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  • 20170521 - NewsWest for Sunday 21 May 2017 It’s been another busy week for the NewsWest team, with multiple deadlines and Andrew heading over to Adelaide.In this broadcast:- Onno talks about the evolution of amateur radio over time and its technical diversity…- Andrew in his editorial explains the challenges the new WIA board have in front of them in the wake of the AGM – and why it’s important to us as members- We hear from Ty and what’s coming up next at the WA VHF Group- Targeting new (and sometimes old) HAMs, we discuss:- Some advice for once you get your license – with 3 possible first steps to get you started,- What you can expect on air,- And why it’s important to join ...
    Posted May 20, 2017, 5:27 AM by Glynn Davies
  • 20170514 - NewsWest for Sunday 14 May 2017 In the news this week we look at the 800th edition of the Friday Night Technet hosted by Reg VK6BQQ, the current Solar Flux, the Helpline, Andrew's Editorial, Foundations of Amateur Radio and meetings this week.We also take a look at what's making news this week in our hobby and what made the news 50 years ago this month in our historic look at AR Magazine thanks to Will VK6UU.This week the outgoing board of the Wireless Institute of Australia confirms that is chasing shadows and continues to support secrecy. In a statement on the WIA website the board states that "The WIA has also decided not to stream this year’s AGM and Open Forum ...
    Posted May 13, 2017, 1:31 AM by News Team
  • 20170507 - NewsWest for Sunday 7 May 2017 Welcome to this weeks edition of the news. This is Andrew, producer for this bulletin. The theme is that of club focus but unfortunately the amount of material forthcoming for us to put to air has been underwhelming, significantly due to the short notice of the request by the news team as a result of a lack of our forward planning. Anyway thanks to the clubs that have given us copy. Roy missed out last week but he’s back with a vengeance with a super edition of the helpline. Onno has a further insight into our hobby and I have more from the WIA. How did you go in the Harry Angel sprint? Don’t forget to get your ...
    Posted May 5, 2017, 5:07 PM by News Team
  • 20170505 800th Milestone Friday Night Technet On the 27th of May 2017 here in Perth, or to be more specific, the 26th of May Ontario time, Reg, VK6BQQ will be running the 800th Friday Night Technet. For years we’d heard the net at 9am or 0100UTC on VK6RFM, and more recently on VK6RLM net, on the Techlink conference, and on IRLP node 9229. Not only is 800 a major milestone, but thanks to John, the manager at the WA RAAF Association Aviation Heritage Museum in Bull Creek, Reg will operating the ‘net on the 27th of May from inside the Lancaster bomber at the museum. This is a great opportunity to promote amateur radio, the museum – and to help Reg celebrate ...
    Posted May 5, 2017, 7:15 AM by Glynn Davies
  • 20170501 - New Funeral Location for Gerald VK6AGT (SK) Please be advised that the funeral for Gerald Tompkins VK6AGT will now be held at the Alambie Park Chapel at 3pm. This Thursday and NOT at the Bethany Funeral Parlour as previously advertised.Please pass this on to as many as you can that may be attending that do not have access to this system. Source: John Dowsett  VK6RD
    Posted May 1, 2017, 1:35 AM by News Team
  • 20170430 - In The News In the news this week with an Activation of Mt Kaputar by Brett VK2BNN, using an FT-817. He has been having some challenges with the power settings of his radio, but as the SOTA Australia group advised him, it was more likely to be an Antenna, rather than a power issue, which lead to the recommendation to set the radio to display SWR on transmit, a recommendation that is also useful for many other radios and mobile activators.Andrew VK1DA is looking for information about the NESCAF audio filter kit as a way to provide some narrowing of the audio bandwidth of a receiver for use on CW. If you have any personal actual experience, Andrew would love to ...
    Posted Apr 29, 2017, 10:24 PM by News Team
  • 20170426 - WIA AGM Motions on Notice The Wireless Institute of Australia will hold the Annual General Meeting in May at Hahndorf in South Australia. The meeting will be the single venue where the WIA membership can obtain detailed and direct information from the outgoing board, which in an emphatic vote by the membership sees six new faces take office at the conclusion of the meeting. Any WIA member can contact the Secretary of the Institute, Mr Jim Linton, with motions to be added to the Agenda for the AGM. Several WIA members have shared with us their motions and today we are putting these in the Public Domain, to allow the WIA membership time to prepare itself for these motions and to put the Secretary and ...
    Posted May 10, 2017, 1:53 AM by News Team
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  • 20170514 - Helpline FOR SALECodan 9323 Remote head with Auto ATU 9350 in good condition$1500 of best offerPhone 0427 000 995FOR SALE Icom IC-7100 HF/6m/2m/70cm ...
    Posted May 12, 2017, 9:39 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.

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