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, January 24, 2020

New Zealand 60m trial permission extended

Hi all,

The New Zealand 60m trial which was due to conclude on 24th January 2020 has been extended for 6 more months by the NZ regulator, RSM and NZ Defence Force to give time to work out a more permanent solution.

Attached is the NZART permission statement.

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Monday, January 13, 2020



Major changes to the Falklands Islands Communications Laws have been announced by the Falklands Islands Communications Regulator. They were published in the official Falklands Islands Gazette on 11 November 2019 and came into force on 15 November 2019


One of these has resulted in the new WRC-15 60m Secondary Allocation becoming available to Falklands Radio Amateurs. The allocation 5351.5 – 5366.5 kHz, with a maximum power of 25W EIRP has been granted for Amateur Radio operations in the islands (see p.6).


Falklands Islands Communications Regulator website



Paul Gaskell, G4MWO


The 5 MHz Newsletter

Upcoming DXpeditions by Joe, W8GEX - January 9, 2020

Upcoming DXpeditions

Rotuma: 3D2R Mid Dec. to early Jan.

Gambia: C5YK Mid Dec to March 16.

St. Vincent: J8/WJ2O February 9 to 20.

Senegal: 6W7/ON4AVT February 17 to end of March.

South Orkney Islands: VP8/VP8DXU Feb. 20 - Mar. 5.

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