King Bhumibol Adulyadej HS1A SK

12:05 Fernando Luiz de Souza 0 Comments

The King of Thailand, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej HS1A passed away on October 13, 2016 at the age of 88

He was born on December 5, 1927 in Cambridge, Massachusetts and ascended to the throne on June 9, 1946.

On August 18, 1989, officers of both the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand (RAST) and the Voluntary Radio Association (VRA) had an audience with His Majesty King Bhumibhol Adulyadej at Chitrlada Palace when a senior Ministry of Communications representative presented an advanced class amateur radio licence bearing the callsign HS1A to His Majesty the King.

Thai radio amateurs were extremely proud that their King had embraced the hobby and during that audience with RAST and VRA officials His Majesty spoke of the positive benefits that the activity brought to the Kingdom and of the responsibilities that each amateur radio operator bears.

Then, some five years later, His Majesty the King was to bestow an even greater honour on Thailand's national amateur radio society, when, in November 1994, he placed RAST under His Patronage.

His Majesty the King had been in poor health in recent years and passed away at Siriraj Hospital at 08:52 GMT on October 13, 2016.

At its peak Thailand had about 248,000 amateur radio licenses although this has fallen recently to around 108,000. The population of the country is about 67 million, similar to the UK.

BBC News Obituary

First Thai Advanced exam held in 2016

History of Amateur Radio in Thailand

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