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.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

DU - DXCC #74 on 60m band CW only...


I am so happy to report over here that #74 DXCC on 60m band CW only I worked few days ago on 22/7/2017. How it was achieved? ...hard but finally done.

I tried to hear George, DU1GM for several days on 60m band and sometime I was able to copy his sigs on JT65 around 5357kHz. As I am operating CW only I asked for QSY to CW and our trials has been started.

Unfortunately propagations was against from the beginning...

When I tried to call George on desired frequency at around 19Z I was a bit surprised that he was able to hear me but it was very hard to copy my sigs and mainly I did not hear from George more that just few beeps in high noise at around S5.

Simply I had still lot of light outside so in my opinion it was too early for my QTH unfortunately.

After that I realized that I am using the short vertical towards the dipole at 20ft on the George's side. George is having also the choice of the vertical and dipole antennas but it looked like there is no gain from the vertical usage so we decided to use dipoles on both sides mainly cause of lower noise level on these antennas.

Also we had to postpone our trials a bit in order to gain more from my Sunset in QTH so we started at around 19:30Z next days.
Unfortunately the noise level on my side even using the Inverted V dipole at the center of post stamp lot garden about 10m high was still around S3... so it was nightmare to copy sigs from DU.

I decided to prepare for another day special configuration of my QTH. I switched all equipment at home OFF by main breaker and tried to listened just using the battery powered K3 and external RX loop antenna Mini-Diamond, W2PM.

Bingo, I was able to read sigs from George, DU1GM at my QTH and copy him enough for trial QSO. The problem was that propagations has changed a bit down and my sigs were copied by George really hard.

Even although George suggested to postpone all tests again for next day (he had 4:30 local time...) I tried to call him again and again.

I was really surprised when I got the call back and copied his report. I copied his 419 for me for the first time but I was not sure with that so I gave him my report and asked to repeat my RST again.

For second time I copied his 419 for me quite clear and at the peak I copied his regards as same as 73 and both call-signs at the end of our QSO. So I repeated the same from my side and his third part for me was again readable perfectly. I heard even the well known and commonly used friendly "dit dit" at the final.

My god, I worked Philippines on 60m band using my very moderate setup even although George is using just low profile dipole and WRC-15 horrible power limit...!

When we postponed the time of trials to 19:30-20:00Z we reached the SS/SR gray line phenomenon on both sides so it helped a lot I guess.

Many thanks to George, DU1GM for his effort and excellent operating skills. My DXCC #74 only CW on 60m worked...

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Monday, July 3, 2017

DU - Philippines on 60m band by George, DU1GM

Hello all,

Philippines regulators have now granted access for amateurs on a secondary basis to 60m commencing July 7 2017. Band as per IARU R3 5.3515MHz to 5.3665MHz. No further information, power levels etc. Presumably as per IARU R3 15W eirp.

"I have already received some EU stations on the band in the past few months using JT65a and will be QRV on opening day here!
de George, DU1GM"

(Many thanks for good news to George, DU1GM)

Philippines nature attractions are a chief reason why tourists will fly from all over the world to this archipelagic country to see nature at its best.
In a country whose diverse beauty is a primary attraction, it becomes important to establish the type of location you would like to visit. This is because with more than seven thousand interconnected islands, it is obvious there is a wide variety of natural attractions.

Take on the volcanic mountains and go for a nature trek. Spectacular views, breath-taking scenery and simply the adventure of taking on Mother Nature. One of the most popular mountains to go trekking is Mount Pinatubo, best known for the second biggest eruption in 1991.

Another popular option for travellers wondering what to choose from in the list of Philippines nature attractions is the sheer number of gorgeous rivers. The Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) in Palawan. This river is included in the list of New Seven Wonders of Nature, thanks to its intricate cave systems and length that spans 5 miles to the sea.

The number of islands is mind-boggling, but you cannot afford to tour Philippines and not experience Boracay Island. The 2.5 mile stretch of coastal strip is home to lavish establishments from where you can enjoy the natural scenery on the island.

The hilly Chocolate Ranges are also a delightful experience. The hills are one of the world’s Famous Natural Attractions, and the symmetrical cone-shaped hills that spread to the horizon make it easy to see why.
With so many islands and Philippines nature attractions, it is understandable why the country is home to numerous marine reefs. One of the most prominent reefs is Tubbataha Reef situated in the Sulu Sea. The marine sanctuary is also home to diverse bird species, so bird watchers are set to enjoy the treat of a lifetime.

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

6Y - Jamaica has access to 60m band

In a recent update to their National Frequency Allocation Table published by regulator the Jamaican Spectrum Management Authority (SMA), the WRC-15 60m Amateur Secondary Allocation of 5351.5 – 5366.5 kHz has been granted under ITU Footnote 5.133B, which in the case of Jamaica means a maximum power of 25W EIRP.

Spokesman for the Jamaican Amateur Radio Association (JARA), 2nd Vice-President  Ivor, 6Y5DW, said that JARA is advocating use of the new IARU Region 2 60m bandplan.
Jamaica SMA National Frequency Allocation Table (p.8)
Jamaican Amateur Radio Association (JARA)
(Tnx: Paul, G4MWO, 6Y5DW, 6Y5HN, SMA, JARA)

More info on new Jamaica 60m  WRC-15 Allocation from their national society’s president to Paul, G4MWO:

Hi Paul, confirmation from our Spectrum Management Authority. Apparently any ruling which is made at WRC level immediately applies to Jamaica as we are a participating country in these matters.   Hope you can make a contact with 6Y as not many of us have 60 meter capability, but I am sure if you really want to have a try I will speak with some members who may be able to do something in this area.

Our Field Day is coming up on the weekend of June 23-25 where we will be setting up communications both voice and digital in the town of Port Antonio in the Parish of Portland on the North Eastern end of the Island. We will be operating  under the Jamaica Amateur Radio Assoc. (JARA) club's callsign 6Y5RA/p.  If you would like to make a 'sked' let me know. We can probably resonate an all band wire ant. somewhere within this "new" band. Nigel 6Y5HN.

Jamaica's biggest natural attraction is certainly its miles of coastline and visitors flock to white sand beaches around the island for relaxation, natural beauty, watersports and parties. The island is also home to more nude beaches than any other Caribbean island.

One of Jamaica's most famous offerings is Seven Mile Beach in Negril, which is considered one of the most beautiful beaches, although its occasionally aggressive vendors and nudity-friendly areas make it not for the timid.

Treasure Beach
Those looking for a more serene alternative should explore the south coast's Treasure Beach, a set of quiet fishing villages on six miles of shoreline that include Billy's Bay, Frenchman's Bay, Calabash Bay and Great Bay. Treasure Beach is known as much for its snorkeling, surfing and swimming as for its friendly residents, many of whom work as farmers or fishermen.

Miss Jamaica Universe 2011

The area is considered Jamaica's "desert coast" as it receives the lowest levels of rainfall on the island and the vegetation is markedly different here than elsewhere on Jamaica. Just east of Treasure Beach is Lovers Leap, where legend holds that a slave couple jumped over the 1,700-foot cliff to their deaths to avoid being separated.

Treasure Beach
Those looking for a more serene alternative should explore the south coast's Treasure Beach, a set of quiet fishing villages on six miles of shoreline that include Billy's Bay, Frenchman's Bay, Calabash Bay and Great Bay. Treasure Beach is known as much for its snorkeling, surfing and swimming as for its friendly residents, many of whom work as farmers or fishermen. The area is considered Jamaica's "desert coast" as it receives the lowest levels of rainfall on the island and the vegetation is markedly different here than elsewhere on Jamaica. Just east of Treasure Beach is Lovers Leap, where legend holds that a slave couple jumped over the 1,700-foot cliff to their deaths to avoid being separated.

YS Falls
YS Falls on the south coast is a series of seven waterfalls in a tropical forest; the falls boast the shortest place name in all of Jamaica and portions are open for swimming. Somerset Falls in Port Antonio and Mayfield Falls in the Glenbrook district with two falls and 21 mineral pools also welcome guests.

Green Grotto Caves
With their striking limestone stalactites and stalagmites, the Green Grotto Caves are worth a trip when visitors need a break from the sun. The caves have purportedly served as a shelter for the Arawak Indians (also known as the Tainos) who were early Jamaican residents, a haven for runaway slaves and a hiding place for arms dealers. They now play host to visitors who wander through passageways and take in the Grotto Lake, a subterranean body of water that guests can cross in boats during their visit.

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Monday, May 15, 2017

XE - Mexico 60m band allocation


The Mexican telecommunication regulator IFT - Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones has approved amateur radio operation on the new WRC-15 the 60m band allocation on secondary basis. The band is 5351.5 - 5366.5 kHz with maximum permitted power of 20W EIRP.

Mexican National Frequency Table is available here:http://cnaf.ift.org.mx/Consulta/Index

(Tnx: Paul, G4MWO, XE2O, FMRE)

It has miles of virgin beaches.Mexico has over 11,000 kilometers of coastline along the Pacific and the Atlantic, and in fact is one of the few countries in the world that has more coastline than land borders.

It has 10 times as many islands as Hawaii. According to the National Commission for Biodiversity, there are 1,365 islands scattered along the coast of Mexico. They amass an area of 5,127 km2, equivalent to 0.3 percent of the total national territory.

In most American films, Mexico appears as a desert country, full of ghost towns. However, less than 40 percent of the territory of the country is arid or semi-arid. The desert in Mexico is characterized by different types of cacti and drought-tolerant species and varies greatly in flora and fauna.

It is one the most bio-diverse countries in the world.Thanks to the heterogeneity of its terrain and the fact that it’s between the tropics, Mexico has a great variety of ecosystems. These range from high mountain cloud forests to sea bottoms abundant in coral reefs, deserts, and coastal lagoons. The territory has about 50,000 square kilometers of humid forests–equal to all of Costa Rica.

Throughout the landscape you find prehistoric ruins. As the center of hundreds of Mesoamerican cultures and civilizations such as the Maya and Aztec, Mexico, there are 187 archeological sites managed by the Institute of Anthropology and History, and still others yet to be discovered. In the Yucatan Peninsula there are more ruins than budget to unearth them (excavating a pyramid can take up to 20 years.)

The terrain is full of mountains. For some strange reason, people rarely associate Mexico with mountains. But note all the ranges: The Western Sierra Madre–essentially the considered the Rockies from the US and Canada–extends over 1,250 km from Sonora to Nayarit. Paralleling that is the eastern Sierra Madre range which spans 1,300 km from Texas to Oaxaca. The Southern Sierra Madre reaches from Jalisco to the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Oaxaca. Finally, the jagged sierras of Chiapas and Baja California rise up through those statesas well.

73 - Petr, OK1RP


The true about 60m band by Paul, 9H1BT

Hi all

...this new 60m band is a killer with sleepless nights and early morning rise.

The advantage of being a pensioner is I can make up for the lost sleep with naps during the day... hi.

Best wishes and 73s, Paul 9H1BT

73 - Petr, OK1RP

TF - Iceland Retains Existing 5 MHz Allocation Till End of 2017


Iceland Retains Existing 5 MHz Allocation Till End of 2017 instead of WRC-15 implementation following the resolution of IARU Interim Meeting in Vienna in April 2016 and related documents with the recommendation notice "It is strongly recommended that frequencies within the WRC-15 allocation only be used if there are no other frequencies available at 5 MHz under domestic (ITU-R article 4.4) permissions."

Jonas, TF3JB reports - "The Icelandic PTA decided on May 12, 2017 to extend the experimental license privileges for radio amateurs in the 5 MHz band until December 31, 2017.

The privileges are for 5260-5410 kHz, with 100W EIRP. Mode of emission: CW, USB, PSK-31 and other digital modes. The permit is the same for N and G licensees.

Currently 25 TF licensees have an experimental license on 60 meters.
73 de Jónas Bjarnason, TF3JB"

(Tnx: Paul, G4MWO, TF3JB, G3BJ, Ei3IO)

73 - Petr, OK1RP

HB0 - Liechtenstein by Mirko, DJ1AA

Hello 60m friends,
I just would like to let you know that I am QRV from DXCC Liechtenstein tomorrow on monday 15th.of may 2017. I hope to can start around 13 UTC. It depends on the traffic on the 700km distance with the car.
My business trip is going to west Austria to the city Feldkirch. I will take the chance to drive high up to the HB0 mountains, about 1500m asl on a parking place. The location will be again Gaflei with locator JN47SD. This QTH in the mountains east of the capitol city Vaduz. My last not scheduled trip to this location I made on 10th. April 2017. I made around 60 QSOs on 60m on frequency 5.360 MHz USB around Europe. I started at 12:51 UTC and made QRT on 60m on 15:03 UTC. After the 60m activation I switched to 40m band and made again around 70 QSOs till 16:18 UTC.

The equipment for the new trip tomorrow on 60m Band will be again:
The voltage from the car:  12V battery and running Diesel engine to produce the necessary current.

Transceiver:  ICOM IC-7000, reduced power 10W,
Antenna:  A 15m long glasfieber rod as a vertical antenna, some elevated radials and random radials
To feed the antenna I use a automatic antenna tuner Smarttuner SGC - SG237. If you like, you can see my used equipment and the location on the following QRZ page:
I will drive tomorrow the around 700km to the same location like you can see on the QRZ.com HB0 – pictures. It would be nice to get some more spots in the DX Cluster, because I am again limited time in HB0. I am not on vacation, I am on business trip and I have to work on Tuesday and Wednesday. So only a couple of hours you can work me, sorry, but better as nothing.

I hope to work you and please keep the USB Frequency 5,360 MHz free for that DXCC activation. Later on the day, you can find the QSOs in the online logbook on clublog and QRZ.com logbook as well.  I will upload the QSO datas to the online log later from the hotel in Feldkirch, Austria.

Thanks for the attention and have a nice weekend and meet you tomorrow on the 60m band...

Mirko, DJ1AA   >   HB0/DJ1AA   
PS: I will upload today some more picture from the last 60m HB0 Activation give me some minutes...

(Tnx Joe, W8GEX)

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Friday, May 12, 2017

SP - Poland on 60m band

Hi all,

the WRC-15 allocation has been implemented into new frequency table in Poland by 11th May 2017. We can expect SP callsigns on the band soon...

Tatra National Park

Just poking their way into the extreme south of Poland, the boundaries of the Tatra National Park play host to some of the country’s only real mountains. Between these craggy summits of rock and ice lie some of the nation’s most beautiful natural wonders – from the shimmering surface of the Morskie Okolake, to the soaring tip of Rysy (Poland’s highest peak), 2,500 meters up. Given the area’s breathtaking natural beauty, it’s no wonder that it holds that coveted UNESCO biosphere title. It’s also no surprise that it draws visitors to its dense spruce forests, winding hiking trails, snow-packed ski fields and subterranean cave systems right throughout the year.

Białowieża Forest

A wild and primeval land that straddles the border between Poland and Belarus in the country’s extreme east, Białowieża Forest is considered one of the last vestiges of virgin woodland in Europe. In total, it covers an area of more than 3,000 square kilometers and enjoys a status as a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site for its environment and untouched natural beauty. Along the endless hiking trails that wind their way deep into the forests here, visitors can spy the colossal oaks of Great Mamamuszi and the King of Nieznanowo (which soar more than 30 metres overhead), or wandering herds of the endangered European bison.


Nestled between the Elbląg Lakes and the rolling fields of Polish Masuria, the city of Malbork is home to one of the most fascinating medieval relics in all of Europe. For history lovers, or purveyors of great human architecture, there’s arguably no spot more beautiful in all of Poland, and there are endless photo opportunities to be had between the town’s sprawling castle complexes (which together form one of the largest on the entire planet). One of the most beautiful views of the red brick fortress has got to be from the opposite banks of the Nogat River, where the red tiled keeps and towering inner buildings can be seen in all their glory.

The Masurian Lake District

A long-time favorite of domestic Polish holiday-makers, the Masurian Lake District continues to fill up with campers, hikers and sailors during the warmer months of the year, when the scintillating swathes of its famous waters glimmer in the Baltic sun. In total, the area is home to more than 2,000 individual lakes, with bodies like Śniardwy (the largest lake in Poland) and Lake Mamry drawing in the lion’s share of the crowds. There are also some beautiful rivers open for exploration, along with a number of charming towns, like Giżycko, Elk and Mikołajki.

Słowiński National Park

A pretty patchwork of pine trees, peat swamps and rolling sand dunes moving out into the swells of the Baltic Sea in northern Poland, the Słowiński National Park was first dedicated as a protected area way back in 1987. One UNESCO biosphere reserve title later and it’s now considered one of the most fascinating natural environments in the country. It’s famed for its deserted beaches, densely linked forests and rugged, windswept sand dunes that move like waves from year to year. But the beauty doesn’t stop there because Słowiński is also prime wildlife spotting territory, with oodles of migrating birds and rare mammals lurking between its borders.

73 - Petr, OK1RP

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The latest edition (No 18) of The 5 MHz Newsletter made by Paul, G4MWO

Hi All,
The latest edition (No 18) of The 5 MHz Newsletter made by Paul, G4MWO editor is now available for free pdf download from
or alternatively from the ‘External Links’ section of the Wikipedia 60m Band page
or the RSGB 5 MHz page
This bumper edition includes 14 new allocations, 60m coverage of Europe, 5 MHz from a ‘postage-stamp’ garden, a report on the Blue Ham 2 exercise and Beacon news.

Many thanks to Paul, G4MWO for his excellent job and helpful bulletin.

73 - Petr, OK1RP