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)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Latest 60m band utilization charts - 12 June 2015


the latest 60m band utilization charts are available here:

Many thanks to Ian, G3NRW and to Paul, G4MWO for an updating and sharing it regularly.

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Friday, July 24, 2015

HA - DXCC #50 on 60m CW only!

Hello all,
my K3 just arrived back from Elecraft service where it was repaired and also completely upgraded. As I purchased my K3 early in 2008 and radio never been upgraded or modified from that time so it was really neccessary. Now it is up to date with current production release, some strange issues are repaired and even more... Second receiver is installed, KBPF3A and new synthesizers are installed and all is fully adjusted, tweaked and tested. So I was able to come back to 60m band after few months.
When I turned ON my K3 on 60m band I found that the high summer time noise is very limiting for the operation right now. Well I will have to put my receiving loop back on board after long refurbishing period. Without receiving antenna and some other noise reduction tools it will be hard job over there. Luckily K3 has really effective weapons like NB or even DSP noise reduction. So now it is time to play with it.
My DXCC score was for long time unchanged because I catched most of active countries on this band. My goal to reach 50 DXCC sounded like mission impossible as working new country took several months of investigation, watching the DX-peditions and their 60m band ability etc.

The dream turned to the reality when I found Steve, HA5CLF (ex OL8CCW, OK3CLF) on ch5 giving his CQ. I know that Hungarian stations got the permission to the 60m band and the activity in the beginning was high. Unfortunately lot of them abandoned this band for very low activity and high noise level in the summer time...

I worked Steve, HA5CLF as my DXCC #50 and I reached my first goal on this band after years of daily work. An interesting think is that I am working exclusively CW so all of my QSOs and DXCC countries reached over there are CW ONLY! For that reason I never worked several unique and rare countries because they never switched to CW...

Well another goal has been arranged. New target is defined and I hope that it will be as funny as the preview period on this band.

Thank You to all friends on the 60m band for their friendship, effort, enthusiasm and mainly an excellent camaraderie!
I really like it...

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Navassa on 60m maybe during next three days!

Hello all,

maybe the best news coming from Joe, W8GEX...

"I have great news about another all time new one. I have been working on this for some time now. The team leaders of K1N Navassa have given the team permission to operate the 60m band. Gary K4AVC made, tested, and shipped the team an inverted vee to them a few months ago.

They might come on 5.403.5 USB tonight, Friday and Saturday nights. Their sunset is at about 2300. The antenna is up at 70 ft on the light house.
They said they will be on 60m but it all depends on the availability of an extra radio and their not sure on the exact time. 

If they feel a reason to split they will announce it. PLEASE listen for any operator instructions. They are well aware the USA only has five channels.

It will be some time before another group goes back to Navassa, so this may be the only opportunity in our lifetime to work this new one.

So be kind and courteous and stand by as they work a station. If you don’t hear them well please wait until their signal builds. USA, if they call for Europe, please stand by. The same goes for Europe when they are calling for North America.

Please consider donating to this DXpedition as this is a very expensive trip."

Many thanks for DX flash news to Joe, W8GEX!

73 - Petr, OK1RP

DXpeditions to watch on 60m

St. Kitts: W5JON, John QRV as V47JA from January 20, to March 1.
Solomon Islands: Bernard DL2GAC will be H44MS from January 30, to April 28.
Ascension Island: ZD8D Feb 22 to Mar 6th.
(Tnx to Joe, W8GEX for his newsletter info)
73 - Petr, OK1RP

60m band news from Iceland by Jonas, TF3JB

there are the updating information from Iceland on 60m as follows:
Effective January 1, 2015.

Iceland current license period is two years, i.e. from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2016.
Iceland arestations are allowed 150 kHz, i.e. 5260-5410 kHz with VFO, on secondary basis; maximum power is 100W (ERP).
Allowed modes to use J3E (USB), A1A (CW) and 6OH0J2B (PSK-31); maximum transmit bandwidth is 3 kHz.
Iceland hams need to apply for a special license which is valid for the 2 years.
Both license classes, i.e. N and G have the same privileges.

Sincererly,Jónas Bjarnason, TF3JB.
(President of Icelandic Radio Amateurs 2009-2013).
(Tnx to Joe, W8GEX)
73 - Petr, OK1RP

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Ascension Isl. ZD8D by Werner, DJ9KH on 60m

The ZD8D operators will be Werner/DJ9KH, Axel/DK9BDN and Christian/DL6KAC from Feb. 22nd to March 6th. Like last year they will use channel 4 and 5 SSB and CW. Using 100W and almost a full size quarter wave vertical

They will be active as ZD8D during February and March 2015. QSL via DL9HO.The ZD8D Web page http://www.zd8d.de   

I wish to all hunters good luck (should be my DXCC #50 :) so I will have to put an extra effort in order to catch them on 60m).

73 - Petr, OK1RP


Faroe Isl. OY1R/MM on 60m

The news coming from Joe, W8GEX/Dave, G4OTU...

Worth noting - OY1R/MM  Regin is QRV from the MV Stril Neptun 
(OZ2151... IMO 9201786)...worked on 5398.5 USB on 6th Jan 2115Z - he was near the Dutch coast.

"I am on 60m most evening and call CQ on CW 5405 and SSB 5398.5 or 5405. When calling on 5398.5 I also listen on 5405."

Well I tried to look for Regin last nites but he probably left the MV already.

73 - Petr, OK1RP