• Newswest for Sunday 13th October 2019 - History of Amateur Radio Edition Today NewsWest continues an Amateur Radio News tradition which began in Perth in 1931, by the Western Australian Wireless Institute, signing as vk6WI.Today we feature the History of Amateur Radio, drawing on items from the Amateur Radio Magazine from thirty and fifty years ago. We continue to look over the back fence, and Roy is full steam ahead with Helpline.We’re a bit light on for team members this week, so the menu features a lot of me served up in a variety of ways. The team this week is Roy, Jake and myself, Bob VK6POP the producer of NewsWest.NewsWest invites contributions to the news programme. You can send contributions by email to newswest@vk6.netYou ...
    Posted Oct 11, 2019, 6:41 AM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 6th October 2019 - Club Focus Edition NewsWest for Sunday 6th October 2019 is our Club Focus episode, and we invited Western Australian clubs to promote themselves and their activities.There was a good response from clubs this week with contributions from the WA VHF Group, Bunbury Radio Club, Ham College, Northern Corridor Radio Group, WA Amateur Radio News, the Radio Amateurs Old Timers Club,  and the Radio Amateur Society of Australia with some good news on two x one callsigns..In the regular Club Focus series from yours truly, we look at tiddlywinks, and we have Roy’s weekly helpline without tiddlywinks.  NewsWest invites contributions to the news programme. You can send contributions by email to newswest@vk6.netYou'll find links to resources on ...
    Posted Oct 4, 2019, 5:36 PM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest Sunday 29th September 2019 Welcome to News West brought to you by VK6 Amateur Radio News. It’s Sunday the 29th of September and we have a jam-packed program for you this week, with the biggest news in a year, or perhaps a decade from the ACMA. Plus, all our regular items.  Roy returns but with thin pickings. The news is brought to you by our usual team; Bob, Neil, Mike and also Jake and Michael VK6TU with assistance from Cass VK6FMUM.   NewsWest invites contributions to the news programme. You can send contributions by email to newswest@vk6.net You'll find links to resources on the vk6.net website where you'll also find information on where to hear the news, where ...
    Posted Sep 27, 2019, 11:16 PM by acsmith54
  • NewsWest 22 September 2019 - Contesting Edition In NewsWest for Sunday 22nd September 2019  we talk about contests and contesting, with a summary of some of the contests coming up soon, and we take a closer look at the Remembrance Day Contest results.We have the regular features of Roy’s Helpline, we report on an Australian School’s ARISS contact using local VK6 resources, and we take our weekly look over the back fence.Western Australia’s first Amateur Radio news broadcast was in 1931, and here we are stronger than ever eighty eight years down the road. NewsWest  can be heard on air on Sundays, and is available online and on demand.  Visit vk6 dot net to find out where and how, or simply look ...
    Posted Sep 20, 2019, 5:39 PM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 15th September 2019 - New Amateurs Edition NewsWest for Sunday 15th September 2019 is the New Amateurs edition, and we’re giving our attention to New Amateurs, with hints, tips and recognition of those who have gained a new license or new callsign.We’ll be telling you about Amateur Radio club meetings coming up, the New hams series, Helpline, and there’s more.The team this week is Mike, Roy and Neil. Neil has some important news for Ham College members and supporters.Newswest is produced by WA Amateur Radio News, Inc.  Our programme content is derived from a variety of sources, and items presented may not reflect the views of WA amateur Radio News, or any other organisation.  NewsWest is presented in the open spirit ...
    Posted Sep 13, 2019, 12:25 AM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday September 8th 2019 - History of A.R. Edition NewsWest for Sunday 8th September is the History of Amateur Radio edition.  Today we look back on Amateur Radio History. What I enjoy most about reading amateur Radio History is that so much never changes. Stay tuned to find out why.In addition to looking back at Amateur Radio history over the years, we’ll take a look at VK6 Amateur Radio chat Over the Back Fence.  We’ll hear Roy’s helpline as it continues into its 36th year, Mike explores Sod’s Law in Amateur Radio, Dan interviews someone, and we’ll  find out which clubs have meetings this week.The studio team this week is Mike VK6FMLS, Dan VK6NADRoy VK6XV, and guest presenter Steve VK6SJ.  I’m ...
    Posted Sep 6, 2019, 6:41 AM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 1st September - Club Focus Edition Welcome to Spring, because Spring has sprung.  And I’m not surprised, as we’ve had some glorious weather over the last couple of weeks.It’s also Father’s day, so happy Father’s Day to all the dads.Today we also celebrate a special anniversary - Helpline is 35 years old today.  Happy Anniversary Roy.In this Club Focus edition we  give over as much space as is needed so that clubs can promote themselves and what they do. Unfortunately some clubs don’t get around to doing it, so if you find your club is conspicuous by its absence, talk to your  club committee and see what can be sorted for next time. Perhaps you could take on ...
    Posted Aug 30, 2019, 7:53 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