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.
Friday, February 11, 2011
Texas on tropical band - US State #8
Unbelieving conditions - excellent score tonite.
I worked Frank, K9HMB with 58 peaking 59+ over here. His signal was so strong that I did not believed it's not hijacked callsign! Frank was for me US State #7 from Illinois. Then after I was called by Les, K4DY from NC with his nice 57! Also very strong and clear signal and we managed very nice QSO.
After I set another trial with Charles, K5SUL from TX. After almost 30mins of trials and several QSYs from QRMed channels to another one we managed correct QSO with 449 report for me and 34 report for him. Very hard job on both sides.
Interesting conditions tonite. After several calls Charles sigs fall down and I was not confident as Charles reported the same with my signal on his side in TX. We tried it again and 5mins after his sigs jumped out from the noise for very short period. Luckily at that time I hrd crystal's clean report for me. After his sigs went down under noise. As Charles reported in his email after he has to wait for the same situation in TX. My sigs were down and nil cpy. But 5-6mins after my sigs came up and Charles cpied his report correctly! In min or two my sigs again fall down to noise. It sounds like sine wave oscillating of the propagation between Czech and Texas been there with 5mins periods.
It was real challenge and big excitement for us both I gues as we tried to make QSO for more than 5 weeks nite by nite!!! Few times we almost finished it successfully but one of us did not received correct report so QSO failed... We tried SS in Texas then also SS in Czech...nil. Then - several weeks after we managed finally QSO... tonite! I gave to Charles his new one #57 and for me it was new and rare US State for WAS60. Also it is new distance record which is breaking QSO with San, K5YY from AR to my QTH I guess. (Sri San, I have to check who is winner on the web calculator...)
Really excited after hard job and I would like to thanks to Charles, K5SUL for his patience and effort to spend so much time to make just one QSO!
73 - Petr, OK1RP