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, May 11, 2021

New 60 m/5 MHz WRC-15 Sub-Licence Now Available for New Zealand

Hi all,  

The ’old’ 5 MHz ZL sub-license expired following the end of the two-channel 60 m NZ trial in 2020. However, NZART is pleased to announce that negotiations with regulator RSM have been successful in obtaining a license to allow operation for all New Zealand amateur operators to use in the 60 m (5 MHz) band using the WRC-15 allocation.

Sincere thanks are due to Bob Vernall, ZL2CA, who did outstanding work by virtue of his position as an NZ government Approved Radio Engineer and ITU experience with the International Frequency Registration Board enabled him to put forward his project. Bob states:

“I independently liaised with New Zealand Defense Force (NZDF) to implement a plan I formulated in January to clear a 60 meter band for amateur radio. NZDF liked my plan and it has relevance to other NZDF radio projects. As I'm an Approved Radio Engineer I can modify radio licenses and NZDF authorized me to make specified changes to their licenses, which cleared bandwidth for amateur radio. These changes were registered by RSM around midday on 8 April. That completed my contribution to development of a 60 meter amateur band in New Zealand.”

New Zealand nature

This made the new WRC-15 Amateur 5 MHz Secondary allocation clear for the next step which was for NZART to engage with the regulator RSM to formulate a new sub-license for the band:

Miss bikini New Zealand

5351.5 – 5366.5 kHz, Secondary Status, Maximum Power 15W EIRP, working together with the IARU 60 m Band plan.


NZART President Mark ZL2UFI explains:

“The NZART license (and your sub-license) are for a twelve-month period to allow RSM to assess if there are any interference issues. If not, then NZART will negotiate with RSM to having the 60 m (5 MHz) band allocation added to the GURL (General User Radio License). If this negotiation is successful, then the need for the sub-license will not be required in the future.”


More information from the NZART website



ZL 60 m New Sub-Licensees



Many thanks for these information to Paul, G4MWO!

73 - Petr, OK1RP


Paul Gaskell G4MWO


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