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RAST will host the IARU Region 3 Conference 2021 online in September, etc.

Champ C. Muangamphun, E21EIC

Cancellation of RAST meeting in June 2021

There will not be a meeting of the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand under the Patronage of His Majesty the King (RAST) during the month of June 2021 due to concerns about the upsurge in COVID-19 infections in Thailand and for compliance with limitations that have been imposed on public meetings in Bangkok for the time being.

RAST hopes that all members stay safe and remain in good health and that the society will be able to host another meeting again soon after the incidence of the pandemic has subsided.

RAST will host the IARU Region 3 Conference 2021 online in September

Members of the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand under the Patronage of His Majesty the King (RAST) are invited to attend the IARU Region 3 Conference that will be hosted online on 20th-23rd September 2021 using the Zoom video conferencing application.

Information about the IARU Region 3 Conference can be found at the IARU Region 3 website

The Society had originally intended to host the conference in Bangkok, but due to the ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak, it has been decided to host a digital conference online instead.

This will be the first ever virtual IARU Region 3 Conference which will have a wide range of remote speakers and will be conducted under the leadership of RAST President Dr. Jack Hantongkom, HS1FVL who is also an IARU Region 3 director.

RAST will also activate a special event callsign HS18IARU between 1st July and 30th September 2021. QSL cards will be sent out to all QSOs via QSL Bureau.


RAST continues to host “RAST TALKS”, a project which started back in March 2021 where the Society invites experts in their chosen fields to give a presentation and share their knowledge and know-how with RAST members via Zoom meeting. The topics are listed below:

Date Speakers Topics
24 / 05 / 2021 Mr. Sutat Prathomnupong, NECTEC Consultant on Electric Vehicle Conversion Batteries
31 / 05 / 2021 Mr. Nukool Sukpol (Nuk), HS7BHK, Communication Engineer Understanding 1G to 5G
07 / 06 / 2021 Mr. Kamol Nakchum (Top), E20EHQ, Commercial Pilot Aviation communications
14 / 06 / 2021 LCdr. Noppadol Kalwnopparat, HS7CTU, Hydrographic Department of Royal Thai Navy Naval communications and UAIS

In addition, RAST is also holding a 40m Net every Saturday at 1300UTC, on 7.128MHz ±QRM using RAST club callsign, HS0AC.

RAST CW Challenge – Winner for May 2021

RAST CW Challenge continues in May 2021 with the Open Class where experienced Thai hams compete with each other to copy 40 random callsigns, and for 4 consecutive weekends. Whoever scores the highest after 4 rounds win. And the winner for May who won by a large margin is:

Class Speed Name
May 2021 Open 25-30 WPM Mr. Weerapat Tangkleang, E29TGW

The Begali CW paddle key prize will be presented in-person at the next RAST meeting (currently delayed because of COVID-19).

Result from CQ WW CW Contest 2020

RAST participated in the CQ WW CW Contest 2020 under a special event callsign E2ICOM, operated by Mr. Nikorn Deesai, HS5NMF, and was awarded 1st place in Thailand under Single-Op Assisted HP All Band category. Congratulations!

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