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, June 14, 2013

60m band in 4X - update by Dov, 4Z4DX, Amos, 4Z1AB and Isaac, 4Z1TL


Here's a summary of the information that Amos, 4Z1AB, the IARC - Israel Amateur Radio Club (national society) President has given:

The Israeli regulator - the Ministry of Communications - (IMOC) has decided to grant 5 MHz/60m temporary permission on an individual application basis.

8 Channels are available to General and Extra Class licence holders.

The channels are as per the list below (the number represents USB  dial frequency) -for CW 1.5 kHz above. There is some flexibility on Digi modes with 2500 Hz out of the 3kHz channel width. No split operation
Channel 1    5298.5    USB CW RTTY PSK
Channel 2    5330.5    USB CW
Channel 3    5357.0    RTTY PSK CW USB
Channel 4    5366.5    USB CW RTTY PSK

Channel 5    5371.5    USB

Channel 6    5398.5    CW USB RTTY PSK
Channel 7    5403.5    USB RTTY PSK CW
Channel 8    5407.0    USB RTTY PSK CW

Power - 100W PEP measured at the TX (not EIRP)

The IARC's main goal is as always to experiment for local  short range emergency communication readiness and the long distance activity is a side product of this.

The validity is from application approval date until mid March 2014 but it appears this could be extended. Operation is on a secondary status of course and was coordinated with the spectrum committee of the IMOC representing some other relevant organizations.

The IARC have had some flexibility in the choice of frequencies and in doing so have endeavoured to coordinate these with 5 MHz/60m amateur frequencies and activities already in existence. It is hoped that as IMOC gain confidence in 5 MHz/60m activity by Israeli amateurs as Secondary status users, then further frequencies may be made available Amos, 4Z1AB, the President of the Israel Amateur Radio Club concluded his news by saying "We are all excited to work 60 metres with the ham community - wishing all 73 and 'Shalom' from the Holy Land"

Many thanks for Paul, G4MWO for his effort in order to share all of the important informations about 60m band activity > thanks to his 5MHz Newsletter! 
I hope that we will have chance to work friends from 4X quite soon and often on 60m band. 

73 - Petr, OK1RP  

Joe's, W8GEX email news on 60m


there I am posting the emailed news from Joe, W8GEX...

Chris ZS6EZ will be on again tonight and tomorrow night at about 0400z. He'll TX on 5.260 and listen on 5.403.5

Last night he was happy to work Bernard CT7/F7IE for # 16. Remember it's winter time in South Africa and the best time for Chris to operate the 60 meter band. Tomorrow night will be his last night of getting up early to be on the band. He reported: I've been calling CQ every day this week at sunrise. Not a single QSO so far! I think I'll sleep in next week. Regards Chris, ZS6EZ 

Larry K5RK reported - 5W1SA worked at 0836 UTC today (13 June) on 5405 kHz. He was also spotted the previous day by W2RS at about the same time. Atsu has a good signal into SE Texas and was calling CQ off and on for at least a half hour with few takers.QSL via JA1DXA.73 de Larry K5RK

Thank You to Joe for his excellent effort!

73 - Petr, OK1RP

CT7 by Bernard, F9IE on 60m


I am forwarding the message which is going thru different channels about activity from CT7 on 60m.

Bernard F9IE is now active as CT7 from Algarve in IM67GE / Portugal.
He has worked a few UK stations already and he is running 100 watts to a dipole inverted Vee antenna with apex 6 / 7m. He will be there for about 2 weeks and he is using common frequencies:

ssb     5403.5  and   5371.5
cw      5405     and   5373

Good luck ,

73 - Petr, OK1RP