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.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Navassa on 60m maybe during next three days!

Hello all,

maybe the best news coming from Joe, W8GEX...

"I have great news about another all time new one. I have been working on this for some time now. The team leaders of K1N Navassa have given the team permission to operate the 60m band. Gary K4AVC made, tested, and shipped the team an inverted vee to them a few months ago.

They might come on 5.403.5 USB tonight, Friday and Saturday nights. Their sunset is at about 2300. The antenna is up at 70 ft on the light house.
They said they will be on 60m but it all depends on the availability of an extra radio and their not sure on the exact time. 

If they feel a reason to split they will announce it. PLEASE listen for any operator instructions. They are well aware the USA only has five channels.

It will be some time before another group goes back to Navassa, so this may be the only opportunity in our lifetime to work this new one.

So be kind and courteous and stand by as they work a station. If you don’t hear them well please wait until their signal builds. USA, if they call for Europe, please stand by. The same goes for Europe when they are calling for North America.

Please consider donating to this DXpedition as this is a very expensive trip."

Many thanks for DX flash news to Joe, W8GEX!

73 - Petr, OK1RP

DXpeditions to watch on 60m

St. Kitts: W5JON, John QRV as V47JA from January 20, to March 1.
Solomon Islands: Bernard DL2GAC will be H44MS from January 30, to April 28.
Ascension Island: ZD8D Feb 22 to Mar 6th.
(Tnx to Joe, W8GEX for his newsletter info)
73 - Petr, OK1RP

60m band news from Iceland by Jonas, TF3JB

there are the updating information from Iceland on 60m as follows:
Effective January 1, 2015.

Iceland current license period is two years, i.e. from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2016.
Iceland arestations are allowed 150 kHz, i.e. 5260-5410 kHz with VFO, on secondary basis; maximum power is 100W (ERP).
Allowed modes to use J3E (USB), A1A (CW) and 6OH0J2B (PSK-31); maximum transmit bandwidth is 3 kHz.
Iceland hams need to apply for a special license which is valid for the 2 years.
Both license classes, i.e. N and G have the same privileges.

Sincererly,Jónas Bjarnason, TF3JB.
(President of Icelandic Radio Amateurs 2009-2013).
(Tnx to Joe, W8GEX)
73 - Petr, OK1RP