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NEW HS HAMRADIO Regulation - effective from 24.07.2014
« on: July 25, 2014, 08:54:30 AM »
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New Thai amateur regulations
become effective July 24, 2014
Six metres opened up, 2-metre band expanded, UHF bands allowed,
novices may use 10 metres
Thailand's regulator, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has approved the new regulations to govern amateur radio that the agency has been working on for almost three years.
These regulations, which were published in the Royal Gazette on July 23 and will become law on July 24, 2014, allow operations on six-metres (50-54MHz), expand the 2-metre band by 500 KHz (up to 146.5 MHz) and activate the advanced class with privileges that will allow power output levels of up to 1,000 watts.
Restrictions on HF radios that include six metres will be removed and type-approval restrictions will be eased so that Thai radio amateurs will be able to purchase new models of transceivers.
Additional spectrum is also authorised in the 160- and 80-metre HF bands while the VHF and UHF bands above 2-metres are also to be opened up as can be seen in the proposed frequency allocation table.
The new regulations were signed by the Chairman of the NBTC on June 20, 2014 and will now become effective following their publication in the Royal Gazette. You can view or download the details (in Thai) in a PDF file by clicking on this link
However, while the law becomes effective on July 24, 2014 licensed Thai amateur radio operators will need to observe implementation guidelines that will be published in additional documents from the NBTC. As further information is received regarding this it will be published on this web site.
Other changes include:
Novice Thai operators are now able to operate on 10-metres (28-MHz).
Operators on two metres will be allowed to use up to 60 watts and club stations 100 watts. More club stations and contest callsigns will be issued.
Those who do not hold an amateur radio licence may operate under supervision at a club station.
Callsigns that have expired, if not renewed within two years, will be reassigned.
The Morse code test will remain as a component of the intermediate and advanced class amateur radio examination in Thailand, however the test will be for the ability to receive CW only.
RAST would like to extend its congratulations and thanks to the former President Pornchai, HS2JFW (Joe), RAST officers Narissara, HS1CHB, Thida, HS1ASC, Chalermphol (Champ), E21EIC, Jakkree, HS1FVL and all others who worked with the NBTC in public and private hearings to help draft and revise these new regulations that will now become law.
RAST would also like to thank the NBTC Chairman, commissioners and officers who have helped amateur radio in Thailand to take a big step forward with the enactment and passing of these new regulations.
You can download the regulations in Thai or view them online from this link (right click and select "save as" to download).
The new band plan can be viewed here.
More information will be posted on this website over the coming days. -- Tony Waltham, HS0ZDX, July 23, 2014


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Re: NEW HS HAMRADIO Regulation - effective from 24.07.2014
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2014, 03:00:12 PM »
Now that these new regulations are in effect, what is the position regarding operating on the newly-allocated bands?

I know what the document says (I even read the Thai announcement, just to make sure), and have examined the bandplans in detail.

It looks like now we are OK to operate on 6m, 70cm and 23cm (to name but three), so does this mean we actually can, as of 24th July? Has there been any Thai 6m activity since the announcement?

I'm just making sure, before I go and make myself a 6m antenna and wire it up :)

Also - what is the position on importing 6m or 70cm equipment? Since the announcement, I keep finding myself tempted to buy the Alinco tri-band handheld (DJ-G7E) that works on 2m, 70cm and 23cm, that seems to be available for around 17,000 THB in the UK. It would be good to know whether or not this could now be legally imported ...
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Re: NEW HS HAMRADIO Regulation - effective from 24.07.2014
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2014, 12:55:25 PM »

Scott,

Please be a bit more patient! There will be followup announcements e.g how the import is handled in the future same as with the new bands.
New Regulation- Yes! but it still doesn't mean it's fully applicable yet - HI!   ;D

There is no problem with previous bands which are extented - but for the new onces we still have to wait for further official letters issused by the NBTC - 55555

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Re: NEW HS HAMRADIO Regulation - effective from 24.07.2014
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2014, 01:21:14 PM »

Scott,

Please be a bit more patient! There will be followup announcements e.g how the import is handled in the future same as with the new bands.
New Regulation- Yes! but it still doesn't mean it's fully applicable yet - HI!   ;D

There is no problem with previous bands which are extented - but for the new onces we still have to wait for further official letters issused by the NBTC - 55555

GD DX!

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Good afternoon Swen,

You will notice that I mentioned 'operating' on these bands and not 'importing' radios that have these bands. The reason for the distinction is that we know that there are SOME radios in Thailand that support 6m, for example - because the NBTC recently allowed the use of the 6m band for a recent VHF contest, and there was quite a lot of activity on that band over the weekend.

So all those people (which include HS50RAST, out of interest) that were active on 6m over the weekend when 6m was allowed in Thailand - can they now go on the air on 6m now without fear of repercussions?

Best regards and 73,

Scott, HS0ZLW

(Also thanks for the GD DX! Although with a single magnetic loop antenna for the 30m band, that is proving hard to find!)
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Re: NEW HS HAMRADIO Regulation - effective from 24.07.2014
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2014, 08:00:45 PM »
Has been 3 months now. Has anyone tried to import a 6m capable rig yet? I still have my FT920 sitting in Singapore, which was this grey candidate on the list of type approved/imported transceivers. Will be back in BKK probably end of this month and give it a shot to get the import license.
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Re: NEW HS HAMRADIO Regulation - effective from 24.07.2014
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2014, 11:03:32 PM »
Has been 3 months now. Has anyone tried to import a 6m capable rig yet? I still have my FT920 sitting in Singapore, which was this grey candidate on the list of type approved/imported transceivers. Will be back in BKK probably end of this month and give it a shot to get the import license.

Please let us know how it goes. There is very little information available, as you noted - and we all want to know when we will be able to import modern HF radios (which pretty much all come with 6m these days).

Best regards, and 73.

Scott
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Re: NEW HS HAMRADIO Regulation - effective from 24.07.2014
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2014, 09:22:49 AM »

HI Scott,


well the regulation is in place since day 1 - but now more and more step-by-step instructions are drafted to ratify the regulation.
So as of today the regulation is the general frame work and we have to wait until further announcement publish how to ...

e.g. Import, etc.


Unfortunately this still could take some time - Hi!

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Re: NEW HS HAMRADIO Regulation - effective from 24.07.2014
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2014, 12:10:21 PM »
Everything takes its time and these fundamental changes will take a long time  ;D

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