Greeting to my fellow hams in 9V1 land. I work for a US company that has facilities in Sakra and Tuas. I am coming to Singapore in late October 2011 for a week and would love to operate portable 9V1. I have seen the page to apply for a license. What are my options on bringing my own HF rig? One possible downside will be where I operate from. We typically stay in the Shangrila or the Swiss hotel. I small portable antenna on a balcony should do the trick. Are hotels reluctant to let people operate from their rooms? Will there be large fees for brining equipment in the country?
You can bring your own rig. No fees required. You only need the visitor license. I'm not sure if you still have to inform the iDA the type of rig you plan on bringing. They may have changed this recently.
Don't ask the hotels any questions about putting out a wire out of the hotel room. If you can throw a wire up a tree in the gardens of Shangri-La at night, that would be good.
99.9% of the the locals here have no clue of what Amateur Radio is, even though we had movies like Frequency (Dennis Quaid) and Contact (Jodie Foster) coming through here. So if you ask for permission from the management, or the landlord, you will probably be given a strange look and be asked to contact the police or some authority that comes to mind at that point in time.
Post by 9V1DB (Dan) on Jun 10, 2011 23:03:40 GMT 8
It will be great to have another Texan in town. I hope to hear you on the air once you get here. I usually work PSK 31 on 20M but if you let us know where you will be hanging out, maybe we can make contact.
Thank you both with your timely replies. Dan I guess I better do a spell check before I say I live in Houston versus Hoston. 9V1DE thank you for that most practicle advice. No need to invite questions if they are not needed. Dan, I sure wouldn't mind an eyeball QSO. As time grows closer I'll let you know. Thanks again. 73
Hello all! Turns out I will be in 9V next week, on the second leg of a world wide business trip. I want to bring my HF and HT along for the rest of the trip, but do not want it taken away from me nor pay taxes. I dont think I have enough time to get a license.
What do I need to provide to get my radios LEGALLY through?
Also it would be GREAT to meet up with any hams while I am there. I should be arriving Sunday night 6/19 and leaving 6/23 Thursday.
I am in a quandry about being able to operate when I visit Singapore in October. The license process asks for proof of permission to operate in the location you will use your equipment and yet advice passed on to me states that I should not make my attentions known since I will be staying in a hotel. Is there a happy medium?
You could try to get a portable-only license (though that may limit you to QRP). The rules do not explicitly seem to provide for this, but it seems implied in some formulation from the Amateur Handbook:
"If radio amateur has been licensed to operate on fixed amateur radio station, the mobile or portable station can be licensed as part of the existing fixed amateur radio station set up and the station fee of $50.00 per mobile/portable station is waived. The station fee for the mobile or portable station is however payable if such station is the only station operated by the radio amateur."
Whether IDA is aware of this or understands that the antenna permission doesn't make sense for portable stations is another matter.
Technically, according to IDA's rules, you'd be operating portable anyway:
"The station is said to be operating as a mobile or portable station when it is readily movable from place to place to be operated therefrom."
A station that can be installed quickly in a hotel room while traveling would arguably satisfy that definition.
I am not claiming that the rules make sense. Singapore has its own system of checks and balances: From my experience, there's typically strict separation between those who make the rules, those who administer them, and those who are knowledgeable in whatever field the rules are about.
However, if you're a senior enough representative of a company that the government considers commercially important, you may get whatever you want if you only hint at it. (Case in point: Changi airport has a dedicated terminal area not only for VIPs, but also for CIPs - commercially important persons.)
I travel to Singapore a couple of times a year to visit friends and family. My XYL is from Singapore. I've never tried to operate during my visits but would like to try this time only on VHF/UHF with my Kenwoord TH-F6A hand-held.
The IDA link on the club Webpage to apply for an IDA license has changed. The link currently (as of March 7, 2013) produces a 404 error. Here is the new link I found with the help of Mr Google:
I do have a couple of questions. 9V1DE indicated there are no fees for a visiting ham to operate in SG. But the current IDA form dated 28 January 2013 says:
1) A fee of S$50 is payable for the temporary operation of an amateur equipment in HF amateur frequency band and a fee of S$25 is payable for the temporary operation of an amateur equipment in the VHF/UHF frequency band.
Can someone please clarify? Are there fees or not?
Finally, will it be worth it all? How many repeaters are there in the area? Which ones are the most active?
Unless you are planning to visit Malaysia, bringing your HT to Singapore and going to the hassle of getting a temporary permit is wasted. There is no longer a working repeater in Singapore as the club was asked to remove the equipment from its previous location and cannot agree on a new location. There are also not very many active hams in Singapore so the chances of much (if any) simplex contact is slim.
As for the fees, I will let someone else comment since it looks like the IDA may have changed it's fee structure.
...9V1DE indicated there are no fees for a visiting ham ...
Thanks for the updated links. What I meant by no fees is that you don't have to pay custom duties to bring in you own rigs. Singapore Customs is concerned about commmercial goods being brought in and staying in Singapore for the long term. In this case a 7% GST is payable.
The SGD25 or SGD50 payable to iDA is basically for the Visitor License which allows you transmitting priviledges, and to legally register the operator as 9V1/homecall. If you are bringing in your radio equipment and not using it because you are on your way to elsewhere, then you don't even need the license or pay anything. If you happened to be stopped by Singapore customs, just smile and explain.
Dan 9V1DB is right - there aren't many hams on 2m and especially so after we took down the 2m repeater. It's difficult to work simplex due the amount of steel reinforced concrete on the ground.
What some 2m hams do is to work the 2 or 3 repeaters in South Johor, Malaysia from Singapore. There's a lot more activity there. The Johor repeaters are located on Gunong Pulai, about 25 km north-west of central Singapore
Try: 145.725; -0.6; 145.750; -0.6 145.600; -0.6 All using 203.5 Hz tone
I suggest forgetting about 2m. HF would be better, provided you can find a decent place to work without having to get official permission from the estate owners.
A subscript to 8V1DE's comment about Malaysian repeaters. I have listened to them on several occassions and they always seem to be talking in Malay. I will admit that I did not try to break in in English. My American English is a bit difficult to understand anyway... hi hi.
Hello Dan and Dan, I maintain a watch on 145.525 MHz simplex, no tone, between 1030 and 1900 hrs Mon to Fri. I'm located in Bukit Batok. Have had some QSOs with hams around that area without problems. My homemade Ground Plane antenna is on the 7th floor. Please feel free to call. Either myself or 9V1XY will respond if we hear you. 73, Jeff 9V1AS
Maybe you should maintain listening watch on the repeater frequencies of 145.625, or 145.025 MHz instead of 145.525. Most 2m hams including those in South Johore are not aware that our repeater has been relocated to a 'storeroom'.
Some may still be calling on 145.025 and listening on 145.625.
Post by 9V1DB (Dan) on Mar 14, 2013 12:30:20 GMT 8
OK, I tried calling a few times but no reply. Since there are several building in your direction and my antenna is inside, I suspect I cannot make it to you. I will give it a try from time to time as well as monitoring that frequency.