PerthTech was a resounding success, and we're looking forward to planning for
2020. Many thanks to the presenters - you're rock-stars!  

W.A.R.N. RAFFLE RESULTS  Drawn 1pm 2nd March 2019
First Prize, Icom 7610, won by Brenton Meadows VK3CM
Second Prize, Terlin Outbacker Antenna, won by Ben Cruckshank VK2FBUO
Third Prize $100 Gift Certificate from Tet Emtron, won by Chris White VK6KA
A fourth,  unofficial prize of WIA 2019 Callbook, won by Graeme Hill VK6HIL

The book buyer's prize,  two $50 Jaycar Vouchers, was won by Graham Rogers, VK6RO
(Thanks Michael VK6TU for your honesty, and pointing out the error)

NEWSFLASH!! 18 Feb 2019
The Australian Maritime College (AMC), as the new provider of Assessment and Callsign management services, has now received from the ACMA an extensive list of Nominated Assessors, Assessors and Learning Facilitators who assisted the previous provider. The College wants as many as possible of these individuals to continue participating in the assessment process and welcomes them to become part of the new organisation. The AMC wish to assure everyone that fundamentally the process will remain the same. There are no changes in the syllabus or assessment requirements. The AMC is aware that the lack of information has been of concern to assessors. However, it was not permitted to make contact until privacy issues had been resolved and also until the legal requirements of the new Deed between the University and the ACMA had been finalised. If you are a previous assessor/facilitator and have concerns about whether or not you have been recorded onto the AMC database, then please email A large number of enquiries are expected, so you may not receive an immediate reply. Please be patient. The AMC will be providing information on the dates of assessment resumption and how to obtain question packs and other information required to run assessments under the umbrella of the College as soon as practicable. 73 Andrew Smith VK6AS and Glenn Dunstan VK4DU, Advisors to the AMC


  • NewsWest for 17th March 2019, New Hams edition NewsWest for 17th  March 2019, New Hams editionNewsWest is the news programme by, for and about Radio Amateurs.  This week’s theme is focussed on new hams and apart from the usual announcements and regular series we have two interviews letting  you how two well known amateurs got started and have progressed in the hobby.  There is news from and about the Australian maritime College, a band plan update, news on upcoming events and an item on interference that has been in the national press.NewsWest invites contributions to the news programme. You can send contributions by email to newswest@vk6.netYou'll find links to resources on the website where you'll also find ...
    Posted Mar 17, 2019, 2:19 AM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest 10th March 2019 History and PerthTech Review  NewsWest is the VK6 news programme by, for and about Radio Amateurs.  Today’s focus is on history, however we’ll go a bit light on History so we can  give you a wrap on the very successful PerthTech, which was last weekend. We have received glowing feedback from those who attended.Roy’s weekly Helpline, which has been running for over thirty years now, and is still going strong, will help you buy or sell pre loved amateur equipment, and Roy has a full complement of goodies for you this week.There’s a press release from the Radio Amateur Society of Australia  concerning revisions to the Australian band plan.Unfortunately we also have a silent key announcement, with ...
    Posted Mar 7, 2019, 11:47 PM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 3rd March 2019 Club Focus Edition This week’s theme focus is on clubs and it is great that we have had so much response.  Thanks to everyone who has put together an item for us for the news, we know it takes time and effort but the real advantage is that you get to hear different voices and just not the same old, same old!Perthtech has been and gone and we all look forward to the John Moyle and the resumption of normal service as far as radio examinations go.  Wearing another hat I am always promoting Ham College but Allen VK6XL will again remind us of the Radio and electronics school, a great education provider most especially for those not with easy access ...
    Posted Feb 28, 2019, 5:47 PM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 17th February 2019 New Hams Edition This week’s theme is new amateurs. Dan has an intriguing segment on how to improve your audio that should be of interest all new to the hobby or old timers and Bob and I bring you items relating to new hams as well. There is an update on the change of provider for assessments and callsign recommendations.We will update you on PerthTech planning progress, enrolments and continue to encourage you to buy tickets in the raffle, that ensures that the event is free to participants! And of course there are all our usual weekly items.NewsWest invites contributions to the news programme. You can send contributions by email to newswest@vk6.netYou'll find links to resources ...
    Posted Feb 15, 2019, 4:48 AM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest 10th February 2019 History of A.R. Edition. This week’s theme is history,  We have items on an early radio club in the Perth Hills, a search for German aviators and a story on “number stations”We will update you on PerthTech and encourage you to buy tickets in our raffle!  We continue to encourage all those interested to register by following the link on to trybooking.comAnd of course there are all our usual weekly items as well with advertisements for upcoming events including a QRP event on the river and the like.NewsWest invites contributions to the news programme. You can send contributions by email to newswest@vk6.netYou'll find links to resources on the website where you ...
    Posted Feb 8, 2019, 4:00 PM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 3rd February 2019 Club Focus Edition NewsWest for Sunday third February 2019 is now available for download, and it’s Club Focus time this week.  We take a look at what Amateur Radio Clubs are doing around Western Australia. But that’s not all. Andrew is freshly back from Tasmania and he brings us an exclusive report on the future of Amateur Radio Training and Assessments and the relevant announcement by the ACMA  We also have updates on PerthTech and the raffle, and there’s more information and booking links at  We’ve got Roy’s Helpline and a report from RASA via Chris vk3qb . NewsWest is available on air, online and on demand.  Podcast is back! Find out how you can listen to ...
    Posted Feb 1, 2019, 6:19 PM by Bob Bristow
  • Newswest for Sunday 27th January 2019 This week’s theme is contesting and we have ideas on setting up a portable station, details on contesting champions and segments to get you thinking about taking part in the John Moyle field day, a world wide rtty contest, the commonwealth contest for cw or the arrl dx ssb competition.We will update you on PerthTech and encourage you to spend your hard earned in our raffle!  Denis has information on VHF beacons and Allen reminds us of the valuable work of the Radio and electronics school.  And of course there are all our usual weekly items as well with advertisements for upcoming events and the like. NewsWest is produced by WA Amateur Radio News, Inc, and provides Amateur ...
    Posted Jan 25, 2019, 2:53 AM by Bob Bristow
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  • 20181118 Roy's Helpline HELPLINE November 18th 2018Have your HELPLINE requests into me by 07:00 hrs WST Friday to be in the nextbroadcast=========================================I am receiving undelivered return email fromVK6HSG ...
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Becoming an Amateur

Clubs in VK6

The VK6 call area, Western Australia, has a vibrant community of amateur radio operators and clubs spread across the state. Clubs in the VK6 area include (in alphabetical order);
The best method to find out about what is happening in our great state, is to listen in to the weekly NewsWest broadcast on Sundays, which is broadcast on various repeaters and rebroadcast on various HF frequencies.

There is a Google Group email mailing list, called WAHAMS which features lively discussion - see the group page here.


Every Week NewsWest is broadcast across Western Australia, Queensland, the Northern Territory, New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria.

In the past we’ve acknowledged individual contributors, but the list is never long enough, never covers everyone who’s making an effort, visible, audible or otherwise, so instead.

Thank you.

Thank you for your time, your energy, your transmitter and your voice. Thank you for keeping the numerous repeaters up and operating. Thank you for your call backs, for logging them, for sending them to us and for being part of the community of amateur radio.

If you’d like to help, you can. You can transmit the news, register callbacks, submit stories, record scripts, promote the news or you can get in touch. Our address is


Eulogy Bank

To record your successes and failures within the Amateur Radio community the WA Amateur Radio News team have created a Eulogy Bank which will hold your stories until the inevitable time when you become a silent key.

AR activities in VK6

VK6 Club Calendar