Farang Voice from the North
Well one day at least.
Today (25 Feb 2015) my new Thailand Amateur Radio license was issued. Yippee!!
All hams in Thailand who are not native Thai get the HS0Z prefix, so the only question was what the last two letters of my callsign would be. Farang is Thai slang for a foreigner. Not really a derogatory term, but often used in a playful way to poke fun at the expats living in Thailand. We will eventually have our own home in the North of Thailand, hence the Farang Voice from the North moniker.
Of course it's more likely to be Farang CW from the North, as I generally prefer using Morse Code over voice communications with ham radio, but then you have to explain what CW (continuous wave) is to the non-hams in the audience.
I actually delayed submitting my license application a bit when they were issuing licenses in the HS0ZLX to HS0ZLZ part of the alphabet. MD works much better on both voice and Morse Code than those earlier choices in the LX to LZ series. On voice it is Mike Delta when given phonetically, short and sweet. And the sounds on Morse Code for those letters are also short, with a good punch on the D.
When I get postcards made (QSL cards) that hams send to each other to confirm the contacts they made with others, I'd like to find a font that has a wider, fatter zero than the one above, which looks a bit squished, like the S and Z are closing in on it.
That picture at the top isn't of my antenna installation in Thailand. In fact it is a picture I took in 2011 of one of the antennas used in my local radio club's (PAARA) Field Day operation. PAARA takes the annual Field Day event very seriously and so we use BIG antennas on towers. In 2014 we were eleventh in the nation, out of nearly 2,700 entries, second in our operating class, less than 300 contacts shy of first place. Hopefully one day I can have a nice ham station in Thailand and my PAARA buddies can come over and work the world from the other side of the globe.
And maybe once again, I'll see my ham buddy, Gerry N6NV, climbing up a tower!
Image by Jim, K6SV