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)

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

60m - Tropical band without OK land in 2012 ?!

Hi all,

i have to share with all of You the current situation with the renewals of the permits for 5MHz operation in OK land for 2012.

At this moment CTU (Czech Telecommunication Institute) does not provide any renewals for OK stations for experimental operation in 5MHz band in 2012. According to information from CTU representative they are waiting officially for the statement from Ministry of Defence regarding the co-existence of primary user with our amateur radio service in 2011 and for their decission for 2012.

According to unconfirmed information the current situation is really not good. They are looking for different channel allocation cause of alleged QRM on allowed FA channel. I am very surprised as I monitored this channel really quite often over the year and I did not noticed any kind of coincidence or even collision with primary user service. We have to be prepared for the worst scenario > no OK land on 5MHz/60m in 2012...

I am in contact with CTU continuously so I will let You know in case of any news...

73 - Petr, OK1RP

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