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.

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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