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May, 2 2017
With the spring and summer season upon us, there is still lots of DX on the band.
Malta 9H1PI & 9H1CG: Reported by PB8DX
I would like to inform you that we(Malta) have been assigned the 5Mhz band 5351.5-5366.5 kHz on condition that the maximum radiated power does not exceed 15 Watts eirp. This frequency allocation and associated power limitation is in line with the ITU spectrum management framework as approved by WRC-15.
73's de 9h1pi.
Hong Kong VR2XAN:
Alberto, on CW on 5358.5 listen 5405
Indonesia: DL3JJ Ralk reports that YB8KJI is now on 60m.
Aland Island is active again: Reported by Hans DF2UU
Hans said he has worked OH0CD and is QRV on CW on 5.354
3X - Guinea -
French ops F5RAV, Luc, and Gerard, F5NVF, have announced they will be
QRV as 3XY4D from Conakry starting October 27th.
Will possibly be on the 60 Meter band, through November 6th. They
will also participate in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest running 100
watts and dipoles. QSL direct only to F5RAV.
Market Reef OJ0: This weekend
OJ0 - Market Reef -
The callsign that OH3WS, Pasi, will use from Market Reef on May 6th and 7th will be his OJ0W call OH3WS, Pasi, tells us he is planning to visit Market Reef again early next month. This short trip will be for May 6 and 7 only. While there he'll be checking "the new beam" to see "if it has survived OK during winter". He should be able to operate on the six bands between 14 and 50 MHz. Pasi will also test operations on 60 Meters, as Finnish Amateur Radio Operators have recently been authorized on the new 5 MHz band. There he will be on CW, and possibly SSB around 5354 KHz. He'll be listening on other frequencies as announced. His 60 Meter activity will take place during the late evening on Saturday and early hours of Sunday morning, local time. OJ0 is 3 hours ahead of UTC. Plans are for him to depart Market Reef around 0400Z on Sunday. Pasi will be logging with a manual log and QSLs go via the bureau or direct.
GREENLAND: reported by Phil K6EID
I´ll be on 60m every night from around 22:30 UTC to 02:00 UTC
73 de Michael ox/5p1kz
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.
PJ4 & PJ5/PJ6 - Bonaire & St. Eustatius/Saba: de Frank PH2M The following 60 Meter news comes from the Branch Manager / Senior
Inspector Dutch Caribbean, Agentschap Telecom in Bonaire: "Recently Agentschap Telecom (AT) has updated the frequency plan for
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba with the addition of the 60 meter band (5 351.5 - 5 366.5 kHz) for amateur radio, this with a secondary
status. This means that the band may be operated by A, B or C Amateurs (full licence). The band has footnote 5.133B which limits the power in
the Caribbean region of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to 25 Watt (e.i.r.p.)."
I just received this message today (source DX-world):
Extract from letter received today from the Branch Manager / Senior Inspector Dutch Caribbean, Agentschap Telecom in Bonaire:
"Recently Agentschap Telecom (AT) has updated the frequency plan for Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba with the addition of the 60 meter band (5 351.5 – 5 366.5 kHz) for amateur radio, this with a secondary status. This means that the band may be operated by A, B or C Amateurs (full licence). The band has footnote 5.133B which limits the power in the Caribbean region of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to 25 Watt (e.i.r.p.)."
So maybe I will be possible to make a 60M End Fed antenna for the 60M band, but as you can see only the new IARU bandplan with a bandwidth of 'only' 15 KHz. can be used, if I can/will be QRV on 60M, I will give an updated on several DX-bullitens!
The Hungarian 60m CW Beacon HG7BHB, which could be found on 5352.5 kHz has now ceased operation. Established in 2015 by MRASZ, the Hungarian national amateur radio society, the beacon went out of order on 20th February 2017 and following a substantial increase in activity near its frequency plus the fact that an alternative frequency was not available, the decision was taken to switch off the HG7BHB beacon.
Tnx: Laci, HA7PL
Market Reef OJ0: May 6 & 7
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