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.

Monday, March 6, 2017

CX - Uruguay gets 60m band


Uruguay gets 60m as follows:
5351.5 – 5366.5  kHz (Secondary)
General and Superior licences

5351.5 – 5354.0  CW & Digimodes
5354.0 – 5366.0  All Modes
5366.0 – 5366.5  CW & Digimodes
Max. power -  General : 15 W EIRP   Superior: 25 W EIRP
More details can be found in Spanish here:

(Many thanks to Paul, G4MWO for info)

Uruguay is a South American country known for its verdant interior and beach-lined coast.

The capital, Montevideo, revolves around Plaza Independencia, once home to a Spanish citadel. It leads to Ciudad Vieja (Old City), with art deco buildings, colonial homes and Mercado del Puerto, an old port market with many steakhouses. La Rambla, a waterfront promenade, passes fish stalls, piers and parks.

Population: 3.407 million (2013) World Bank

Currency: Uruguayan peso

The tourism industry in Uruguay is a stable component of their economy. Whether tourism contributes to the overall productivity of the economy, or provides stability by way of jobs, it is a force they have chosen to emphasize. As of 2008, 10% of the nation's jobs were based in the tourism industry. In 2007, Uruguay brought in nearly 1.8 million tourists. The bulk of the tourists in Uruguay settle themselves around the rich culture of the country as well as the scenic natural attractions. Cultural experiences in Uruguay range from interacting with the indigenous people to colonial history, as found in Colonia del Sacrementa. Montevideo, the country's capital, houses the most diverse selection of cultural activities. Historical monuments such as Tores Garcia Museum as well as Estadio sentenario, which housed the first world cup in history, are only a couple samples of the culture depth that tourists commonly seek. However simply walking the streets allows one to experience the colorful blend of culture the city has to offer.

One of the main natural attractions in Uruguay is Punta del Este. Punta del Este is a prominent tourist destination on a small peninsula off the southeast shore of Uruguay. Its beaches are divided into Mansa, or meek, (river side) and Brava, or brave, (ocean side). These beaches offer versatility to the tourist experience, the Mansa being more ideal for sunbathing, snorkeling, & other low-key recreational opportunities, and the Brava being more ideal for adventurous water sport enthusiasts. Punta del Este is virtually connected to the city of Maldonado and eastward spread widely, encompassing La Barra and José Ignacio. It has 122 hotels, 80 restaurants, an international airport and a yacht port that can accommodate 500 boats.
For more in-depth coverage of Uruguay's vast tourism opportunities, see this list by Welcome Uruguay

73 - Petr, OK1RP


  1. The band in Uruguay is limited to the "A1" (Superior) category. It is NOT allowed for the use of "General" category.

    The article 4.3 of the new Regulation says:

    "4.3 The AMATEUR RADIO OPERATOR or RADIO CLUB which has a "General" category may operate in the frequency bands of one hundred sixty (160) meters, eighty (80) meters, forty (40) meters, fifteen (15) meters, ten (10) meters, six (6) meters, two (2) meters, one hundred twenty-five (125) centimeters, seventy centimeters (70), thirty-three centimeters (33) and twenty-three centimeters (23) (...)"

    The fact that after that on article 15.2 gives the General category a maximun power of 15w is an error of the regulation text. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:16, 30 March 2017 (UTC)

    And please take note, that the band is legally operated since 24/02. All the contacts made before that date are ilegals (some used the band in this lrregularly form on April 2014 and other were using it from last Feb. 1st to 23th also irregularly). And the allocation of the band only responds to the implementation of the WRC-15 allocation of it, and nothing else. That is the reason, it was not available before.

  2. Hi friend
    Many thanks for that comment. I am going to share it overe here in order to pass it to each others. Thank you for this co-operation. 73 - Petr, OK1RP