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  • 20170723 - NEWSWEST FOR SUNDAY 23 JULY 2017 In the news this week it's our CONTESTING edition and if that's not enough, we also have Andrew's Editorial, Foundations of Amateur Radio and Roy's Helpline.We look forward to you spending your time with us again this week. We'll share with you the WIA's new band plan and Facebook page, an update from the WA VHF Group, and hear from contest managers for the ALARA Contest and the RD Contest.Next week is a special GOING PORTABLE edition, so if you have some thought or contributions to share, we'd love you to share them with us. Send your story, or better still, a recording of your story, to newswest@vk6.net and ...
    Posted Jul 22, 2017, 5:59 PM by Glynn Davies
  • 20170723 - Radio Scouting In Luxembourg, “Go Urban 2017”, the guide and scouts will be operating the special event callsign LX4GO from their campsite until the 28th July 2017. Keep an eye on QRZ.com   At the same time: Point your beam towards West Virginia, as special event callsign K2BSA will take you LIVE to the U.S. National Scout Jamboree via amateur radio.They’ll be operating via SSB, CW, PSK-31, EchoLink and D-Star.   The commemoration for 100 Years of Scouting in Tanzania has also just started: Listen out for 5H3TSA and 5H100JAM.   Another one to add this week: From Germany, at the Camp Estonteco in the Grosszerlang–Mecklenburg Lake District, an international scouting team will be operating the radio scouting ...
    Posted Jul 22, 2017, 10:28 PM by Glynn Davies
  • 20170723 - International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend - 19-20 August On the third full weekend in August, the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend graces our airwaves. You may have come across several different pieces of information about the ILLW, but the take-away should be that during August around the world, Lighthouses and Lightships are a focal point for activity. The International Lighthouse and Lightship weekend, run by the Ayr Amateur Radio Group in Scotland since 1998 is according to some, "one of the most popular international radio events in existance" because there are very few rules and it's not a contest as such. If you're in the US, you get two bites at the cherry, the US National Lighthouse Week is the week around the US National ...
    Posted Jul 22, 2017, 10:15 PM by Glynn Davies
  • 20170723 - AR Magazine Contribution for VK6 Content Amateur Radio is the magazine for the Wireless Institute of Australia. It's the way we communicate among our members, share what we've been up to and talk about discoveries, publish articles about topics of interest to Radio Amateurs, write in to the Editor and participate in our community. Every month the VK6 Notes section is published in AR Magazine with contributions from Amateurs like yourself. People who wrote a little note, sent it into Steve VK6SJ and told the rest of the world what they've been up to. Steve would like your contributions this month by the 28th of July, so you have ample time to put fingers to keyboard, chase a chicken around the yard to ...
    Posted Jul 22, 2017, 10:16 PM by Glynn Davies
  • 20170716 - VK6ARN NewsWest for Sunday 16 July 2017 In the news this week we start with an update on our story about Club Licenses. Last week we told you about how Club Licensing works and how the ACMA finally ruled about the operation of such a license by two Amateurs during the John Moyle Memorial Field Day - Andrew has more.If you're looking for an excuse to visit Cairns in September, Dianne has a personal invitation for you to consider.Glynn reminds us about on-air scouting activity, Bob teaches us some relevant Latin phrases and we welcome a whole pack of new Amateurs to our Airwaves.We'll have a look at getting set-up as a new Amateur and what gear you should look at ...
    Posted Jul 15, 2017, 1:58 AM by News Team
  • 20170709 NewsWest for Sunday July 9th 2017 In NewsWest this week we lead with a story of a real life Amateur Radio club versus bureaucracy skirmish, where it pays to challenge the bureaucrats.  All users of a club license will be interested in the outcome, and the full story will be published on the vk6.net website.In our monthly focus on Australian Amateur Radio history, we have sourced items from the Australian Amateur Radio magazine for July 1943 and 44.You will hear about Scouts in the Northern Hemisphere on the air over the next few weeks as they run their jamborees.  Full details here:  http://jotajoti.info/radio-active-this-season/There’s a discussion on Amateur Radio operators and Social Media,  and of course ...
    Posted Jul 8, 2017, 3:13 AM by Bob Bristow
  • 20170702 - NewsWest for Sunday, 02 July 2017 In the news this week it's our CLUB FOCUS edition and if that's not enough, we also have Andrew's Editorial, Foundations of Amateur Radio and Roy's Helpline, plus a shout-out to our listeners over in VK2.We look forward to you spending your time with us again this week. Listen in to what local clubs can do for you. Next week is the  , so if you have some historical AR stories to share, we'd love you to share them with us. Send your story, or better still, a recording of your story, to newswest@vk6.net and we'll put it to air next week.Contributions to the news this week are made by ...
    Posted Jul 1, 2017, 2:14 AM by Glynn Davies
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Latest WA Helpline

  • 20170716 - Helpline HELPLINE July 16th 2017=============================   Please could you include the following items in the next helpline:1 X Yaesu FP-301 13.5 Volt 25 amp Linear Power Supply                                                                  $501 ...
    Posted Jul 15, 2017, 2:00 AM by News Team
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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.

Broadcasters

Every Week NewsWest and the WIA National News are broadcast across Western Australia, Queensland, the Northern Territory and the New South Wales Riverina - that’s got to be half of Australia. Your callbacks are collated and reports sent to the WIA. Some of these broadcasters have been doing this for many years.

We'd like to thank you for your ongoing commitment to Amateur Radio.
  • Mark, VK6USB
  • Chris, VK6JI
  • Phil, VK6GX
  • Eddie, VK6YA
  • Tony, VK6CV
  • Peter, VK6AH
  • Trevor, VK6YJ
  • Mac, VK6MM
  • Mark, VK6AR
  • Neil, VK6BDO
  • Stefano VK6NAS
  • Mike, VK8MA
  • Neil, VK8NH
  • Steve, VK6XA
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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.

Complete list of meeting times for clubs in VK6. Calendar of contests and DX activities.