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)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Navassa on 60m maybe during next three days!

Hello all,

maybe the best news coming from Joe, W8GEX...

"I have great news about another all time new one. I have been working on this for some time now. The team leaders of K1N Navassa have given the team permission to operate the 60m band. Gary K4AVC made, tested, and shipped the team an inverted vee to them a few months ago.

They might come on 5.403.5 USB tonight, Friday and Saturday nights. Their sunset is at about 2300. The antenna is up at 70 ft on the light house.
They said they will be on 60m but it all depends on the availability of an extra radio and their not sure on the exact time. 

If they feel a reason to split they will announce it. PLEASE listen for any operator instructions. They are well aware the USA only has five channels.

It will be some time before another group goes back to Navassa, so this may be the only opportunity in our lifetime to work this new one.

So be kind and courteous and stand by as they work a station. If you don’t hear them well please wait until their signal builds. USA, if they call for Europe, please stand by. The same goes for Europe when they are calling for North America.

Please consider donating to this DXpedition as this is a very expensive trip."

Many thanks for DX flash news to Joe, W8GEX!

73 - Petr, OK1RP

DXpeditions to watch on 60m

St. Kitts: W5JON, John QRV as V47JA from January 20, to March 1.
Solomon Islands: Bernard DL2GAC will be H44MS from January 30, to April 28.
Ascension Island: ZD8D Feb 22 to Mar 6th.
(Tnx to Joe, W8GEX for his newsletter info)
73 - Petr, OK1RP

60m band news from Iceland by Jonas, TF3JB

there are the updating information from Iceland on 60m as follows:
Effective January 1, 2015.

Iceland current license period is two years, i.e. from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2016.
Iceland arestations are allowed 150 kHz, i.e. 5260-5410 kHz with VFO, on secondary basis; maximum power is 100W (ERP).
Allowed modes to use J3E (USB), A1A (CW) and 6OH0J2B (PSK-31); maximum transmit bandwidth is 3 kHz.
Iceland hams need to apply for a special license which is valid for the 2 years.
Both license classes, i.e. N and G have the same privileges.

Sincererly,Jónas Bjarnason, TF3JB.
(President of Icelandic Radio Amateurs 2009-2013).
(Tnx to Joe, W8GEX)
73 - Petr, OK1RP

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Ascension Isl. ZD8D by Werner, DJ9KH on 60m

The ZD8D operators will be Werner/DJ9KH, Axel/DK9BDN and Christian/DL6KAC from Feb. 22nd to March 6th. Like last year they will use channel 4 and 5 SSB and CW. Using 100W and almost a full size quarter wave vertical

They will be active as ZD8D during February and March 2015. QSL via DL9HO.The ZD8D Web page http://www.zd8d.de   

I wish to all hunters good luck (should be my DXCC #50 :) so I will have to put an extra effort in order to catch them on 60m).

73 - Petr, OK1RP


Faroe Isl. OY1R/MM on 60m

The news coming from Joe, W8GEX/Dave, G4OTU...

Worth noting - OY1R/MM  Regin is QRV from the MV Stril Neptun 
(OZ2151... IMO 9201786)...worked on 5398.5 USB on 6th Jan 2115Z - he was near the Dutch coast.

"I am on 60m most evening and call CQ on CW 5405 and SSB 5398.5 or 5405. When calling on 5398.5 I also listen on 5405."

Well I tried to look for Regin last nites but he probably left the MV already.

73 - Petr, OK1RP

GB3WES is back on as of today's 17-Jan-15 at 11:46 transmission

GB3WES is back on as of today's 17-Jan-15 at 11:46 transmission

Once the WX improves enough to consider non-essential work, I intend to move the beacon antenna to the 160m/80m dipole mast about 20m away from the tower. This tends to have to come down for maintenance far less frequently and is a better place for it really. This mast is nearly 20m high but I'll probably just put the beacon antenna at the first guy point, about 7m, which is its current height.

73 John, G3WGV

May thanks to John for his effort in order to maintain the beacon for us.

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Friday, January 16, 2015

More 5 MHz Channels for Czech Amateurs for 2015

Hello all,

first of all I would like to wish healthy and peaceful New Year 2015! I hope that You will meet more friends on the air and You will enjoy the 60m band.

I am happy to say that I got the permit for 60m band operation for 2015!

Following my comprehensive document on last year’s 5 MHz amateur operation in the Czech Republic and evidence of 5 MHz amateur operating frequencies elsewhere in Europe and several suggestions with bandplan proposals the Czech telecommunications regulator CTU together with the Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) accepted it and have agreed to changes in 5 MHz permits for Czech (OK) radio amateurs following the conclusion of the present permit in Autumn 2014.

The number of 5 MHz channels available under the new 2015 permit has been increased from 6 to 12 and a substantial number of these have been aligned according to harmonization primarily with the UK and also the US allocations.

USB Dial (kHz) CW Dial (kHz)
Added to harmonize with UK bandplan

Added to harmonize with UK bandplan
Added to harmonize with UK bandplan
Added to harmonize with UK bandplan
Added to harmonize with UK bandplan
(A Former US Frequency) - remains
Added to harmonize with UK bandplan


All other Czech 5 MHz permit criteria remain as before (Max. Power 100W e.r.p., 3 kHz Max. Bandwidth) except that there is now no limit to the number of permits available which is also great success in my opinion for 2015.

So it is not necessary to occupy the international frequencies for local chats and keep them clear for real DXing!

Segments of frequencies at 5MHz allocated for the UK Full Amateur licences can be found FYI here:

I would like to thanks to CTU as same as MoD for their effort and ability to co-operate on new bandplan and permits conditions.

Good luck,
73 - Petr, OK1RP