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)


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

IARU Region 1 Agrees Provisional 5 MHz Bandplan


IARU Region 1 Agrees Provisional 5 MHz Bandplan








It is that the following pro-posed usage plan for the 5 MHz WRC15 allocation be implemented in Region 1 with a view to harmonising across all regions:

5351.5 5354 kHz 200 Hz

CW / narrow band modes

5354.0 5366 kHz 2700 Hz All modes, USB voice recommended (see diagram)


IARU Region 1 at its April 2016 Interim Conference in Vienna unanimously agreed to a paper pre-sented by the RSGB’s HF Manager, Ian Greenshields G4FSU, outlining a basic provisional Bandplan for the new 5 MHz WRC15 allocation. The plan is in tentionally very simple as the band is too narrow for any detailed planning.

5366.0 5366.5 kHz 20 Hz Weak signal narrow band modes

It is strongly recommended that frequencies within the WRC15 allocation only be used if there are no other frequencies available at 5 MHz under domestic

(ITUR article 4.4) permissions. Local nets and long rag-chew QSOs should not use the 5 MHz WRC15 allocation but should instead make use of the 3.5 MHz, 5 MHz domestic or 7 MHz bands where there is more spectrum available.

Please note the bandplan is not valid until the WRC15 frequencies are made available by your regulator.

(Tnx: Paul, G4MWO and IARU R1)
73 - Petr, OK1RP


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The 5MHz Newsletter Edition 16 Winter-Spring 2016 by Paul, G4MWO

Hi all,

the latest 5MHz Newsletter Edition 16 Winter-Spring 2016 is released by Paul, G4MWO.

An interresting is the Honduras, HR allocation upgrade and Romania, YO band access from 8Apr2016...

It can be download here: http://tinyurl.com/zh65rb9


See you on the 60m band soon,
73 - Petr, OK1RP
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Sunday, April 24, 2016

YO - Romania on 60m by Iulian, YO3FCA

Romania Joins 5 MHz

News has broken that the Romanian telecomms regulator ANCOM has granted YO amateurs access to 5 MHz on a scheduled testing basis, starting 8 Apr 2016 for approximately a year’s duration. At the moment it is limited to the 3 kHz-wide 5363.5 - 5366.5 kHz slot, CW, PSK, RTTY and WSJT (with possibly other digimodes to follow) being permitted. Maximum  power allowed is 15W e.i.r.p. and only for those YO hams who wish to register for the testing program.

It seems that the initial testing in the YO 5MHz test allocation will take place every Thursday around 16.00 UTC, concomitantly with the YO DX QTC Net on 3750KHz. Further information can be obtained from the  website of the Romanian national amateur radio society; Federatia Romana de Radioamatorism – FRR – at


(Thanks: YO3FCA/M0IPU, FRR)



Thursday, April 21, 2016

LX - Luxemburg on 60m band ?

Hi,

as I realized some spots and messages on 60m chat about the activity of LX station on 60m band I decided to verify it and I am sharing the actual status over here... (tnx to Joel, LX1ER)

"Hello Peter, for the moment we are not allowed to be on 60 meters. I am receiving on 60m now only (I posted this news some days ago on chat). As I know, it is possible that we can do it in month of June this year... So see sometimes on my qrz.com page and you will see here when all is ok for 60m band operation from LX.
73 de joel LX1ER"


So avoid the pirates or fakes on 60m band with LX calls and let's wait peacefuly for the oficial permit.


73 - Petr, OK1RP
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Monday, March 7, 2016

ON - Belgium on 60m band now...

Belgium gets WRC15 5 MHz allocation
As you probably read in many bulletins the Belgian Telecoms regulator IBPT has issued a decision permitting access to the new WRC15 60m allocation for all Belgian Class A amateur licensees (also known as the HAREC licence).


The actual Belgium allocation is from 5351.5 kHz to 5366.5 kHz on a Secondary basis with a maximum power of 15W e.i.r.p.
All modes are permitted.

Links:
IBPT (the regulator)
 
UBA (national society)
 
(Tnx to Paul, G4MWO and Joe, W8GEX for their confirmation)

 
The US stations have two common channels with them:
 
5357 kHz for USB
5358.5 kHz for CW


The OK stations have two channels with them also:
 
USB Dial (kHz)CW Dial (kHz)
Notes
 
5362.0
5363.5
Added to harmonize with UK bandplan


The UK stations covering them by these bloks:
 
5354.0 kHzto 5358.0 kHz(4 kHz)
5362.0 kHzto 5374.5 kHz(12.5 kHz)


Otherwise you will have to use cross channel operation up to channels 4,5...
 
Active stations these days on 60m band:
ON4PS ON5LGS ON7GB ON4AXU ON6ZK ON6LK ON5SE ON8KW
 
 
Best regards,
73 - Petr, OK1RP
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Thursday, January 28, 2016

K5P - Palmyra Isl. on 60m from EU

Hi all,
 
so there is just short report about K5P on 60m band from my side...
 
After several mornings of monitoring the ch4/5 I can say that finally no beeps came thru from Jerry, WB9Z as K5P in Palmyra isl. to my QTH in Czech Republic.
 
 
Last two morning I though that some very weak sigs coming thru in between 05:00-06:00Z but finally no way to work and maybe it was more or less my wish then reality...

I found that LZ and few other EUs reported copy of K5P but I realized according to their log that no one from EU worked them on 60m band during this event.
 
I tried to use W2PM receiving loop, short - 40m long BOG as same as single element Hi-Z vertical on the garden as an external TX antenna, but no way. Even although I used K3 and tried to make all magic tricks with setting I have to honestly say, NO beeps.
 
 
If you will check the statistics of the K5P operation then you can realize that even some AF stations worked them on 60m. Great job and I am sending big congrats!

Continent By Band

Band
160 80 60 40 30 20 17 15 12 10 Total Total %
AF
0
6
3
68
42
95
61
28
2
1
306
0.4%
AN
0
0
0
0
1
1
1
0
0
0
3
0.0%
AS
807
1260
1
3204
2556
4742
3913
4592
2899
1721
25695
34.2%
EU
21
616
0
1933
2273
2634
609
408
12
4
8510
11.3%
NA
1753
2223
192
3552
2002
8489
4487
6751
3494
1730
34673
46.1%
OC
67
168
10
558
265
712
493
610
321
257
3461
4.6%
SA
12
51
0
183
132
591
437
672
310
174
2562
3.4%
Totals
2660
4324
206
9498
7271
17264
10001
13061
7038
3887
75210

The total of 206 QSOs on 60m including the 192 NA and even 10 OC stations is an excellent job specially when we will wise up to the strong Chinese radar local QRM in their area on this band.


I would like to thanks to Jerry Rosalius, WB9Z (Crescent City, IL) for very good job and his great kind effort in order to put KH5 on 60m band as much as possible and allowing to many of DXers make new one over there!

Thank you to K5P crew for good job and hope to better condx next time from next location.


73 - Petr, OK1RP

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

KH5 - Palmyra Isl. on 60m

Hi,
 
K5P will try to be on again tonight 21JAN16 at 0500Z., pending available of a rig that is not in use on other band in group...
He'll SPLIT tonight.
CW: TX on channel (5) 5.405 and RX down to (4) 5.373
SSB: TX on 5.403.5 and down to 5.371.5
Joe, W8GEX
 
 
73 - Petr, OK1RP
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