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Amateur Radio near the Thai Pavilion
July 18 – 21, 2007

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Visit in Utanede
July 19, 1897, King Chulalongkorn of Siam (present-day Thailand) visited Sweden and Ragunda municipality. He had got an invitation from the Swedish/Norwegian King Oscar II to the International Art and Industry Fair in Stockholm and he accepted.

Northern Sweden
King Oscar II also wanted him to see other parts of Sweden than Stockholm, and since the Swedish sawmill industry was interesting for King Chulalongkorn, he chose the middle part of northern Sweden. There was beautiful scenery with bright summer nights and impressive waterfalls. King Chulalongkorn was also interested in the modern Swedish traffic, both on water and on land. 

Memorial Building
Almost exactly one hundred year later, the construction of a memorial building in honour of the King was commenced.

Loved and admired King
In 1868, King Chulalongkorn ascended the throne of Siam. He was a loved and admired King, not least because he abolished slavery in his native country. King Chulalongkorn was the fifth king of his dynasty and was therefore called ”Rama V Chulalongkorn of Siam”.

110 years anniversary of the Kings visit to Sweden and Ragunda
This weak it’s a Festival in Sollefteå, Ragunda, Bispgården, Utanede and in Sundsvall. It’s the way the King Chulalongkorn travelled in 1897 with king of Sweden Oscar II.

Cultural Festival at the Pavilion
All days it were:
- Exhibition showing King Chulalongkorn´s trips to Europe
- Traditional Thai spa and massage
- Exhibition and sale of Thai and Swedish handicraft
- Thai Food Festival
- Demonstration of Thai handicraft

Some of the days there were:
Hun Lakorn Lek - Puppet show at the main stage
- Sepak Tak Raw – foot volley ball at the open air arena
- Traditional Thai dance
by troupe from Prince of Songkhla University at the main stage

Outside the Thai Pavilion area there was a Thai Market.

Amateur Radio from the “White House”
We were invited to demonstrate Amateur Radio inside the Thai Pavilion area. During four days hams from SK3JR Jemtlands Radio Amateurs, SK3BG Sundsvalls Radio Amateurs and SK3EK Sollefteå Radio Club who demonstrate Amateur Radio for the visitors in the Thai Pavilion area.

Following hams worked during this days: SA3ASZ/Sören, SM3BQC/Arne, SM3CVM/Lars, SM3EFS/Lennart, SM3FJF/Jörgen, SM3FWT/Hans, SM3FZL/Rolf,
SM3IZR/Leif, SM3LIV/Ulla, SM3UMW/Lars, SM3VLC/Tomas, SM3VRG/Karl-Gunnar and SM3YKF/Kent.

The weather
During these days it has been different types of weather. On Wednesday it was cloudy and some rain. On Thursday it was very cold about 14 degrees centigrade’s before lunch. In the afternoon it was about 16 degrees centigrade’s. On Friday and Saturday it was warmer.

Great interest.
We noticed that there were a great interest to know more about our hobby from both young and old people, and a lot of women asked a lot of questions. Perhaps someone will become a ham.

Ministry of Culture
On Wednesday July 18, 2007 M. R. Grienggrai Sampatchalit, Ministry of Culture visited us in the “White House”. We were also glad to see Ms Phinranai Chotikanta again.

Famous puppet theatre
We were impressed of the famous puppet theatre from Hun Lakorn Lek. The first person controls the head and left hand of the puppet. The second person controls the movement of the puppets feet according to the music. The third person controls the right hand of the puppet.

Dancer from Prince of Songkhla University showed us traditional folk dance from the northern and the southern part of Thailand.

Sepak Tak Raw
In front of the entrance we could see Sepak Tak Raw – a Thai foot volley ball game

Guest operators
On July 19 to July 20 SM1DVV/Stefan and SM1OII/Harri were our guest at SI9AM.

Part 1, Pictures from the "White House" and the Visiting Amateur Radio Station.

Part 2, Pictures from activities inside and outside the Thai Pavilion area.

Part 3, Pictures when the Thai Ministry of Culture visit us in the "White House" and pictures from the ceremonial walk on July 19.


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