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.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

CO - Cuba on 60m by Pavel, CO7WT


quick flash from Joe, W8GEX:

Breaking News: A New Country
I received an email from Pavel CO7WT. He's working on his antenna and hopes to be active very soon. He'll TX on 5425 SSB and will listen on 5.403.5 at his sunset about 0000z.

Thanks to Joe for info!

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Friday, July 25, 2014

C37AC on 60m by Salvador, C31CT - update 25.7.14


as promised Salvador, C31CT was on the 60m band yesterday evening...

He started on the air around 18:30UTC using 5380.5kHz (QSX 5373) and worked several stations over there.
After he moved to 5371.5/5373kHz and switched between USB and CW quite often.

Salvador is using 100W output into dipole for 60m band all installed at 2000m ASL altitude level and his signal was really strong in OK land. Also as I monitored his operation for few hours lot of other stations reported about his an excellent sigs.

Thank You Salvador for new one on this band for many of us.

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Thursday, July 24, 2014

CT - Portugal new channel on 60m allowed


REP - Rede dos Emissores Portugueses - the Portuguese national amateur radio society has been able to negotiate successfully an additional channel with their national regulator.
The new channel is 5380.5 kHz and is common with one of the Spanish 5 MHz channels, thus direct communication between the two countries will now be possible.
(Tnx to Paul, G4MWO)
73 - Petr, OK1RP

C37AC on 60m band by Salvador, C31CT


as confirmed from yesterday evenning Salvador, C31CT will make few days trip to Andorra and he will be so nice to give chance to us work him on 60m band...

Salvador will be QRV from Thursday 24th, also Friday 25th and if it is possible then Saturday 26th. He will be active on 60m band aprox. from 19 to 21... 22UTC each day depends to local conditions and personal situation.

Announced frequencies are as follows:

CW: 5380.5 (for Spain) + QSX 5373 kHz (for others)
USB: 5380.5 (for Spain) + QSX 5371.5 kHz (for others)

or QZF or cross mode combinations if needed, but always listening RX in 5371.5 kHz (5373 kHz).

Salvador will use C37AC or his own C31CT call in that event.

So I hope it is nice chance to work legal new one on 60m band. Do not miss Salvador over there and give him also chance to enjoy the operation with pile-up. :)

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Friday, July 18, 2014

C3 - Andorra on 60m band


good news is coming from U.R.A. about the 5MHz/60m band allocation. (Tnx to Paul, G4MWO)

Andorra now joins the number of countries permitted an experimental band allocation at 5 MHz (60m).
The Andorran national amateur radio society, URA - Unio de Radioaficionats Andorrans, announced that they had received official permission to operate between 5275 - 5450 kHz on a secondary basis for short and medium distance propagation studies. Maximum power allowed is 100W PEP with a bandwidth not exceeding 3 kHz utilizing CW and USB. The permission is temporary until WRC-15.
The A.R.D.A.M. Ham radio association with C37AC callsign already tested the band so I hope that we will find more friends from C3 on the band soon.
(Tnx for information to Paul, G4MWO)

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Monday, July 14, 2014

60m band news in EA by Javier, EA7OP


thank You to Javier, EA7OP for his update about the 60m band operation in Spain as follows:

"In response to the request made by the Spanish Amateur Radio Union for the renewal of the special permit in the band of 5 MHz, the Secretary of State for Telecommunications proceeded the authorization under certain conditions as temporary and experimental."

The original Spanish message can be read here:

5 MHz, (60 Metros)
La SETSI analizará y muy posiblemente resolverá favorablemente en condiciones a determinar, una autorización especial y experimental para tener acceso a la banda de 5,2 MHz tal y como disfrutan desde hace algunos años más de 12 países europeos. La URE presentará de manera inmediata su solicitud junto con un resumen de los países en los que esta banda está autorizada experimentalmente a aficionados.

En Diciembre de 2014 resuelve:
Autorizar el uso de las frecuencias siguientes durante el primer semestre del año 2014, ampliado hasta el 30 de Noviembre de 2.015:
5268, 5295, 5313, 5382, 5430 y 5439 kHz.

Javiers, EA7OP web with related informations can be visited here.

73 - Petr, OK1RP