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, August 23, 2016

Another Half Wave Sloper for 60m band

Hi all,

After some time I am coming with another hint for 60m band antenna...

In general it is nothing special or unique but this kind of half wave Sloper can help to someone who has single support or enough tall tree close to house and would like to make quick and easy antenna for 60m band.

As high as possible is the key but even lower then 70ft it will work. Just the DX performace will be degraded a bit.

If you have problem with the lenght of the lower leg (45ft is a bit long) then you can fold it in 90 degs towards the support (tree or so) Just similar to the upper 20ft part on the top of the support mast or tree. The performance will be also affected but you will be able to tune it still and you are on the band!

Maybe it will help to someone to come on the 60m band and enjoy it over here.

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Monday, August 22, 2016

St. Paul Island - CY9 on 60m band

CY9C - St. Paul Island 19 - 29 August
We plan to be partially on the air on 19 August and fully operational 20 Aug. The home page of our website has a link for those who desire to check the log. Log data will be posted LIVE. We will be using ClubLog and OQRS. Direct QSL via WA4DAN.


Activating 60m for the first time from St. Paul is exciting for the team.

Look for them on 5405kHz around 23:30UTC or alternatively 5373kHz and QSX down to 5366.5 etc. Follow the operator's instructions!

And, while conditions will be a challenge for 160m, the team is energized to give it a serious effort. Also, be assured we will pay attention to the long and/or difficult propagation paths on all bands when conditions are workable. We look forward to working not only the more common bands CW/SSB/RTTY, but also 6m, 2m EME and Satellite.

We appreciate the donations and support by many. Even now in these last days, support is most helpful and appreciated. Our sincere thanks to all interested and following this dxpedition. We look forward to working you.

N0TG - RANDY - Dxpedition CO-LEADER - Waxahachie, TX
K4ZLE - JAY - Lebanon, OH
K5DHY - Bill - Murphy, TX
K8LEE - WAYNE - Lawrenceburg, IN
N8AA - JOHN - Fairfield, OH
VA3QR - PHIL - Acton, ON, Canada

WA4DAN - MURRAY, Dxpedition CO-LEADER - Farmville, NC
AA4NC - WILL - Apex, NC
WW2DX - LEE - Pawling, NY
W2RE - RAY- Poughquag, NY
N2IEN - PAT - Huntington, NY

Good luck,

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Thursday, August 18, 2016

New Belarus 5MHz Allocation allowed 50W !

Hi all,

from July 2016 amateurs in Belarus have had access to the new allocation from 5351.5 to 5366.5 kHz with a maximum power of 50 Watts! The SSB, CW and digital modes are permitted to Class A (top level) Licensees.

73 - Petr, 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


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

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 ?


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