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, March 30, 2017

Status Quo for UK 5 MHz by RSGB

Hi all,

A recent statement from the RSGB, shows there’s no change in the WRC-15 position; it’s still status quo...

“Amateurs in the UK have been very fortunate in having early access to 5MHz, with 5 spot frequencies 15 years ago and more than 70kHz of spectrum made available in 2013. This was a result of close cooperation with Ofcom and the MoD, who is primary user on the band. The UK currently has an arrangement that gives us more spectrum and a higher power allowance of 100W at 5MHz, however it does not cover all of the WRC-15 band of 5351.5 to 5366.5kHz.

The Society played a very active role in the WRC-15 process and continues to work with Ofcom to gain access to all of the WRC-15 band, however this is not expected to change in the foreseeable future as there are on-going assignments within the band. The RSGB will implement the IARU Region 1 band plan for 5MHz within the segments allocated to us. In common with other Region 1 societies with allocations greater than 15kHz, we will recommend that frequencies within the WRC-15 band that are allowed under the UK Amateur Radio License only be used for international contacts, or for stations with no other option”.    

GB2RS News , Sunday 26 March 2017.

Lower limit kHzUpper limit kHzGuidelines on current usage and suggested
USB frequencies
5258.55264.0CW activity, 5262kHz QRP
5276.05284.0USB 5278.5kHz. EMCOMM CoA
5288.55292.0Beacons 5290kHz. WSPR
5298.05307.0All modes. USB 5298.5kHz, 5301kHz, 5304kHz
5313.05323.0All modes. AM 5317kHz. USB 5320kHz
5333.05338.0USB 5335kHz
5354.05358.0All modes. USB 5354kHz. In WRC-15 band
5362.05374.5All modes. USB 5363kHz, 5371.5kHz. WRC-15 band to 5366.5kHz. Weak signal 5366.0 – 5366.5kHz
5378.05382.0USB 5379kHz
5395.05401.5USB 5395kHz, 5398.5kHz
5403.55406.5USB 5403.5kHz

Here is the URL for the RSGB 5 MHz webpages  showing the UK 5 MHz provision and operating notes.
Thank you for sharing to Paul, G4MWO and GB2RS)

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

CT9 - Madeira Isl. on 60m band by Hardy, DL3KWF

Dear friends,

we will start the activity on 60m at Friday 24.03.2017 00:00 UTC on 5352+/- kHz QSX 5405 kHz for American continent. Next days are Saturday and Monday. Check QRZ.com for the nights after Monday.
Hope for QSOs...

73 de Rosel CT9/DL3KWR and Hardy CT9/DL3KWF

Well the signal from Hardy, DL3KWF on 60m band is quite weak so it is not easy to catch him but thanks for his patience and QSX to ch5 operation.

The frequency for TX used by Hardy is 5352kHz on CW and I found him over here around 20-21Z. Unfortunately every time I found him I had a lot of deep QSB under noise. So there was no big chance to work him. After some time of QZF Hardy is going to operate QSX up to 5405kHz.

An archipelago some 360 miles off the coast of north Africa (just north of the Canary Islands), the Madeira Islands are many in number. But only two, Madeira and Porto Santo, are inhabited. The former is the center of cultural and civic life (and home to Funchal, the capital), while the latter has a beautiful six-mile-long beach that draws sun-loving tourists. Though the islands were probably discovered much earlier, 15th-century Portuguese explorers were the first to put them firmly on the map.

Good luck to all 60m hunters.

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Nobody is perfect...


unfortunately this morning (14/3/2017) on 60m band can be called simply "foiled"...
I planned to work or at least try to work several stations this nite. Some of them were reported with good signal and some of them I heard last nites so I thought I will try to increase mu DXCC on 60m band CW only after long time a bit.

I fell asleep in the beginning of the night for catching PJ7AA from St. Maarten as same as PJ4LS from Bonaire so I missed both of them.

After I had sked with friend from KL7 on 60m but agreed frequency has been occupied with another stations (we did not set the backup frequency > my mistake) so we hade no chance for our sked this nite.

Finally I found guys from Niger, 5U5R on 5360kHz QSX 5405kHz on CW at around 05:00UTC. I though that I will try at least catching my #69 on 60m band CW only. The pile-up was not so huge and the signal from 5U5R peaked 579 so I started to call them.

Unfortunately some DF2... station has been against and call them on their 5360kHz TX frequency QZF which made a lot of QRM. Several cops tried to turn him out so QRM was even worse...

After some time 5360kHz was again clean so I tried to call them again. After about 10mins it looked promising as Dave, K3LP on key at 5U5R site got my last two letters and asked "RP?". I tried to repeat my call sign but for the first time Dave got EA9RP...asked "? AGN". So I carefully repeated my call and hoped Dave will complete my call sign finally...

At this moment some LZ2A.. operator has been against and started to call on 5405kHz into myself. His calling definitely ruined my ongoing QSO with 5U5R and we did not finished it.

I was so disappointed that I listened to 5U5R next 15mins then they appeared in noise and after they moved the band to 20m on CW I guess.

Well, what I can say... Thank you very much for QRM. I know "nobody is perfect".
Hope to work them next time.

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Monday, March 6, 2017

VR - Hong Kong on 60m band


Hong Kong is now on 5 MHz...
The local telecommunication authority in Hong Kong, OFCA has now allocated 5351.5-5366.5kHz to the amateur radio service on a secondary basis.

The maximum power permitted is 15 Watt EIRP.
More details can be found here:
(Many thanks to Johnny, VR2XMC)

Hong Kong is an autonomous territory, and former British colony, in southeastern China. Its vibrant, densely populated urban center is a major port and global financial hub with a skyscraper-studded skyline.

Central (the business district) features architectural landmarks like I.M. Pei’s Bank of China Tower. Hong Kong is also a major shopping destination, famed for bespoke tailors and Temple Street Night Market.

Hong Kong is located on China's south coast, 60 km (37 mi) east of Macau on the opposite side of the Pearl River Delta. It is surrounded by the South China Sea on the east, south, and west, and borders the Guangdong city of Shenzhen to the north over the Sham Chun River. The territory's 2,755 km2 (1,064 sq mi) area consists of Hong Kong Island, the Kowloon Peninsula, the New Territories, and over 200 offshore islands, of which the largest is Lantau Island. Of the total area, 1,106 km2 (427 sq mi) is land and 1,649 km2 (637 sq mi) is water. Hong Kong claims territorial waters to a distance of 3 nautical miles (5.6 km). Its land area makes Hong Kong the 167th largest inhabited territory in the world. Less than 25% of Hong Kong's land area is built-up, while the majority is grassland, woodland, shrubland, and agricultural land.

In 2014, Hong Kong was the eleventh most popular destination for international tourists among countries and territories worldwide, with a total of 27.8 million visitors contributing a total of US$38,376 million in international tourism receipts. Hong Kong is also the most popular city for tourists, nearly two times of its nearest competitor Macau.

73 - Petr, OK1RP

CX - Uruguay gets 60m band


Uruguay gets 60m as follows:
5351.5 – 5366.5  kHz (Secondary)
General and Superior licences

5351.5 – 5354.0  CW & Digimodes
5354.0 – 5366.0  All Modes
5366.0 – 5366.5  CW & Digimodes
Max. power -  General : 15 W EIRP   Superior: 25 W EIRP
More details can be found in Spanish here:

(Many thanks to Paul, G4MWO for info)

Uruguay is a South American country known for its verdant interior and beach-lined coast.

The capital, Montevideo, revolves around Plaza Independencia, once home to a Spanish citadel. It leads to Ciudad Vieja (Old City), with art deco buildings, colonial homes and Mercado del Puerto, an old port market with many steakhouses. La Rambla, a waterfront promenade, passes fish stalls, piers and parks.

Population: 3.407 million (2013) World Bank

Currency: Uruguayan peso

The tourism industry in Uruguay is a stable component of their economy. Whether tourism contributes to the overall productivity of the economy, or provides stability by way of jobs, it is a force they have chosen to emphasize. As of 2008, 10% of the nation's jobs were based in the tourism industry. In 2007, Uruguay brought in nearly 1.8 million tourists. The bulk of the tourists in Uruguay settle themselves around the rich culture of the country as well as the scenic natural attractions. Cultural experiences in Uruguay range from interacting with the indigenous people to colonial history, as found in Colonia del Sacrementa. Montevideo, the country's capital, houses the most diverse selection of cultural activities. Historical monuments such as Tores Garcia Museum as well as Estadio sentenario, which housed the first world cup in history, are only a couple samples of the culture depth that tourists commonly seek. However simply walking the streets allows one to experience the colorful blend of culture the city has to offer.

One of the main natural attractions in Uruguay is Punta del Este. Punta del Este is a prominent tourist destination on a small peninsula off the southeast shore of Uruguay. Its beaches are divided into Mansa, or meek, (river side) and Brava, or brave, (ocean side). These beaches offer versatility to the tourist experience, the Mansa being more ideal for sunbathing, snorkeling, & other low-key recreational opportunities, and the Brava being more ideal for adventurous water sport enthusiasts. Punta del Este is virtually connected to the city of Maldonado and eastward spread widely, encompassing La Barra and José Ignacio. It has 122 hotels, 80 restaurants, an international airport and a yacht port that can accommodate 500 boats.
For more in-depth coverage of Uruguay's vast tourism opportunities, see this list by Welcome Uruguay

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

V2 - Antigua Island on 60m band by DL7AFS


V21ZG Antigua Island : DL7AFS and DJ7ZG will be active again from Antigua Island (IOTA NA-100) 28 February - 26 March 2017 as V21ZG.

They will operate on 80-6 m (including 60m band - 5357kHz) mainly SSB, RTTY, PSK, SSTV.

QSL via DL7AFS direct, ClubLog OQRS, LOTW.
Ads for direct QSL: Baerbel Linge, Eichwaldstr. 86, 34123 Kassel, Germany.

Do not expect their operation on CW unfortunately...

73 - Petr, OK1RP

5U - Niger on 60m by Toni, EA5RM


As I informed some time ago... Toni, EA5RM as team leader of 5U5R DX-pedition will try to be in March 8-21 on 5360 CW and SSB. He will receive us on 5371.5 or 5403.5 SSB and CW frequencies accordingly.

Antonio Gonzalez
P.O.Box 930
E-03200 Elche

More information and updates can be found here:

73 - Petr, OK1RP

PJ4 - Bonaire on 60m by David, NA2AA


David, NA2AA inform dxnews.com, that K2NG, NA2AA, K3SW along with PJ4LS and PJ4DX will be active from Bonaire Island in the ARRL DX SSB Contest 4 - 5 March 2017 as PJ4G.

They will be in M/2 Category.
The U.S. operators will be signing PJ4/Homecall before and after the contest.
Digital skeds for ATNO with PJ4 can be made with NA2AA via his QRZ email.

QSL for PJ4G via WA2NHA, LOTW.
QSL for operators is via direct and LoTW.

David PJ4/NA2AA will put on this new one when he activates the island March 2, and 5th and 6th. He should be on after 0100z on 5357. He will spot on DX Watch cluster. David understands this is the JT65 channel where there is a lot of activity, but it’s the only channel the authorities have authorized. David may also be on just before his sunrise.

73 - Petr, OK1RP

HAARP UAF 2.72MHz carrier, second Harmonic at 5.44MHz - Auroral doppler /fade by Laurence, KL7L


Published on Feb 26, 2017 by Laurence, KL7L

"Looking at HAARPs 23rd Feb 2017 second harmonic signal and visualizing the fade pattern and doppler/scintillation pattern. Was the Auroral style doppler naturally/solar interaction,, created by HAARPs 2.72MHz carrier or a mix? Audio on right hand channel of 2.72MHz is suppressed for easier listening."


Is there anybody else who noticed the same on the 60m band during the HAARP tests?

73 - Petr, OK1RP