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December meeting
« on: December 08, 2008, 12:00:52 PM »
Here is a round-up of the December meeting at Sena Place. I have updated the website at www.qsl.net/rast as well.

In memory of Sawang, HS1BNP

The December RAST get-together began with one-minute of silence in memory of Sawang Sichan, HS1BNP, a former RAST committee member who for many years had helped the society and many of its members. Sawang passed away on November 10 at Chulalongkorn Hospital while being treated there for liver cancer.

Funeral rites and prayers were performed at Wat Cholaprathan Rangsarit in Pakkred and Sawang was cremated on November 14 in a Buddhist ceremony. Along with his family, relatives and friends present were several RAST committee members and other radio amateurs who were his close friends.


Blessings for Ray, HS0ZDZ


Rast President Chaiyong Wongwuticomjon, HS1QVD, also announced that Lawan, E21UHL, Ray Gerrard, HS0ZDZ's XYL, has invited Ray's ham friends to a birthday blessing to be performed by monks on the morning of December 18 at their Rangsit home.

Ray suffered a heart attack while on the highway into Bangkok in November 2004 to attend a Seanet convention planning meeting and was unconscious by the time he reached hospital. After several weeks in a coma, he made a partial recovery but he is still unable to speak and being cared for by his wife at home.


"Thank you"

At the meeting, Chaiyong also publicly thanked "Oh", HS4DDQ, for his role as net control on December 4 when stations called in on 144.975 to offer their best wishes to His Majesty the King, HS1A, on the eve of His birthday.


New Year Party on January 11, 2009


The RAST New Year party to welcome in 2009 will be on Sunday, January 11, 2009 at Maj Narissara (John - HS1CHB)'s QTH at 229/155 Vibhavadi Rangsit Soi 60. Festivities will begin at 3 p.m. and all members are invited while being asked to bring a gift-wrapped present worth at least 300 baht. A map to the location with directions can be found here .


Seanet in KK

The Seanet convention in Kota Kinabalu in Sabah last month was attended by 11 representatives from Thailand. Speaking on behalf of the group, Swen (HS0ZFZ) praised the organisers for doing a great job and noted that the convention next year would be held in Seoul, South Korea, beginning on October 23, while the following year it would be hosted by the CRSA and staged in Shanghai, China. Lining up for the year after that as host was Brunei, which would be confirmed in Seoul, he noted.

He related how their journey back to Thailand had been disrupted by the occupation of Suvarnabhumi Airport and after a layover in Singapore, had finally returned to Thailand via U-Tapao Airport.

Field Day Contest in 2009

The Thailand Field Day VHF contest which is sponsored by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), RAST, the Voluntary Radio Association (VRA) and 100 Watts magazine will run for 24 hours between noon on February 7 to noon on February 8, 2009. Contest manager Champ (E21EIC) said everyone planning to participate can find full details here where they can also register to participate.


A month of contests at HS0AC

The RAST club station, HS0AC, on the campus of the Asian Institute of Technology was host to four contests during November, climaxing with the CQWW CW contest (Nov 29-30), station manager Finn, OZ1HET, announced. The final score in the CQ contest was 554,750 points in the single operator assisted category, with 1100 QSOs and using only three bands. Other contests were the Ukranian CW Contest (Nov 1-2, 205 QSOs), the Czech/Slovak CW Contest (Nov 8-9, 117 QSOs) and the Bulgarian DX Conest (Nov 22-23, 260 QSOs)

Celebrating 80 years in 9M2-land...

Next weekend, Dec 13-14, Malaysian radio amateurs are organising the Amateur Radio Reunion Day to mark 80 years of amateur radio in Malaysia with a celebration in Port Dickson, West Malaysia.

More information can be obtained from faiz.nor@gmail.com or at the website for the event (http://www.arrd08.blogspot.com/)


... and 25 years in Space

Amateur radio in space is now 25 years old and special events are planned this month and in early January.

James Gampper (HS0ZEY) has forwarded the following message:

Twenty-five years ago this week, Owen Garriott, W5LFL, made history by being the first Amateur Radio operator to talk to hams from space. His historic flight on STS-9 on board the Space Shuttle Columbia was launched on November 28 and landed on December 8, 1983. Garriott's ham radio adventure on that mission ushered in a host of what Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Chairman Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, called "outstanding outreach activities that continue today with the ARISS program."

Bauer said that many hams still remember that first set of contacts and downlinks with Garriott: "Those first contacts allowed each of us to share the excitement of space exploration through Owen's first-hand eyewitness accounts. Owen's ham radio legacy enabled space travelers that have flown on the space shuttle, the space station Mir and now the International Space Station (ISS) to share their journey of exploration."

Just last month, Garriott's son Richard, W5KWQ, became the first second generation Amateur Radio operator to travel in space and speak with hams. "What other hobby, except Amateur Radio," Bauer wondered, "could or would open the communications lines of space travelers beyond that of the space agencies or international heads of state?"

To celebrate 25 years of Amateur Radio operations from space, ARISS has planned a set of special event opportunities for December and part of January. According to Bauer, a special certificate will be available for those who communicate with the ISS, either two-way direct (with the ISS crew, the digipeater or cross-band repeater) or one-way reception of SSTV or voice downlink. "Several 'surprises' are planned over the month-long celebration," he said, and will be announced soon.

Bauer said that in addition to school contacts and APRS digi-operations, ARISS will configure the radio system for cross-band repeater operations to utilize the standard ultra-violet operations in low power mode during the first week of December.

Starting December 7, ARISS will then run a test of 9600 baud packet operations on 145.825 MHz. "Given that PCSat should be in full Sun starting December 9," Bauer explained, "we will switch to 1200 baud packet on 145.825 on December 14-19 to support double hop opportunities. At times, especially during the weekends, you might see some SSTV operations if the crew is available." Bauer reminded hams that due to ISS flight requirements related to spacewalks and vehicle activity, the radio onboard the ISS may be off for some portion of this schedule. School contacts and general QSO opportunities by the crew will also preempt this schedule for short periods of time. "But remember that if you hear these," Bauer said, "you still qualify for a commemorative certificate!"

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