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  • NewsWest Sunday 24th May 2020 Club Focus Edition 24 May 2020NewsWest for Sunday 24th May 2020 is the Club Focus edition, and we’ve invited local Amateur Radio clubs to provide items on what they are getting up to on the Amateur Radio Club scene here in Western Australia as we emerge from the pandemic restrictions that we’ve been wearing for the last couple of months.There are items from clubs telling us what they are up to, including some reminders from RASA about the various projects they have initiated, there’s a bit more information about the VK Shires contest coming up soon, we take a look into the vortex, and Roy’s Helpline completes the lineup.NewsWest invites contributions to the news programme. You ...
    Posted May 22, 2020, 4:36 AM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest Sunday 17th May - Contesting Edition 17 May 2020NewsWest for Sunday 17th May is the contesting edition, and it goes out under the callsign AX6ARN.We’re using the AX prefix today because it’s the International Telecommunications Union world telecommunications day and is also known as World Telecommunication and Information Society Day. We take a look at a few contests coming up over the next few months, with a note from Trent, the contest manager for the upcoming VK Shires Contest.  Chris VK3QB Reminds us about  the Welcome to Amateur Radio Guide, the Reverse Beacon Network Grants program on  offer from FISTS Down Under, and he announces a new video on Ferrites at QRM dot GuruThere’s new award for CW operators that ...
    Posted May 15, 2020, 7:13 PM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest Sunday 10th May 2020, New Amateurs Edition, and Happy Mother's Day 10 May 2020NewsWest, your Amateur Radio News for the VK6 call area and beyond, on Sunday 10th May 2020, Mothers Day. We wish a Happy Mothers Day to all the mums out there, and hope you’re all doing something special for your mum, even if it’s just spending time with a fond memory.Today we’re spending time with New Amateurs, welcoming newcomers to the hobby, and congratulating those with a brand new callsign.There’s exciting news about a newly launched Australian e-book aimed at beginners in Amateur Radio, an offer of a grant from Fists Down Under for the expansion of the Reverse Beacon Network in Australia, another installment of the New Hams Series ...
    Posted May 7, 2020, 11:56 PM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 3rd May 2020 - History of Amateur Radio Edition 03 May 2020NewsWest for Sunday third of May 2020 is the Amateur Radio history edition. We look at Amateur Radio news stories from a century ago, with items from Australian newspapers in the 1920s.We get an extra from Roy this week with a reminder about how to have a QSO with Jeanne VE0JS on eighty metres, and of course he brings us helpline.We have news about rule changes for next month’s VK Shires Contest, and Clive reminds us about the RAOTC broadcast.Newswest  is your Western Australian Amateur Radio news programme, and you can hear it on air, online or on demand. A visit to vk6 dot net will tell you how.NewsWest invites contributions to ...
    Posted May 1, 2020, 4:37 PM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 26th April 2020 - Club Focus Edition 26 April 2020NewsWest for Sunday the 26th of April 2020 is the Club Focus Edition where we give clubs an opportunity to tell the rest of the world what they're doing. In other news Jeff tells us about a new net commencing on eighty metres in or around Perth on Fridays, and I tell you about a freedv net that runs every day of the week. Dan gives a brief report on yesterday's Anzac Day broadcast, Chris reports from RASA,  And I talk about exploring a new way to get your items onto newswest without you having to do all the recording and editing, and we have Roy with helpline. Sadly, we report on the passing of ...
    Posted Apr 24, 2020, 2:25 AM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 19th April 2020 - Special Edition 19 April 2020NewsWest for Sunday 19th April 2020 is a special edition. We’re still doing our best to avoid this dreaded lurgy that has impacted everyone on a global scale, however NewsWest continues, and today we’re departing from our usual format to bring you an exclusive interview with Jeanne Socrates, VE0JS.  The interview occupies most of today’s programme, however we think you’ll enjoy it. The interview is also available as an audio visual presentation, and you’ll find it at vk6 dot net.We’ll also hear some notes from the Radio Amateur Society of Australia, a few s nippets of local news, and Roy’s Helpline.NewsWest invites contributions to the news programme. You ...
    Posted Apr 17, 2020, 4:53 AM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 12th April 2020 - New Amateur Easter Bunny Edition 20200412 NewsWest  VK6 Amateur Radio News for 12th April 2020 visits the world of the new Amateur in another stay at home edition.Firstly though I’d like to wish everyone a happy Easter, and for most of us it’s been an Easter like no other we’ve ever experienced .  In today’s line-up we acknowledge and congratulate those who are new to the hobby, or who have simply gained a new callsign.Have you heard any of the “Stayhome” special event callsigns from around the world?  A bit more on that later from Chris VK3QB, who will also talk about QRM Guru and the outcome of the recent survey on the callsign numeric component.And lastly we ...
    Posted Apr 10, 2020, 8:55 PM by Bob Bristow
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Latest WA Helpline

  • 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 ...
    Posted Nov 18, 2018, 5:35 PM by Bob Bristow
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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

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