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.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

6Y - Jamaica has access to 60m band

In a recent update to their National Frequency Allocation Table published by regulator the Jamaican Spectrum Management Authority (SMA), the WRC-15 60m Amateur Secondary Allocation of 5351.5 – 5366.5 kHz has been granted under ITU Footnote 5.133B, which in the case of Jamaica means a maximum power of 25W EIRP.

 
Spokesman for the Jamaican Amateur Radio Association (JARA), 2nd Vice-President  Ivor, 6Y5DW, said that JARA is advocating use of the new IARU Region 2 60m bandplan.
 
Jamaica SMA National Frequency Allocation Table (p.8)
 
 
Jamaican Amateur Radio Association (JARA)
 
 
(Tnx: Paul, G4MWO, 6Y5DW, 6Y5HN, SMA, JARA)


More info on new Jamaica 60m  WRC-15 Allocation from their national society’s president to Paul, G4MWO:

Hi Paul, confirmation from our Spectrum Management Authority. Apparently any ruling which is made at WRC level immediately applies to Jamaica as we are a participating country in these matters.   Hope you can make a contact with 6Y as not many of us have 60 meter capability, but I am sure if you really want to have a try I will speak with some members who may be able to do something in this area.


Our Field Day is coming up on the weekend of June 23-25 where we will be setting up communications both voice and digital in the town of Port Antonio in the Parish of Portland on the North Eastern end of the Island. We will be operating  under the Jamaica Amateur Radio Assoc. (JARA) club's callsign 6Y5RA/p.  If you would like to make a 'sked' let me know. We can probably resonate an all band wire ant. somewhere within this "new" band. Nigel 6Y5HN.


Jamaica's biggest natural attraction is certainly its miles of coastline and visitors flock to white sand beaches around the island for relaxation, natural beauty, watersports and parties. The island is also home to more nude beaches than any other Caribbean island.




One of Jamaica's most famous offerings is Seven Mile Beach in Negril, which is considered one of the most beautiful beaches, although its occasionally aggressive vendors and nudity-friendly areas make it not for the timid.



Treasure Beach
Those looking for a more serene alternative should explore the south coast's Treasure Beach, a set of quiet fishing villages on six miles of shoreline that include Billy's Bay, Frenchman's Bay, Calabash Bay and Great Bay. Treasure Beach is known as much for its snorkeling, surfing and swimming as for its friendly residents, many of whom work as farmers or fishermen.

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The area is considered Jamaica's "desert coast" as it receives the lowest levels of rainfall on the island and the vegetation is markedly different here than elsewhere on Jamaica. Just east of Treasure Beach is Lovers Leap, where legend holds that a slave couple jumped over the 1,700-foot cliff to their deaths to avoid being separated.


Treasure Beach
Those looking for a more serene alternative should explore the south coast's Treasure Beach, a set of quiet fishing villages on six miles of shoreline that include Billy's Bay, Frenchman's Bay, Calabash Bay and Great Bay. Treasure Beach is known as much for its snorkeling, surfing and swimming as for its friendly residents, many of whom work as farmers or fishermen. The area is considered Jamaica's "desert coast" as it receives the lowest levels of rainfall on the island and the vegetation is markedly different here than elsewhere on Jamaica. Just east of Treasure Beach is Lovers Leap, where legend holds that a slave couple jumped over the 1,700-foot cliff to their deaths to avoid being separated.


YS Falls
YS Falls on the south coast is a series of seven waterfalls in a tropical forest; the falls boast the shortest place name in all of Jamaica and portions are open for swimming. Somerset Falls in Port Antonio and Mayfield Falls in the Glenbrook district with two falls and 21 mineral pools also welcome guests.


Green Grotto Caves
With their striking limestone stalactites and stalagmites, the Green Grotto Caves are worth a trip when visitors need a break from the sun. The caves have purportedly served as a shelter for the Arawak Indians (also known as the Tainos) who were early Jamaican residents, a haven for runaway slaves and a hiding place for arms dealers. They now play host to visitors who wander through passageways and take in the Grotto Lake, a subterranean body of water that guests can cross in boats during their visit.



73 - Petr, OK1RP
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