Welcome to Tropical band
To most people the phrase "tropical bands" bring a pretty clear picture to mind - a bunch of shirtless guys playing calypso music. But to experienced shortwave DXers those two little words express the most challenging and enjoyable part of the radio hobby. The phrase kindles memories of a DXer's best catches and favorite QSLs, of exotic stations, music and of early morning listening sessions. (Don Moore)
I like the "Tropical band" name for new 60m allocation. (OK1RP)
Effective from 1st Jan 2017 please paper QSL via OM-bureau only.
Monday, July 3, 2017
Philippines regulators have now granted access for amateurs on a secondary basis to 60m commencing July 7 2017. Band as per IARU R3 5.3515MHz to 5.3665MHz. No further information, power levels etc. Presumably as per IARU R3 15W eirp.
"I have already received some EU stations on the band in the past few months using JT65a and will be QRV on opening day here!
de George, DU1GM"
(Many thanks for good news to George, DU1GM)
Philippines nature attractions are a chief reason why tourists will fly from all over the world to this archipelagic country to see nature at its best.
In a country whose diverse beauty is a primary attraction, it becomes important to establish the type of location you would like to visit. This is because with more than seven thousand interconnected islands, it is obvious there is a wide variety of natural attractions.
Take on the volcanic mountains and go for a nature trek. Spectacular views, breath-taking scenery and simply the adventure of taking on Mother Nature. One of the most popular mountains to go trekking is Mount Pinatubo, best known for the second biggest eruption in 1991.
Another popular option for travellers wondering what to choose from in the list of Philippines nature attractions is the sheer number of gorgeous rivers. The Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) in Palawan. This river is included in the list of New Seven Wonders of Nature, thanks to its intricate cave systems and length that spans 5 miles to the sea.
The number of islands is mind-boggling, but you cannot afford to tour Philippines and not experience Boracay Island. The 2.5 mile stretch of coastal strip is home to lavish establishments from where you can enjoy the natural scenery on the island.
The hilly Chocolate Ranges are also a delightful experience. The hills are one of the world’s Famous Natural Attractions, and the symmetrical cone-shaped hills that spread to the horizon make it easy to see why.
With so many islands and Philippines nature attractions, it is understandable why the country is home to numerous marine reefs. One of the most prominent reefs is Tubbataha Reef situated in the Sulu Sea. The marine sanctuary is also home to diverse bird species, so bird watchers are set to enjoy the treat of a lifetime.
73 - Petr, OK1RP
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Our Field Day is coming up on the weekend of June 23-25 where we will be setting up communications both voice and digital in the town of Port Antonio in the Parish of Portland on the North Eastern end of the Island. We will be operating under the Jamaica Amateur Radio Assoc. (JARA) club's callsign 6Y5RA/p. If you would like to make a 'sked' let me know. We can probably resonate an all band wire ant. somewhere within this "new" band. Nigel 6Y5HN.
One of Jamaica's most famous offerings is Seven Mile Beach in Negril, which is considered one of the most beautiful beaches, although its occasionally aggressive vendors and nudity-friendly areas make it not for the timid.
Those looking for a more serene alternative should explore the south coast's Treasure Beach, a set of quiet fishing villages on six miles of shoreline that include Billy's Bay, Frenchman's Bay, Calabash Bay and Great Bay. Treasure Beach is known as much for its snorkeling, surfing and swimming as for its friendly residents, many of whom work as farmers or fishermen.
Those looking for a more serene alternative should explore the south coast's Treasure Beach, a set of quiet fishing villages on six miles of shoreline that include Billy's Bay, Frenchman's Bay, Calabash Bay and Great Bay. Treasure Beach is known as much for its snorkeling, surfing and swimming as for its friendly residents, many of whom work as farmers or fishermen. The area is considered Jamaica's "desert coast" as it receives the lowest levels of rainfall on the island and the vegetation is markedly different here than elsewhere on Jamaica. Just east of Treasure Beach is Lovers Leap, where legend holds that a slave couple jumped over the 1,700-foot cliff to their deaths to avoid being separated.
YS Falls on the south coast is a series of seven waterfalls in a tropical forest; the falls boast the shortest place name in all of Jamaica and portions are open for swimming. Somerset Falls in Port Antonio and Mayfield Falls in the Glenbrook district with two falls and 21 mineral pools also welcome guests.
With their striking limestone stalactites and stalagmites, the Green Grotto Caves are worth a trip when visitors need a break from the sun. The caves have purportedly served as a shelter for the Arawak Indians (also known as the Tainos) who were early Jamaican residents, a haven for runaway slaves and a hiding place for arms dealers. They now play host to visitors who wander through passageways and take in the Grotto Lake, a subterranean body of water that guests can cross in boats during their visit.
Monday, May 15, 2017
The Mexican telecommunication regulator IFT - Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones has approved amateur radio operation on the new WRC-15 the 60m band allocation on secondary basis. The band is 5351.5 - 5366.5 kHz with maximum permitted power of 20W EIRP.
Mexican National Frequency Table is available here:http://cnaf.ift.org.mx/Consulta/Index
(Tnx: Paul, G4MWO, XE2O, FMRE)
73 - Petr, OK1RP
Friday, May 12, 2017
the WRC-15 allocation has been implemented into new frequency table in Poland by 11th May 2017. We can expect SP callsigns on the band soon...
Tatra National ParkJust poking their way into the extreme south of Poland, the boundaries of the Tatra National Park play host to some of the country’s only real mountains. Between these craggy summits of rock and ice lie some of the nation’s most beautiful natural wonders – from the shimmering surface of the Morskie Okolake, to the soaring tip of Rysy (Poland’s highest peak), 2,500 meters up. Given the area’s breathtaking natural beauty, it’s no wonder that it holds that coveted UNESCO biosphere title. It’s also no surprise that it draws visitors to its dense spruce forests, winding hiking trails, snow-packed ski fields and subterranean cave systems right throughout the year.
Białowieża ForestA wild and primeval land that straddles the border between Poland and Belarus in the country’s extreme east, Białowieża Forest is considered one of the last vestiges of virgin woodland in Europe. In total, it covers an area of more than 3,000 square kilometers and enjoys a status as a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site for its environment and untouched natural beauty. Along the endless hiking trails that wind their way deep into the forests here, visitors can spy the colossal oaks of Great Mamamuszi and the King of Nieznanowo (which soar more than 30 metres overhead), or wandering herds of the endangered European bison.
MalborkNestled between the Elbląg Lakes and the rolling fields of Polish Masuria, the city of Malbork is home to one of the most fascinating medieval relics in all of Europe. For history lovers, or purveyors of great human architecture, there’s arguably no spot more beautiful in all of Poland, and there are endless photo opportunities to be had between the town’s sprawling castle complexes (which together form one of the largest on the entire planet). One of the most beautiful views of the red brick fortress has got to be from the opposite banks of the Nogat River, where the red tiled keeps and towering inner buildings can be seen in all their glory.
The Masurian Lake DistrictA long-time favorite of domestic Polish holiday-makers, the Masurian Lake District continues to fill up with campers, hikers and sailors during the warmer months of the year, when the scintillating swathes of its famous waters glimmer in the Baltic sun. In total, the area is home to more than 2,000 individual lakes, with bodies like Śniardwy (the largest lake in Poland) and Lake Mamry drawing in the lion’s share of the crowds. There are also some beautiful rivers open for exploration, along with a number of charming towns, like Giżycko, Elk and Mikołajki.
Słowiński National ParkA pretty patchwork of pine trees, peat swamps and rolling sand dunes moving out into the swells of the Baltic Sea in northern Poland, the Słowiński National Park was first dedicated as a protected area way back in 1987. One UNESCO biosphere reserve title later and it’s now considered one of the most fascinating natural environments in the country. It’s famed for its deserted beaches, densely linked forests and rugged, windswept sand dunes that move like waves from year to year. But the beauty doesn’t stop there because Słowiński is also prime wildlife spotting territory, with oodles of migrating birds and rare mammals lurking between its borders.
73 - Petr, OK1RP