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.

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

Thursday, April 26, 2018

The 5MHz Newsletter Edition No.20 by Paul, G4MWO

Latest edition (No. 20) of
The 5 MHz Newsletter now available for download

Hi All,

The latest edition (No 20 – Spring 2018) of The 5 MHz Newsletter is now available for free pdf download from the ‘External Links’ section of the Wikipedia 60m Band page

or the RSGB 5 MHz page

This edition features news from 7 countries, SK tributes to UK 5 MHz stalwarts G3LEQ and G8DQZ, The Luxembourg 5 MHz beacon, LXØHF and a 60m low-pass filter.


Paul Gaskell G4MWO
The 5 MHz Newsletter

Monday, April 23, 2018

BY - China on 60m band from 1st July 2018

Beijing authorizes 60m from July 1
CRAC report the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology in Beijing has announced that on July 1 radio amateurs will have access to the 5 MHz (60m) WRC-15 band 

A Google translation of the CRAC website reads:

On April 18, 2018, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology published the latest version of the “PRC Radio Frequency Division Regulations” in the form of Decree 46. This revision was made in accordance with the Radio Regulations of the People's Republic of China, the 2016 edition of the Radio Regulations adopted by the ITU World Radio Conference 2015, and the development of our radio service.

According to the newly promulgated "Regulations of the People's Republic of China for Radio Frequency Division," since July 1 this year, amateur radio amateurs in China will be able to set up amateur radio stations in the frequency band of 5351.5-5366.5 kHz, which will be used as a secondary service conditionally.


CRAC site in Google English http://tinyurl.com/BeijingCRAC

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Monday, March 26, 2018

4X - Izrael on 60m news by IARC

Israeli 60m permits now available on yearly basis

For several years Israeli Amateurs have had access to 8 three kilohertz-wide channels at 5 MHz by means of personal permits.

Permission was initially valid from the application approval date until mid March 2014. Permits are now renewable in April of each year.

Operation is on a secondary status with a maximum power of 100W PEP measured at the TX (not EIRP). All modes are available, but on specified channels. Split operation is not allowed.

For further details, see the Wikipedia 60 Meter Band page https://en.wikipediaorg/wiki/60-meter_band


Thanks to Paul Gaskell G4MWO.

73 - Petr, OK1RP