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)

Thursday, December 8, 2016

VP5 on 60m band by Dave, W5CW

Hi all,

"telegraph news" coming from Dave, W5CW...

"I have been listening and calling most every evening and have not worked many stations on 60 meters. I arrived here at VP5 on Nov 21 and return home to Oklahoma next Tuesday. I will continue to check and call CQ occasionally each night beginning tonight around 00:30UTC each evening until I take the station down on Monday evening. I will be on 5405 CW and/or 5373 CW. 
Thanks Dave, VP5/W5CW"

Many thanks to Joe, W8GEX for sharing the info with us.

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Monday, November 7, 2016

OH - Finland on 60m band by Jari, OH2BU (aka OH2P)

Hi all,

Jari, OH2BU ( aka OH2P on 60 m) informs us that:
“On Friday Oct. 28 our PTT announced that all OH stations will get permission to use 5351.5 – 5366.5 kHz starting Jan. 1st 2017 with
15 W eirp.

The special licenses which now are valid for maximum of five years will continue to be valid till the end of each license.”

SRAL ( Finnish national amateur radio society ) 60m News Page :

As the Finland has not 60m band allocation arranged until now it is good progress at least.

(Many thanks for Paul, G4MWO and Jari, OH2BU for info)

73 - Petr, OK1RP

CT - Portugal on 60m by Jose, CT1EEB

Hello all,

Portuguese 5 MHz prime mover Jose, CT1EEB, reports on changes to the 60m allocation in Portugal. These include some of the existing channels, plus the new WRC15 allocation!
“Just received my 60m band license renewal from ANACOM . I am the first station in CT1 to be allowed to use the new WRC-15 60m. frequencies. I have been authorized:
5371.5 kHz A1A and J3E
5403.5 kHz A1A and J3E

5351.5 kHz to 5366.5 kHz A1A and J3E (the new WRC-15 frequencies).
No power limit.
73  Jose  CT1EEB”

It is very important to notice that ANACOM understood well the situation on 60m band worldwide and preliminary WRC-15 band plan for those countries where 60m band allocation was not arranged until now.

ANACOM did not revoked the current channels in licenses and just extended it for the new WRC-15 band.

Also the unlimited power indicates that Portugal is on the right way!

(Many thanks for Paul, G4MWO and Jose, CT1EEB for info)

best regards,
73 - Petr, OK1RP

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Cuba Active (regularly) on 60m (55m band to us) by Pavel, CO7WT

"Hi OMs.

Cuba has an assignation in the "60m" band (that our regulatory agency call it "55m band") and it was mostly empty spectrum, until now.

A group of Cuban hams are activating the band between 1700 to 2100 local (2100z to 0100z) every day possible in a informal way, we are talking about antennas/rigs/propagation/arduino/etc
(In Spanish but we can speak in english too).

We have a continuous segment between 5418 to 5430 Khz and we are using 5425 Khz USB for this informal net.

This initiative was an idea of Josue CO7RR and backed up by me (Pavel, CO7WT) as we are kind of network controllers for this experiment; since last week we have summed about 12 Cuban stations to the freq and more are interested on it.

The idea was to use the band to evaluate it for national communications in disaster situations (in the view of the recent Matthew hit), so far we have coverage for all the Cuba island just after 40m band closes for national QSOs and up to 4 hours later around 9 to 10 pm local with good to use signals (nothing big than S9+10 but quite readable ones with just S4-5 of noise floor), from this point (~9:30pm local) the propagation disappear...

That was using just regular homebred and commercial surplus radios with ~30W and 40m antennas via twin open wire feeder and Manual tuners. Of course you will hear some 100W and even 150W signals in from time to time.

Reception reports are welcomed, if you hear us and want to make a Split QSO or just report reception you can send a SMS to me (Pavel CO7WT) to my cell (+53 53 847 819) with the split details (I will TX on 5420 to not disrupt the net, and you have to send me the RX DIAL freq I have to use and the USB/LSB mode) we have a experienced CW operator on the net (CO7RR) so if you hear him and want  a CW QSO SMS me with details and I will tell him about.

73 Pavel CO7WT."
(Originaly published on 60M Yahoo Group"

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Monday, October 24, 2016

ZS - South Africa: The ICASA frequency spectrum committee has approved 5 MHz band privileges !

Hi all,

The South African Radio League, SARL, has been in discussions with their telecom authority, ICASA, about 5 MHz band privileges.
They're talking about a 100 kHz wide band, with 400 watt power limit.

So far the frequency spectrum committee has approved it and now it goes to the "Operating Committee."

Continued use of 5290 kHz for the "WSPR propagation experiment" is also being considered, in addition to the expansion of a secondary allocation for 5350-5450.


I really hope that it will be approved by ICASA "Operating Committee" soon.

73 - Petr, OK1RP

TL - Central African Republic on 60m band


Chris, F4WBN, is active again from Central African Republic with F9IE, TR8JLD and F5DUX in between October 19-28, 2016 as TL0A.

They are planning to operate on 80 to 6 meters (including 60m for the first time). QRV on CW, RTTY and SSB. Equipment consists of KX3 tranceivers/power amp, Spiderbeam and verticals antennas. Not connection to internet on site. QSL via F4WBN see on QRZ.com.

For the first time they were active on 60m band 22-Oct-16 in between 23:30U - 01:30U on 5405kHz CW. Unfortunately I missed them by my big mistake that night so I have to looking for them again.

TL0A Central African Republic flag Central African Republic

Christian Saint-Arroman, TL0A
Chemin de Mousteguy
64990 Urcuit


Best regards,

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Friday, October 21, 2016

Luxembourg 60m beacon LX0HF by LX1KQ

Hi all,

today I got latest information about the LX0HF beacon on 60m band from Paul, G4MWO as it has been sent to him by Mich, LX1HQ few days ago...

"Dear Paul,
I wanted to inform you that the frequency of the beacon LX0HF was reset to 5205.25kHz.
The Luxembourg Amateur Radio Society, the RL maintain LX0HF.
Best 73 de Mich 
President of the RL 
Ernzen , JN39CS

Thanks to Paul and Mich!

73 - Petr, OK1RP