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.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Happy New Year 2016

I wish you happy, prosperous and healthy New Year 2016

South Cook Islands as E51WET on 60m by Magnus, SM6WET

Magnus, SM6WET, has authorization and will attempt to operate 60 meters while in the South Cook Islands as E51WET:

·         December 14-16 on Rarotonga Island
·         December 17 - January 4 on Aitutaki Atoll 
·         January 4 - 9 on Rarotonga Island again
Magnus reports that the Aitutaki QTH will likely be more conducive to operation on the lower bands, although he will not know specific details until his arrival. As with many expeditions, extra baggage can be very expensive. One additional bag results in a surcharge of $520 for this trip -- a big hit for any expedition, but particularly noteworthy for a one-man expedition. Donations to help offset excess luggage costs can be made to sm6wet@telia.com on PayPal. Every little bit helps and would be greatly appreciated. Be sure to include your call and mention 60m in the PayPal comments section.

Many thanks to Joe, W8GEX.

Upcoming DX-peditions by Joe, W8GEX

Upcoming DXpeditions:

Antiqua: Will be Brian GW4DVB as V25GB. He will be active from Jan 6-14, 2016.

KH5P Palmyra NEW COUNTRY: Will also be a new one on 60m. Jan.19-26

VP8STI & VP8SGI NEW COUNTRIES: South Sandwich on Jan 17 and South Georgia Feb 1.

S9 - Sao Tome and Principe:HB9BEI, Bruno, starting in February of 2016.  He is requesting the call S9BK.

Tnx to Joe, W8GEX...

Best wishes for the Festive Season and 2016 by Paul, G4MWO

Hi All,

Best wishes for the Festive Season and 2016 to you all from The 5 MHz Newsletter.

The latest edition of The 5 MHz Newsletter – a WRC15 Special -  is now available for free pdf download from

or from the ‘External Links’ section of the Wiki 60 meter band page

and the RSGB 5 MHz page


We are about to assemble a list of 5 MHz Nets for a future edition of the Newsletter, so it would be great if you could provide us with the following information about your 5 MHz Net, please –

 1) Name of Net
 2) Purpose of Net  (e.g. QRP, ARES, SOTA etc)
 3) Radio Frequency (and any alternative)
 4) Time of Day (UTC)
 5) Mode (e.g USB, CW, Data, SSTV etc)
 6) Occurrence  (e.g. Daily, Weekly, Monthly etc)

Please send contributions to: “g4mwoATarrlDOTnet”

Many Thanks,

Paul Gaskell G4MWO
The 5 MHz Newsletter

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

PA - Netherland on 60m band confirmed!

"The Netherland is back on the air.
Last Wednesday night there was lot of PA’s on all channels and modes. It was nice to see so much activity for a change. In my “Recent Activities” listed further down below you’ll see their call signs. This looks like it was long awaited."

"PA Permission

Today we received the news that we can operate 60M . Our frequencies sheet has been adjusted and published in the state newspaper.
From 0000z local time, 2300z time we may operate on 60M. The link below shows the frequentie sheet.


Best 73
Bram, PH9B"

Thanks to Joe, W8GEX for sharing...

73 - Petr, OK1RP