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)


Saturday, July 26, 2014

CO - Cuba on 60m by Pavel, CO7WT

Hello,

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
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Friday, July 25, 2014

C37AC on 60m by Salvador, C31CT - update 25.7.14

Hello,

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
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

CT - Portugal new channel on 60m allowed

Hello,

REP - Rede dos Emissores Portugueses - the Portuguese national amateur radio society has been able to negotiate successfully an additional channel with their national regulator.
The new channel is 5380.5 kHz and is common with one of the Spanish 5 MHz channels, thus direct communication between the two countries will now be possible.
 
(Tnx to Paul, G4MWO)
 
 
73 - Petr, OK1RP
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C37AC on 60m band by Salvador, C31CT

Hello,

as confirmed from yesterday evenning Salvador, C31CT will make few days trip to Andorra and he will be so nice to give chance to us work him on 60m band...

Salvador will be QRV from Thursday 24th, also Friday 25th and if it is possible then Saturday 26th. He will be active on 60m band aprox. from 19 to 21... 22UTC each day depends to local conditions and personal situation.

Announced frequencies are as follows:

CW: 5380.5 (for Spain) + QSX 5373 kHz (for others)
USB: 5380.5 (for Spain) + QSX 5371.5 kHz (for others)

or QZF or cross mode combinations if needed, but always listening RX in 5371.5 kHz (5373 kHz).

Salvador will use C37AC or his own C31CT call in that event.

So I hope it is nice chance to work legal new one on 60m band. Do not miss Salvador over there and give him also chance to enjoy the operation with pile-up. :)


73 - Petr, OK1RP
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Friday, July 18, 2014

C3 - Andorra on 60m band

Hello,

good news is coming from U.R.A. about the 5MHz/60m band allocation. (Tnx to Paul, G4MWO)

Andorra now joins the number of countries permitted an experimental band allocation at 5 MHz (60m).
The Andorran national amateur radio society, URA - Unio de Radioaficionats Andorrans, announced that they had received official permission to operate between 5275 - 5450 kHz on a secondary basis for short and medium distance propagation studies. Maximum power allowed is 100W PEP with a bandwidth not exceeding 3 kHz utilizing CW and USB. The permission is temporary until WRC-15.
 
 
The A.R.D.A.M. Ham radio association with C37AC callsign already tested the band so I hope that we will find more friends from C3 on the band soon.
 
(Tnx for information to Paul, G4MWO)

 
73 - Petr, OK1RP
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Monday, July 14, 2014

60m band news in EA by Javier, EA7OP

Hello,

thank You to Javier, EA7OP for his update about the 60m band operation in Spain as follows:

"In response to the request made by the Spanish Amateur Radio Union for the renewal of the special permit in the band of 5 MHz, the Secretary of State for Telecommunications proceeded the authorization under certain conditions as temporary and experimental."

The original Spanish message can be read here:

5 MHz, (60 Metros)
BANDA DE 60 METROS (5,2 MHz)
La SETSI analizará y muy posiblemente resolverá favorablemente en condiciones a determinar, una autorización especial y experimental para tener acceso a la banda de 5,2 MHz tal y como disfrutan desde hace algunos años más de 12 países europeos. La URE presentará de manera inmediata su solicitud junto con un resumen de los países en los que esta banda está autorizada experimentalmente a aficionados.

En Diciembre de 2014 resuelve:
Autorizar el uso de las frecuencias siguientes durante el primer semestre del año 2014, ampliado hasta el 30 de Noviembre de 2.015:
5268, 5295, 5313, 5382, 5430 y 5439 kHz.

Javiers, EA7OP web with related informations can be visited here.


73 - Petr, OK1RP
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Friday, June 6, 2014

New 5 MHz experimental Swiss beacon HB9AW


Hello,


there I am posting the very complete informations about the new experimental Swiss beacon project which is ongoing right now.
I got this excellent compilation in "cut'n paste" format from Paul, G4MWO with his permission to use it on my blog.


Swiss 5 MHz Experimental Beacon Project

Although the 60m band has not been released for amateur radio in Switzerland, the Sursee Amateur Radio Club has obtained the necessary official authorizations for a Swiss 5 MHz Experimental. Beacon project. Using the callsign HB9AW, the beacon became operational on 5291 kHz at 0000hrs on the 1st of June.


The transmission commences with the call sign HB9AW in CW (100HA1B), followed by five 2 seconds-long dashes. The dashes are each accurately attenuated by 10dB in the EIRP power sequence 10W / 5 W / 1Watt / 100mW concluding with 10mW and currently repeats every 5 minutes, commencing on the hour.


The beacon transmits from Sursee (Locator: JN43BA) on a half-wave dipole, configured for high-angle radiation as an NVIS ‘fountain’ type antenna at a height above ground of 0.12 of a wavelength. A reflector is placed beneath the antenna. The aim of the system is to explore the propagation conditions on 5 MHz in the hills and valleys of Switzerland in relation to its possible suitability as an Emergency Communications band. They have deliberately chosen this type of steep radiation-angle antenna to study the propagation conditions within Switzerland itself and at the moment DX is only of secondary interest to them.

They expect that the beacon will be heard during the day and night hours across Switzerland including the Alpine valleys. An on-line form on the Sursee Amateur Radio Club’s website accepts reception reports. The evaluation of these is done by a technical college. Reception reports are appreciated and will be entered into a raffle for an attractive prize !

A detailed description of the installation will appear in due course.

Online HB9AW 5 MHz Beacon Reporting Form


Sursee Amateur Radio Club website 5 MHz Beacon Project page


USKA – Swiss National Amateur Radio Society


(Tnx: Sursee Amateur Radio Club, USKA)

Paul Gaskell, G4MWO
 
Thank You Paul for Your an excellent job and really helpful support. It helps to all of us I am sure.
(Please follow the author right and do not re-post it without the permisson from Paul, G4MWO please) 
 
 
73 - Petr, OK1RP
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