I decided to create a static page that I can easily update, to publish a log of the radio stations I hear in Thailand. For my fifth trip to Thailand, I brought along a Tecsun PL-880 PLL World Band Receiver, as I wanted to be able to listen to the ham bands in advance of when I will begin to operate from Thailand with my own ham radio station, HS0ZMD.
Here I will be reporting on the stations I hear, using the PL-880 receiver. So far I have found it to be very capable for copying CW on SSB mode, using the 0.5 kHz wide filter. To be clear, the following are stations I have heard, I have not contacted any of them, as I have not yet obtained the necessary licensing to transmit on ham radio in Thailand.
Times listed are in the 24 hour format for UTC, Coordinated Universal Time, which I still think of as GMT, Greenwich Mean Time. Frequencies are in kHz, but not exact, as I don't know how well the PL-880 is calibrated. It is certainly close enough to know what ham band I was listening on. I have not formatted this with rigid fields, but have shown the data in the same order, left to right.
14,023.82 - 0630 UTC - YB90IARU - Indonesia - 90 yr IARU anniversary special event station - working JA's.
14,022.59 - 0808 UTC - V85SS - Brunei - ham radio rental station - hearing Brunei in California would be a Red Letter Day, but it's a short hop from Thailand, so easy copy. It was still exciting to hear for me. A trip there to operate the station should be easy to arrange in the future!
14,031.65 - 0839 UTC - PX5Z - Arvoredo Island, Brazil - IOTA SA-027 - loud, working JA's.
14,013.90 - 0845 UTC - OL90IARU - Czech Republic - 90 yr IARU anniversary special event station -loud, working Europe in OK/OM DX Contest.
14, 009.58 - 0912 UTC - OL5T - one of many Czech stations in OK/OM DX Contest.
Other stations in OK/OM DX Contest on 15 meters:
21,011.06 - 1040 UTC - OL90IARU - nearing sunset in Thailand.
21,010.36 - 1048 UTC - OM3PA - leader of the Slovak Contest Team.
21,009.97 - 1052 UTC - OK2QA
21,009.88 - 1054 UTC - OL3Z
21,009.31 - 1056 UTC - OK1DO - the sun has now set in Thailand.
21,013.05 - 1109 UTC - OL90IARU - still very loud in Thailand.
21,017.62 - 1144 UTC - OL90IARU - and still loud an hour after sunset in Thailand.
First appearance of a new DXpedition:
21,018.52 - 1114 UTC - VK9WA - Willis Island DXpedition - loud & in the clear, working EU, listening up.
21,019.61 - 0551 UTC - ZL2IFB - New Zealand.
14,019.06 - 0619 UTC - V85SS - Brunei, loud CQ in Thailand, no takers. [AC power has been lost at our location.]
14,017.57 - 0702 UTC - JA5TX
14,023.60 - 0710 UTC - DU2US - Philippines [AC power restored at our location at 0719 UTC.]
21,020.57 - 0732 UTC - K8HX/KH2 - Guam for three days only - loud, working JA's.
21,025.45 - 0752 UTC - JE1RXJ - very loud CQ.
21,010.50 - 0803 UTC - EW8O - Belarus
28,012.37 - 0810 UTC - VR2CO - Hong Kong - CQ, no takers.
28,018.22 - 0818 UTC - VK9WA - Willis Island DXpedition - in the clear, listening up.
18,075.63 - 0832 UTC - VK9WA - Willis Island DXpedition - loud.
28,016.16 - 0845 UTC - VK9WA - Willis Island DXpedition - working EU and I can hear both sides of the path.
14,012.70 - 1234 UTC - YF1AR/8 - Indonesia - IOTA expedition to OC-246.
21,021.36 - 1122 UTC - YF1AR/8 - Indonesia - IOTA expedition to OC-246.
18,073.71 - 1125 UTC - VK9WA - Willis Island DXpedition.
21,018.00 - 0415 UTC - VK9WA - Willis Island DXpedition - working JA's, up.
21,022.00 - 0423 UTC - RA4M - Russia - worked Willis.
21,022.80 - 0429 UTC - DV7HTK - Philippines - calling Willis.
21,022.13 - 0438 UTC - RZ9YI - Russia - calling Willis.
21,022.13 - 0442 UTC - VU3NXI - India - calling Willis.
21,022.09 - 0449 UTC - VU2ABS - India - calling Willis.
21,021.79 - 0451 UTC - VU2LBW - India - calling Willis.
28,022.22 - 0501 UTC - BA6QH - China - calling Willis.
21,021.75 - 0515 UTC - BA7QT - China - calling Willis.
21,008.58 - 0850 UTC - DU1KA - Philippines - worked Willis, heard both sides.
21,026.55 - 0909 UTC - F5IN - France - calling CQ.
21,029.02 - 0918 UTC - RA3SX - Russia - calling CQ.
21,004.74 - 0553 UTC - UA3KW - Russia - worked JA's
20 METERS - YE1K & YE2A (Indonesia, zone 28), 9M2A (West Malaysia, zone 28)
40 METERS - BA7IO (China, zone 24), XV2D (Vietnam, zone 26), YE1R (Indonesia, zone 28), 9M2A & 9M4DX (West Malaysia, zone 28)
10 METERS - AH0K (Mariana Islands, zone 27), BG9XD (China, zone 23), BA7IO, BI7OEZ, BY5CD (China, zone 24), DU1/R7KW (Philippines, zone 27), HS0ZAR [Fred Laun!] (Thailand, zone 26), OE2S (Austria, zone 15), OH1F (Finland, zone 15), R9FT (Russia, zone 17), SN8B, SO9Q (Poland, zone 15), VK4AFU (Australia, zone 30), VR2XAN, VR2ZQZ (Hong Kong, zone 24), YE2A (Indonesia, zone 28), ZM1A (New Zealand, zone 32)
15 METERS - AH0K (Mariana Islands, zone 27), B4T, BD5XM, BG4TMC, BY1CQ (China, zone 24), E2X, HS0ZIA (Thailand, zone 26), JA1ZGP, JA2NDQ, JE1ZWT, JM4WUZ, JS6RTJ (Japan, zone 25), KH6J (Hawaii, zone 31), T2XX (Tuvalu, zone 31), YB3IZK, YE1C (Indonesia, zone 28), RX4W (European Russia, zone 16), R0AA, RK0UT, RM0F, RW9USA, RW9A (Asiatic Russia, zone 18), VK2IM, VK2PN (Australia, zone 30), VR2XAN (Hong Kong, zone 24), YE2A (Indonesia, zone 28), ZM1A (New Zealand, zone 32)
20 METERS - AH0K (Mariana Islands, zone 27), BA1GN/8, BG3UPA, B4T, B7Q (China, zone 24), DU1/R7KW (Philippines, zone 27), HS0ZAR [Fred Laun!] (Thailand, zone 26), 7J1YAJ (Japan, zone 25), RK9AX (Asiatic Russia, zone 17 sic), VR2XAN (Hong Kong, zone 24), YB2WWW, YE1K (Indonesia, zone 28), 7Z1SJ (Saudi Arabia, zone 21), 9M2M, 9M2YAA (West Malaysia, zone 28)
40 METERS - HS4DDQ, HS0AC, HS0ZAR [Fred Laun!] (Thailand, zone 26), YE1K (Indonesia, zone 28), 9M2M (West Malaysia, zone 28)
160 METERS - HS0ZEE (Thailand, zone 26)
I believe I have worked all the countries I heard in the contest from California, except for Thailand & Saudi Arabia. I'm not sure about Vietnam & Tuvalu. I was beginning to hear an opening to Europe on Sunday when we had to leave to visit with family across town. I'm sure I would have logged quite a few more countries in Europe, if I had spent the late afternoon and evening listening on the radio. I never heard any stateside stations, Hawaii being the only US state I logged. The total time I spent listening to the contest was less than ten hours of the 48 hours of the contest. I spent very little time listening on Saturday, as we spent the day on a road trip to visit a Thai ham in Chiang Mai.
I was especially pleased to hear five Thai stations active in the contest, as well as the official RAST Club Station, HS0AC. I hope to meet all those hams one day! I know Fred Laun, an American (K3ZO), did a lot of work many years ago that helped open Thailand up to ham radio activity. I was very pleased to hear him quite active in the contest.
Once again, I did not contact any of these stations in the contest, as I have not yet obtained the necessary licensing to transmit on ham radio in Thailand. I am only reporting on the stations I heard on my portable shortwave receiver.
21,032.34 - 0250 UTC - HS90IARU - Special event callsign for December 2015
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