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Anniversary of “SI9AM 10 years”

Ten years - a long time!

10 years
Ten years is a long time, but they who have joined us during the officially opening of SI9AM which was held outside "Holmstagården" in front of the outside door to our radio room on July 19, 2000, probably thinks that the time has run very quickly.

Before year 2000
In the summer 1995 an idea was born to form King Chulalongkorn Memorial Amateur Radio Society in Ragunda, Sweden. We contacted the leading radio amateurs in Thailand and their representatives in RAST, Thailand (the equivalent to SSA, Sveriges Sändareamatörer). We decided to form a "Visiting Amateur Radio Station" in Ragunda.

Already at an early stage we had an ambition to get the callsign SI9AM. In July 1999 we had confirmation from PTS, the Post and Tele communication Board, that our association had been granted the callsign SI9AM.

The aim with SI9AM
The aim with King Chulalongkorn Memorial Amateur Radio Society in Ragunda, Sweden, is to offer radio amateurs visiting the Thai Pavilion the possibility to make contact with radio amateurs around the world using the special callsign SI9AM from the summer of 2000.

Why the callsign SI9AM?
SIAM was the name of Thailand before 1939.
The number 9 is a lucky number for all Thais.

Seeing back
OpeningIf you have followed us during the years you remember that the weather was not on our side on July 19, 2000. Five minutes before the official opening it started to rain and during the whole ceremony it was a heavy rain.

We were a little disappointed about the heavy rain during the whole ceremony, but now we are glad that the opening was on the 19th. At lunchtime on the 20th all roads around was closed because of heavy rain in the middle part of Sweden and had probably we have been forced to cancel the whole inauguration.

What have we done during these ten years?
We started with nothing. The only thing we had was the will to build up at Visiting Amateur Radio Station.

April 2000 SI9AM hold its first annual meeting and SM3CVM/Lars was elected as president.
May 2000 building starts for the antenna mast

June 2001 A lot of preparations and work for the antenna mast
June 2001 SI9AM received 120 000 SEK in EU funds
July 2001 Buying a 30-meter antenna mast.
September 2001 Casting of antenna base

April 2002 Buying a Yaseu FT-1000MP
July 2002 Installation of Tribander Yagi for 14-21-28 MHz and a 2 element Yagi for 40 meters
October 2002 The antenna mast is hoisted up

June 2005 SI9AM get internet connection via radio links to the Thai pavilion

January 2006 New QSL cards printed for SI9AM
June 2006 Installed wireless internet

April 2007 SI9AM Received a SSA's scholarship

July 2008 Buying a news amplifier Acom1000

February 2009 New computers and 22 inch screens are mounted
April 2009 New refrigerator

The spring 2010 Buying a Spiderbeam and we received a 4-element Monobander for 14 MHz.

In our diaries you can read more about what we have done during the years.

Our equipment
Yaesu FT-1000MP with Acom 1000
Icom IC-751
Yagi antennas for 10-15-20-40 m, dipole antennas for 12-17-30-80-160 m
Yaesu FT-225RD, allmode VHF transceiver with vertical antenna

Logging Programs
Win-Test, Log4U and Ham-Log.

The computers have internet access.

What we are doing just now
We will soon mount a Spiderbeam for 10-18-24 MHz and a 4 elements monobander for 14 MHz.

Marketing SI9AM
During the years we have been represented at the International Exhibition for Radio Amateurs in Friedrichshafen. Thanks to SM6JSM Eric who helps us with marketing SI9AM. We have also been represented at the ham radio exhibitions every year at SSAs annual meetings.

Members of SI9AM
Radio amateur clubs in Gävleborg laen, Jämtland laen and Västernorrland laen can be members of the society. Members are:
SK3BG, Sundsvalls Radioamatörer in Sundsvall,
SK3EK, Sollefteå Radioklubb i Sollefteå,
SK3GA, Hudiksvalls Sändareamatörer i Hudiksvall,
SK3GM Kungsgårdens Radioklubb in Nyland,
SK3IK, Ådalens Sändareamatörer in Kramfors,
SK3JR, Jemtlands Radioamatörer in Östersund,
SK3LH, Gullängets Radioklubb in Örnsköldsvik,
, FRO-section in Sollefteå.

Some of the foreign hams who have operated from SI9AM:
OH2TW/F5VGS/ Heikki
Fosengruppen of NRRL


Saturday July 24, 2010

Gathering in the morning
At eight a clock local time SM3BQC/Arne, SM3EAE/Lars, SM3FJF/Jörgen and SM3LIV/Ulla was ready to welcome the guests. SM0AGD/Eric Arild, SM0OTG/Eva, SM5DJZ/Jan and his XYL Birgitta had been sleeping at Holmstagården during the night so they was the first to come to our amateur radio tent and get the special card which gave you free entrance to the Thai Pavilion. Soon after that SA0AFU/Rolf and his XYL Maybritt arrived, than you could see SM3DAL/Ove and SM3GHN/Jan Bertil. Then our other guests arrived and most of them took the opportunity to walk around and answer the questsions in our quiz before 11.00 a clock local time which was the time when the first lecture started.

Lecture by SM0AGD Erik Arild
SM0AGD/Erik Arild gave us an interesting and appreciated lecture from his sailing in the Pacific Ocean during six months, a sailing trip which gave 47 600 QSOs from 11 different islands/DXCC countries in the year 1982. As thanks for the interesting lecture SI9AM handed over the book "In the footsteps of King Chulalongkorn" to SM0AGD/Erik Arild.

SM2EKA/Rune, president of SK2AT – the society Umeå Radio Amateurs, took the opportunity to thank Erik Arild for his lecture and at the same time he congratulated SI9AM for ten years and handed over the book from their Anniversary of 60 years.

After the interesting lecture by SM0AGD we were a bit hungry. Some of us stayed at Holmstagården and ate a delicious Chicken stew and the others went down to restaurant “Terasspaviljongen” and had a Thai buffet, served by Astrid Hammargården.

Lecture by SM5DJZ Jan
SM5DJZ/Jan also gave us an interesting and appreciated lecture about the way of the QSL card from you to the station you have worked. After that he talk about the DXCC Award and the IOTA Award.

As thanks for the interesting lecture SI9AM handed over the book "In the footsteps of King Chulalongkorn" to SM5DJZ/Jan.

Showing the Visiting Amateur Radio Station
For some of the guest, it was the first time they visited SI9AM and they found it very interesting to see the Amateur Radio Station and the Antenna.

QSO with Thailand
HS0ZDY/Svante or SM3DYU who is his call in Sweden had a time for a sked at 16.00 Local time with Thailand.

The Thai stations contacted: Tony/HS0ZDX, Kurt/HS0ZIE, Winit/E20AS, Swen/HS0ZFZ, (Hans/HS0ZFU) and Bob/HS0ZFD. But also Eddy/HS0/EA4BKA, Manfred/HS0ZEU, Fred/HS0ZFA and Kongprasert W./HS1CKC.


Enjoy time together during the day
Many hams hadn't seen each other for a long time and they found it very nice to have eye–ball contacts.

Prizes to the winner of the quiz
We had arranged a quiz. And the questions you could find inside and outside the Thai Pavilion area. We had been sponsored free entrance to the Thai Pavilion for our guest so they could visit the Thai Pavilion. The winner was Urzula Lind, who won the first price a Nagoya VHF-antenna from Mobinet. The second price to Anne Marie Fors who won a G5RV antenna from SRS and the third price to SM3GBA/Sven-Erik who won a Nagoya mobile Antenna from Mobinet.

Vi thank our sponsors:
Sanco, Mobinet, SRS, SSA, Jamtport and The Thai Pavilion for prices in the quiz.

Mingle before dinner
The entertainment before the dinner was the musicband “Frosthinken”, also called QRM and QSB.

Before dinner is served
Most of the day visitors stayed and enjoyed us during the anniversary dinner. The noise level get high at once. There was still a lot to talk about.

Anniversary menu

First course
A pie with the Swedish name “Västerbottenspaj” with a sauce of roe

Main courses
Pork with barbecue sauce and potato wedges
Beef tenderloin with  potato and a green peppercorn sauce
Moose entrecote with root vegetables and red wine sauce
Trout with potato cake and sauce of whey cheese

Summer cake with ice cream and berries

Anniversary Lottery
Of course there were many who hoped to win the first price an Alinco VHF FM transceiver from SANCO in Umeå. To make a bit of excitement we started with price No 22 and then we got closer and closer to the first prize.

Win No. 3, a G5RV wire antenna from SRS, to SA0AFU/Rolf.
Win No. 2, an Icom HF-46 speacher microphone, SM3CER/Janne.
Win No. 1, an Alinco VHF FM transceiver SANCO, to a very happy first prize winner Inger Holm.

Anniversary dinner
SM3CVM/Lars, chairman of SI9AM, wished everyone welcome to the table and to anniversary.

Kiki Fredriksson who represented Ragunda Municipality, gave us their congratulations to 10-year anniversary and wished us success in the future. Kicki Fredriksson handed over beautiful flowers to the SM3CVM/Lars president of SI9AM.

Next time SM3CVM/Lars talked, he thanked all who had come this day, everyone who had sponsored us and everyone who had work hard for the Visiting Amateur Radio Station and he didn´t name anyone. However, he wanted to specially thank one person for her work, who during all years had been treasurer, web master and been involved in a lot of activities for SI9AM - SM3LIV/Ulla. SM3CVM/Lars handed over the flowers, which SI9AM had received from Ragunda Municipality. Of course he had permission from Ragunda Municipality to hand over the flowers to Ulla.

Daniel Bergström, who representative the Thai Pavilion, he thanked for the dinner and wished us good luck, major applauses to Daniel and Thai Pavilion.

A beautiful plaque  was presented to Lars Aronsson, SM3CVM, President of SI9AM, on behalf of RAST by Svante (Sam) Nordenstrom, SM3DYU/HS0ZDY.


We thank our sponsors:
Jamtport, Mobinet, Sanco, SSA, Swedish Radio Supply and the Thai Pavilion.

We thank our guests of honor:
HS0ZDY Svante Nordström, RAST
SM6JSM Eric Lund, SSA
SM6YBR Brita Renström Lund, SSA
Kicki Fredriksson, Ragunda Municipality
Daniel Bergström, Thai Pavilion
Nui Bergström,
Thai Pavilion
Jasmin Bergström
SM0AGD  Erik Arild Sjölund
SM0OTG  Eva Benjaminson Sjölund
SM5DJZ Jan Hallenberg
Birgitta Hallenberg

We thank our guest speakers
SM0AGD  Erik Arild Sjölund
SM5DJZ Jan Hallenberg

We thank Holmstagårdens staff
who served us a delicious anniversary dinner

Ulf, Joel, Sara och Lotta

to all of you who visited us this anniversary day

Our guest during the day

Our guests during the Anniversary dinner


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Pictures from the the
Anniversary of “SI9AM 10 years”

Gathering in the morning
Lecture by SM0AGD Erik Arild
Lecture by SM5DJZ Jan

Showing the Visiting Amateur Radio Station
QSO with Thailand
Enjoy time together during the day
Prizes to the winner of the quiz
Mingle before dinner

Before the dinner is served

Anniversary Lottery
Anniversary Dinner

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Gathering in the morning


Early in the morning you could see SA0AFU/Rolf, SM0OTG/Eva and Maybritt Nilsson in front of Holmstagården.

Early in the morning you could also see SM3GHN/Jan-Bertil and SM3DAL/Ove.

A lot of "Hallo - nice to see you" this morning.

Something funny?

Gun Persson, HS0ZDY/Svante and SM3CWE/Owe.

SM3FVG/Holger, SM3GHN/Jan-Bertil and SM3BQC/Arne.

SM3EAE/Lars and SM3FJF/Jörgen had a lot to do before the lectures start.

Anette Mellberg and Britt Aronsson with Vilma.

SM3WMU/Tomas and SM3RAB/Ulf have just arrived and SM3CVM/Lars wish them welcome.

SM6YBR/Brita and SM6JSM/Erik from Karlsborg talking with SM1LF/Sören from Gotland.

Some of our guest from our 4:th area, Inger Holm and SM4DFH/Lars.

The sun is shining and everyone seems to enjoy the day.

SM3CER/Janne is talking with SM0AGD/Erik Arild.


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Lecture by SM0AGD Erik Arild


The lecture by SM0AGD Erik Arild is going to start.

SM3FJF/Jörgen gives some information before the lecture starts.

SM0AGD/Erik who hade travelled a lot around the world.

Everyone is waiting for SM0AGD/Erik Arild to start his lecture.

Everyone is waiting for SM0AGD/Erik Arild to start his lecture.

Everyone is waiting for SM0AGD/Erik Arild to start his lecture.

Everyone is waiting for SM0AGD/Erik Arild to start his lecture.

Everyone is waiting for SM0AGD/Erik Arild to start his lecture.

Everyone is waiting for SM0AGD/Erik Arild to start his lecture.

The smiles come at once when SM0AGD/Erik Arild starts to talk.

There are a lot of hams who are listening.

SM0AGD/Erik Arild has so much to tell.

A really amused audience.

Big interest.

Big interest.

SM3FJF/Jörgen thank SM0AGD/Erik Arild and give him the book "In the footsteps of King Chulalongkorn.

SM2EKA/Rune thank SM0AGD/Erik Arild for his lecture.

SM2EKA/Rune from SK2AT, The society Umeå Radio Amateurs, also congratulates SI9AM by giving a book from their own 60 years anniversary.

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Lecture by SM5DJZ Jan


SM3FJF/Jörgen gives some information about what's happening the rest of the day.

SM5DJZ/Jan is the next guest speaker.

Also this time a lot of hams are gathered to hear about QSL-cards.

Also this time a lot of hams are gathered to here about QSL-cards.

A really amused audience.

The interest is great from the audience.

SM5DJZ/Jan gives us a lot of information how to send QSL-cards.

Information about what happens October 10, 2010.

Everyone think it's very interesting to hear about different kind of awards.

SM3CVM/Lars thank SM5DJZ/Jan by given him the book "In the footsteps of King Chulalongkorn".

It seems that SM5DJZ/Jan is surprised over the gift.

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