RAST April Meeting Report

Tanan Rangseeprom HS1JAN with CubeSat model

Tanan Rangseeprom HS1JAN with CubeSat model

The Radio Amateur Society of Thailand (RAST) report ISIS are building the first Thai amateur radio satellite JAISAT-1 and the first Advanced Class examination will be held in June, 2016.

The JAISAT-1 CubeSat is planned to carry a linear transponder and RAST say the satellite will be constructed by Innovative Solutions in Space (ISIS). In 2015 Thailand’s regulator the National Broadcasting and Telecommunictions Commission (NBTC) agreed to provide 9.3 million baht ($258,218) in funding over two years for the RAST sponsored JAISAT-1 Project.

While the Thai radio regulations have provided for the Advanced license since 1987 it has been impossible for Thai citizens to get one until now because there was no Advanced Exam. The only Advanced licence issued was in the 1980’s to The King of Thailand, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej HS1A.

The three license classes in Thailand are
• Basic (Novice) with 100 watts on 28 MHz and 60 watts on 144 MHz
• Intermediate with 200 watts output on all bands
• Advanced with 1,000 watts output

Read the RAST report on their April meeting at http://www.qsl.net/rast/

NBTC to help fund JAISAT satellite project

History of Amateur Radio in Thailand http://www.qsl.net/rast/History.html