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, January 29, 2018

OK - ZL on 60m challenge opened

Hi all,

as the Kiwis mates got an experimental permission for 60m band already the OK - ZL 60m band challenge is opened.

Unfortunately the 10W/15W e.i.r.p is allowed on both sides so the question is... is it possible to work them on this band using moderate or even desperado-bad antennas?

The VOACAP says "mission impossible"...

In any case the external receiving antennas for 60m band as same as large antennas on of the sides are promising few percentages... Well I am going to try the receiving loops and if neighbors will allows then also temporary Beverage for 60m band reception.

Do you know this farm?

The worse situation is with my TX antenna as I have still only low inverted V dipole with folded legs on the post-stamp lot... even worse with 15W only.

Good luck to all on the air.

73 - Petr, OK1RP

1 comment:

  1. Well Petr it can be done so we can throw out the book on VOACAP.
    I worked OK7GU on 12 February at 0716Z on 5363 MHZ FT8. Milan was -07 and gave me -16.
    I'm running 7 watts into a 60 meter inverted vee up only about 8 meters but hope to improve on that.
    Finding 60 meters a amazing band and a long time coming for us ZL's.
    73 Bill ZL3NB