About me: 33 years old, ham for the last 15 years, married and one 11 month little girl !
I'm looking forward to move to Singapore in September or August. I will be on a business trip to China (Guangzhou) next week and will use that opportunity to give Singapore a short visit. I will be arriving in Singapore on Friday night 10pm an leave Singapore on Sunday arround 10am. So I will have 24 hours to discover as much as possible !
What would you recomend I spend my limited time on ?
It doesn't have to be hamradio specific. I rather want to see as much as possible from the city !
I'm looking forward to move to Singapore. I hope I will be able to get a licence and even more important be able to have any kind of antenna !
Welcome to Singapore in September. As for your visit, I would suggest you limit yourself a bit for such a short visit. Sites to see include Sentosa, Bird Park, Zoo, and many other things. The best information can usually be found in the hotel lobby where you stay. If you actually want to get out late night once you arrive, the Orchard Blvd area is probably the most active. Ask the hotel where to go based on what kind of entertainment you have in mind. Taxis are the best way to get around and will not really cost you that much but the rates do go up late at night.
I moved back to Singapore late last year and applied and received my ham license in only a few weeks based on my US license. There are several stores here that sell ham equipment so you can get almost anything you need however the selection is somewhat limited.
Take a train ride on the MRT's North-South or East West Lines. Outside the city, the tracks run above ground. They will take you through the housing estates. You will see a little more greenery in the north. www.smrt.com.sg/trains/routemap/routemap_140410.pdf
Get off at Toa Payoh or Bedok station and spend 1 hour exploring the surrounding area to get a feel of the 'pulse of Singapore' Map Link www.onemap.sg/?LW:Y&wO5d:Jbbcf_b,Ihaca_Y,IYfYJ_h,IfIba_a,a
If you like the beach, take a taxi to Changi Village. Stroll along the beach (sunlight helps with jetlag). Walk back to the Food Centre for local Food. If if you prefer a cleaner and cooler dining environment, walk across the road to the Changi Village Hotel (former Le Meridien). Map Link: www.onemap.sg/?LW:Y&wO5d:hhIfa_f,hYRYY_q,hfRbI_J,hqaqY_c,a
If you like to sample local food, try Char Siew Rice (sliced barbequed pork) or Satay. For the time being, stay away from "Rojak", a local fruit & vegetable salad in black shrimp paste. For more on local food, visit: ieatishootipost.sg/
Thank you so much to both of you for all your information. While I will only have a few hours to spend in Singapore I'm already looking forward for them.
I will not be looking for any hamradio or electronic items this time. I will have enough time for that when I move to Singapore.
I do have a question for you : Being mostly a CW operator I'm an Elecraft fan boy and I'm the happy owner of a K2 and a K3. If I understood it right ham radio equipment has to be registered to be used in Singapore. My question is how do you achieve that when you are using another transceiver than an Yaesu, Kenwood or Icom ?
From what I heard getting a licence is not a big issue, but setting up an antenna is challenging.
Post by 9V1DB (Dan) on Jun 10, 2011 10:20:05 GMT 8
Yes antennas are always a challenge. I was fortunate in getting a flat on the 15th floor facing north without too much in the way of other buildings in front of me. I use an MFJ window mount multiband antenna (I bought it in Singapore although if you can get in directly out of the US you might save some). I work mainly PSK31 and this antenna has performed well so far. I am able to put it out and take it back end when I get on the air so there is no problem with the neighbors.
Depending on the criteria you have once you get here an search for a place to stay, you might consider higher floors and not facing directly into other buildings.
My visit to 9V was awesome ! I made it to the Hotel (Novotel Clarke Quay) on Friday night by 11pm and went right out having some drinks and food.
On Saturday I took a taxi to Toa Payoh, walked over one of the markets and took a tour of the neighborhood using bus 232.
I got off the Bus at Braddell and took the NS MRT down to Marina Bay: Working for a luxury hospitality brand, a visit to the Marina Sand Bay was mandatory. I didn't want to visit the Skypark, but will with my family.
I then took another taxi to Sim Lim Square : Visited all 7 floors, and went down into the basement for lunch at the food court. After Sim Lim Square I went to visit Sim Lim Tower.
From there I walked back slowly to my hotel, took some rest and went to Brewerkz with my PC to send the pictures all day long to my wife and of course had some drinks !
I left Singapore on Sunday morning at 11am and made it back home to Paris this morning by 10am. A pretty long trip with a 5hours transfer time in Guangzhou.
Thanks again for all of your nice recommendation and looking forward to meet you when I move to Singapore.
How did you get a license so quickly? I am going to be in 9V next week and was just hoping to bring my ham radio along to listen, let alone transmit. The thing is that for a license I need a letter from of approval for the location I will be transmitting from. I would be just happy bringing my FT 857 and a wire to listen from what the bands sound like from Asia.
Bottom line is how do I legally being in my radio with out hassles or taxes?
Thanks Martin. It looks like the license procedure is fairly painless, and can be found at tls.ida.gov.sg.
Since I am going on to India and the Europe, I was hoping to take my radios with me, even if I dont transmit, as I can use them in Europe and am applying for a license in VU. I am sure I wont get my 9V call in time, as I leave this Saturday.
I am hoping to meet up with a few 9V hams while I am in the area! Sure would be fun!