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.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Dominica, J7 on 60m band news by Paul, G4MWO


this news just arrived from Paul, G4MWO:

Hi All,
The Dominica National Telecommunications Regulator has permitted Amateur operation on five 3 kHz-wide channels on 5 Mhz. These are - 5330.5, 5346.5, 5355.5, 5371.5 and 5403.5 kHz at 50W pep SSB.
This allocation is applicable to General and Advanced licensees only.
Please note that the Dominica (J7) 5 MHz allocation should not be confused with the Dominican Republic (HI), which also has a 5 MHz allocation.
(Tnx: ECTEL, Dominica NTRC)
Cheers, 73,
Paul Gaskell, G4MWO
Editor The 5 MHz Newsletter
Thank You to Paul, G4MWO for his always up to date news and great support. It will be nice to hear some of the lowbands enthusiasts guys from J7 on 60m band also. The condx will be good for sure in coming season so why not to work also Dominica over there.

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Brazil will support 5275-5450 kHz at CITEL news by Flavio, PY2ZX

Hello all,

this good news arrived from Flavio, PY2ZX and it is already published in several bulletines and web servers...


Following news from Brazil and CITEL about 5 MHz. The article with photo is located at:
http://www.radioamadores.org/news/news-2014/news-2014-25.htm http://www.radioamadores.org/news/news-2014/news-2014-25.htm


Flavio PY2ZX

Brazil proposes 5275 kHz to 5450 kHz international
allocation for Amateur Service

The National Telecommunications Agency of Brazil (http://www.anatel.gov.br http://www.anatel.gov.br in Portuguese) will propose new Amateur Service allocation from 5275 to 5450 kHz in the next meeting of the PCC.II (Permanent Consultative Committee II: Radiocommunications) of CITEL https://www.citel.oas.org/en (Inter-American Telecommunication Commission), from September 29 to October 4, 2014 at Mérida City, Mexico. 

 The new allocation in secondary status for Amateur Service around 5300 kHz has been discussed since 2012 as agenda item 1.4 of the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15 by International Telecommunications Union - ITU http://www.itu.int), while since 2002 the band is subject of various authorized experimental transmissions did by amateurs around the world.

 The decision occurred last September 11, 2014 at the Brazilian Communications Commissions (CBC in Portuguese), a consultative committee for WRC-15 subjects lead by Anatel and formed by government, industry and representatives of the society.

 LABRE http://www.labre.org.br, the Brazilian Amateur Radio Association, is one of the very active members of CBC through your ad-hoc working group devoted to Spectrum Defense and Management (GDE http://www.radioamadores.org in Portuguese). The LABRE suggestions were approved at CBC and will constitute a Preliminary Proposal for CITEL.

 The 5275-5450 kHz contiguous secondary allocation is the widest segment recently suggested by compatibility and sharing studies at ITU, but the Preliminary Proposal will also consider national adaptations since it will include a footnote where is described that each national administration can provide additional constrains to provide further compatibility with existed services, considering their national and local spectrum realities, for example taking effective by their national regulations lower power outputs levels, selections of specific modes, adoptions of restricted frequency segments or channels, etc.

 Despite Canada http://wp.rac.ca/radioamateur-of-canada-proposal-on-international-60m-allocation-accepted-by-industry-canada/ and Brazil being the first countries in Region 2 to officially support Amateur Service around 5300 MHz, several others already have authorized domestic allocations considering past successful experiments. LABRE is working with Anatel to provide experimental licensees and also join the international activities and keep studying the spectrum.
The LABRE/GDE presentation at Anatel/CBC is available at GDE´s library weblink http://www.radioamadores.org/biblio/apres/archangelo-cbc-anatel2014.pdf.

 The GDE working group of LABRE not only involves spectrum management field, but also radio monitoring and national EMC rulemaking process. LABRE Sao Paulo and voluntaries are regularly supporters for keep the institutional activities. For more informations visit: http://www.radioamadores.org http://www.radioamadores.org

GDE/LABRE, September 13, 2014.
Updated at 22h57 UTC

Many thanks Flavio for Your co-operation and hope to hear PY's on 60m soon.

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Friday, October 3, 2014

SARL 5 MHz Beacon Frequency change by Paul, G4MWO

Hi all,
Information on the recent SARL 5 MHz Beacon Frequency change
At a recent meeting with their regulator, ICASA, SARL - the South African Radio League - reached an agreement to exchange their 5 MHz channel at 5250 kHz, (used for propagation experiments), for the more common beacon channel of 5290 kHz.

On Oct 4th, ZS6KTS and other stations in the South African 5 MHz WSPR Beacon Cluster changed over to 5290 kHz The other South African channel at 5260 kHz remains in use as normal for general contacts.
Paul G4MWO
Thank You Paul for Your update about the beacon frequency plan in ZS. It should be interesting to know who heard the ZS stations during last experimental 60m operation. A few stations been spoted but no real reports from 60m operator. 
73 - Petr, OK1RP