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 16, 2013

W8GEX Newsletter - Issue 15Jan13

Hello all,

Joe, W8GEX released his latest Newsletter _ Issue 15Jan13 with very interesting news about the coming planned DX-peditions with 60m band activities ! In summary:

Bahamas C6:   Joe W8GEX as C6AJR Jan. 21 to 26

ST. KITTS  V4:  Jon, W5JON as V47JA February 20th and March 21st (2013)

GRENADA  J3:   Roy, KE4TG as J38RF from Grenada, February 6 to March 8 (2013).

Antigua V2: Tom AA9A will be V24A from Feb 11 through the 20th.  QSL to AA9A

Curacao PJ2:  by W1USN  March 8 to 22.

You can find it of course over here:


Thank you Joe for Your great job. It is always enjoyable the get this newsletter into my mailbox.
On this place I would like to ask all of You guys to send any kind news from your station, area, country, region etc. regarding the 60m band operation to Joe, W8GEX. It will help to improve this newsletter for sure.

Also I am posting with the New Year also probably most known chat link > just to refresh it:


Also do not forget for Paul, G4WMO and his excellent The 5MHz Newsletter which can be found over here:


Paul, G4WMO is the European 60m band pioneer and he is making unbeatable job for us specialy in terms of sumarizing the news, 60m bandplans and other related agenda. Do not hesitate to send him any news specialy if it makes sense inside the EU region...

73 - Petr, OK1RP

OX - Greenland on 60m band - update 15Jan13

Hello all,

Greenland flag short update came from Peter, OX3XR regarding the 60m bandplan in Greenland as follows:

Greenland has now got following frequency band for 5MHz

5250 - 5450kHz

Peter, OX3XR will be QRV soon using the dipole from his beautiful country QTH. Peter is also using XP3A callsign. 

Do not forget that QSL via OZ3PZ

73 - Petr, OK1RP

SM - Sweden on 60m band !

Hello all,

Sweden flag very good news is coming from Johan, SM0TSC who is putting Sweden on 60 meters band ! Johan has been given an experimental license for six months. He is allowed to operate on

5380kHz and

channels center frequency + 1.5 KHz, maximum of 3 KHz bandwidth and 100 watts. If You want to make sked with Johan, do not hesitate to email him to sm0tsc@hflink.net for skeds, any mode.

Johan was already spotted on the cluster and make some QSO. His signal was very good in EU. Johan is also holder of SE0E callsign, he is QRV from Tyreso, Sweden and for Europeans it will be an easy new one. We hope that Johan will also focuse on the overseas friends in USA etc.

Thank You Johan for good job and I wish You all the best and enjoy it on Tropical band.

73 - Petr, OK1RP

UK 60m Band Utilization Page by Paul, G4WMO

Hello all,

who missed it on the reflector Paul, G4WMO updated the "UK 60m Band Utilization Page" to reflect the brave new world of 60m in the UK, see his post:

This page contains a link to the new UK 60m Notice of Variation,
announced by OFCOM, together with a chart depicting the new band
segments in graphical form.

The page also contains the "UK 60m Band Whiteboard", which serves as a platform for ideas put forward by many people on how to utilize the band. The Whiteboard is not a bandplan, nor is it "official" in any way.

It is simply a starting point for ideas on band usage, and will almost certainly change as things settle down.

Any suggestions for the Whiteboard should be posted in the "UK 5 Megs" Yahoo Group (
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ukfivemegs/ ). All future updates to the Whiteboard will appear on the "UK 60m Band Utilization Page".

The page also contains a link to the NoV application form, and a link to the updated worldwide 60m chart from Paul Gaskell, G4WMO.

Ian, G3NRW

The UK 60m Band Utilization page:

Thank You Paul for always excellent job which You are doing for all of us regarding the 60m band agenda !

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Happy New Year 2013

Hello all,

before the first post in the New Year I would like to send best wishes, healthy and prosperous New Year 2013 ! I hope that New Year will bring to all of You some new good friends, keeps You healthy and will allow You to make some nice QSOs on 60m band...

73 - Petr, OK1RP

YJ0VK - Vanuatu on 60m update 6-Oct-2011 old post

Hello all,

I found these information in the draft folder so probably I did not posted for some reason... In order to have all information on the same place I am going to post it over here. Maybe it will help to some others in terms of propagation overview in the 2011 compare to 2012/2013 and activity on the band.
Sorry if it bother others as it it not up to date post...

GM San and Petr,

Luke had 14 qsos into NA on 60m last night at 11z. I slept so I could be up at17z (4am local) for eu. 12z and 13z the radar came up and Luke had trouble hearing. I was up at 1630z (3.30am) to prep for 17z with eu. All tuned and ready with only s4 noise on band, then at 1659z the radar came up s9+10... bugger. I called for 10mins on both freqs but couldnt hear a thing. Will be on agn tonight - same routine guys.

San... confirmed calls are:
n4ch w3ur k4avc w4dr k5rk k7nn kl7hbk k3zxl k4dy w1jr k0od w3ri k5vrx kf8dx.

Not sure we can do much more about radar other than keep trying. Fingers crossed Petr for better local cx tonight at 17z. Petr and San - pls advise the guys (esp EU) that we are trying but the radar is very bad.
73 from the team YJ0VK,

Chris, VK3QB

I would like to thank to Chris, VK3QB and all the team for great activity and an excellent job. The team made really good job and they express an excellent skills and big effort in order to give to as many as possible ops new one on the 60m band.

73 - Petr, OK1RP