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, March 7, 2016

ON - Belgium on 60m band now...

Belgium gets WRC15 5 MHz allocation
As you probably read in many bulletins the Belgian Telecoms regulator IBPT has issued a decision permitting access to the new WRC15 60m allocation for all Belgian Class A amateur licensees (also known as the HAREC licence).

The actual Belgium allocation is from 5351.5 kHz to 5366.5 kHz on a Secondary basis with a maximum power of 15W e.i.r.p.
All modes are permitted.

IBPT (the regulator)
UBA (national society)
(Tnx to Paul, G4MWO and Joe, W8GEX for their confirmation)

The US stations have two common channels with them:
5357 kHz for USB
5358.5 kHz for CW

The OK stations have two channels with them also:
USB Dial (kHz)CW Dial (kHz)
Added to harmonize with UK bandplan

The UK stations covering them by these bloks:
5354.0 kHzto 5358.0 kHz(4 kHz)
5362.0 kHzto 5374.5 kHz(12.5 kHz)

Otherwise you will have to use cross channel operation up to channels 4,5...
Active stations these days on 60m band:
Best regards,
73 - Petr, OK1RP

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