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.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

S5 - Slovenia on 60m update by Bojan, S57AC

Slovenia on 60m band update: 
News from S5... All ops class A started to work by July 14 2018 on 60m band using the WARC allocation 5351.5 kHz to 5366.5 kHz with max. 15 W Eirp power. Best wishes Bojan, S57AC.

73 - Petr, OK1RP

E7 - Bosnia & Herzegovina on 60m by E77EBL

NEW COUNTRY: Bosnia- Herzegovina on 60m band

E77EBL was very active last night on the band. Thanks to Akadeemski for handing out an ATNO on the 60m band. We have to believe that he will be active even longer as there is many of us looking for him on CW...

73 - Petr, OK1RP

ZP - Paraguay on 60m by Pino, ZP4KFX

Paraguay is joining 60m
Pino, ZP4KFX reports that Paraguay telecom regulator, CONATEL, has released the WRC-15 Amateur Secondary Allocation of 5351.5 to 5366.5 kHz with a maximum power of 25W EIRP.
CONATEL webpage
73 - Petr, OK1RP

Tuesday, July 3, 2018


Nobby G0VJG will be on from June 14 to 28 on SSB only. QSL to G4DFI.

Col, MM0NDX of DX-World.net, plans to be active as OJ0/MM0NDX from Market Reef (weather permitting) during June 27-29.

Baker Island:
KH1/KH7Z: June 27 to July 7. > not interesting as FT8 PC game planned only. 

Samoa: 5W0GC:
Sept. 28 to about Oct 14.

Vanuatu YJ0GC:
Oct. 15 to Nov. 4.


YJ & 5W - Vanuatu and Samoa:
LZ1GC Stan is planning a two man operation from Vanuatu, but first a single op DXpedition from Samoa. It all starts September 28, as 5W0GC from Apia, Upolu Island (OC-097) by Stan. He plans to be on CW, SSB and RTTY on 60 Meters.

Next it's on to Vanuatu where he will team up with OM5ZW, Lubo, where they will operate as YJ0GC from October 15 to November 4. As for their antennas it will be verticals for 160, 80, 60. Again CW,SSB and RTTY. http://www.c21gc.com

(Thanks to Joe, W8GEX)

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Monday, June 4, 2018

V5 - Namibia on 60m band by Dennis, ZS4BS

Hi all,

short flash news coming in order to remember that Namibia got also the 60m band allocation...

"Dennis, ZS4BS, tipped us off that Namibia had WRC-15 since their gazette update of 28th October 2016!"


(Thanks for remembering me to Paul, G4MWO)

73 - Petr, OK1RP

HA - Hungary is back on 60m band...

Hi all,
The Hungarian telecoms regulator, NMHH ( The National Media & Info communications Authority – Hungary ) has published in the Hungarian National Gazette No.7 of 29 May 2018 an update to the National Frequency Allocation table 7/2015 on the use of frequency bands (X1.13), which initiates the WRC-15 Allocation of 5351.5 to 5366.5 kHz with 15W EIRP maximum power. Previously special 3-month permits were available, allowing 5350-5450 kHz at 100W, but these were discontinued in 2017. ( Tnx: HA3FLT, MRASZ, NMHH )

Hungarian official gazette URL

( p.52 [3752], section 99 )
(Thanks to paul, G4MWO)
73 - Petr, OK1RP

Sunday, May 27, 2018

ZS - South Africa got 100kHz on 60m

100 kHz for South Africa on 60m
On Friday 25 May South African regulator ICASA published the National Radio Frequency Plan 2018 in which amateur radio was allocated 100 kHz on a shared basis in the 60 metre band as well as channel 5 290 kHz for the 5 MHz propagation research project. The spectrum 5 350 to 5 450 kHz is now available to all licensed radio amateurs on a shared non-interference basis, with a power limit of 15W EIRP. The SARL Council is working on the 60 m band plan using Recommendation LA17_C4_REC_02 from the 2017 Region 1 General Conference as basis. Council will publish the band plan as soon as possible and then operation on 60 metres can start.
In addition, the channel 5 290 kHz has been allocated for WSPR beacons deployed in the SARL Propagation Research project and members can continue to use this frequency.
(Tnx: ZS4BS, SARL News, Paul, G4MWO)
73 - Petr, OK1RP