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, March 30, 2017

Status Quo for UK 5 MHz by RSGB

Hi all,

A recent statement from the RSGB, shows there’s no change in the WRC-15 position; it’s still status quo...

“Amateurs in the UK have been very fortunate in having early access to 5MHz, with 5 spot frequencies 15 years ago and more than 70kHz of spectrum made available in 2013. This was a result of close cooperation with Ofcom and the MoD, who is primary user on the band. The UK currently has an arrangement that gives us more spectrum and a higher power allowance of 100W at 5MHz, however it does not cover all of the WRC-15 band of 5351.5 to 5366.5kHz.

The Society played a very active role in the WRC-15 process and continues to work with Ofcom to gain access to all of the WRC-15 band, however this is not expected to change in the foreseeable future as there are on-going assignments within the band. The RSGB will implement the IARU Region 1 band plan for 5MHz within the segments allocated to us. In common with other Region 1 societies with allocations greater than 15kHz, we will recommend that frequencies within the WRC-15 band that are allowed under the UK Amateur Radio License only be used for international contacts, or for stations with no other option”.    

GB2RS News , Sunday 26 March 2017.

Lower limit kHzUpper limit kHzGuidelines on current usage and suggested
USB frequencies
5258.55264.0CW activity, 5262kHz QRP
5276.05284.0USB 5278.5kHz. EMCOMM CoA
5288.55292.0Beacons 5290kHz. WSPR
5298.05307.0All modes. USB 5298.5kHz, 5301kHz, 5304kHz
5313.05323.0All modes. AM 5317kHz. USB 5320kHz
5333.05338.0USB 5335kHz
5354.05358.0All modes. USB 5354kHz. In WRC-15 band
5362.05374.5All modes. USB 5363kHz, 5371.5kHz. WRC-15 band to 5366.5kHz. Weak signal 5366.0 – 5366.5kHz
5378.05382.0USB 5379kHz
5395.05401.5USB 5395kHz, 5398.5kHz
5403.55406.5USB 5403.5kHz

Here is the URL for the RSGB 5 MHz webpages  showing the UK 5 MHz provision and operating notes.
Thank you for sharing to Paul, G4MWO and GB2RS)

73 - Petr, OK1RP

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