About VARC

Vietnamese Amateur Radio-Club

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On this website, you can find information about the Vietnamese Amateur Radio-Club and Radio Amateur activities in Vietnam.

Details on how foreigner HAM Radio operators can apply for a vietnamese HAM license can be find on this page.

VARC – Vietnamese Amateur Radio-Club
President: Nguyễn Bàc Ái, XV2A/3W6AR
11 Bis Nguyen dinh, Chieu Str., District 1, HCM City
Tel : +84 (8) 3 829 4912

You can also send a message to xv2a@radioclub.asia (xv2a null@null radioclub NULL.asia).
If you don’t have a reply in one week, please leave a comment with your e-mail adress on this page.

34 thoughts on “About VARC

  1. Good morning,
    I am in Ho Chi Minh City for a while.

    I wondered if there are any stores who sell amateur radio equipment here.

    If so I will buy some and see about getting a licence here.

    All the best

    Cheers

    Gary Crawford VK8GC
    from Darwin, Australia

    • Hi Gary,

      Well, no HAM dedicated store, but some “Marine Radio” and other “Security Radio” stores that can also import and sell radioamateur stuff.
      If you are in HCMC go for this two May Bo Dam and Mecom.
      Normally if you bring HAM radio devices in your luggages, no problem at HCMC airport, so it could be interesting to buy a rig abroad (Singapore or Hong Kong, but Singapore flight ticket is cheaper).
      I am also used to buy kits and electronic parts abroad. Mail shipping is really efficient and I never paid taxes. I don’t know the policy for commercial equipments… Keep me informed about your choice and experience.
      About the HAM licence, I will give you chu Ai e-mail in a private message. It is usually quick to have a licence, around 1 month. If you are here for a short stay, perhaps too late, but for a long stay it is ok.

      73,
      Yan – XV4TUJ.

  2. Good morning Viet Nam!!

    I am going to work in Hanoi in January 2011 for two years at least.
    I would like to apply my Ham radio license, once I get my visa.

    Please let me know two things.
    1) Which prefix can I get XV7 or 3W7 ?
    2) Is the prefix number in Hanoi 7(seven)?

    I am filling my application form and I am wondering of proposed call sign.

    Thanks and best regards
    73 for now.

    Ken Mizusaki
    JA2LLK also 3D2LL, JR6LL

  3. Hi my radio gear which was to go on to another coutry later has been returned to Australia (so I am told…no direct contact) if it was NEW that would be ok but secondhand no way One can only wonder….and the hudred dollars postage back if it ever gets to me again…?? The Vietnam Amateur Radio club didn’t answer my letters asking for translation assistance about Ham Radio……and I had no intentions of transmitting here. Not being able to receive is a minor issue really, what happens to the gear and how the decisions are made without personal contact of proper explanation being given to competent people in the comm’s area is another altogether. Voila.

    • Hi Anthony,

      I am sorry about that. I don’t know by which transport mean you were willing to bring your gear to VN.
      Recently, I have not been aware of any HAM having troubles bringing “travel sized” radio gear in hand luggage to Viêt-Nam. At least at HCMC airport.
      For big DXpeditions, an introduction letter could be required and Bac Ai de XV2A is always willing to help. Unfortunately, he has been really busy during the lasts weeks and perhaps was not given the time to handle your case.

      Bringing things by sea or land could be harder though, immigration and customs there are sometime tough.

      73,
      Yan – XV4Y.

  4. Hi Mr.President.

    Congratulate for the growth of VARC. Hope you still remember me. We first met in Beijing and VARC is not growing more than Thailand.. hi

    I’d like to ask about the 15th IARU conference. I think it is supposed to be somewhere in the late part of the year. I wish to attend and do hope it will be in the early part of the even month, [eg August.. hi] which would not conflict with my job.

    I am studying F-1 Project to introduce to Thai hams

    Thank you

    73/88
    Thida

  5. I WANT TO DIRECTLY CONTACT VIA EMAIL ANY HAM FROM VIETNAM FOR AN EYEBALL IN DECEMBER, DW1 VTO PHILIPPINES on said:

    any email address of a ham from HCMC? TNX

    • Hi,

      Please contact M Bac Ai XV2A if you’d like to have more details about HAM radio in Saigon.

      Regards,
      Yan – XV4Y (in Can Tho).

  6. I live in Hanoi, is Ohata of XV9NPS.
    I have a question.
    Are you sure you want to print the logo of VARC to QSL card?
    Please tell me how to add the current 10Mhz, there is a three-year license.
    A license for 50Mhz
    Is 53Mhz ~ 54Mhz.
    Can I change the 50Mhz ~ 54Mhz?
    Please answer best regards.
    Ohata Fumitaka XV9NPS

  7. Dear Yan.
    Currently, Mr. Mr.Bac or not in the hospital?
    I have heard, but also remain broken PC?
    Contact us for questions does not come yet?
    Thanks and best regards,
    xv9nps fumitaka ohata

    • Dear Ohata,

      I have no exact information about the current health situation of our estimated Bac Ai.
      However I know that he was not able to read his emails those last week but he is no answering by phone.
      If your questions are not urgent, please be patient and wait a few more days so he recovers.

      73 and enjoy DX in Vietnam,
      Yan – XV4Y.

  8. To: xv2a@radioclub.asia (xv2a null@null radioclub NULL.asia)

    Dear friends

    Please inform me about the licence costs for the following equipment:

    1) Monoband-Transceiver for the 20-m-band only; transmitter 5 Watt; CW only.
    2) Multiband-Transceiver 10-, 12-, 15-, 17-, 20-, 40-, 80- and 160-m-band; transmitter 100 Watt; CW, SSB and PSK31.

    I have a five-years-visa-exemption in my passport.

    What cost/s three months / one month ?

    Yours sincerely

    Christoph Baer, HB9DUF, hcbaer@vtxmail.ch (hcbaer null@null vtxmail NULL.ch)

    PS:
    I am sorry to see that your e-mail is broken. As an international standard, e-mail should always work and be maintained.

    5.2.2013

    • Dear Christoph,

      We received your e-mail and someone will answer it as soon as he have time to do so.
      This is a hobby for all of us.
      As an international standard, HAM should always be polite and kind to each other.

      73,
      Yan – XV4Y (VARC webmaster).

  9. Dear Yan.
    I changed the address.
    How do I procedural.
    Thanks and best regards,
    xv9nps Fumitaka. Ohata

  10. Dear Yan.
    Now I stay In Haiphong also callsign : XV5HS
    If I go out for portable in Iisland , I can use my radio in this case or not.

    73 De XV5HS

    • Hi,

      Unfortunately, radio operation are more restricted than in Thailand.
      Your license is tied to one operating location, and no mobile is allowed.
      You can ask Bac Ai if a modification of the license is possible, but that will imply to declare all the place you want to go…
      Listening is free however, so you can bring your equipment only for listening, not transmitting.
      Take care that the local authorities could not understand what you are doing and can you to shut down your station, even with a proper license.

      Enjoy DX!
      73,
      Yan – XV4Y.

  11. Dear Yan.
    Thank you for this information. I will contact to Bac Ai about this.
    If can modification of the license also good for me.
    73
    Ardsiri , XV5HS

  12. Now I have plan for Iota contest on end of July.
    For this if I go to Gat Ba Island for portable and get new license.
    How to make it? And also have some people from Thailand come to joint.
    We also need new license for them for this trip.
    Stay in here around 1 week.

  13. Hello today I will help XV1X to setup APRS software on his PC
    APRS system can be use only with internet connection without a radio !!
    All is free Software and maps works great for DX stations and beam heading.
    See this link what is APRS http://vk4go.net/aprswhat.htm
    If someone like to try it please contact me via Email or Skype.

    Email: vk4go1@tpg.com.au (vk4go1 null@null tpg NULL.com NULL.au)
    Skype ID: ja1ogs
    73 de Art.

  14. I am about purchasing my first radio for starting this hobby. Could you please recommend me which radio is best suitable for beginner as well as for long term use. My budget is maximum of 2000USD, but the cheaper is the better. Should I buy a mobile one or a base station?

    I already own a Yeasu FT-60E dual band, 1 Icom IC-R20 and 1 Icom IC-R5. But these are just for my listening hobby only…

    So I am currently considering buying the Yaesu 897D; ICOM 718 or ICOM 7000; Kenwood TS-480… I am absolutely novice in HF radio so please advice me which one or other radio is best buy for my situation (beginner but aiming for long term use so got enough basic and advance functions for more professional use)….

    Thank you for your help.
    Kind regards
    Son Pham

    • Dear Son Pham,

      This is a quite hard question to answer and very subjective.
      All depend on your interest and the place you want to operate from.
      If you want to operate from VN, you cannot go mobile and portable is not easy. Also, you cannot take your radio to Thailand or Indonesia and operate without asking a license…
      Then, a mobile is not very interesting because usually their performances are lesser and the ergonomic is sometime tiring.
      A base station is usually more expensive but have better performances and more “knobs and buttons” giving quick access to the commands and settings of the radio.

      If you operate from VN, VHF and upper are not very interesting because you have few HAM stations to talk with.
      You can do satellite communications but radios like FT-857/FT-897 or IC-7000/7100 are not very good for satellite because they don’t allow for full duplex and easy doppler correction on both channels.
      If you want to operate satellite, the Kenwood TS-2000 is very cheap and has good performances. For HF it is now an old radio and many other transceivers perform far better, but it is still ok and good on VHF/UHF/SHF.

      Here my own opinion for a beginner radio is to buy a Kenwood TS-480. The TS-590s is better but maybe too complex to use for a beginner.
      IC-718 is old and only ok for simple HF traffic. Not a bad radio, but for the money you can have better.
      FT-897D is ok but old radio too and ergonomic not very good. Good if you want something “all in one”.
      IC-7410 is good too, but perhaps too expensive for you.

      You will also need to buy a 25A power supply. You can find some in VN for 2-3M VND.

      If you plan to buy your transceiver in Viet-Nam, then the only models I know available are IC-718, TS-480 and TS-2000.
      If you can go to Singapore you will have more choice and better prices. You can visit Mr Phua at Blazer Electronic and tell you’ve been recommended by me. Call him by phone before and check the price and the availability.

      Last thing. The most important for radio are the antennas!!! You can have the best radio but it does nothing without a good antenna.
      You can build antenna yourself, but keep money for the antennas, it is the more important!

      Looking forward to see you soon on the air!
      73,
      Yan – XV4Y.

    • Dear Son Pham.
      If you operate from VN, VHF and upper are not very interesting because you have few HAM stations to talk with. But you can use satellite mode and EME mode in here if you have space for install antenna. For my opinion about radio I think separate radio all better than 1 radio. The important for radio are the antennas! You can have the best radio but it does nothing without a good antenna. You can make it your self .
      Now I stay in Hai Phong I hope to see you on the air soon.
      If your stay near this I can help you for make antenna
      and some equipment.
      73 De XV5HS

  15. Hello from America this is KG4AOS. I was in Vietnam last year in 2013. I brought a shortwave receiver but didn’t have a chance to make any transmissions. Next time I visit Vietnam I’d like to visit the club. 73 – KG4AOS

    • Hi Joe,

      Thanks for you message.
      If you want to operate a few days from a rental shack, no need for a license.
      However, if you’d like to apply for your own callsign, please make the request at least 2-3 months before your trip.

      73,
      Yan – XV4Y.

        • Dear Luca,

          Yes you have enough time before you to have a license.
          Please send an e-mail to M Bac Ai XV2A xv2a@radioclub.asia (xv2a null@null radioclub NULL.asia) with the appropriate information.

          73,
          Yan – XV4Y.

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