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  1. Thai language version of the website: https://www.rast.or.th RAST plays a role in social networking to share information, pictures and videos of interest about amateur radio. You can follow developments on our Facebook page or by following RAST on Twitter or watch our videos on YouTube. The Radio Amateur Society of Thailand under the Patronage of His Majesty the King was founded in 1964 by a group of pioneering Thai amateur radio operators with the support of expatriate amateur radio operators who were resident in the country then. At the time of the society's founding, amateur radio was not an activity that had been authorised by the Thai government and for the first 23 years of the society its presidents, officers and members worked hard to win the acceptance and recognition of amateur radio by Thai government agencies responsible for communications and national security at the time. This was achieved by operating on the HF bands from amateur radio club stations, contest stations and from special event demonstration stations, by lobbying and meeting with officials of government agencies including the National Security Council, the Ministry of Communications and the Post and Telegraph Department which was responsible for amateur radio at the time. These efforts paid off and in late 1987 Thailand's amateur radio regulations were drafted and announced before being enacted in January 1988 after which amateur radio was open to everyone with an interest in the activity and today RAST has over 700 members, the majority of whom are life members. RAST also sought and became a member of the International Amateur Radio Union Region 3 in 1969 and hosted the IARU Region 3 Conference in Bangkok in 1978. The society has also hosted other international amateur radio conventions such as the annual Southeast Asia Network (SEANET) Conventions that began in Penang in 1971 with the society being the host of nine of these events so far -- and RAST will become the host for the 10th time this coming November (2016) when the event will be staged in Pattaya, a resort on the Gulf of Thailand. Shortly after amateur radio was legalised in August 1989 officers of RAST attended a ceremony at Chitrlada Palace when His Majesty King Bhumibhol Adulyadej was presented with an amateur radio licence bearing the callsign HS1A and, some five years later, the King bestowed a high honour on RAST by placing the society under his patronage in November 1994. RAST is administered by a President, who is elected for a two-year term, and a team of committee members who are both elected and appointed and the society manages two websites, one in the English-language (http://www.qsl.net/rast/) and the other in the Thai-language (http://www.rast.or.th/). Extensive information about the society and of the history of amateur radio in Thailand can be found on both of these websites, along with the names of the society's President and its officers. Currently, presiding over the society for a second term is Jakkree (Jack) Hantongkom, HS1FVL. The society is actively involved in many activities including ground-breaking work to launch a CubeSat for amateur radio communications by a team led by Tanan Rangseeprom, HS1JAN, along with ballooning activities that have helped to pioneer or test some of the technologies being used in the satellite which is now under construction. This project, known as JAISAT-1 (short for "the Joint Academy for Intelligent Satellites for Amateur Radio of Thailand") is being funded by the NBTC's Broadcasting and Telecommunications Research and Development Fund for the Public Interest (BTFP) to the tune of 9.3 million baht. RAST also operates a club station using the callsign HS0AC at the Asian Institute of Technology to the north of Bangkok which is active in contests and other special on-air events while the society also participates in the triennial IARU Region 3 conventions and in the annual SEANET conventions which are held around the region. For the past few years RAST has also had booths at Europe's largest annual amateur radio convention in Friedrichshafen, Germany and at the Tokyo Ham Fair hosted by the Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL). Closer to home, this year RAST helped Thailand's regulator, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), by conducting the country's first Advanced Class amateur radio examination in June, 2016 and the society also helped conduct intermediate class exams prior to that. The society also conducts regular US FCC VEC (volunteer examiner) examinations in several locations around the country for both Thai and expatriate hams who are seeking a US licence and callsign, with this activity being led by RAST Secretary Chalermphol Muangamphan, E21EIC. The society holds monthly meetings on the first Sunday of every month at Sena Place Hotel in the northern suburbs of Bangkok from 11 a.m. onwards and during which a buffet lunch is available. After the lunch, the RAST President provides everyone present up-to-date regarding amateur radio activities in Thailand. The society is a non-profit organisation and qualifies as a charitable entity pursuant to a Thai Ministry of Finance declaration. For a history of amateur radio in Thailand and RAST's role, please click here
  2. Our Objectives & Values Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) is the national association for Amateur Radio in Canada. It is a not-for-profit membership association with headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, representing the interests of Amateur Radio all across Canada. Speaking on behalf of Canadian Radio Amateurs, RAC provides liaison with government agencies and carries the Amateur voice about regulatory and spectrum issues to the discussion table with government and industry leaders, nationally and internationally. RAC is the Canadian voting member society of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU). RAC also provides many services, publications and supplies to its members to enhance their enjoyment of Amateur Radio. Objectives: The following objectives are excerpted intact from the RAC Constitution. To represent and act as a liaison and coordinating body for Canadian Amateur Radio Associations, Societies, Organizations and individual Amateur Radio operators. To act as a liaison organization between its members and other Amateur Radio organizations within and outside Canada. To represent Canadian Amateur Radio operators in policy decisions regarding international issues and regulation that affect Amateur Radio within the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and at meetings and conferences of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU). To act as a liaison organization and consultative body to municipal, provincial and federal governments in matters concerning the Amateur Service and act as a liaison and consultative body to the Canadian Government and its appropriate departments. To promote excellence, the state of the art, and the interests of Amateur Radio's many varied activities through a program of technical, regulatory and general information within the Amateur Service and to the Canadian public. To maintain a tangible presence in the Amateur Radio operators community in the form of a corporate office and address. To maintain a Field Organization for public service. Core Values: We seek to reach all Radio Amateurs to help them improve their knowledge of Amateur Radio and their operating skills. We encourage the careful use of the radio spectrum needed to support our radio activities. We actively seek and protect adequate spectrum and antenna space for Amateur Radio activities and work in cooperation with other organizations and governments to ensure their availability at all times. We believe that Radio Amateurs have a responsibility to use their radio facilities to assist those in their community, especially in times of emergency or distress. We recognize the importance of good radio regulations in spectrum management as well as the active representation of the interests of Radio Amateurs in both domestic and international environments. We believe Amateur Radio is enriched by the diversity of backgrounds and perspectives found in Radio Amateurs. We are called upon to keep Radio Amateurs informed and up-to-date on Amateur Radio matters of interest to them by means of a magazine published regularly, regular information updates on the website and by special news bulletins distributed when required. We believe Amateur Radio in Canada is enhanced and harmonized by a strong national association aided by local and provincial clubs and associations.
  3. English version: https://www.jarl.org/English/0-2.htm It was in 1926 when The Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL) was inaugurated by a group of radio communication enthusiasts, who assembled together with an aim to promote the development and utilization of radio wave technology as a medium. At present, JARL boasts of having the largest number of radio stations in the world. To become what it is today, JARL continuously relied on the devoted efforts of pioneering hams, who took the history of amateur radio to heart and guided it through the changing and challenging winds of technology and radio regulations. During the past 70 years, the history of amateur radio has been highlighted by a number of epochal events : the advent of medium-wave radio communications as a mass medium; a shift from long to short-wave communications ; and the rapid innovation of radio wave technology triggered by World War II. The rapid development of electronic technology quickly led to satellite communications, Earth-Moon-Earth (EME) communication systems, image and data transmissions, and much more. Adapting themselves to the developments, growth and rapid technological changes, amateurs have successfully developed and applied these to overcome a series of difficult conditions. JAS-1 (Fuji), the first satellite developed by Japanese radio amateurs in 1986, is a typical example of their dedicated efforts. Amateurs have also made numerous contributions to social welfare : cooperation in rescues and other emergency activities (shipwrecks, climbing accidents, and natural disasters) ; volunteer campaigns for the physically handicapped ; and other beneficial services. As a result, the masses are coming to have a better understanding of the role of amateur radio communications. Although amateur radio started out as a personal hobby, we know that much work remains to be done to develop further cooperation on a wider scale. Thus I am personally confident that if all radio amateurs work jointly and in unison, a major breakthrough can and should be expected to contribute to the application of radio wave technology leading to the well-being of mankind and, in turn, generate an unprecedented degree of enthusiasm.
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    ARRL

    ARRL is the national association for Amateur Radio in the US. Founded in 1914 by Hiram Percy Maxim as The American Radio Relay League, ARRL is a noncommercial organization of radio amateurs. ARRL numbers within its ranks the vast majority of active radio amateurs in the nation and has a proud history of achievement as the standard-bearer in amateur affairs. ARRL’s underpinnings as Amateur Radio’s witness, partner and forum are defined by five pillars: Public Service, Advocacy, Education, Technology, and Membership. A bona fide interest in Amateur Radio is the only essential qualification of membership; an Amateur Radio license is not a prerequisite, although full voting membership is granted only to licensed radio amateurs in the US. ARRL's Vision Statement As the national association for Amateur Radio in the United States, ARRL: Supports the awareness and growth of Amateur Radio worldwide; Advocates for meaningful access to radio spectrum; Strives for every member to get involved, get active, and get on the air; Encourages radio experimentation and, through its members, advances radio technology and education; and Organizes and trains volunteers to serve their communities by providing public service and emergency communications.
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