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.


Wednesday, January 11, 2023

60m Newsletter 1-10-23 by Joe, W8GEX

January 10, 2023
Joe Pater W8GEX

NEW COUNTRY: TN – Congo:

The Czech DX-pedition group is planning a DXpedition in the Republic of Congo as TN8K.They are on the air now.

Spratly Islands DX0NE: by Gil 4F2KWT

Gil tells me that the upcoming DX0NE to Spratly Island has been postponed. The team of Michael; DU3JA, Jong; 4F1OZ, Ed; and 4F2KWT, hope this will happen in the first quarter of 2023.
SENEGAL:6W Willy ON4VT will be back in Senegal from 4 February to 31 March 2023. 73, Willy

Soloman Islands:H44MS

DL2GAC / H44MS Bernhard is already in H4 and has already modified for 60m, and he has a Dipole for 60m.
Reported by Michael DL2GMI

THE GAMBIA C5 

Operators GĂ©rard/F5NVF, Abdel/M0NPT (7X2TT) and Luc/F5RAV will once again be active as C5C from The Gambia, between February 16, and March 13, 2023. Activity will be on 80-6 meters, including 60m.
QSL via F5RAV, direct, eQSL or LoTW. 

...we will see how many of these announced activities will be using human ham radio modes and how many will be just PC games as it comes to be usual on the bands and specialy on the 60m !!!


73 - Petr, OK1RP
.../-.-

Friday, September 23, 2022

3D2AG - Fiji Isl. on 60m band CW...

Did you worked Fiji Isl. on 60m band CW? If you are looking for anybody there then try 3D2AG !

OPERATING SCHEDULE: The 60m operating times are 0530 to 0700 UTC (For EU and USA) and 1000 to 1200 UTC (for USA) on 5358.5 / 5405 KHz CW mode.
 
If working 3D2AG between 0500 to 1200 UTC, please be patient especially on LB up to 20m as there is very violent local square-wave QRN (S9+ at times) from various domestic sources in the neighborhood. Sometimes this QRN is so bad that CW is not possible at all. 


3D2AG STATION SETUP
(FIJI, OC-016): using IC-7300 / ICOM 706MKIIG / FT-757GX / TS-440S and Hustler 4BTV or home-brew OCFD 80-10m antenna, monoband inverted-Vees for 60m, 30m, 17m and 12m. On 160m, Inverted-L antenna on 18m high Spider pole. For VHF: 5-el Cushcraft A50-S Yagi on 6m and Cushcraft A144-20T 10-el yagi on 2m. For QRO low bands: ACOM 600S linear.

Beware of pirates! If in doubt of a QSO, please email me first.

73 - Petr, OK1RP
.../-.-

Friday, September 9, 2022

Britain’s HM Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully at Balmoral on Thu, 8-Sep-22

London Bridge is down...

Britain’s HM Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully at Balmoral on Thursday, 8-Sep-2022 at the age of 96, ending a generation-spanning, seven decade reign that made her a beacon of stability in a tumultuous world.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was more than a monarch. She defined an era...

Queen Elizabeth II was a stateswoman of unmatched dignity and constancy who deepened the bedrock alliance between the United Kingdom and the rest of the world. She helped make the relationship special...

Coronation will herald new age, but first it is time to mourn...

The Queen: Tributes from around the world in pictures:






Pictures: CNN All Right Reserved.


RIP Your Majesty

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Botswana, Lesotho & Swatini (formerly known as Swaziland) got WRC-15 allocation

More African Countries Arrive on 60 m


Word has just arrived via the South African Radio League (SARL) that three new African countries have joined the ranks of 5 MHz / 60 m operators.

They are Botswana, Lesotho & Swatini (formerly known as Swaziland).

Each has the new WRC-15 Amateur Secondary Allocation of 5351.5 – 5366.5 kHz.


Thanks de ZS4BS, SARL

73

Paul Gaskell, G4MWO

Editor, The 5 MHz Newsletter

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Paul Gaskell G4MWO

Editor

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Wikipedia 60 Meter Band Page

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/60-meter_band

Monday, September 5, 2022

Do something with it!


Look for last 30 days DX-cluster spots from 60m band ! 

Are you happy with that...?!?! Are you satisfied with the 60m band current situation...?!?! No?

So do something with it!

...and don't dig the grave of CW and SSB by playing PC games on 60m either!
 Spotter Freq. DX Time Info Country
5365.0
11:22 05 Sep
DME-02066
Spain
5365.0
11:19 05 Sep
DME-02066
Spain
5355.0
11:07 05 Sep
/P OM/ZA-018 OMFF-0247
Slovak Republic
5355.0
11:07 05 Sep
OM/ZA-018 OMFF-0247
Slovak Republic
5363.0
10:56 05 Sep
59 DME-26176
Spain
5363.0
10:55 05 Sep
DME-26176
Spain
5363.0
10:50 05 Sep
dme 26176
Spain
5360.0
08:43 05 Sep
DME-26031
Spain
5365.0
07:48 05 Sep
VGAB-287 DME:02069
Spain
5365.0
07:46 05 Sep
VGAB-287 DME-02069
Spain
5365.0
07:41 05 Sep
VGAB-287 DME-02069 Spain (EA)
Spain
5365.0
07:37 05 Sep
VGAB-287 DME-02069
Spain
5357.0
06:27 05 Sep
FT8 +18dB from RE54 2421Hz
New Zealand
5357.0
06:08 05 Sep
FT8 -12dB from IO91 843Hz
England
5357.0
06:06 05 Sep
FT8 -13dB from JN17 1677Hz
France
5357.0
05:55 05 Sep
FT8 -04dB from JO21 327Hz
Netherlands
5357.0
05:53 05 Sep
FT8 -06dB 1944Hz
France
5357.0
05:49 05 Sep
FT8 -14dB from JO65 2029Hz
Sweden
5357.0
05:34 05 Sep
gud sigs in ZL
France
5374.0
05:29 05 Sep
santina 2022
Spain
5357.0
05:13 05 Sep
FT8 +06dB from JN79 1904Hz
Czech Republic
5357.0
05:04 05 Sep
FT8 -17dB from IN94 1904Hz
France
5357.0
05:01 05 Sep
FT8 -13dB from EL95 1502Hz
United States
5357.0
04:49 05 Sep
FT8 -11dB from JO89 2040Hz
Sweden
5357.0
04:28 05 Sep
FT8 -09dB 2388Hz
Netherlands
5357.0
04:03 05 Sep
gud sigs in ZL
Cyprus
5357.0
03:45 05 Sep
FT8 -12dB from EN53 1652Hz
United States
5357.0
03:43 05 Sep
FT8 -02dB from DM26 2458Hz
United States
5357.0
03:42 05 Sep
FT8 -17dB from KM64 1998Hz
Cyprus
5358.0
03:27 05 Sep
FT8 -05
United States
5357.0
02:49 05 Sep
FT8 -16dB from JN97 541Hz
Hungary
5357.0
23:14 04 Sep
FT8 +01dB from DM79 1222Hz
United States
5357.0
23:11 04 Sep
FT8 +05dB from EN71 2392Hz
United States
5357.0
23:09 04 Sep
FT8 -14dB from FK68 1840Hz
Puerto Rico
5357.0
22:52 04 Sep
Vcent llegada Sanlucar MMAG-04
Spain
5357.0
22:35 04 Sep
FT8
Canada
5357.0
22:14 04 Sep
FT8
Hong Kong
5357.0
21:52 04 Sep
73 from Gabriele
Fed. Rep. of Germany
5357.0
21:51 04 Sep
tnx 73
Hungary
5357.0
21:50 04 Sep
73 from Gabriele
Hungary
5357.0
21:49 04 Sep
tnx 73
Spain
5358.4
20:50 04 Sep
TNX GL 73 GARY
Spain
5357.6
20:36 04 Sep
FT8
Switzerland
5357.0
19:40 04 Sep
FT8 SANTINA DE COVADONGA
Canary Islands
5357.0
19:14 04 Sep
FT8 -09dB 1485Hz
Romania
5357.0
19:13 04 Sep
FT8 -13dB from NN33 950Hz
China
5357.0
19:08 04 Sep
FT8, tnks QSO
China
5357.0
19:05 04 Sep
FT8
China
5358.1
18:46 04 Sep
JN01WK<>MO13 FT8 Sent: -15 R
Kazakhstan
5357.0
18:41 04 Sep
FT8
Kazakhstan