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)

Friday, August 22, 2014

S01WS - West Sahara on 60m CW !

Hello all,

FYI... Actually (23/8 at 01:50Z) the West Sahara team is qrv on 60m band - nw 5405kHz CW with excellent signal and booming ! They are working lot of US stations with good repports so it looks like good propagations to NA this morning. 

They were not QRV Monday 18Aug because of some technical issues so now You have the chance on CW... 

Good luck!

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Monday, August 18, 2014

S01WS on 60m band CW !

there is quick flash news coming from Joe, W8GEX... thanks to Larry, K5RK. 
"S01WS team tells me that they will be QRV from 03:00 to 04:00Z on 5.405 kHz CW - 19 August 2014. They work with antenna dipole bazooka and 100 Watts. Best regards, Arseli, EA2JG"
Many thanks to all friends in the chain... see You on the band!

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

C37AC - Andorra on 60m... even for US on 7.-9.8.2014 !


Salva, C31CT is coming back to mountains in order to operate on 60m band again as C37AC.

On 7th of August 2014 Salva, C31CT will be active from 19 to 22utc. The frequency 5373.0kHz and 5405.0kHz on CW and (-1,5kHz) on USB. Also he will check or monitoring the Channel for EAs = 5382.0kHz!

Very good news for all US friends and other DX stations in the world on 60m:

For Saturday the 9th of Aug 2014 Salva will be active on the same QRGs from 03:30utc to test QSOs with USA and near locations.

I also asked Salva kindly to check 5259.5kHz for Chris, ZS6EZ in the evenning and later in the morning to give him chance to work C3 also...

Good luck to all on 60m!

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Monday, August 4, 2014

C37AC - Andorra by Salva, C31CT afterword


there I am posting few informations about Salva, C31CT and his QTHs in Andorra. His last activity using C37AC callsign on 60m band gave to lot of us new one on this band.

The home QTH of Salva, C31CT is in Ordino, which is beautiful place at 1450m ASL. Salva has installed SDR receiver http://www.radioandorra.org/ and it is nice opportunity to check what is listenned from this area.

The latest activity on 60m band was done by Salva from house in the mountains at the 2000m ASL level!

Salva is the president of the Andorra radioclub which is using the callsign C37AC and they are lucky be allowed to operate from the small house at the bottom of the hill.

This house is really small but there is enough space for radio operation.

Salva installed and used the simple dipole antenna connected to barefoot Icom IC-756III. Even although he used just simple setup, his signal was really amazing.

I monitored his operation most of the time on different channels from Andorra and lot of friends around the EU reported him excellent and strong signals over S9+.

Many thanks for all Your activity Salva and we will be happy to work You again soon.

Also it will be great to have chance for staying overnite in order to work US stations in their dark time as same as other DX stations worldwide. I heard report from Chris, ZS6EZ who heard Salvo for example but he was restricted to 5259.5kHz channel only.

Best regards,
73 - Petr, OK1RP

GJ - Jersey Isl. on 60m band by Jan, DJ8NK & Paul, F6EXV


Jan, DJ8NK (GJ0VNK) reported that he together with Paul, F6EXV (MJ0EXV) will be operating from Jersey Island for 5 days in between 8Aug - 12Aug 2014.

We would like to many thanks to Mathieu, MJ0ASP and JARS for their assistance!

Good luck,

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Saturday, July 26, 2014

CO - Cuba on 60m by Pavel, CO7WT


quick flash from Joe, W8GEX:

Breaking News: A New Country
I received an email from Pavel CO7WT. He's working on his antenna and hopes to be active very soon. He'll TX on 5425 SSB and will listen on 5.403.5 at his sunset about 0000z.

Thanks to Joe for info!

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Friday, July 25, 2014

C37AC on 60m by Salvador, C31CT - update 25.7.14


as promised Salvador, C31CT was on the 60m band yesterday evening...

He started on the air around 18:30UTC using 5380.5kHz (QSX 5373) and worked several stations over there.
After he moved to 5371.5/5373kHz and switched between USB and CW quite often.

Salvador is using 100W output into dipole for 60m band all installed at 2000m ASL altitude level and his signal was really strong in OK land. Also as I monitored his operation for few hours lot of other stations reported about his an excellent sigs.

Thank You Salvador for new one on this band for many of us.

73 - Petr, OK1RP