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.

Monday, February 26, 2018

3Y0I - Bouvet Isl. on 60m band ?

Hi all,

after scratching the preview planned 3Y0Z DX expedition to Bouvet Isl. the another chance is coming here: 

An International team is planning to be active from Bouvet Island, IOTA AN - 002, as 3Y0I.
They will operate on all HF Bands.
Recent DX Spots

Team - SP3DOI, SQ8X, 3Z9DX, YU4DX, J69DS.
QSL via 3Z9DX, OQRS (preferred), LOTW.
More information will be available soon.
Owner of 3Y0I call sign is Dom, 3Z9DX.
DXCC Country - Bouvet Island 3Y.
WAZ Zone - CQ 38.
ITU Zone - 67.
QTH Locator - JD15rn.
Continent - Antarctica.

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

3Y0Z - Bouvet Isl. on 60m band

Hi all,

An international team will be active from Bouvet Island, IOTA AN - 002, in 2018 as 3Y0Z.

Planned dates 20 January - 28 February 2018 (will be determined by vessel schedule).

They will operate on 160 - 10m and also 6 and 2m EME.

QSL manager for 3Y0Z DX Pedition N2OO.

Off Island Team:
Propagation - Stu K6TU.
Logos and Graphics - Dani YB2TJV.
Server-Logging Software - Dean N7XG.
EME Pilot - Chris, PA2CHR.
On the way to Bouvet Island team will be active as 3G9A/MM.

3Y0Z DX Pedition News 3Y0Z 60m

3Y0Z - Bouvet Island - 60m        
3Y0Z will transmit CW and USB modes on 5.400kHz and will listen for Europe on 5.353kHz.

We will listen for FT8 on 5.357kHz.
We will transmit low between 200 and 500Hz and listen up. PLEASE don't TX on our freq.

CW and SSB we will TX on 5.400
Will listen for NA CW on 5.405
Will listen for NA USB on 5.403.5
Will listen for Europe on 5.353

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Monday, January 29, 2018

OK - ZL on 60m challenge opened

Hi all,

as the Kiwis mates got an experimental permission for 60m band already the OK - ZL 60m band challenge is opened.

Unfortunately the 10W/15W e.i.r.p is allowed on both sides so the question is... is it possible to work them on this band using moderate or even desperado-bad antennas?

The VOACAP says "mission impossible"...

In any case the external receiving antennas for 60m band as same as large antennas on of the sides are promising few percentages... Well I am going to try the receiving loops and if neighbors will allows then also temporary Beverage for 60m band reception.

Do you know this farm?

The worse situation is with my TX antenna as I have still only low inverted V dipole with folded legs on the post-stamp lot... even worse with 15W only.

Good luck to all on the air.

73 - Petr, OK1RP

ZL - New Zealand on 60m band

Hi all,

NZ amateurs permitted two 60m freqs by permit/sub-licence on trial basis for a year.

Operation centers on 5353 kHz and 5362 - 5364 kHz
SSB, CW and Data

Extract from NZARTS 5 MHz (60m)FAQs [RSM is the NZ telecoms regulator] –

“Q: Why is this a trial when we were given full access to the band at WRC-15? Despite a worldwide amateur allocation being made on a secondary basis, access is subject to the approval of the local regulatory authorities in each country. In ZL RSM has said that access will be subject to the approval of the primary user which in this case is the NZ Defence Force. The NZDF have asked for a trial so they can monitor amateur use to see if it can happen on a non-interference basis.”

An important is to understand that part of this band in ZL is allocated to the New Zealand military and they insisted ZL hams use SSB during the trial on 5353. Also remember that there is no region 3 band plan for 60m still...(OK1RP)



NZ 60m Sub-Licence Form


NZ 60m Sub-Licence Holders


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In total, around 30 percent of New Zealand's land area is protected conservation land. In addition, research and management programmes have been introduced to aid the recovery of rare and endangered species like kakapo, kokako, kiwi and tuatara.

New Zealand welcomes everyone to experience and discover its unique and precious natural heritage. We ask only that you make as little impact as possible, so future generations may also enjoy it as you do.

New Zealand is a land of unique birds. The best known is the flightless kiwi, New Zealand's unofficial national symbol. Also flightless are the weka and the endangered kakapo, the world's largest parrot which can just scramble up into shrubs and small trees.

Unique flightless birds, the world's heaviest insect and a 'living dinosaur'. Eighty million years of isolation in a time capsule--the unique native wildlife of New Zealand...

New Zealand is situated in the South Pacific ocean, between latitude 34'S and 47'S. The country runs roughly north-south with mountain ranges down much of its length. Its two main islands (North and South) cover 266,200 square kilometres (103,735 square miles), about the size of Japan or California and slightly larger than Great Britain.

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New Zealand has a stunning variety of landforms--from spectacular alpine glaciers and massive mountain ranges to rolling green farmland and long sandy beaches...

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

C8 - Mozambique on 60m band by PA5X/PG5M

Hi all,

as I was informed by Johannes, PA5X they will be on 60m band during following DX-pedition...

"Next week I will be on a DXpedition with Gerben PG5M as C81G to Ibo Island in Mozambique. He is operating CW also on 60m!"

See: https://dxnews.com/c8x-c81g/

Gerben, PG5M informs dxnews.com, that Johannes PA5X/C93PA and Gerben PG5M will be active as C8X and C81G from Ibo Island, IOTA AF - 061, Cabo Delgado District, 28 January - 4 February 2018.

Sunset, Ibo Island, Mozambique. Author - Rosino
They will operate on 80 - 10m, including 60m Band CW, SSB, FT8.
They will use Yaesu FT - 5000 and Elecraft K3 transceivers, Acom 1010 and Expert 1,3K - FA amplifiers.
Antennas 5 Band Hexbeam with pentaplexer, 40/60/80m verticals and 30m VDA.

They will upload logs several times a day (internet permitting) to ClubLog.
DXCC Country - Mozambique C8, C9.
QSL info:
C8X via PA5X, ClubLog OQRS.
Ads for direct QSL:
Johannes Hafkenscheid, Riouwstraat 89A, Amsterdam, 1094 XK, Netherlands.
C81G via PG5M, ClubLog OQRS.
Ads for direct QSL:
Gerben A. Menting, Leemdobbe 19, 9472 ZR Zuidlaren, Netherlands.

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

XW - Laos on 60m band by Bruce, 3W3B

Hi all,

did you worked Bruce from Laos as XW4XR during last days on 60m band and it was ATNO for you? If you missed him then next chance will be in 2 months...

As Bruce confirmed me he packed up his station 2 days ago already and he is now back in Vietnam (3W3B) which is his second home.

Bruce is planning to be back in XW several times this year so not to worry. This was 1st time XW on 60m so everything was ATNO for Bruce as well. He will concentrate on that band next trip.

The plans at the moment are for a possible return end of March...


73 - Petr, OK1RP

TF - Iceland on 60m band - update by IRA

Hi all,

The Iceland Radio Amateurs (IRA) site says the regulator PFS has updated the Amateur Radio regulations

It would appear that Icelandic amateurs have gained the new WRC-15 60m 15 kHz wide allocation (5351.5-5366.5 kHz) limited to 15 watts but lost the 150 kHz wide allocation (5260-5410 kHz) which permitted 100 watts EIRP and had been available by special permit.

IRA site in Google English

73 - Petr, OK1RP