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.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Hi All,

The German telecoms regulator, BNetzA, has enabled access to the new WRC-15 60m Amateur Allocation to all German Class ‘A’ licensees as of 20th December 2016.

The allocation is from 5351.5 to 5366.5 kHz on a Secondary basis with a maximum power of 15W EIRP and a maximum bandwidth of 2.7 kHz.

All modes are permitted and the German national amateur radio society, DARC, recommends the use of USB and the IARU Region 1 provisional bandplan for 60m.

BNetzA Notification No. 1699/2016 : https://is.gd/Gunhb3

DARC 5 MHz News Item :

(Tnx:  BNetzA, DARC, DJ8NK, W8GEX, Paul, G4MWO)

Best regards,
73 - Petr, OK1RP

Friday, December 9, 2016

4O - Montenegro on 60m band by Ark, UA4CC

Hello all,

maybe you noticed or even worked 4O7CC on 60m band during last few days. This operation was done by Arkadiy, UA4CC from Montenegro where he got his license thanks to help from Ranko, 4O3A over there.

After the promulgation of the Declaration of Independence in the Parliament of the Republic of Montenegro on 3 June 2006, following the independence referendum held on 21 May, the Government of the Republic of Montenegro assumed the competences of defining and conducting the foreign policy of Montenegro as a subject of international law and a sovereign state. The implementation of this constitutional responsibility was vested in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which was given the task of defining the foreign policy priorities and activities needed for their implementation. These activities are pursued in close cooperation with other state administration authorities, the President, the Speaker of the Parliament, and other relevant stakeholders.[32]

Integration into the European Union is Montenegro's strategic goal. This process will remain in the focus of Montenegrin foreign policy in the short term. The second strategic and equally important goal, but one attainable in a shorter time span, is joining NATO, which would guarantee stability and security for pursuing other strategic goals. Montenegro believes NATO integration would speed up EU integration.[32]

Although it only borders Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Serbia and Croatia, Montenegro also counts former Yugoslav republics Macedonia and Slovenia as its neighbouring countries, for historical and regional reasons, as well as the neighbours of former Yugoslavia: Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, and Greece.

If you are not sure that you are in log then check it here:

As I was informed by Ark, UA4CC he will be in Montenegro again from 4th January 2017 and he will stay here for 10 days.

So make the note into your calendar if you missed him as same as me last days on 60m.

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Thursday, December 8, 2016

VP5 on 60m band by Dave, W5CW

Hi all,

"telegraph news" coming from Dave, W5CW...

"I have been listening and calling most every evening and have not worked many stations on 60 meters. I arrived here at VP5 on Nov 21 and return home to Oklahoma next Tuesday. I will continue to check and call CQ occasionally each night beginning tonight around 00:30UTC each evening until I take the station down on Monday evening. I will be on 5405 CW and/or 5373 CW. 
Thanks Dave, VP5/W5CW"

Many thanks to Joe, W8GEX for sharing the info with us.

73 - Petr, OK1RP