PerthTech 2020 is on Saturday 2nd May.
The Venue is the Bassendean Community Centre.

We are calling for Abstracts - Click Here for further information
We're looking for helpers on the day - Click here to volunteer


  • NewsWest Sunday 16th February 2020 - New Amateurs Edition 16 Feb 2020In NewsWest this week, we acknowledge those who have recently gained a new callsign, and welcome newcomers to the hobby.We’ve got some exciting updates on PerthTech and the raffle, and you’ll hear those in this bulletin.Included this week is a reflection by Marc VK6OP on Amateur radio and its influence on his life and well being. It’s a good listen.Dan talks about on air experimentation with FreeDV.Chris brings you an update on QRM dot Guru, I deliver another episode of New Hams the Series, Roy delivers helpline to us, and there’s more.NewsWest invites contributions to the news programme. You can send contributions by email to ...
    Posted Feb 14, 2020, 1:01 PM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 9th February 2020 - History of Amateur Radio Edition Sunday 9th FebruaryIn NewsWest for Sunday 9th February we look at Amateur Radio history. We have news items from a couple of clubs, and a report from Glenn vk4du, the president of the Radio amateur Society of Australia (RASA) on his recent meeting with the ACMA in his role as, and he also discusses the current WIA survey on callsigns. And there’s an interesting story from Dan interviewing Steve VK6CS on his experience with microwaves, and there’s  Roy’s Helpline.The NewsWest team will be at the Peel Amateur Radio Group’s Swap Meet, and  we look forward to meeting you there.NewsWest invites contributions to the news programme. You can send contributions by email to newswest ...
    Posted Feb 7, 2020, 12:28 AM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 2nd February 2020 - Club Focus Edition 02 Feb 2020In Western Australia on Sunday 2nd February, NewsWest presents Club Focus, where we give Amateur Radio Clubs the floor to promote themselves.  NewsWest is the Amateur Radio news programme for the VK6 call area. Where in the world is Signy Island, and who’s going there?  You’ll find out later on. Barry VK6SP tells his Amateur Radio story, there’s more news about PerthTech, and of course the regular items of Roys Helpline, Over the Back Fence and an installment of the Club Focus series.NewsWest invites contributions to the news programme. You can send contributions by email to newswest@vk6.netYou'll find links to resources on the website where you'll ...
    Posted Jan 31, 2020, 3:37 PM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 19th January 2020 - New amateurs Edition 19 Jan 2020NewsWest this week is the New Amateurs Edition, where we congratulate and acknowledge those with new or upgraded callsigns or licenses, and where we share information useful for new Hams, including New Hams the series where I take a look at learning opportunities.PerthTech planning is going ahead full steam, and in this bulletin we’re calling for Abstracts from potential presenters, support in the form of donations of cash or raffle prizes, promotion within and by clubs, and help on the day. More on those later.Our regular weekly features of Amateur Radio Helpline and Over the Back fence complete this week’s NewsWest programme. Please note:  Our regular FTP server is out of action, and ...
    Posted Jan 17, 2020, 5:59 AM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 12th January 2020 - History of Amateur Radio Edition 12 January 2020.NewsWest for Sunday 12th January 2020 is the History of Amateur Radio edition, and accordingly we have some history stories to tell.  The feature article is about the fiftieth anniversary of the launch of Oscar-5, the first Australian satellite to be put into orbit. If you listen attentively you’ll find out why it’s called Oscar. There’s Roy’s Amateur Radio Helpline,  along with an item of news from RASA, and two late items for last week’s Club Focus, which failed to leave someone’s outbox.The big announcement for this week is PerthTech. We have set the date for PerthTech 2020 as Saturday 2nd May, and we give you information about how ...
    Posted Jan 9, 2020, 9:38 PM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest January 05 2020 - Club Focus Edition NewsWest is the VK6 Amateur Radio News, for Sunday 5th January, 2020.  Yep it’s 2020. The New Year festivities have been and gone, and we begin to deal with a new year.NewsWest continues the tradition of providing Amateur Radio News Broadcasts to Amateur Radio Operators in Western Australia and beyond. You can listen to NewsWest on air, on demand and online. Find out how at our website, vk6 dot net. Newswest this week is the Club Focus edition, and we have items from several clubs, even though most are to some degree in recess for the holidays. There’s the Club Focus series, Roy’s Helpline, over the back fence and more.With the exception of Rip Van ...
    Posted Jan 3, 2020, 3:07 AM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 29th December 2019 - The Year in Review 20191229NewsWest for Sunday 29th December 2019 is a special edition, as it’s the last news programme for 2019.We look back at some of the highlights of the year, and also getting into the Happy New Year Thing with a New Year Resolution for Amateur Radio.  We wish all of our listeners a very happy and radio-active New Year.NewsWest invites contributions to the news programme. You can send contributions by email to newswest@vk6.netYou'll find links to resources on the 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 ...
    Posted Dec 28, 2019, 3:11 AM 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


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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