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February meeting
« on: February 14, 2008, 09:23:32 PM »
Here is a brief report of the February, 2008 RAST meeting at Sena Place Hotel on Sunday, February 2, 2008

February 2008 RAST meeting


The February meeting was the first RAST gathering of the year after the January New Year party was first postponed and then later cancelled out of respect for Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana, who passed away on January 2, 2008. RAST President Chaiyong and a party of 10 senior RAST members paid their respects to Her Royal Highness at Chitrlada Palace on January 23, 2008, members were informed at the meeting at Sena Place Hotel on February 3.
RAST President Chaiyong, HS1QVD, began the formal part of the get-together by asking members to stand to observe one minute's silence for Wattana Attagarn, HS1AFN, who became a silent key in January.
Next, he announced that the proceeds of hosting the Seanet convention in Lampang last November had resulted in a cash surplus of 27,195 baht, and that these funds had been transferred to RAST's main bank account. (A total of 100 conventioneers from 18 countries attended the convention, while income was 438,572 baht while expenses amounted to 399,916 baht, with outstanding expenses being 11,461 baht.)
Before the February meeting, RAST's committee had met to discuss various issues and the President briefed members on the proceedings, telling them that the society's officers had endorsed a suggestion that RAST propose to the ARRL that Champ, E21EIC, be appointed a DXCC field checker on behalf of RAST so that Thais wishing to apply for the popular DX award need not send their cards overseas (sometimes a risky business).
The committee had also examined the possibilities of arranging both a novice and an intermediate class examination for radio amateurs, and members present heard that it has appointed Kanchit, HS1JC, the explore this, along with conducting a training course prior to the exam.
Another proposal was that RAST ask the authorities for the Morse code examination be waived.
Last month, members heard that RAST Secretary Phattandit, HS1WFK, had delivered a lecture to representatives of the Human Resources Department about the use of Voice over IP communications. This had followed a request that had originally been submitted to the National Telecommunications Commission. However, the agency had reportedly declined to offer a speaker on the grounds that no one there was knowledgable about this subject. Phat was reportedly prepared to brief the NTC about this aspect of commmunications if he was asked to, members were told.
Those present heard about a generous donation of HF equipment including four transceivers and a linear amplifier made to RAST by Khun Thawatchai Sriprasert, HS1RU. Khun Chaiyong said he had written to thank Thawatchai (``Kareem'') for this donation, and the equipment is now at the RAST club station HS0AC.
Station manager Finn, OZ1HET, announced that the Asian Institute of Technology would start work to replace the roof of the club station from the beginning of February, and he said that the station would be closed until this work is finished.
The committee had also discussed the status of the Thai-language RAST web site, and Chaiyong announced it had appointed Champ, E21EIC, to help bring the site up to date and maintain postings to www.rast.or.th.
Apparently, the National Disaster Warning Centre is looking for 10 intermediate class radio amateurs who are prepared to act as stations in a standby emergency HF communications network. The agency has a budget of 500,000 baht for HF communications equipment for these stations, but so far has only had some three volunteers and anyone who would like to volunteer be a part of this network should contact Khun Pattanadit, HS1WFK.
Champ, E21EIC, announced that RAST member Manfred, HS0ZEU/DL2EBR was a member of the DX team that is traveling to Cocos Island (Isla del Coco) in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Costa Rica using the callsign TI9K and which is expected to be active from February 4-February 16, 2008. Champ asked for donations from members present and raised a total of over 2,000 baht, including a personal contribution. The money has since been transferred to the DXpedition team using PayPal.
In November, a team operating from RAST club station HS0AC during the CQWW CQ contest achieved a score of over 1.7 million points for the Frankford Radio CLub (FRC) and at the February meeting on behalf the FRC, John Gagen, W2YR/HS0ZDJ, presented a plaque of appreciation to each of three fellow operators, Winit, HS1CKC, Sam, HS0ZDY, and Finn, OZ1HET. John heads back to W2-land in the first week of February, but we look forward to welcoming him back to Thailand towards the end of 2008.
Thomas Johnson, HS0ZDF/AH6MQ, also drew members' attention to a web site about antennas and antenna modelling at www.cebik.com, which he highly recommended.
The meeting adjourned at about 2 p.m