• NewsWest 12th November 2017  This weekend we paused to remember those who suffered or perished through wars.  The 11th November marks the end of World War One, the Great War, ninety nine years ago.  This global war was also called the war to end all wars.  How little did they know.  Even so, we remembered them, and will continue to remember those who have suffered war.This hobby of ours has been around for a bit over one hundred years, with lots of history.  This week we share some of that Amateur Radio History by taking a look at what was happening in Australian Amateur Radio sixty years ago in 1957.There’s been a bit of chatter about the Solar low - are we ...
    Posted Nov 10, 2017, 10:27 PM by Bob Bristow
  • 20171105 NewsWest for Sunday, 5th November, 2017 In this broadcast:It’s our CLUB FOCUS week, and we’ll hear from Ham College, the RATOC, the Bunbury Radio Club, F-Troop, and of course – what we’re up to at WA Amateur Radio news.Bob brings us a few amateur radio myths – for what may become a new regular segment – we’d love your feedback.We’ll also hear from Paul, VK5PAS, on what coming up for World Wide Flora and Fauna – and how YOU can get involved.There’s our regular reminders, and well put it over to Roy with Helpline.NewsWest, broadcasting weekly news and commentary since 1931 for VK6 radio amateurs, shortwave listeners and radio enthusiasts.Producer: Glynn VK6PAWDuration: 29s21m
    Posted Nov 3, 2017, 10:06 PM by Glynn Davies
  • 20171029 VK6ARN NewsWest for Sunday 29 October 2017 In this bulletin we have a look at the massive success that was the 60th anniversary of Jamboree On The Air with participation from many clubs, cubs, guides, brownies, scouts and leaders, not to mention mum's, dad's and radio amateurs.You can download your personal copy of the news at http://vk6.net/news/ or listen on-air. Check out the schedule.Producer: Onno VK6FLAB
    Posted Oct 27, 2017, 7:22 PM by Onno Benschop
  • 20171022 NewsWest Jamboree On The Air is in full swing as we go to air. Scouts and Guides all over the World are having a go at Amateur Radio. Welcome to NewsWest, the Amateur Radio news programme by Amateurs, for Amateurs.  NewsWest is primarily concerned with news about Western Australian Amateur Radio, however w do include other Amateur Radio news that is  pertinent to the VK6 call area.This week we take a look at Contesting, What’s been in Amateur Radio news this week, Ham College activities and the World Wide FLora and Fauna weekend activity.  The regular weekly items of Foundations of Amateur Radio and Ryy’s Helpline are in the line-up too. Visit vk6.net to find out ...
    Posted Oct 20, 2017, 11:02 PM by Bob Bristow
  • 20171015 - NewsWest for Sunday 15 October 2017 In the news this week it's our NEW HAMS edition and if that's not enough, it's packed full of reminders and news from around the traps - along with our normal segments.Bob brings you up-to-date for JOTA – happening next weekend, starting Friday the 20th, and will lead you don’t the road of getting started in the hobby. Onno brings us news for the week that was. I’ll give you a quick overview on AllStar, and celebrate new and upgraded licenses here in VK6. Next week CONTESTING week, so let us know what your club is up to. Send your story, or better still, a recording of your story, to newswest@vk6.net and ...
    Posted Oct 14, 2017, 4:31 AM by Glynn Davies
  • JOTA/JOTI 2017 There’s still a week of school holiday left – hopefully the kids aren’t bored yet. What that also means is there’s only 2 weeks until JOTA and JOTI, Jamboree of the Air, and Jamboree of the internet. Remember, this is the 60th Year for JOTA, 60 Years of Connecting Scouts – and the dates are the 20th-22nd of October. A note from Delshard, the WA JOTA/JOTI Co ordinator for 2017 has just gone out to all Regions, Districts and Groups in WA. This provides links to:-  -         A list of bases – so groups can contact their closest base and register visits for over the weekend -          Technical guidance – where groups will be connecting from their local ...
    Posted Oct 10, 2017, 7:03 AM by Glynn Davies
  • 20171009 - End of VK6RTP Jono VK6DF reports the end of VK6RTP - West Australia's highest 2m repeater. On a Facebook post on the vk6 group, Jonno writes: "It is with a heavy heart i report to you the passing of the Tom Price repeater." He shared the following photos.           Jono goes on to say in an email: VK6RTP, W.A's highest repeater (1128m asl) located in the Pilbara town of Tom Price servicing Tom Price, Paraburdoo and a chunk of Karajini National Park was unfortunately destroyed by fire on Sunday evening. This repeater was installed in 2009 in what was known as the " Old STC hut" located at the very peak of Mt Nameless. This hut originally used to house all the emergency ...
    Posted Oct 9, 2017, 4:11 PM by News Team
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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 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



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