No. 2824
29 JANUARY 2021
Fellow Rotarians, 

Just last week when I’d hoped that everyone would enjoy the cool weather in Bangkok, we are now back to our normal warm climate. For my expat fellow Rotarians, I believe you should enjoy this kind of heat that Thais continue to dread. After all, Thailand is known for having three seasons of hot, hotter, and (expletive deleted) hot...! With the arrival of warm climate, it is an inevitable that we are now approaching the end of January.
While no one knows for sure how long we will all have to live with this much discomfort with Covid, BMA has recently made an announcement for certain businesses to reopen, and I’m delighted to inform you that we will resume our physical meetings from Friday 5th February onwards. Of course, there will be protocols that we have to follow, but it will be good to see many of you during our regular luncheon.
Our Zoom meeting this Friday will feature PP Mike Doyle and Charlie Blocker on “Cannabis Industry in Thailand.” I’m not sure of the depth of expertise PP Mike and Charlie possess on this particular subject nor what lengths they have gone to in covering their research, but I’m sure we will have a good LAUGH. Please feel free to log-in from 11:45 hrs. for Zoom fellowship and our program will commence at 12:30 hrs. I hope to see as many of you as possible.
Have a great weekend ahead.

President Yod Tantianunanont
WHAT IS 5G...?

Mikael spent 10 years in the Swedish Marines as Battalion Commander before he joined Ericsson. He has now spent almost 25 years with them working in China, India, Brazil, Russia and now Thailand as COO Country Manager. Prior to moving to Bangkok he was based in Vietnam for 7 years covering Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

5G is not really 'G'... as it comes in at a very different level. Currently, Thailand is the second most connected country in the world, and Thais are online at least 10 hours out of every day. (the most connected are the Philippines and after that Brazil). Thailand has been rated by GSMA as the fastest growing telecom market in the world, and most subscribers in Asia are pre-paid, whereas in Europe most are post-paid. 5G is now being rolled out in Bangkok, and specifically in high populated areas, but will not be available for some time in low density towns, etc. due to the high cost of equipment and licenses.

The real difference between 4G and 5G is that this is now the first time we are using telecommunications as a tool to be more efficient... and this is attributed to speed, capacity and latency, latency being the key factor.

For example, the speed time to download a 2-hour movie is approximately 7 minutes using 4G... but with 5G it would take only 10 seconds. 5G is running on very high frequencies which means many more cells are required, and you will soon see these around the city everywhere about the size of a pizza box. Capacity will be much easier to handle, with high loads of information as massive amounts of data collected is converted into algorithms...this is the Artificial Intelligence that is driving your computer and thinking for you. 

The latency is the delay time from one phone to another. Currently, the latency on 4G is about 250mm/sec... but with 5G it is an astounding 1mm/sec

Some basic 5G facts:

 - 5G handsets are already available but US$1,500... not cheap! 

 - 5G being banned in some countries is politically motivated, and is not a             technological or financial issue, although the investments are huge.

 - 5G radio waves or signals are not dangerous and way below the threshold of normal lights

Reported by
Patrick Gauvain

22 JANUARY 2021
Friday 5 February
Jon Åström Gröndahl, Swedish Ambassador on "Gender Equality and human Rights"

Friday 12 February   
Jim Newport on "Vampires in Siam"

Friday 19 February 
Luang Sit Foundation Presentation 

Friday 26 February 
No Weekly Lunch - Makhabucha Day
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A limited quantity of the 4-Way Test Mugs are now available for RCBS members (one for each member only).  Please pick them up from Khun Khob during Friday luncheon meeting.

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RC Royal Hua Hin meeting schedule 2020 / 2021
P Brian Anderson of our daughter club , RC Royal Hua Hin , has confirmed the Club’s meeting schedule for the current Rotary year . RC Royal Hua Hin would be delighted to welcome any of our members who may be taking a break in Hua Hin to attend their meetings , with the monthly schedule as follows :

1st Tuesday is Fellowship Night
2nd Tuesday is 12:00 Lunch meeting at Amari
3rd Tuesday is Board meeting only
4th Tuesday is 12:00 Lunch meeting at Amari
5th Tuesday is 12:00 Lunch meeting at Amari (if we have a 5th Tuesday in the month)

The location of Fellowship Night events should be confirmed with P Brian
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Khun Khob’s Club Almanac #2824
29 JANUARY 2021

Happy Birthdays:

Sievert Larsson           January 29
PP Don Lavoie            February 2

Wedding Anniversary Greetings:

Attendance for 22 January 2021
(3rd Zoom Meeting): 61%:

Participants 47 (from Active Members 77, Exemption 27, Total 104)

Visiting Rotarians:
Local Club

Willem Adolf              RC Bangkapi

PP Eli Kenner               RC Jerusalem, Israel
Gerard Garaets            RC Laren-Blaricum, Netherlands

Jeff Berryman                    Mark Wolf
John Fotiadis                     Mark Wolf
Robert Traister                   Mark Wolf
Rudy T.                               Arie Bloed
Sunny Patel                       John Casella

Recent Makeups:
3rd Zoom Meeting, 22 January 2021: Adrian Topham, Alexander Simon, Arie Bloed, PP Christoph Leonhard, Colin Hastings, Dana Caron, David Ravenscroft, David Record, Dean Douglas, PP Dean Outerson, PP Don Lavoie, PP Douglas Riach, Elmar Lins, PE Finbarr O'Connor, Joe Ravenscroft, John. Casella, PP John Quarmby, Joseph Scuderi, Klaus Feilkas, PP Krin Charnmaytesakul, Lars Svensson, Leo Alexandersen, Manu Mekdhanasarn, PP Mark Butters, Mark Shaw, Mark Wolf, PN Mike Ellis, Mototoshi Kakiuchi, PP Narinder Sachdev, Nicolas Leloup, PP Nigel Hardy, Ola Holmgren, Patrick Gauvain, PP Per Dibber, Peter Upperton, PP Peter-Michael Schuster, PP Philip Baechtold, Poul Weber, Ragil Ratnam, Rakesh Sodhia, Rod Vergara, Ron Livingston, Sanjeev Chowdhury, Sievert Larsson, Steve Wilson, Tanat Kowatanawinta, IPP Tim Cornwall, Yannick Thevenot, P Yod Tantianunanont
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