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  • NewsWest for Sunday 15th December 2019 - New Amateurs Edition 20191215Today's NewsWest is the New Amateurs edition. We also bring you a bit of a heatwave, and hopefully the hot spell will break tomorrow.There’s information and encouragement for newbies, we congratulate a bunch of people who recently passed their exams and have obtained, or are about to obtain, their new license. Today we take a couple of minor deviations from Amateur Radio, with a request to listen out for waverider beacons on 27 MHz, and news of a satellite monitoring station for the northern wheatbelt.We can look forward to another episode of Roy’s Helpline, we take another peek over the Amateur Radio back fence, and in New Hams the series I talk about encouraging ...
    Posted by Bob Bristow
  • Newswest for Sunday 8th December - History of Amateur Radio Edition 20191208NewsWest for Sunday 8th December 2019 is the History of Amateur Radio edition and we have some interesting stories on the early days of Amateur Radio in Western Australia, including an account of the first QSO between the USA and VK6 on 160 metres.There’s news from the Radio Amateur Society of Australia, and Ed DD5LP / VK2JI talks about his exploits with propagation between Europe and Australasia, even in this low portion of the sunspot cycle.  Roy brings us helpline, and I take another look over the Amateur Radio back fence, which has been a bit busy this week.NewsWest invites contributions to the news programme. You can send contributions by email to newswest@vk6.netYou'll ...
    Posted Dec 5, 2019, 11:37 PM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 1st December 2019 - Club Focus Edition Dec 1st 2019NewsWest for Sunday 1st December 2019 is the club Focus edition.  In this programme we give time to clubs to promote themselves and their activities.Welcome to December.  In the Church Calendar today is Advent Sunday, and to over simplify it’s meaning, Advent is the countdown to Christmas.  In this week’s club focus, we have news from several clubs, including a reminder from Clive about the Radio Amateur Old Timer’s Club broadcast tomorrow, and Chris brings us news from the Radio amateur Society of Australia.We bring you an update on Barry VK6WF/VK2WB’s situation following the total loss of his property in recent fires in New South Wales, and Dan talks about ...
    Posted Nov 29, 2019, 4:51 AM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest 1st December 2019 This promotes VK6 Amateur Radio News with NewsWest, the Western Australian Amateur Radio news programme for Sunday first of December 2019. This is the club Focus edition of NewsWest.  In this programme we give time to clubs to promote themselves and their activities. Welcome to December.  In the Church Calendar today is Advent Sunday, and to oversimplify its meaning, Advent is the countdown to Christmas.  Last Sunday was the traditional day to make the Christmas pudding. I started preparing the ingredients on Sunday, however I didnt complete the task until Tuesday. The Christmas pudding is hanging there, waiting to do its thing in a few weeks. In this week’s club focus, we have news from several clubs for you ...
    Posted Nov 29, 2019, 3:22 AM by acsmith54
  • NewsWest Sunday 24th November 2019 - Contesting Edition 24 November 2019This week's NewsWest is the contesting edition.  We bring you news of contests coming up soon, and not so soon.You’ll hear our regular items like Roy’s Helpline, Over the Back Fence, and which Amateur Radio Club meetings and activities are happening around Western Australia in the next week.  Dan interviews Harry Vk6YBZ, and there’s news from Ham College, and from us about our new podcast provider for NewsWest. Did you know that NewsWest is available on podcast? It is.NewsWest invites contributions to the news programme. You can send contributions by email to newswest@vk6.netYou'll find links to resources on the vk6.net website where you'll also find ...
    Posted Nov 22, 2019, 1:37 PM by Bob Bristow
  • 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
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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 ...
    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.

Broadcasters

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.

Callbacks

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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

VK6 Club Calendar