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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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Friday, November 29, 2013

TU5NK on 60m by Petr, OK1RP


there is short band report from yesterday evening when I monitored the band in order to catch Jan, TU5NK...

I switched ON radio even on 20Z and I realized that band condition were great. UK stations went thru very loud and all beacons were S9 + 10dB. Also the activity on ch5 was really huge and I listened to OU5U, G's, VX9MRC, Dave, A92IO with really big sigs and mni others.

Around 22Z I switched to 5371.5 and after few mins I found Jan as TU5NK in QSo with US guys. Unfortunately I had really excessive local noise QRM which masked me lot of time Jan's sigs on this channel but I have to say I copied him well. Sigs peaked 35 to 46 and also US station called him were strong. 

When I switched back to ch5 I was surprised with lot of stations from US with so loud sigs in my location. W3ORU, Jeff, K0OD, VX9MRC and other were really strong and clean on the band. Dave worked on the channel for long time and switched between USB and CW so lot of callers was able to work him.

When I switched back to ch4 I was surprised because over the Jan, TU5NK I realized that there was some another station but I was not able to copy who it was. I tried to recognize the callsign but unfortunately I failed in so strong local QRM.

How about You and TU5 on 60m from last few days?

73 - Petr, OK1RP

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