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, March 4, 2020

F - France on 60m band

Hi all,

From 13 February 2020, Amateurs in all French territories now have access to the new WRC-15 60 m Secondary Allocation.

It represents as always the range of 5351.5 – 5366.5 kHz at a maximum power of 15 W EIRP following the publication in the French Official Journal of the order establishing it.


The French national amateur radio society, REF, advocates the use of the IARU 60 m bandplan.

Nature and beauties in France

The earth is filled with natural wonders that came about long before any of us got here. Nearly every corner of the planet harbors some natural beauty, or did before man came along. France is famed for its man made wonders but has a wealth of natural beauty. Here you will find idyllic alpine scenery, labyrinthine caves, and much more.

Mont Blanc

Situated at the border between Italy and France, the majestic Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in Western Europe and the tallest in the Alps with a height of 4,810 meters. Technically, the height of the mountain varies by year depending on the depth of snow at its summit. It is a popular site for climbers, and the first successful summit attempt was recorded in 1786. On a more morbid note, Mont Blanc has also been host to a number of accidents including plane crashes, skiing incidents, and tunnel fires. These occurrences make it one of the deadliest mountains on the planet.

Aiguille du Dru

Aiguilles du Dru is located within the Mont Blanc mountain range. Though its largest peak is only 3,755 meters high, far less than that of Mont Blanc itself, Aiguilles du Dru is still quite striking in its own rite. Aiguilles du Dru is made of granite rock. It is known for its grey rock fall scar and its jagged peak, and is aptly named because ‘aiguille’ means ‘needle’. There is a lower summit of 3,733 meters that is also considered part of the Aiguilles du Dru, and it is named The Petit Dru. People have been climbing this peak at least since 1878. In 1913 climbers placed a metal statue of Our Lady of Lourdes at the summit, and it still stands today.

Côte de Granit Rose

Côte de Granit Rose is the pink granite cost of northern Brittany. Its pink rocks can only be found in two other places on earth: China and Corsica. The enormous granite boulders emerge from the sea throughout the entire area. One of the most special places to view them is on the northern coast of Tréguier where the pink rocks are eroded into unique shapes. Further, it is not uncommon to find quaint coastal cottages dispersed between the boulders, something that undeniably adds to this beautiful and memorable scenery. In particular, we recommend taking the time to see the tiny house wedged between two boulders near Le Gouffre.

Étretat Cliffs

Located in a farming town in Normandy, the Étretat Cliffs are situated on a resort beach that has attracted many notable painters, writers, and artists to its shores throughout the years including Monet, Boudin, Maupassant, Lupin, and Courbet. Some of the most iconic features of the cliffs include their three natural arches and the jagged ‘needle’ that emerges separately out of the Atlantic Ocean. The cliffs are made of white chalk, and they covered in a blanket of green grass and mosses. This is a wonderful place to take a day trip if you’re visiting Normandy. In the summer time you can also swim and sunbathe on the white pebble beaches adjacent to the cliffs.

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The modern French population is largely native-born and represents a fusion of many peoples of Celtic, Germanic, Latin, and Slavic origins. Contrary to what has happened in many other countries, the immigrants have blended so well into existing French society that today it is difficult to determine the ethnic origins of most French citizens. More ethnically prominent are the 20th-century immigrants, including an estimated 4 million foreigners--mainly Portuguese, Spanish, and Italians--and many French citizens, a large number of them Arabs, who entered France in the 1960s from former French colonies in Algeria and sub-Saharan Africa. In 1990 an estimated 2.5 million North Africans lived in France.

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The French language is understood and spoken by virtually the entire population, although other languages and dialects persist alongside French in peripheral areas; they include BASQUE, Alsatian, Corsican, Breton, Provencal, Catalan, and Flemish. About 80% of the population nominally belongs to the Roman Catholic church, although only a minority of these participate regularly in church activities. Protestants constitute less than 2% of the population; Jews, about 1%; Muslims, who have entered France recently from former North African colonies, about 4%.

73 - Petr, OK1RP