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  • 20181021 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 21 October 2018 - New Amateurs Edition .Welcome to the Newswest Bulletin for Sunday 21st October 2018. This edition is aimed at new hams. That of course isn’t just Foundation Licencees but also those who have gained increased privileges and responsibilities or who are returning to the hobby after an absence. If you have been or are taking part in Jota, thanks from the AR community for your volunteering and commitment. We regularly hear of hams whose interest in our hobby was sparked by engagement with the “wireless” during the Jamboree. We have an interesting mix of material to educate and inform you, including a couple of interesting interviews with Amateurs. Some tips and hints for new Amateurs, news from the VHF Group and HARG, and ...
    Posted Oct 19, 2018, 8:10 PM by Bob Bristow
  • 20181007 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 7 October 2018 In today’s broadcast, we bring you:News from the NZART, along with Promotion of the November VKFF Activation Weekend.Onno brings us the impending death of FT8 Call - with the introduction on JS8, while Bob re-boots the FreeDV net.How long is random length of wire - listen out for Foundations of Amateur Radio. For club focus - Bob discusses planning.If you have questions or comments, feedback, good or bad, the address is newswest@vk6.net.You'll find links to resources on the vk6.net website where you'll also find information on where to hear the news, where to download it, how to rebroadcast this news and how to register your callbacks.If you want to join ...
    Posted Oct 6, 2018, 1:59 AM by Glynn Davies
  • 20181007 - Unrestricted Radios and the Amateur Service Last week we told you about the Federal Communications Commission in the United States who appear to be in the process of banning all uncertified radios capable of transmitting outside amateur bands for all users including radio amateurs.The ARRL states that:"The Advisory broadly prohibits the 'use' of such radios, but our view is that there is no such prohibition relative to licensed Amateur Radio use - entirely within amateur allocations - of a radio that may be capable of operation in non-amateur spectrum, as long as it is not actually used to transmit in non-amateur spectrum."The ARRL is in ongoing discussion with the FCC.On 28 September, the Radio Spectrum Management, that is, the regulator in New ...
    Posted Oct 5, 2018, 7:48 PM by News Team
  • 20180930 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 30 September 2018 - Amateur Radio News Edition In the news this week, the FCC appears to ban the operation by amateurs of all unlicensed radios that are capable of being used outside amateur bands, closer to home we have an update from the Ham Feast, the Platinum VKFF Hunter Award, an update on the Golden Globe Yacht Race where radio amateurs are providing weather and net control services to sailors traversing the globe.Foundations of Amateur Radio looks at the idea of man-made noise being vertical, the Oceania DX contest, an update from the WA VHF group, the Radio Amateur Society of Australia, the Helpline, the Radio Amateur Old Timers Club of Australia, Bob looks at privacy and we sneak in some other news and updates ...
    Posted Sep 28, 2018, 10:01 PM by News Team
  • 20180929 - Golden Globe Yacht Race The lead yacht, Matmut, skippered by “Jean-Luc van den Heede”, is currently south of Perth in the Southern Ocean. The main amateur stations in contact with the fleet for their current position are ZS3Y / ZS3V (Volker and Bridgette) in South Africa, VK3MO (Ian) in Kyneton N/W of Melbourne and myself VK6JI. Christian Balois, CT7ANH, in Portugal, also has regular communication with the fleet and his friend “Jean-Luc van den Heede”, via remote hams using my IC-7300 remote station. Currently the regular skeds are on 20 meters and 40 meters. Most of the traffic is being handled by the two stations each side of Southern Ocean, ZS3Y /ZS3V on the Western side and VK3MO on the Eastern ...
    Posted Sep 28, 2018, 9:54 PM by News Team
  • 20180923 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 23 September 2018 - Contesting Edition In this week’s Contesting edition of NewsWest, we promote contests that are coming up next month, including the non-contest JOTA. We talk a bit about the ins and outs of contesting, and of course we tell you about what’s coming up next week in the VK6 Amateur Radio scene. This one’s important - we remind you about next week’s proposed club promo episode. We've invited Australian clubs to tell us about something they got up to, or are planning to get up to. Write up your story, and if you can, record it, and send to newswest@vk6.net by 12 noon Friday. If you have questions or comments, feedback, good or bad, the address ...
    Posted Sep 21, 2018, 10:06 PM by Bob Bristow
  • 20180916 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 16 September 2018 - New Amateurs Edition In this broadcast - we have news and reminders for the amateur radio community - starting with results from the manager of the 2018 Remembrance Day Contest, and Bob celebrates the result for one of our F-calls.Andrew brings us some recent satellite news - and how you can get involved.Have you played much with NVIS signals - listen out for Onno.And along with other new hams flavours in the pot, Andrew asks “What’s next?” now that you’ve got your licence.Lastly, we'll put it over to Roy with Helpline.If you have questions or comments, feedback, good or bad, the address is newswest@vk6.net.You'll find links to resources on the vk6.net website where ...
    Posted Sep 14, 2018, 10:54 PM by Glynn Davies
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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.

AR activities in VK6

VK6 Club Calendar