amateur radio in Thailand, according to Koess, HS0ZLA.
Photos taken at the RAST booth are courtesy of Benjamas Klingler, DJ5BK
The June meeting of RAST is cancelled, the next meeting will be on July 7, 2019
The callsign HS10KING is displayed by navy personnel standing on the deck of the Royal Thai Navy's aircraft carrier the HTMS Chakri Narubet while at sea during the activation of the callsign during the coronation of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn from May 2 to May 5, 2019.
Some of the RAST operators of HS0KING/mm aboard the HTMS Chakri Narubet aircraft carrier, while some of the antennas can be seen on deck behind them.
May RAST meeting
Application forms for the upcoming Intermediate Class exam are popular
In the foreground, Kamol, E20EHQ (left) hands out an application form for the Intermediate Class examination on August 24 to Surachit, HS4HLW. The desk dispensing forms for the upcoming exam was busy throughout the meeting.
The society usually meets on the first Sunday of the month, but the previous weekend coincided with the coronation ceremonies of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn, King Rama X, when RAST committee members were busy activating a special event amateur radio station using the callsign HS10KING/mm.
The special station was operating aboard the Royal Thai Navy aircraft carrier the Chakri Narubet which had put to sea from Sattahip to mark the coronation. A total of 23 RAST operators had been active on the HF and VHF bands as well as using satellite frequencies and who made a total of 4,143 QSOs from May 2 to May 5, 2016 with QSOs with a total of 131 countries and the chart that follows shows the QSO statistics in detail.
Some of the operators of HS10KING are pictured aboard the HTMS Chakri Narubet behind the desk with the transceivers and other equipment
At the May meeting, RAST President Jakkree (Jack), HS1FVL also announced that the society had issued the callsign HS10A for His Majesty the King, King Rama X.
He also observed that the RAST's 55th Anniversary celebrations in March had been a big success with the attendance of over 430 members and guests being far more than had been anticipated and with radio amateurs travelling from many far-flung provinces, such as Narathiwat, to attend.
RAST has also received permission to operate on UHF in the 70 cm amateur radio band from 438-439 MHz for a six-month period while its application for "temporary licences" for Malaysian amateur radio operators is almost complete, when the callsigns in the format HS0/9M2xx will be authorized for six months or a year.
If all goes well with this temporary licence agreement, RAST also hopes to extend it to include other countries in the region such as Indonesia and the Philippines, Jakkree said.
The next informal RAST meeting will be on Sunday, June 2 at Sena Place Hotel from 11.30 a.m. onwards.
A newcomer introduces himself to others present at beginning of the formal part of the May RAST meeting.
Special event station HS10KING/mm in the Gulf of Thailand commemorates His Majesty King Rama X's Coronation
This station will make amateur radio communications in the 40, 20, 15 and 10 metre HF bands, on 2 metres VHF and also using amateur radio satellites, including the Es'hail 2 / QO-100 satellite.
Next RAST meeting postponed to May 12
As usual all RAST members are welcome to attend this meeting.
Please click on this link to view the archives of the RAST website for the previous year.