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  • 20160925 WIA Board Agrees to Audit  This has been a busy week for the WIA Board and I know that my co-director Paul VK5PAS and I have clocked up many hours of work in relation to two Board teleconferences that have taken place.  We are fully aware of the concerns being voiced by a few that we are just disruptive troublemakers.  This is far from the truth.  We just have major concerns about the state of the WIA in terms of finances, governance, procedures and practice. Last Tuesday, Paul attempted to put a motion but after nearly an hour of discussion this didn’t  happen.  The board agreed to adjourn to a later date.  On Friday evening a further teleconference was held and as announced ...
    Posted Sep 23, 2016, 10:06 PM by Bob Bristow
  • 20160911 - In the news this week In this week's bulletin we hear from two Wireless Institute of Australia Directors about the steep increase in temperature around the board of the oldest Amateur Radio Association in the World. Speaking of increase in temperature, in the southern hemisphere spring has started, summer is on the way and contesting is heating up with the Spring VHF and UHF Field Day and the Oceania DX contest on the way. We also have an update on the annual Jamboree on the Air, a marvelous initiative that has fostered many new radio amateurs across the years, not to mention a great weekend to set up a mobile station and introduce a whole new crop of eager participants into the wonders of ...
    Posted Sep 10, 2016, 6:05 PM by News Team
  • 20160911 - VHF UHF Spring Contest The VHF-UHF Field Days provide you with the opportunity to "head for the hills" and see how far and how many stations you can work, and hopefully do it from a portable setup. The Field Days have separate sections for single and multiple operator stations. The duration of the Field Day is 24 hours, but there are also 8 hour sections for operators who may not be able to operate overnight. Most club stations prefer to operate for the full 24 hours. The Field Days also generate plenty of activity from home stations, so there is also a separate Home Station section. All contacts must be simplex: contacts through repeaters or satellites are not allowed. There is plenty of ...
    Posted Sep 10, 2016, 6:04 PM by News Team
  • 20160911 - WIA Board Report Well as they say a week is a long time in Politics. Not that i thought that being a director of the WIA was going to be jam packed full of politics, I thought it was going to be hard work for the betterment of the amateur radio and to improve our hobby, but I didn’t expect to be having to propose motions of no confidence in the Board, declaring that the Board in my opinion has no Policies or procedures, no corporate governance and was fiscally incompetent. As the President has reported the vote was lost 5 to 2, which was not unexpected. It is my belief that the other five members of the Board expected that the ...
    Posted Sep 10, 2016, 6:00 PM by News Team
  • 20160911 - VK6ARN New Kid on the Block There's a new club callsign in Perth. W.A. Amateur Radio News is the proud owner of VK6ARN, or VK6 Amateur Radio News. The callsign will be used on special occasions, or in club activities such as contests. The news will continue to go to air under VK6WIA, and for special occasions, under VK6WI. Bouquets are due for the WIA Office and the ACMA. The request for callsign was sent to the WIA on 23 August, and the license received from the ACMA on 6th September. That’s two weeks from go to whoa. When you hear VK6ARN on air, you’ll know that one of Newshounds has been let off the leash.
    Posted Sep 10, 2016, 5:56 PM by News Team
  • 20160911 - Jamboree on the Air 2016 Preparation for JOTA for 2016 is really starting to ramp up. I’ve had a number of calls and other conversations this week from various Scout and Girl Guide groups across Perth – and I’m only running one station. National JOTA co-ordinator, Sam VK6KSA has also been busy. Scouts recognise JOTA as being the largest international event on the calendar with over 1 million participants worldwide. JOTA is on the 15th and 16th of October this year, with some stations active from the Friday night. Like I said, Scouts WA are still looking for enthusiastic operators to help in running the amateur radio side of the event. If you can spare some hours over this weekend I am sure ...
    Posted Sep 10, 2016, 5:54 PM by News Team
  • 20160911 - Oceania DX Contest The countdown is ON for the Oceania DX Contest! The historic OCDX contest, originally called the “VK/ZL contest”, has been running since the mid-1930s. It is an annual competition to make phone and CW contacts between amateur radio stations in Oceania and DX (the rest of the world). The fun takes place on with separate 24-hour sections for phone (SSB) and CW (Morse code). The Oceania DX (OCDX) contest takes place on two weekends at the start of October, this year: from 08:00 UTC 1st October to 08:00 2nd October (phone) and from 08:00 UTC 8th October to 08:00 9th October (CW) Mark these dates in your diary and make sure read the ...
    Posted Sep 10, 2016, 5:52 PM by News Team
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Latest WA Helpline

  • 20160918 - Helpline PLEASE ENTER “HELPLINE” IN THE SUBJECT LINEThanks very much for your Helpline announcement for the Disposal Sale of Rob VK6ZFY’s equipment to be held on Sunday A Disposal ...
    Posted Sep 21, 2016, 2:13 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.

Callbacks

To register that you listened to the programme and to supply the team with invaluable feedback we ask that you log your callback if you're unable to do so on-air after the broadcast.

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

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