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.


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Argentine radio hams get 5 MHz band - by LU4AA

Hi all,

The Radio Club Argentino, IARU Member Society has succeeded with its petition to their local communications authorities gaining 60m band.


The new allocations are the final result of efforts made by the RCA during its participation in the preparatory meetings of WRC ’07, ’12 and ’15; and will be effective in 90 days.


New 60m WRC-15 allocation:

5351.5 – 5366.5 kHz

73 de LU4AA

Radio Club Argentino
http://www.lu4aa.org



Argentina is a vast country located in the southern part of South America. The eighth largest country in the world, it is the second largest country in South America after Brazil, and it's about one-third the size of the United States. Argentina is bordered by the Andes Mountains and Chile to the west.



To the east of the Andes, the interior of the country is flat, fertile grassland called the Pampas. The eastern border of the country is the Atlantic Ocean. Bolivia is to the northwest and Paraguay is to the north. The high mountain spine of the Andes, called the Andes Cordillera, creates a natural 3,195-mile (5,141.9-kilometer) border with Chile.
 
The country is divided into four regions: The Andes, the North, the Pampas, and Patagonia. The Pampas is the agricultural heartland.



Argentina is rich in animal species. The coast of Patagonia is home to elephant seals, fur seals, penguins, and sea lions. The waters off the Atlantic are home to sharks, orcas, dolphins, and salmon.

 
In the north, there are many large cat species such as the cougar, jaguar, and the ocelot. There are also crocodiles and caiman. Flamingos, toucans, turtles, and tortoises also live in the subtropical north.
 

Patagonia is a sparsely populated area rich in natural resources and wildlife, including herons, condors, pumas, tortoises, and guanacos.

 
The highest mountain in the Andes range is the Cerro Aconcagua, which peaks at 22,384 feet (6,960 meters). Northeast Argentina features rain forests and Iguaz├╣ Falls. These spectacular falls, on Argentina's border with Brazil, descend along a 1.6-mile (2.7-kilometer) front in a horseshoe shape.


Unlike Mexico and South American countries such as Peru and Ecuador, Argentina has fewer native people and a large population, which came from Europe. The population is comprised as much as 95% of people of European descent, mostly from Italy, Spain, and Germany. Much of the native population died from diseases brought in by Europeans.


Nearly half of the population lives in the area around Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires has been called the "Paris of South America," because of the European influences.


73 - Petr, OK1RP
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

ARLB019 Communication Interoperability Training w/Amateur Radio Communicty Set


Reported by Murray K3BEQ:

"SB QST @ ARL $ARLB019
ARLB019 Communications Interoperability Training with Amateur Radio Community Set

ZCZC AG19
QST de W1AW 
ARRL Bulletin 19 ARLB019
From ARRL Headquarters 
Newington CT October 24, 2017
To all radio amateurs

SB QST ARL ARLB019
ARLB019 Communications Interoperability Training with Amateur Radio Community Set

Elements of the US Department of Defense (DOD) will conduct a "communications interoperability" training exercise November 4-6, once again simulating a "very bad day" scenario. Amateur Radio and MARS organizations will take part.



"This exercise will begin with a national massive coronal mass ejection event which will impact the national power grid as well as all forms of traditional communication, including landline telephone, cellphone, satellite, and Internet connectivity," Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY, explained in an announcement.

During the exercise, a designated DOD Headquarters entity will request county-by-county status reports for the 3,143 US counties and county equivalents, in order to gain situational awareness and to determine the extent of impact of the scenario. Army and Air Force MARS organizations will work in conjunction with the Amateur Radio community, primarily on the 60-meter interoperability channels as well as on HF NVIS frequencies and local VHF and UHF, non-Internet linked Amateur Radio repeaters.

Again this year, a military station on the east coast and the Fort Huachuca, Arizona, HF station will conduct a high-power broadcast on 60-meter channel 1 (5330.5 kHz) on Saturday from 0300 to 0315 UTC.




New this year will be an informational broadcast on Sunday, on 13483.5 kHz USB from 1600 to 1615 UTC. Amateur Radio operators should monitor these broadcasts for more information about the exercise and how they can participate in this communications exercise, English said.

"We want to continue building on the outstanding cooperative working relationship with the ARRL and the Amateur Radio community," English said. "We want to expand the use of the 60-meter interop channels between the military and amateur community for emergency communications, and we hope the Amateur Radio community will give us some good feedback on the use of both the 5-MHz interop and the new 13-MHz broadcast channels as a means of information dissemination during a very bad day scenario."

Contact Paul English for more information or questions about this exercise via email at, mars.exercises@gmail.com . NNNN /EX"

73 - Petr, OK1RP
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Upcoming DXpeditions...

Hi all,

there are the upcoming DXpeditions possible to find them also on 60m...

CT9 - Madeira island Sept 17 -27

Burkina Faso - XT2AW BY DF2WO, Sept. 29, to Oct. 30. QSL to M0OXO

H40 - TEMOTU PROVINCE H40GC Sept 30, to Oct. 30

KG4 - Guantanamo Bay Oct 6 for 2 weeks

3Y0 - BOUVET ISLAND: From their website

The January-February, 2018 3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition team has posted a propagation page on their website (http://www.bouvetdx.org). It has videos showing propagation predictions for that early 2018 timeframe. The tab for the propagation is in the header menu. You can choose time, frequency and signal strength for your QTH. This is based on the average sunspot numbers forecast for January, 2018.


More information can be found here by Joe, W8GEX.


73 - Petr, OK1RP
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Sunday, September 10, 2017

ARES Teams in Three West Central Florida Section Counties Ready to Support Shelters

ARES Teams in Three West Central Florida Section Counties Ready to Support Shelters

As Hurricane Irma moves closer to the Florida Peninsula, ARRL West Central Florida Section Manager Darrell Davis, KT4WX, reports that Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) teams have been requested to provide communication support at evacuation shelters in Highlands, Hillsborough, and Polk counties.

“Other counties in the West Central Florida Section are considering shelter operations,” Davis said. “Therefore, in support of these activations or planned activations, West Central Florida Section ARES is going to a Level 2 activation to provide any needed support for these activations, either current or planned.”


As of 1500 UTC, Hurricane Irma was about 75 miles east-northeast of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, and about 120 miles southeast of Grand Turk Island. Maximum sustained winds have abated somewhat to 175 MPH. The storms present movement is west-northwest at 16 MPH.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC), has issued a hurricane watch for the Florida peninsula from Jupiter Inlet southward and around the peninsula to Bonita Beach, including the Florida Keys, Lake Okeechobee, and Florida Bay. A storm surge watch has been issued for the Florida peninsula from Jupiter Inlet southward and around the peninsula to Bonita Beach, including the Florida Keys.

A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds — conditions that make outdoor preparations difficult or dangerous.
Davis called on all ARES, ACS, and CERT personnel to continue closely monitoring National Hurricane Center advisories on Hurricane Irma and to be in communication with their respective leadership, in case their assistance with communication support is needed.

Davis said a special session of the ARRL West Central Florida Section ARES Net was being planned.
Source:
ARRL

73 - Petr, OK1RP
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Carribean Emergency Response – Update [ IARU ]

Carribean Emergency Response – Update [ IARU ]

Hurricane Irma is currently progressing through the USA state of Florida and Hurricane Jose is still threatening the Carribean. At the same time Mexico is still dealing with the after effects of the Earthquake which affected that country earlier this week and the remains of Hurricane Katia. To add to the problems, an X8.2 solar flare is causing a major HF blackout in the Americas which will potentially affect communications until Monday (UTC).
As Hurricane Irma progresses through Florida there will be more HF frequencies in use by local ARES groups but these will lie mostly outside the IARU Region 1 band allocations ( West Central Florida planning to use 3940, 3950 and 7247 kHz for example ). More information on this should come from the ARRL .
Updates to frequencies in use are;


Mexico
7060 and 7080 kHz to deal with the Earthquake and Hurricane Katia


St. Maarten
14290 and 7190 kHz ( Voice or PACTOR )


US Wide Area traffic handling
14115, 7115 and if necessary 10115 kHz ( all CW )


Carribean Emergency and Weather Net ( CEWN )
3815, 7188 and possibly 7162 kHz


FNRASEC in France are reaching out to French speaking areas in the Carribean on 14132kHz.


As Irma moves away from the Carribean islands, Radio Amateurs are entering the area to help. The Red Cross asked for assistance on Sint Maarten where communications had been badly affected. Tom Braam PJ2DD volunteered for this task and left September 8th on one of the first relief flights to Sint Maarten with a Pactor HF station and 9 VHF/UHF handheld radios to start providing communications. Frequencies in use are as above.
Enquiries about persons in the affected areas should be referred to the various Red Cross websites set up for this purpose. ‘Welfare’ messages from outside the area are not expected to be handled for at least three days, with thousands of displaced people, locating them for message delivery is difficult.
As always, please listen carefully and avoid causing QRM to frequencies in use for distress and emergency traffic. The operators in the affected areas already have a difficult job, please give them as much room as possible to work.
Source:IARU

http://www.tcpalm.com/story/weather/hurricanes/2017/09/10/responsibility-large-but-rewarding-indian-river-county-ham-radio-operators/651819001/

http://qrznow.com/ae4fh-checking-into-the-hurricane-watch-net-and-giving-a-report/

As we are worrying about all of our mates from Caribbean isles and close to FLA, GA... please let us know how you survived Irma hurricanes and if you and relates are ok!

Please let me/us know if we can help somehow! Do not hesitate to ask for help or support by email or ham radio...!


73 - Petr, OK1RP
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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

FEMA Announces Regions that Could Activate on 60-Meters for Hurricane Irma !

FEMA Announces Regions that Could Activate on 60-Meters for Hurricane Irma

The below listed Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Regions, including call signs, could be activating the 5 MHz/60-meter band frequencies in support of a possible response to Hurricane Irma on September 5.
  • Region 1 — KF1EMA
  • Region 2 — KF2EMA (includes Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands)
  • Region 3 — KF3EMA
  • Region 4 — KF4EMA
  • Region 6 — KF6EMA
  • Maynard MERS — NF1EMA
  • Thomasville MERS — NF4EMA
  • Denton MERS — NF6EMA

The following suppressed-carrier reference frequencies, also known as dial frequencies or window frequencies, 5330.5 kHz, 5346.5 kHz, 5357.0 kHz, 5371.5 kHz, and 5403.5 kHz, may be used as part of the event. FEMA POC:

KG4BIR, FEMA Spectrum Manager, (540) 272-4605.


73 - Petr, OK1RP
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