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, February 20, 2024

St. Barthelemy Isl. by Rudi, DK7PE

Hi folks,

as you know Rudi, DK7PE is again travelling in Caribbean area. After visiting VP9 he moved to C6 and then on 15 February he moved to VP5 where he was again active on 60m band on CW with excellent signals specially in the morning EU time. 

Today morning he called on the 60m band from Saint Barthelemy Island as FJ/DK7PE/P with amazing signals and it was possible to work him at around 06:00Z on 5353 split up2.

So Rudi, DK7PE is currently active as FJ/DK7PE/P from Saint Barthelemy Island, IOTA NA - 146. He is working on HF Bands including 60m band CW!
QSL via home call bureau or direct.

Christopher Columbus added St. Barthelemy, or St. Barts to his collection in 1493, but the French soon stepped in. Today, the chic Caribbean island - officially a department of France - is a popular winter getaway for people from mainland France, the rest of Europe and North America. Keep in shape and walk between attractions or get a rental car to see more of the island. Beachgoers can choose between strands such as Grand Saline, if nude sunbathing appeals, or shady, isolated Colombier Beach.

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Why you might not get an answer from G-land while CQ on 60m by Enzo, M0KTZ

Hi folks,

Have you ever thought about why no stations from England answer your CQ calls on the 60m band?

Well, everything is hidden in the allocation of the band and allowed frequencies in UK. Read carefully the following post by Enzo, M0KTZ...

From: Enzo M0KTZ
Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2024 05:32:14 PST

In the UK the allocation on 60m is a bit awkward, to say the least.

We do have 11 distinct and discontinuous bandlets, whose widths range between 3.5kHz and 12kHz. Only some of those are overlapping with WRC-15, and those which do are in the "all modes" section of WRC-15, so we oftentimes get French friends in the background talking in SSB(occured last time yesterday in my QSOs with Fabian DJ5CW and Keith GW4OKT around 5354.5 kHz, hi).

The overlap between the UK allocation and WRC-15 is as follows:

- 5354-5358   kHz
- 5362-5366.5 kHz

Only two of the 11 UK 60m bandlets overlap with the channelized 60m band allocation in the US. The 5373kHz is within the lowest one and is also allowed in Bahamas.

It is extremely easy to find yourself in breath of the Ofcom licensing terms in the UK if you are not careful and you do not keep the 60m band plan at hand. The consequences might also be dire, as the Primary User of 5MHz in the UK is the Ministry of Defense... (MoD)

OK sorry, this looks like a rant and most of you already know about that anyway. Only, if you happen to call within WRC-15 on 60m, you know why you might not get an answer from G-land below 5354kHz.

161 de Enzo M0KTZ

So, take a coffee, take the band plans to hands and compare them (WRC-15 / UK/ US) all together in order to learn how it would work for you...

More info here: 60-meter band - Wikipedia

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

DXNL 2378 - Nov 1, 2023 DX Newsletter by Andreas, DK5ON

DXNL 2378 - November 1, 2023 DX Newsletter

a free and weekly service of
DARC Committee "DX"

Editor: Andreas Salder, DK5ON
(e-mail: dxmb@darcdxhf.de)

translation by: Oliver Bock, DJ9AO

DX Activities

Alex, KU1CW, currently works near Pleiku and will be active as 3W9A
during the CQWW DX CW Contest on Nov. 25/26. QSL via homecall.

The large team is eager to begin their 4W8X DXpedition on Nov. 5,
with more operators joining them on Nov. 12. For more information
see: http://timor-leste-dx.de/.

Stephan, DL1MOG, is currently active again as CN2MOG and will
remain so during November, while exploring the Atlas mountains on a
caravaning trip. QSL via DL1MOG.

Hoc, LU5BE/p, and Enri, LU8EFF/p, activate the rare locator FF59kt
(Rodeo in San Juan province) between Nov. 1 and 5 on 40-6m (SSB,
CW, FT8). For QSL information seee qrz.com.

Members of the Radio Club QRM Belgrano will be active with the
callsign LU4AAO between Nov. 4 and 12, marking their 2023 Tradition
Day. An award is also available. QSL via direct, via-email, eQSL.

OR79CLM marks the liberation of the town Knokke, 79 years ago, by
Canadian troops. QRV from Nov. 3 to 5. QSL via bureau, eQSL,


CW: 28040 24920 21040 18098 14040 10114 7030 3530 kHz
SSB: 28560 28460 24950 21260 18128 14260 7055 3760 kHz

announces that he has received permission to visit the island Bajo
de Masinloc (a Filipino-Spanish name for Scarborough Reef). More
information to follow later.

OC-040; E6, NIUE ISLAND: Michael, DF8AN, continues his trip around
the Pacific and will be active as E6AJ from Niue between Nov. 3 and
10 on the following frequencies: CW: 3519, 5354, 7010, 10109,
14019, 18069, 21019, 24890, 28019, 50105 kHz. SSB: 3795, 7125,
14215, 18140, 21295, 24940, 28485, 50140 kHz. FT4: 3575, 7047,
10140, 14080, 18104, 21140, 24919, 28180 kHz. FT8: 3567, 5356,
7059, 10131, 14093, 18098, 21094, 24911, 28094, 50313 kHz. Before
and after he signs ZL/DF8AN from Auckland. QSL via DF8AN (d/B).

OC-065; H40, REEF ISLANDS: Jun, JH4RHF, now wants to operate from
Pigeon Island as H40RH between Nov. 2 and 11. QRV mostly on CW and
FT8 on 40-6m. QSL via OE1JUN.

OC-155; V6, WEST CHUUK group: Cezar, VE3LYC, signs V62P from Pulap
Island between the 1st and 7th of November, mostly on CW. This IOTA
reference has only been activated once before in 2004. QSL via

OC-299P; V6, YAP EAST group: Cezar, VE3LYC, then moves on to Satawalu
Island for November 9 to 16 with the callsign V62S.
This will be the first activation of OC-299. QSL via VE3LYC, OQRS.

Unfortunately, only very few of teams are focused on the CW operation or SSB on 60m band so the nightmare is continuing... But let's try to track Michael, DF8AN from Pacific and maybe Alex, KU1CW from Vietnam.

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

FO - Tahiti, French Polynesia by DL's in 2.10 - 15.10.2023

OC-046 - WINDWARD ISLANDS: Manfred DK1BT, Wolf DL4WK, Annette DL6SAK, Tom DL7BO, and Frank DL7UFR will be active from Tahiti as
TX6D from Oct. 2 to Oct. 15. 

QRV with 5 rigs on 160-10m, including 60m, on CW, SSB, and digital modes. After the recent permission of the 5 MHz band in France and the French territories, the team will also activate 60 m. The equipment consists of three Icom IC7300, two IC705, power amplifiers, bandpass filters, a vertical for 160 and 80 m, a 60 m loop, a 40 m loop, a 30 m loop, a Spiderbeam for 20 m through 10 m, loop antennas for 20/15/10 m, HB9CV antennas for 17/12 m and a Beverages.

For more information see: www.dl7df.de/fo/news.php. QSL via DL7DF (d/B), LoTW.

Tahiti is the largest island of the Windward group of the Society Islands in French Polynesia. It is located in the central part of the Pacific Ocean and the nearest major landmass is Australia. Divided into two parts, Tahiti Nui (bigger, northwestern part) and Tahiti Iti (smaller, southeastern part)...

73 - Petr, OK1RP

5X - Uganda by CDXP 29.9.-7.10.2023

Petr OK1BOA, Petr OK1FCJ, and David OK6DJ, all members of the Czech DX-pedition team, will be active as 5X3K between Sept. 29 and Oct. 7
on 160-10m (CW, SSB, RTTY, FT8). 

They should be also active on 60m CW using their vertical antennas.
For more information see www.cdxp.cz. QSL via OK6DJ OQRS.

Uganda, officially the Republic of Uganda, is a landlocked country in East Africa. The country is bordered to the east by Kenya, to the north by South Sudan, to the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the south-west by Rwanda, and to the south by Tanzania. The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, shared with Kenya and Tanzania. Uganda is in the African Great Lakes region, lies within the Nile basin, and has a varied but generally modified equatorial climate. As of 2023, it has a population of around 49.6 million, of which 8.5 million live in the capital and largest city of Kampala.

Uganda is named after the Buganda kingdom, which encompasses a large portion of the south of the country, including the capital Kampala, and whose language Luganda is widely spoken throughout the country. From 1894, the area was ruled as a protectorate by the United Kingdom, which established administrative law across the territory. Uganda gained independence from the UK on 9 October 1962. The period since then has been marked by violent conflicts, including an eight-year-long military dictatorship led by Idi Amin.

The official language is English, although the Constitution states that "any other language may be used as a medium of instruction in schools or other educational institutions or for legislative, administrative, or judicial purposes as may be prescribed by law." Luganda, a central region-based language, is widely spoken across the Central and South Eastern regions of the country, and several other languages are also spoken including Ateso, Lango, Acholi, Runyoro, Runyankole, Rukiga, Luo, Rutooro, Samia, Jopadhola, and Lusoga. In 2005 Swahili, which is foreign and so viewed as being neutral, was proposed as Uganda's second official language, but this has yet to be ratified by parliament. However, in 2022 Uganda decided to make Swahili a mandatory subject in the school curriculum.

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Monday, September 25, 2023

60m band beacons (update 25-Sep-2023)

Beacons (update 25-Sep-2023)

After closing sown the UK beacons in the past we have currently seven beacons available in the band. Of course, some another military objects can be used as same as WWV and WWVH on 5MHz...

The WWV operates in the high frequency (HF) portion of the radio spectrum. The station radiates 10kW on 5MHz, 10MHz and 15MHz while 2.5kW on 2.5 MHz and 20MHz. Each frequency is broadcast from a separate transmitter. Although each frequency carries the same information, multiple frequencies are used because the quality of HF reception depends on many factors such as location, time of year, time of day, the frequency being used, and atmospheric and ionospheric propagation conditions. The variety of frequencies makes it likely that at least one frequency will be usable at all times.

5195.0 kHzGermanyDRA5JO44voPropagation information beacon. CW/PSK31/RTTY. Transmits: 0400–2200 UTC Summertime, 0500–2300 UTC Wintertime. See 'Propagation Beacons'.
5205.25 kHzLuxembourgLX0HFJN39dr5 W EIRP. Continuous. Carrier with callsign identification at one minute intervals.
5288.8 kHzCroatia9A5ADI/BJN95jg100 mW. Continuous. 10 seconds tone, v v v, callsign, power, locator, room temperature and atmospheric pressure.
5289.5 kHzDenmarkOV1BCNJO55siPersonal Beacon, H;xx +04 minutes. USB/CW/MT63 (CW – 5290.5 kHz. PWR.Lvl. 30/10/0.3 W.) (Auto response PSKR 500 /FLarq / fc= 5290,5 kHz.) Updt.110520.
5290.0 kHzSouth AfricaZS6SRLKG33wvThis beacon is the main beacon for the South African Amateur Radio League located at SARL HQ in Johannesburg. The beacon and a number of other South African stations are running WSPR mode for experimental purposes. (WSPR is configured as Dial Freq USB 5287.2 kHz TX Freq 5288.7 kHz, which is within the channel allocation)
5290.0 kHzSouth AfricaZS1OAJF95fxThis is a permanent WSPR beacon located at Cape Town.
5291.0 kHzSwitzerlandHB9AWJN47beTransmits sequentially on the hour + every 5 minutes. Stepped power levels. More Info at http://www.hb9aw.ch/

60m newsletter 9-24-23 by Joe, W8GEX

NEW COUNTRY:  Juan Fernandez Islands, CE0Z

The CB0ZA team goes there February 13 to 20, 2024. There will be 10 ops on Robinson Crusoe Island which has the IOTA designator of SA-005. As part of the trip, they will do a Parks on the Air activation, Juan Fernandez National Park, with IOTA designator CA-0022. They plan four stations, 160-6 including 60M, SSB, CW, RTTY, FT8 and 6M EME. Individual and club supporters will get a mention on the website.
Swains Island W8S: Oct. 4 - 17
TJ – Cameroon - New Country
TJ9MD November 2-15.  The QTH, Kribi, is on the Atlantic coast. 
Timor-Leste - New country:

4W8X in November 2023. A team of 20+ skillful and experienced operators from Germany, Poland, Austria, Hungary and England will be active from Timor Leste in November 2023, and plan to be on 60m.

NEW COUNTRY TX7L Marquesas Island:
TX7L by a Germany team will be on 60m

New Country PY0T - Trindade and Martin Vaz Islands
PT2IC, PY1ZV and PY6RT plan an operation for 3-4 days in November,
Call sign PR0T at the PY0T station. Not 100% sure they will have time for 60m

Nauru: C21TS
Howdy, well some good news, I checked with the regulator, all good for 60m, just keep it under 100 watts. I never go past 25 watts anyways.
Have to sort an antenna. The one I am using might tune on 60m. I do have a 60 EFHW with me but not sure I can get it up.
Phill Hardstaff C21TS

E6 – Niue
DF8AN will be holiday style, callsign E6AJ, November 3-10.  QSL direct or bureau to DF8AN, no LoTW or Club Log.
Namibia V51WH:

I will be back in Namibia from November 16, to April 2024. I will operate from the farm near Omaruru and will pay attention to 60 meters.
Vy 73, Gunter, V51WH + V55Y

FH – Mayotte TO8FH
The October 10 to 22 TO8FH DX-pedition has announced their transmit frequencies: CW 5.351.5
Tuvalu T2C: Oct.10 to 30 CW on 5.354, FT8 5.357
FO - French Polynesia:
TX6D will be October 2-15. With 5MHz permission granted now in France and its territories, they will also get on 60M.
Uganda 5X3K:
This will be put on by the Czech Republic team that won the DX-pedition of the Year award for the TN8K trip to the Republic of the Congo. Look for them Sept.28 to Oct. 8.