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 10, 2019

RGO ONE transceiver 60m option available...

Hi all,

there is good news from Boris, LZ2JR - the developer and manufacturer of the new compact high performance transceiver RGO ONE...

"At last we have working RGO ONE on 160m (1.8MHz – 2.0MHz) and 60m (5.25MHz – 5.45MHz). All needed are two boards – LPF for  160m and BPF 160/60m"

If you do not know what is the RGO ONE then more infor you can find in three parts article here: https://ok1rp.blogspot.com/
...or directly here: http://lz2jr.com/blog/

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Upcoming DXpeditions by Joe, W8GEX

Upcoming DXpeditions

Rotuma: 3D2R Mid Dec. to early Jan

Gambia: C5YK Mid Dec to March 16

NEW COUNTRY South Orkney Islands: VP8/VP8DXU - Feb. 20, to Mar5

Swains W8S: March 10 – 25, 2020

Western Kiribati: T30ET- March 11, to April 2, 2020

Ivory Coast: TU2R March 23 to April 3

73 - Petr, OK1RP

60metersonline WEB news by Joe, W8GEX

60metersonline WEB news by Joe, W8GEX

"As you know, we have a 60m website, www.60metersonline.com. It was built and is maintained by Mike, a non-ham friend of mine, at no charge to us. Because of recent changes by the provider, Mike had to rebuild the entire site which took a lot of time. He does a great job and we certainly appreciate the time he devotes to our hobby.
It’s time to renew our domain name and pay for the site. The renewal is for three years and I am asking for a donation from each of you. I haven’t asked for money in quite a while but it is needed now to keep the website active.

This has nothing to do with my 60m DX Newsletter as I do this as a volunteer to promote 60 meters.
I know many of you use this website, so we need everyone to help.

To donate go to
www.60metersonline.com and click the “Donate” button at the top of the page.

I, and all other 60m operators, appreciate your generosity.

60 Meters logger page:

This page has been around for many years. It was very active at first; recently the usage has slowed down. The purpose was for short messages. To make a post, scroll down on the page and your see a box where you can make your post. After your comments add your call-sign so we know who has made the post and hit enter."

Be so kind and donate our 60m web in order to keep it up...
To donate go to www.60metersonline.com and click the “Donate” button at the top of the page.

73 - Petr, OK1RP


Monday, November 11, 2019

60m newsletter 11-10-19 by Joe, W8GEX

Upcoming DXpeditions

Panama: 3E1FP during month of Nov.
Rwanda: 9X2AW Nov. 4-16
Bolivia: CP1XRM Nov.10-30
NEW COUNTRY Madagascar: 5R8VX Nov.12-25
Temotu: H40KT & H40TT Nov.14-26
Niger: 5U9AMO Nov.15-25
Rotuma: 3D2R Nov.27 to early Dec.

NEW COUNTRY South Orkney Islands:  VP8/VP8DXU - Feb.20 - Mar.5.
Swains W8S: March 10 – 25, 2020

Western Kiribati: T30ET- March 11, to April 2, 2020.

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Monday, October 21, 2019

60m newsletter 10-19-19 by Joe, W8GEX

Upcoming DXpeditions

Western Kiribati: T30GC activity - October 7, to October 23, 2019
Pitcairn VP6R NEW COUNTRY: October 18 to Nov. 1
5T – Mauritania: October 19 to October 26
Lakshadweep Islands: VU7RI from October 19, to November 3.
South Orkney Islands:  VP8/VP8DXU - NEW COUNTRY   Feb. 20, to Mar. 5, 2020
Swains W8S: March 10 – 25,2020
Western Kiribati: T30ET- March 11, to April 2, 2020.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

60m newsletter September 19, 2019 by Joe, W8GEX

Upcoming DXpeditions
C21WW NAURU:  Sept.16-25
Western Kiribati: T30GC activity - October 7, to October 23, 2019.

Lakshadweep IslandsVU7RI from October 19, to November 3.
South Orkney Islands:  VP8/VP8DXU
- NEW COUNTRY   Feb. 20, to Mar. 5, 2020
Western Kiribati: T30ET- March 11, to April 2, 2020.
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Pitcairn 60m permission story by Joe, W8GEX

The story about obtaining permission for 60m on Pitcairn:

Ralph K0IR, team leader for the Pitcairn VP6R DXpedition, had been turned down by the licensing folks in New Zealand for permission to operate 60m.  He had his hands full testing equipment and getting the container ready for shipment to New Zealand and, knowing I had helped many teams get on this band in the past, asked if I would help in winning permission.

I knew I would need help on this project, so I asked Paul G4MWO and Mike ZL4OL for assistance.  Between the three of us, plus Ralph, we sent many, many emails.  First we wrote Shirley Dillon of the Pitcairn administrative office in New Zealand.  She referred the request to Bill Haigh, Telecommunications Network Manager for the Government of the Pitcairn Islands, and he again denied the request.  Not ready to give up, Paul wrote to Laura Clarke, the Pitcairn Governor who lives off island as she is also the UK High Commissioner for New Zealand.  With his letter he sent supporting documents from the ITU WRC-15 conference, showing 60m had been allocated worldwide. Unsure if the email had been delivered, Mike volunteered to call her, but with no luck.  In the meantime, in response to a fax, Paul received a note from the Governor’s secretary saying that the Governor was on leave, but she would pass on the letter upon her return.  When Paul finally did get a response from the fax, the situation at that point still remained unchanged.

By now Meralda Warren VP6MW, who lives on the island, had joined our team.  She had been very active from 1984 until recently when she had some equipment failure.  Meralda asked Bill for permission and also got a “no” answer. Then she asked the Pitcairn Island Council if they would ask Bill Haigh to reconsider, which led to several meetings on this issue.  One reason Bill was turning us down is that he was reading old 60m documents and was concerned about interference, so we needed to bring him up-to-date.  Paul G4MWO is great on this type of research, so he provided outstanding information for his review.

In the meantime, Mike ZL4OL had asked John Moriarty ZL2JPM of NZART and the IARU Liaison officer in New Zealand, for help.  John knew that the ITU WRC-15 60m frequencies were 300 kc away from the New Zealand Search & Rescue frequency, and interference shouldn’t be a problem, so he contacted Bill and explained the frequency range and the 2017 ITU 60m frequency allocation. Shortly after this, our permission was finally granted.

Confusing to say the least, but as you can tell, this team of K0IR, ZL4OL, G4MWO, VP6MW, ZL2JPM and W8GEX has worked tirelessly for the past several months in obtaining this permission.  At times we were about to give up, but we persevered.  Paul and I have worked on other licensing projects and Mike, being a local down under, was so helpful because he knew the right people to contact.  It was my privilege to work with such an outstanding crew and for the team of VP6R.

Our most sincere gratitude goes to Bill Haigh ZL1BUQ, the Telecommunications Network Manager for the Government of the Pitcairn Islands for his reconsideration of this permit.
The team said they are looking forward to operating 60 meters and we are all looking forward to the ATNO.

Joe,  W8GEX 

T6 – Afghanistan by Robert, S53R

T6 – Afghanistan - From Kabul T6AA

Robert has plans to start up early in this month and continue until summer, 2021.  Robert thinks he will mostly do CW "with some SSB and digital modes," 160-6M.  LoTW will be the initial primary QSL route.  OQRS QSLing for paper cards direct only is being worked up.  For updates:  
https://www.qrz.com/db/t6aa.  Robert adds that he will be on 60 meters CW and expects to be transmitting "somewhere around 5352.5 up to 5355" KHz.

Friday, June 28, 2019

60m newsletter 6-22-2019 by Joe, W8GEX

June 22, 2019
Joe Pater W8GEX

Laos: By Bruce XW4XR

Just an FYI - I'll be back in Laos (XW4XR ) June 26 thru July 7th and plan to be on 60m in my local wee hours as in past trips.   It's not going to be pretty though as late night thunderstorms are common this time of year. I'll probably stick to FT-8 as it has the best chance.

73 and Good DX! Bruce  3W3B - XW4XR
T2 – Tuvalu:

3D2AG, Tony next trip to T2AR will be from June 27 to July 6

Editor:   I need help with the DXpeditions below in BLUE.  ZK3A and T33 are one team. The South Orkney leaders are Dave K3EL and Les W2LK team, and YT1AD is the leader for the Tokelau team. May I suggest sending these teams a note asking for a 60 meter operation.

3Y - Bouvet Island: Leader Dom 3Z9DX

The following is from the 3Y0I Bouvet DXpedition website: "The southern hemisphere's summer is coming soon, so do Rebel plans start to accelerate. Announcing the 3Y0I Band Plan - frequencies and modes we'll use while operating from Bouvet Island. The frequencies listed below are 3Y0I expected transmit frequencies. Listen to the Op for his preferred receive frequencies (split)".
See https://www.rebeldxgroup.com/3y0i-bouvet-band-plan/ 
T33 – Banaba
The Rebel DX Group moves on from their 3D2CR Conway Reef operation to the next stop, callsign T33T, within a few weeks from now.  Op Dom, 3Z9DX says they plans "a couple more" entities in the Pacific, as they continue sailing in the region until mid-October.  There was also mention of a focus on Bouvet (3Y0I) in November.

Tokelau ZK3A by Hrane YT1AD

If you know Hrane or a team member of this upcoming DXpedition, please contact them about getting on 60m. YT1AD has no email on QRZ.COM
South Orkney:  

I have asked Gene K5GS a team member about their team operating 60m. This team is very reluctant to do so even after I pointed out to them that over 200 countries have been on the band and the band is very active. They do have a team member, Rob N7QT, who operates 60m.

9K - Kuwait Arrives on 60m

Kuwait Arrives on 60m

The Kuwaiti telecom regulator, CITRA, has released the new WRC-15 Amateur Secondary Allocation of 5351.5 – 5366.5 kHz to Kuwaiti 9K2 licensees

under ITU Footnote 5.133B, which in the case of Kuwait means a maximum power of 15W EIRP.

The first Kuwaiti ham on the new band was Muhammad, 9K2NO who is looking forward to working more stations.
Paul Gaskell G4MWO,
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Monday, May 13, 2019

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May 10, 2019
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Futuna island FW/G0VJG

Update from Nobby, G0VJG, to remind us that his plans are going well
for his trip to 3D2 and FW for May 8,  and be QRV there for 14 days.  Please be aware dates may change according to local conditions.

QSL Manager M0OXO

TK – Corsica:

TK/DB4BJ, Martin, is QRV from the northern part of Corsica until May 17.  He's running 50 watts from an FT-897 and a 5 meter high vertical.  Listen for him on 6 mostly on FT8.

QSL via the DB4BJ 
VU7 - Lakshadweep Islands:

M0KRI, Shabu, has announced his plans for a DXpedition to the
Lakshadweep Islands.  He will be using the callsign VU7RI from October
19, to November 3.  This will be a three man team.  More details are expected.
HH - Haiti

HH6/N3BNA and HH6/K3MSB, Dale and Mark, will be in Haiti on a short
work trip, May 4-11.  Not sure about how much they can be on the air;
they do hope to do some 160 and 60M.  QSL HH6/N3BNA for KA2AEV and
HH6/K3MSB to his own home QTH
Western Kiribati:

This year will be T30GC activity only! I will be there together with Mitko, LZ3NY.
T30GC activity will be between 7 October 2019 and 23 October 2019.
The tickets are purchased, the accommodation is reserved and the license is obtained!

Yes, we will be QRV on 60 m during T30GC activity!  I will try to operate more time on 60 m - CW and SSB.

So, for now.
73! Stan, LZ1GC

Monday, April 15, 2019

9G2DX - Ghana story Zvika, 4Z1ZV

Hi all,

does not matter if you worked them or not on 60m band, nice story about the 9G2DX, Ghana DX-pedition can be read over here by Zvika, 4Z1ZV...


73 - Petr, OK1RP

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

SV - Greece on 60m band

Greece latest newcomer to 60m

A ministerial decision dated 26th February 2019 published in the government gazette of 5th March 2019 introduced a new Frequency Allocation Table, which authorizes amateur radio use of 5351.5 - 5366.5 kHz, on a secondary basis at 15W EIRP under the ITU 60m amateur allocation decision of WRC-15.


(Government Gazette and National Frequency Allocation table in Greek)


73 - Petr, OK1RP

Friday, March 1, 2019

9G - Ghana by Dov, 4Z4DX on 60m band CW?

9G2DX Ghana
The 9G2DX team led by Dov Gavish 4Z4DX and Haim Lewy 9G5AF will be working 3 different locations in Ghana.
Location 1
The beach near the capitol city of Accra will have operations on 160, 80, 60, 30. This operation will begin on March 9, 2019 and run for about 3 days. CW,SSB and FT8. The seaside beach QTH is ideal for low band operations.
Locations 2 & 3 (Outstanding Flora & Fauna Sites )
Location 2 9GFF-0007 Flora and Fauna Shai Hills Resource Reserve all bands and modes
Location 3 9GFF-0004 Flora and Fauna KAKUM all bands and modes
For the final days of the DXpedition, the team will return to the beach QTH near Accra for more activity on 160, 80, 60, and 30m.



73 - Petr, OK1RP



DARC: Radar makes 5 MHz band 'useless' !

Germany's DARC reports: Once again we have problems with short wave radars. On almost every evening at 5310-5410 kHz the Russian coastal radar 'Sunflower' broadcasts. This also makes our new miniband useless

A Google translation of their post reads:

The system is located near the city of Makhachkala on the Caspian Sea. Acoustically we perceive it as a deep hum. It transmits in FMOP (Frequency Modulation On Pulse) with 43 sweeps / sec and captures aircraft at a range of up to 450 km.

Over water ships are recognized. Even stealth planes can be classified. The system is so successful that the Chinese operate several "sunflowers" on the east coast. Chinese OTHs (Over-Horizon Radars) work almost daily in the 20-meter band. 

In the mornings we can often receive them with high field strengths. They send in blocks of several seconds and jump over wide frequency ranges. Very noticeable is the radar, which resembles a foghorn sound (66.6 sweeps / sec). The worst "QRM brooms", however, are the broadband radars of the Chinese. They work with 10 or 20 sweeps / sec and a signal width of 160 kHz.

In the mornings we find them in the 20 m band and in the evening also in the 40 m band. There they are particularly noticeable when the transmission line is in the dark. At the moment we have extreme problems with the new Container Radar from Russia. It works as an over horizon radar in FMOP with 40 sweeps / sec and a signal width of about 40 kHz often for hours in the 20 m band. In the past few days we see two systems side by side on our SDR screens. 

The station is located north of Penza and not far from Saransk. On the S-meter we see S9 + 40 dB and sometimes +50 dB. The DARC-Bandwacht has informed the BNetzA-Konstanz [Federal Network Agency].

Please visit the Bandwacht website again and again and click on the current intruder

The newsletters are also recommended. The image material there should also serve for further education.

The website of the Bandwacht and the IARU monitoring system is

This is reported by Wolf Hadel, DK2OM, from the DARC-Bandwacht.


Note: The question is if it is the issue and blocking point for ham radio operation on the 60m band as there is NO ham radio traffic at all for several months. Just PC controlled CB chats...

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Monday, January 21, 2019

YB - 5 MHz for Indonesia by Paul, G4MWO

Hi Guys,

The Indonesian national society ORARI reports new amateur radio regulations have been issued with new bands including 5 MHz. This is the WRC-15 Secondary allocation 5351.5 – 5366.5 kHz with 15W EIRP for top class licensees. All modes are permitted; the IARU 60m Band plan being recommended.

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of the Republic of Indonesia issued the new Amateur Radio Regulations dated December 31, 2018.

New amateur radio regulations (in Indonesian)

New bands at 136 kHz and 472 kHz have also been made available.


Paul Gaskell G4MWO,


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