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, April 26, 2018

The 5MHz Newsletter Edition No.20 by Paul, G4MWO

Latest edition (No. 20) of
The 5 MHz Newsletter now available for download

Hi All,

The latest edition (No 20 – Spring 2018) of The 5 MHz Newsletter is now available for free pdf download from the ‘External Links’ section of the Wikipedia 60m Band page

or the RSGB 5 MHz page

This edition features news from 7 countries, SK tributes to UK 5 MHz stalwarts G3LEQ and G8DQZ, The Luxembourg 5 MHz beacon, LXØHF and a 60m low-pass filter.


Paul Gaskell G4MWO
The 5 MHz Newsletter

Monday, April 23, 2018

BY - China on 60m band from 1st July 2018

Beijing authorizes 60m from July 1
CRAC report the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology in Beijing has announced that on July 1 radio amateurs will have access to the 5 MHz (60m) WRC-15 band 

A Google translation of the CRAC website reads:

On April 18, 2018, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology published the latest version of the “PRC Radio Frequency Division Regulations” in the form of Decree 46. This revision was made in accordance with the Radio Regulations of the People's Republic of China, the 2016 edition of the Radio Regulations adopted by the ITU World Radio Conference 2015, and the development of our radio service.

According to the newly promulgated "Regulations of the People's Republic of China for Radio Frequency Division," since July 1 this year, amateur radio amateurs in China will be able to set up amateur radio stations in the frequency band of 5351.5-5366.5 kHz, which will be used as a secondary service conditionally.


CRAC site in Google English http://tinyurl.com/BeijingCRAC

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Monday, March 26, 2018

4X - Izrael on 60m news by IARC

Israeli 60m permits now available on yearly basis

For several years Israeli Amateurs have had access to 8 three kilohertz-wide channels at 5 MHz by means of personal permits.

Permission was initially valid from the application approval date until mid March 2014. Permits are now renewable in April of each year.

Operation is on a secondary status with a maximum power of 100W PEP measured at the TX (not EIRP). All modes are available, but on specified channels. Split operation is not allowed.

For further details, see the Wikipedia 60 Meter Band page https://en.wikipediaorg/wiki/60-meter_band


Thanks to Paul Gaskell G4MWO.

73 - Petr, OK1RP

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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73 - Petr, OK1RP