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

ZL - New Zealand on 60m band

Hi all,

NZ amateurs permitted two 60m freqs by permit/sub-licence on trial basis for a year.

Operation centers on 5353 kHz and 5362 - 5364 kHz
SSB, CW and Data

Extract from NZARTS 5 MHz (60m)FAQs [RSM is the NZ telecoms regulator] –

“Q: Why is this a trial when we were given full access to the band at WRC-15? Despite a worldwide amateur allocation being made on a secondary basis, access is subject to the approval of the local regulatory authorities in each country. In ZL RSM has said that access will be subject to the approval of the primary user which in this case is the NZ Defence Force. The NZDF have asked for a trial so they can monitor amateur use to see if it can happen on a non-interference basis.”

An important is to understand that part of this band in ZL is allocated to the New Zealand military and they insisted ZL hams use SSB during the trial on 5353. Also remember that there is no region 3 band plan for 60m still...(OK1RP)



NZ 60m Sub-Licence Form


NZ 60m Sub-Licence Holders


What makes New Zealand's natural heritage so special?
Underlying New Zealand's physical attractions--its dramatic mountains, unpolluted beaches and green countryside--is an epic survival story of unique plants and animals.

Cast adrift from the ancient supercontinent of Gondwanaland, these ancient species evolved in isolation and struggled to survive in what renowned naturalist David Bellamy has called 'Moa's Ark' (named after New Zealand's native, but now extinct, giant flightless bird, the moa).

After only 1000 years of human settlement New Zealand has lost many native species. But impressive gains have been made in recent times to protect and enhance what is left. These include removing introduced pests from island wildlife sanctuaries, the establishment of 13 national parks, three maritime parks, two world heritage areas, hundreds of nature reserves and ecological areas, a network of marine reserves and wetlands, and protection for special rivers and lakes.

In total, around 30 percent of New Zealand's land area is protected conservation land. In addition, research and management programmes have been introduced to aid the recovery of rare and endangered species like kakapo, kokako, kiwi and tuatara.

New Zealand welcomes everyone to experience and discover its unique and precious natural heritage. We ask only that you make as little impact as possible, so future generations may also enjoy it as you do.

New Zealand is a land of unique birds. The best known is the flightless kiwi, New Zealand's unofficial national symbol. Also flightless are the weka and the endangered kakapo, the world's largest parrot which can just scramble up into shrubs and small trees.

Unique flightless birds, the world's heaviest insect and a 'living dinosaur'. Eighty million years of isolation in a time capsule--the unique native wildlife of New Zealand...

New Zealand is situated in the South Pacific ocean, between latitude 34'S and 47'S. The country runs roughly north-south with mountain ranges down much of its length. Its two main islands (North and South) cover 266,200 square kilometres (103,735 square miles), about the size of Japan or California and slightly larger than Great Britain.

Samantha McClung, Miss Universe New Zealand 2015

New Zealand has a stunning variety of landforms--from spectacular alpine glaciers and massive mountain ranges to rolling green farmland and long sandy beaches...

73 - Petr, OK1RP


  1. What's the NZ tourism material doing there, has someone implanted clickbait in your piece?

  2. Hi. No, as I am trying to make my posts about new countries a bit more interesting then just technical and ham info so I am compiling some geographical or tourism info about these new ones on this band by myself... Hope it is not boring. 73 - Petr, OK1RP