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, October 30, 2013

Wake atoll - 2013

Press Release #6

The Wake Atoll Commemorative DXpedition team has been approved for entry onto Wake Atoll. Our equipment is already on Wake and in safe storage awaiting our arrival. The 12-Operator team includes: Joe -AA4NN, John-K6MM, Craig-K9CT, Mike-K9NW, Ralph-K9ZO, Lou-N2TU, Jim-N9TK, Mark-NA6M, Dick-W3OA, Joe-W8GEX, Hal-W8HC, and Jerry-WB9Z. 

The plan is for the team to assemble in Hawaii on 30-October, depart 01-November, arrive on 02-November and immediately erect antennas and set-up the stations. There will be two CW and two SSB stations on the air. The CW site will be located across from the Arrivals terminal and the SSB site will be housed in a "beach house" near downtown Wake.

We are planning on being QRV 03-November through 15-November (Wake time). If there are any changes, they will be posted on our website. http://wake2013.org/pages/bandplan.html

Logs will be uploaded to ClubLog as time and internet access allows.

This is a commemorative DXpedition. Our prime objective is to honor the lives and contributions of the Forgotten 98 civilian contractors who lost their lives on Wake during WWII. Some of these men have yet to be identified. If you know any of the Forgotten 98 or their relatives, modern DNA testing may identify their remains and provide for a proper burial. Please take a moment to look through their names. http://wake2013.org/pages/forgotten98.html

Wake Atoll is an active military base and access is extremely limited. The Team is most grateful to the United States Air Force for allowing this Commemoration to take place.

Also, Team wants to thank the DX community, including generous worldwide Foundations, Clubs, Individuals, Equipment manufacturers and outlets for their outstanding support of the Wake commemorative efforts. These DXpeditions are extremely expensive and could not be accomplished without the support of the entire DX communityVisit the website to view our sponsors and make your personal donation. http://wake2013.org/pages/sponsors.html

Please note! A few other DXpeditions will be on the air during the Wake operation. To avoid the dreaded "not in the log", please be sure which DXpedition you are working! Our operators will announce the K9W callsign often to help identify your contact.

Please check our website frequently for updates. http:/wake2013.org/

And don't forget to sign our guestbook!


K9W Wake Atoll Management Team

Many thanks to Joe, W8GEX for sharing it to us. I wish good luck all team members.

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Sunday, October 27, 2013

RSGB 5MHz consultation

RSGB 5MHz consultation

Increased spectrum within the 5MHz band was made available to Full Licence Holders by way of new NoVs at the beginning of 2013. After 8 months of operation on the new frequencies, the RSGB is interested in users’ views on the band and any issues, both positive and negative that may have been observed. A discussion forum has been set up and all amateurs are invited to give their views. Please see www.rsgb.org/consult/5mhz.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Ivory Coast on 60m by Jan, DJ8NK


TU5AX, TU5XV and TU5NK are the respective callsigns for Chris (F4WBN)(ex TL0A), Paul (F6EXV) and Jan (DJ8NK) for this solidarity radio operation which will take place from 17. - 30.Nov. 2013.

Activity will be on SSB, CW and RTTY, from 160 to 6m. QSL to home calls, via bureau, direct or OQRS (Clublog).

The 3 operators will support the clubstation TU2CI and will leave equipment behind (radios and antennas), install it and train the local operators to use it, in order to revive the Abidjan radio club, and assist some local hams who have strongly suffered from the civil war that hit the country some time ago.

Tks Paul/F6EXV

Thanks to Paul, F6EXV and all guys for activity. Its not so far from EU so it should not be big issue but maybe challenge from USA. 

I will be happy for Your reports by email w/comments about Your DX hunting to Africa...

73 - Petr, OK1RP