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  • In Remembrance: VK6GM For the Remembrance Day contest, we commemorate amateur radio operators who died during World War 2. I’d also like to take today to remember an outstanding VK6 operator who play a part in protecting our great nation during the war - GEORGE ARTHUR MOSS – Victor-Kilo-Six-Golf-Mike – now silent key. This was written by Cliff Bastin VK6LZ for VK6GM's 92nd birthday celebration in 1995. I’d like to acknowledge Cliff in putting this tribute together. George joined the Western Australian Division of the WIA in 1925 and at this occasion was its longest standing member. He served the WA Division as Secretary during 1935/36, and as President in 1946 and 1947. In 1938 he was named ...
    Posted Aug 11, 2017, 11:56 PM by Glynn Davies
  • ILLW For some reason or other August seems to have become the international weekend for lighthouses. Countries all over the world have become involved in one form or another of lighthouse activity. Some years ago the United States Congress declared August 7th as their National Lighthouse Day and during that first week in August amateur radio operators in America set up portable stations at lighthouses and endeavour to make contact with each other. This event is known as the US National Lighthouse Week. In Britain the Association of Lighthouse Keepers, ALK, conducts International Lighthouse Heritage Weekend on the 3rd full weekend in August. Their objective is to encourage Lighthouse managers, keepers and owners to open their lighthouse or lightstation and related ...
    Posted Aug 11, 2017, 11:48 PM by Glynn Davies
  • 20170813 NewsWest Welcome to today’s RD Contest Weekend NewsWest broadcast, brought to you by the team at WA Amateur Radio News. In this broadcast:Peter, VK8ZZ provides a personal opinion on the licensing debate,- We hook into history week, including a tribute to George Moss, VK6GM.- Andrew discusses the relationship between the WIA and the ACMA when it comes to the draft communication legislation,- Bob brings us up to date with what’s coming up for the NCRG HamFest weekend bonanza – listen in,There’s a bunch of reminders for upcoming events, and- then there’s our regular segments, including Roy’s Helpline You’re listening to NewsWest, broadcasting weekly news and commentary since 1931 for VK6 radio amateurs, shortwave ...
    Posted Aug 12, 2017, 12:02 AM by Glynn Davies
  • 20170806 NewsWest NewsWest this week has a focus on Amateur Radio clubs, where Clubs get to advertise and promote themselves and their  activities, and we discuss issues concerning clubs.Thanks to the groups that provided us with news.  If your club isn’t mentioned it’s because you forgot to send items to the news team.  NewsWest is compiled by the dedicated news team from VK6 Amateur Radio News, VK6ARN.  Andrew VK6AS is the producer for this week, and he tells us that we can expect to hear all of our regular segments;  Onno’s Foundations of Amateur Radio, Bob’s Club Focus and of course Roy’s helpline.  This includes the regular compact of what’s been going on and what ...
    Posted Aug 4, 2017, 9:50 PM by Bob Bristow
  • 20170805 - License Class Review On the 25th of July the following email was sent to the board of the WIA as a submission for advocating how we might evolve our license system in Australia. Attached to the email were the transcripts of three episodes of my weekly podcast, which are included here as a link to the published version. Hello Justin, There has been discussion about how licenses might evolve over time and at present there is push for adding extra power and digital modes to the Foundation License class. I'm the holder of a Foundation License and I'd like to take this opportunity to express my views on the matter. I have previously published these as part of my weekly segment ...
    Posted Aug 4, 2017, 7:35 PM by Onno Benschop
  • 20170730 - Summits of the Air (SOTA) Summits On The Air, or SOTA, is an amateur radio operating award program launched in Great-Britain in 2002, which is now known worldwide.  SOTA has been carefully designed to make participation possible for all Radio Amateurs and Shortwave Listeners - this is not just for mountaineers!  SOTA's aim is to encourage licensed amateur radio operators to operate temporarily from mountainous locations, combining hiking and mountain climbing with operating their amateur radio station from the summits of hills and mountains.  Those who set up a station on a summit, usually for a few minutes to a few hours, are known as activators, and those who contact, or "work" activators on summits are known as chasers.  Points are awarded to the ...
    Posted Jul 29, 2017, 3:20 AM by Glynn Davies
  • 20170730 - Islands of the Air (IOTA) Islands On The Air (IOTA) is a programme designed to promote activity on the amateur bands in a way that provides enjoyment, fun and, if you want it, a challenge.  Unlike the ARRL’s DXCC Programme which majors on contacts with countries, IOTA has as its purpose the making of two way contacts with fellow amateurs located on islands worldwide. Yes, there are hundreds of thousand such islands but IOTA has corralled them into 1200 IOTA groups, some with just one qualifying island, usually a large one, and others with more than 100 qualifying islands.  The aim is to make one confirmed contact with a station in each of the 1200 groups. Just over 1100 have so far been activated ...
    Posted Jul 29, 2017, 3:18 AM by Glynn Davies
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  • 20170730 - Helpline HELPLINE July 30th  2017============================= For Sale.  I have a Youkits FG-01 HF antenna analyser. It covers from 1 to 72MHz and is in as new condition. It has a ...
    Posted Jul 28, 2017, 7:28 PM by Onno Benschop
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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.