• 20180318 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday 18 March 2018 - New Amateurs Edition [33:02] It’s John Moyle weekend, and it would be safe to say you’re chasing those last few contacts, packing up, or recovering from the Field Day operations - depending on when you’re listening to this broadcast here in VK6, or around Australia this broadcast: Bob is still out on the road so he’ll be calling in from the Eyre Peninsula. We have various reports following conversations with the ACMA and the IARU. Onno brings us foundations of amateur radio - talking loss - and some of the associated truths - or not. It’s New Hams week, so we celebrate new licenses here in VK6, and a bigger set of stats. Bob encourages us to spend up - and in commemoration - we ...
    Posted Mar 17, 2018, 4:48 AM by Glynn Davies
  • 20180313 - IARU Region 3 Director Wisnu YBØAZ in Perth Several IARU Region 3 Directors, including Wisnu YB0AZ are visiting Perth this week, to attend the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity preparatory meeting for the WRC19 - World Radiocommunications Conference, the main body which internationally coordinates spectrum access matters. National WIA representatives are also attending, led by Dale VK1DSH.Wisnu YB0AZ arrived in Perth on Sunday and is here until Saturday. He's staying in Scarborough and has asked to meet local Amateur representatives if possible.Send an email to Anthony VK6AXB to set-up a meeting. 
    Posted Mar 12, 2018, 5:50 PM by News Team
  • 20180311 - VK6WIA NewsWest news for Sunday, 11 March 2018 In this edition of the news we look at 48 years of news history, the making and transmitting of the news that you're listening to right now. In case you're wondering, we've been at it since 1931, that's 87 years of news history and we're still at it today.We'll also look at working satellites, world amateur radio day, a repeater update, the John Moyle Memorial Field Day next week, Foundations of Amateur Radio, the helpline and more.Andrew takes a look at our regulator, currently called the Australian Communications and Media Authority, the ACMA and delves into some of the history surrounding the amateur licensing requirements back in 1979.We have a quick ...
    Posted Mar 10, 2018, 12:18 AM by News Team
  • 20180311 - Radio Amateur Society of Australia meets with ACMA The Radio Amateur Society of Australia reports that RASA representatives Glenn VK4DU, Andrew VK6AS and Chris VK3QB met with ACMA senior managers in Melbourne on March 1st.RASA and ACMA had a wide ranging and successful discussion, covering RASA's objectives and various current AR issues. RASA and ACMA agreed to meet regularly.A meeting report will be published next week.
    Posted Mar 10, 2018, 12:09 AM by News Team
  • 20180311 - Amateur Satellite operation If you're into Satellites and you happen to be in Surrey in British Columbia in Canada, then you should check out the talk by Clint K6LCS on Wednesday at 7pm.The meeting will be at the LDS Church and Hall at 6270 126 St in Surrey/You'll get a full rundown on what you'll need to work the FM voice satellites and you might be surprised to learn that you already likely have everything you need. In case you're confused, you can work an Amateur Satellite from anywhere on the globe, not just in Canada.There's a link on the vk6.net website with a four-page tutorial on how to get started and if ...
    Posted Mar 10, 2018, 12:07 AM by News Team
  • 20180311 - World Amateur Radio Day - April 18 The 1st Bullsbrook Air Scouts shared with us the announcement of the World Radio Network / Friendship Net activities for World Amateur Radio Day on April 18th.You'll be able to work W2W and obtain a special event QSL card for the occasion.Participation is via Echolink and IRLP, node 9251 and the World Conference Server.We'll keep you up to date as more information comes to hand.PRESS RELEASEWorld Radio Network/World Friendship Net Announces World Amateur Radio Day 2018For the 4th straight year.Rochester, NY., March 9, 2018:  THE WORLD RADIO NETWORK and THE WORLD FRIENDSHIP NET today announced that for the 4th  straight year, we will be participating in WORLD AMATEUR RADIO DAY 2018 ...
    Posted Mar 10, 2018, 12:05 AM by News Team
  • 20180311 - Next Week - John Moyle Memorial Field Day The John Moyle Memorial Field Day is next weekend, starts 0100 UTC on Saturday, that's 9:00am Perth time and runs for 24 hours.There are already several stations committed to be on-air, the Hills Amateur Radio Group, the WA VHF Group, the Northern Corridor Radio Group, the WA Amateur Radio News Team and no doubt there will be many other stations getting on air and making noise.You can participate for as much or as little as you like, awards exist for both home and portable stations and for 6 hour or 24 hour operations. A link to the rules can be found on the vk6.net website.[http://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/johnmoyle/]One ...
    Posted Mar 10, 2018, 12:02 AM by News Team
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Latest WA Helpline

  • 20171008 - Helpline SORRY, I was M.I.A. last weekI am seeking anyone interested in conducting Scheduled Radio Operations (Scheds).These scheds are on ‘Austravelsafetynet’  frequencies, a Not For Profit Radio ...
    Posted Oct 6, 2017, 12:24 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.


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 newswest@vk6.net.



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.