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)

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Monday, December 26, 2011

HI - DXCC #25 on 60m

Hi all,

I would like to send my big thanks to Mike, HI8HH for his excellent effort and help allowed us to make nice CW QSO on 60m band last nite! Somebody know him as Mr. Caribbean 160m back in the 1970's maybe...

The 5371.5kHz were really noisy last nite and I was not confident that we can make QSO. After 15mins of trials I heard his clean signal coming out from the noise and I copied my callsign. Unfortunately I can not transmit over here so I tried to reply to him on 5260 CW as always. Mike tried to listen for me but after few second I lost him on 5371.5kHz so QSO was not completed. After another 10mins Mike found the way and we managed the QSO using the 5260kHz where I called him on CW. The signal on both sides was S5 and I have to say the signal came from HI8 was really nice and clean for few mins.

The K3 setup: AGC OFF, NB ON (dsp t3-1 / IF NAR2) + int. preamp ON and the noise masking by manual Notch at 920Hz.

The most important during the QSO was to beaming my antenna to right direction. Interesting is that it was not in harmony with expected angle (FK58ak grid) but aprox. 20deg down from this direction. When I beamed up then the signal came down under the noise/QRM. Unexpected signal path during the full moon phase nite? I will be happy for any comments regarding the signal path vs propagation on 60m band.

My #25 DXCC is done with Mike, HI8HH and I really enjoyed our QSO last nite. Thank You Mike.

73 - Petr, OK1RP

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