• 20170116 - Mel VK6ER SK At 4am on 15th January 2017 Mel Bishop, VK6ER (formerly VK6TVA) succumbed to his cancer and passed away peacefully at his home and was surrounded by family. Mel, passed away after a 2+ year battle with Cancer. Mel died peacefully surrounded by loving family members.Mel's Funeral will take place on this Thursday morning the 19th of January 2017 at 9am. It shall be held at Bowra & O'Dea Chapel, 502 Wanneroo Rd, Westminister. Everyone who knew Mel is welcome to attend. There will be an open casket where people can pay their respects from 09:00 to 09:30. The casket will then be sealed for the funeral service, this is so no one will be stressed during ...
    Posted Jan 16, 2017, 1:18 AM by News Team
  • 20170115 - VK6WIA - NewsWest for Sunday January 15, 2017 In this week’s edition of NewsWest we bring you our traditional segments of Foundations of Amateur Radio and Roy’s helpline. There are reminders of social calendar events  and also a note that some events do not occur during January. There is further notice of a retirement and a request for you to help out at AR magazine. The PARG swap meet draws ever closer as does the Southern Electronics Group HamFeast in Katanning. Your attendance at both is required.Producer: Andrew VK6AS
    Posted Jan 13, 2017, 10:32 PM by News Team
  • 20170108 - Trainsafe Australia still claiming WIA RTO status I am unsure of whether I am the latest Amateur to have become a WIA assessor in VK6 or not. Assessors are referred to by code and number so I am 6-020, a bit impersonal but educational institutions often are. There are a few hurdles to be jumped to become a facilitator or assessor for the WIA. To be an assessor one must have an advanced licence, fair call, and this is one of the principal reasons that I studied for mine, as I have a professional interest in education. It took forever to get the attention of Silverdale aka Trainsafe aka Mr Fred Swainston. Eventually the on line learning material arrived. It was shambolic, inaccurate, out of date ...
    Posted Jan 7, 2017, 5:57 AM by News Team
  • 20170108 - VK6WIA - NewsWest for Sunday January 8, 2017 In the news this week we look at Ham Radio Deluxe and complaints about HRD support and black-listing of users who had paid for their license.We take a closer look at the Silverdale aka Trainsafe aka Mr Fred Swainston assessment relationship with the WIA, the ACMA and the implications for licensing of Radio Amateurs.One of our own, a respected amateur, an experienced sailor and a fool-hardy fisherman makes the news for all the wrong reasons. Spoiler alert, Lance is still with us and in good spirits.We start this edition of NewsWest with the Silent Key announcement of Graham VK6ZGG.Download your copy at http://vk6.net/Producer: Onno VK6FLAB
    Posted Jan 7, 2017, 2:14 AM by News Team
  • 20170101 - VK6WIA - NewsWest for Sunday January 1, 2017 The new year in Western Australia starts with a bang that debunks the information being spread by the remaining board of the Wireless Institute of Australia and rips into statements made about the validity of training, the interest of the corporate regulator ASIC and other financial issues following a Christmas national broadcast with so much spin that you might be forgiven in seeing a cyclone revolving around the remaining board members of the embattled Wireless Institute of Australia.With the resignation of the Honorary Treasurer, Chris Hendry (VK3PAT), WIA Director, Paul Simmonds (VK5PAS), WIA Director, Andrew Smith (VK6AS) and Honorary Assistant Treasurer, Jeff Tubbenhauer (VK5IU), the Wireless Institute of Australia saw the loss of four more vocal member advocates last ...
    Posted Dec 31, 2016, 1:36 AM by News Team
  • 2016122 - Former WIA Director Rowan Dollar (VK8RD) - letter of resignation published A year ago a letter of resignation was submitted by the then WIA Director Rowan Dollar (VK8RD) to the WIA President Phil Wait. The letter outlines concerns and problems that have been echoed throughout 2016 by various Treasurers and Directors. This represents 12 months of ongoing concerns being raised by a growing list of individuals. From: Rowan VK8RD <rowan.vk8rd@gmail.com>Date: 26 December 2015 at 17:31:51 ACSTTo: Phil Wait <philwait@bigpond.net.au>, Phil Wait <vk2dkn@gmail.com>Subject: WIA BoardPhil,My tenure as a Director of the Wireless Institute of Australia has become untenable.I have never witnessed such unrestrained arrogance and nepotism as I have witnessed in the last few months in ...
    Posted Dec 19, 2016, 7:59 PM by News Team
  • 20161220 - WIA Director resignation letter - VK6AS - full text Former WIA Director Andrew Smith (VK6AS) resigned on Sunday whilst on a family holiday from which he returned prematurely. Today he released his formal resignation letter which outlines in detail the on-going acrimony within the WIA Board. 13 Vigors Avenue Bull Creek WA 6149 19th December, 2016 Mr. Phil Wait, President,  Wireless Institute of Australia, C/- Wireless Institute of Australia PO Box 2042, Bayswater, VIC 3153 Dear Mr Wait, Resignation from the Board of the Wireless Institute of Australia It gives me no pleasure to resign from my elected position as Director on the Board of the Institute. Problems started during the election when you as a rival candidate threatened to have me removed from the election.  Apparently, a ...
    Posted Dec 19, 2016, 7:51 PM by News Team
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Latest WA Helpline

  • 20170101 - Helpline HELPLINE January 1st 2017============================= HAPPY NEW YEAR Eveyone.======================================= WANTEDI am trying to source a small morse code oscillator.  Do you have any idea where I can buy one?      Tks ...
    Posted Dec 31, 2016, 5:02 PM 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 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.

AR activities in VK6

Complete list of meeting times for clubs in VK6. Calendar of contests and DX activities.