146 MHz band extension for Thai radio hams

Radio amateurs in Thailand hope to get an extension of the VHF 2m band to 146.500 MHz. Basic entry licenses will also have access to 10m

The granting of 28.0 - 29.7 MHz to the basic entry license holders should significantly increase HF activity from the country.

In May 2012 Thailand had 246,959 radio amateurs holding the basic entry level VHF license and 717 Intermediate and Reciprocal HF license holders.

The reason for the low number of HF licence holders seems to be because it's impossible to sit an exam to upgrade. There appears to have only been one Intermediate exam for just 151 candidates held in almost 10 years - http://www.southgatearc.org/news/may2012/thailand_holds_intermediate_exam.htm

On 20 March 2014 the Thai National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC) released the responses from the public consultation on the new draft rules for amateur radio - http://tinyurl.com/pmc3s9p

Direct link to PDF - http://tinyurl.com/ptwdzbs

Radio Amateur Society of Thailand (RAST) - http://tinyurl.com/ThailandRAST