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)

Monday, April 14, 2014

CX - Uruguay on 60m by Ton, CX7OV


good news is coming from Ton, CX7OV. Ton informed me that 60m is new allowed band in Uruguay.

The few people are already testing the 60m band using "VICON" as CX7SI on frequency 5357.5kHz. Used power is currently 30W output on CW and its operating 24hrs daily.

I tried to copy their sigs on the band after 03:00Z  (close to SR in CX) and I detected some beeps over there but finally I am not sure if the sigs came from CX1SI. So I will try to investigate more.

More information about 60m band operation in CX coming soon.

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Friday, April 11, 2014

Z3 - Macedonia on 60m by Damjan, Z35BY


details about the preparing 60m band activity project in Macedonia arrived from Damjan, Z35BY. I would like to thanks to Damjan for prcised informations and his permission to post it over here:

1) No power or modes restricted in the PERMISSION, but expect maximum 100 W radiated power with voice, cw & digital modulation
2) Block of frequencies:
5250 KHz - 5254 KHz
5258 KHz - 5263 KHz
5285 KHz - 5290 KHz
5303 KHz - 5308 KHz
5312 KHz - 5317 KHz
5321 KHz - 5326 KHz
5330 KHz - 5335 KHz
5337 KHz - 5362 KHz
5336 KHz - 5371 KHz
5384 KHz - 5389 KHz
5402 KHz - 5407 KHz
5411 KHz - 5416 KHz
5420 KHz - 5425 KHz
5429 KHz - 5434 KHz

3) Permission is valid until 30 April 2015
4) Permission is given to RSM as organization - not to individuals. It is given for experimental work. Several Z3 stations will be involved in the project

5) Some preparations are still in progress so expect activity after 1st May 2014

It is very good news about this 60m band project ongoing in Macedonia. I hope that we will find our friends after 1st May 2014 on the air all modes.

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Prime user activity alert in UK by RSGB

Important update: 5 MHz Band in UK by RSGB

| April 8, 2014
Users of the 5 MHz frequencies will know that this portion of spectrum is allocated (by NoV only) for amateur use on a secondary basis, available on the basis of non-interference to other services inside the UK. Ofcom have indicated that, during the coming days, there may be temporary increased usage of the band by the primary user and thus particular care should be exercised to ensure that frequencies are not in use before calling CQ.


73 - Petr, OK1RP

ZS beacon on 60m by Paul, ZS6EHG


info about the new beacon is coming from WSPR Net as follows:

Micro Beacon on 5,250 Mhz

"I am testing a 60m beacon with audio generated from a micro processor. Any information on the quality of my signal and speed of the CW at the end will be appreciated. 73 de Paul ZS6EHG"

Thank You also for info to Joe, W8GEX.

73 - Petr, OK1RP

S0 - Western Sahara on60m band

Naama, SØ1A will be QRV in the second half of this April after overcoming technical and installation of multiple antennas problems.

His apologize for the sporadic activity of March 9 because of an equipment failure.

Naama will operate on 60 meters, 5403.5 kHz in April as Naama has the license to operate on this band.

More info here:

best good luck,

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The 320 CW Net date/time 60m schedule by Petr, OK1RP

Hi all,

I have with John, G4SRE in UK land been tweaking the freqs/times which hope it is ok for everyone for 320 CW Net activities.

The frequencies and date/time schedule proposal:

Tuesdays: 80m / 3545kHz / 19:30z
Thursdays: 60m / 5333 kHz TX and 5332kHz RX for OK land,
5333 kHz for TX/RX when only UK stations / 19:30z
Sundays: 40m / 7020kHz / 17:00z (alternatively 19:30z)

OK land does not have the same freqs which has the UKs...

Do not know what is the "320 CW Net"...?
The Clansman PRC-320 is a lightweight HF/SSB radio station designed as part of the British Army's Clansman range of radio equipments for combat use throughout the world. It was used by long-range patrols and Special Forces because of it's sky-wave range performance and hand generator system. SAS patrols in Falklands, Gulf etc. used this famous green radio and it is still working well after years.


If You are PRC-320 set owner and You would like to be in regular contact with other 320's users /CW preffered/ this 320 CW Net is determined.

Cu on the air.

73 - Petr, OK1RP

GB3WES 60m beacon - off air


short info came from John, G3WGV about the off air status of GB3WES beacon on 60m band:

"The NoV for GB3WES is cancelled by Ofcom as of midnight on 31-Mar-2014 and as yet the requested renewal has not been forthcoming. I have therefore had no option but to turn the beacon off. Hopefully this is only a temporary close down." 73, John, G3WGV

I hope it will be solved quickly as it was very helpful tool for propagation check.

73 - Petr, OK1RP