• NewsWest for Sunday 17th November 2019 - New Amateurs Edition Sunday 17th November 2019 NewsWest this week is the New Amateurs edition, and today we spend time welcoming newcomers to the hobby, and acknowledging those who have recently passed Amateur Radio exams or gained a new license.Glenn, the president of the Radio Amateur Society of Australia, talks about how the ACMA wants to deal with Amateur Radio peak bodies.This week we have a request from Amateur Radio NSW to help out with prospective new Amateurs, snd Chris gives us an update on QRM Guru.  There’s advice and ideas for new Amateurs, and Jake tells of his journey into Amateur Radio.We also have our regular features - New Hams the series, Roy’s Helpline, and we take our ...
    Posted Nov 15, 2019, 4:53 PM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 10th November 2019 - History of Amateur Radio Edition 20191110NewsWest for 10th November 2019 is the Amateur Radio history edition, mostly Western Australian or at least Australian. We’re looking at items in the Amateur Radio Magazine in November 1939 and 1949.  These scanned magazines can be found at https://www.armag.vk6uu.id.au/ Dan has an interesting interview withLeigh VK6TY - you won’t want to miss it.  We’ll tell you about meetings and activities that are coming up in the next week, there’s a discussion on the history of callsigns, Roy continues with Helpline, and we take a peek over the Amateur Radio back fence. NewsWest invites contributions to the news programme. You can send contributions by email to newswest@vk6.netYou'll ...
    Posted Nov 8, 2019, 1:11 AM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 3rd November 2019 - Club focus Edition 20191103NewsWest VK6 Amateur Radio news for Sunday November third, 2019  is the Club focus edition, where we have invited local clubs to tell you about what they are up to.We have items from local clubs, Clive reminds us about the RAOTC, as well as items from Shirley, VK5YL, the president of ALARA and another from Donna VK3LDY, telling us about the Warrnambool repeater project in Victoria.There’s our weekly segments Roy’s helpline and Over the Back Fence, and an instalment of Club Focus, looking at the integrated club.Our lead story today is a follow-up to last week’s announcements about Foundation License callsigns. NewsWest invites contributions to the news programme. You can send contributions ...
    Posted Nov 1, 2019, 4:23 PM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 27th October 2019 - Contesting Edition 27 October 2019This week's NewsWest is the contesting edition, and we’ll tell you about local and international contests coming up.RASA and the WIA have collaborated on a survey on changing Foundation callsigns,  a reminder about a generous offer from ALARA to help bring women into the hobby, there are comments  about the 2x1 callsigns, a reminder about QRM Guru, and the VI3FLYNN special event callsign.We also have the regular weekly spots of Roy’s Helpline, which meetings and local events are on, and Over the Back Fence.So sit back and relax with your favourite beverage, or better still someone else’s beverage, and enjoy NewsWest.NewsWest invites contributions to the news programme. You can ...
    Posted Oct 25, 2019, 1:16 AM by Bob Bristow
  • Newswest for Sunday 20th October 2019 - New Amateurs Edition In NewsWest for Sunday 20th October 2019  we pay attention to New Amateurs, congratulating those who passed their Amateur Radio exams and those who obtained new callsigns.We have an interesting article about working SOTA along the Bibbulman Track,  and in New Hams the series we think about what’s important to us in the hobby.  There’s information about Foundation courses coming up, the news broadcasts once again being relayed on UHF CB repeaters in Perth, changes to access on the VK6RAA repeater, and a story about a story from Peter VK3YE.  Roy’s well and truly back in harness with helpline, and we have a story from Paul VK6WZ about his journey into Amateur Radio.NewsWest invites contributions ...
    Posted Oct 18, 2019, 5:13 PM by Bob Bristow
  • Newswest for Sunday 13th October 2019 - History of Amateur Radio Edition Today NewsWest continues an Amateur Radio News tradition which began in Perth in 1931, by the Western Australian Wireless Institute, signing as vk6WI.Today we feature the History of Amateur Radio, drawing on items from the Amateur Radio Magazine from thirty and fifty years ago. We continue to look over the back fence, and Roy is full steam ahead with Helpline.We’re a bit light on for team members this week, so the menu features a lot of me served up in a variety of ways. The team this week is Roy, Jake and myself, Bob VK6POP the producer of NewsWest.NewsWest invites contributions to the news programme. You can send contributions by email to newswest@vk6.netYou ...
    Posted Oct 11, 2019, 6:41 AM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 6th October 2019 - Club Focus Edition NewsWest for Sunday 6th October 2019 is our Club Focus episode, and we invited Western Australian clubs to promote themselves and their activities.There was a good response from clubs this week with contributions from the WA VHF Group, Bunbury Radio Club, Ham College, Northern Corridor Radio Group, WA Amateur Radio News, the Radio Amateurs Old Timers Club,  and the Radio Amateur Society of Australia with some good news on two x one callsigns..In the regular Club Focus series from yours truly, we look at tiddlywinks, and we have Roy’s weekly helpline without tiddlywinks.  NewsWest invites contributions to the news programme. You can send contributions by email to newswest@vk6.netYou'll find links to resources on ...
    Posted Oct 4, 2019, 5:36 PM 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 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.

AR activities in VK6

VK6 Club Calendar