PerthTech is on Saturday 2nd March.
Raffle tickets are on sale now.
Go HERE for more information, to register and to buy raffle tickets

NEWSFLASH!! 18 Feb 2019
The Australian Maritime College (AMC), as the new provider of Assessment and Callsign management services, has now received from the ACMA an extensive list of Nominated Assessors, Assessors and Learning Facilitators who assisted the previous provider. The College wants as many as possible of these individuals to continue participating in the assessment process and welcomes them to become part of the new organisation. The AMC wish to assure everyone that fundamentally the process will remain the same. There are no changes in the syllabus or assessment requirements. The AMC is aware that the lack of information has been of concern to assessors. However, it was not permitted to make contact until privacy issues had been resolved and also until the legal requirements of the new Deed between the University and the ACMA had been finalised. If you are a previous assessor/facilitator and have concerns about whether or not you have been recorded onto the AMC database, then please email amc.ar@utas.edu.au A large number of enquiries are expected, so you may not receive an immediate reply. Please be patient. The AMC will be providing information on the dates of assessment resumption and how to obtain question packs and other information required to run assessments under the umbrella of the College as soon as practicable. 73 Andrew Smith VK6AS and Glenn Dunstan VK4DU, Advisors to the AMC


  • NewsWest for Sunday 17th February 2019 New Hams Edition This week’s theme is new amateurs. Dan has an intriguing segment on how to improve your audio that should be of interest all new to the hobby or old timers and Bob and I bring you items relating to new hams as well. There is an update on the change of provider for assessments and callsign recommendations.We will update you on PerthTech planning progress, enrolments and continue to encourage you to buy tickets in the raffle, that ensures that the event is free to participants! And of course there are all our usual weekly items.NewsWest invites contributions to the news programme. You can send contributions by email to newswest@vk6.netYou'll find links to resources ...
    Posted Feb 15, 2019, 4:48 AM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest 10th February 2019 History of A.R. Edition. This week’s theme is history,  We have items on an early radio club in the Perth Hills, a search for German aviators and a story on “number stations”We will update you on PerthTech and encourage you to buy tickets in our raffle!  We continue to encourage all those interested to register by following the link on VK6.net to trybooking.comAnd of course there are all our usual weekly items as well with advertisements for upcoming events including a QRP event on the river and the like.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 ...
    Posted Feb 8, 2019, 4:00 PM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 3rd February 2019 Club Focus Edition NewsWest for Sunday third February 2019 is now available for download, and it’s Club Focus time this week.  We take a look at what Amateur Radio Clubs are doing around Western Australia. But that’s not all. Andrew is freshly back from Tasmania and he brings us an exclusive report on the future of Amateur Radio Training and Assessments and the relevant announcement by the ACMA  We also have updates on PerthTech and the raffle, and there’s more information and booking links at vk6.net.  We’ve got Roy’s Helpline and a report from RASA via Chris vk3qb . NewsWest is available on air, online and on demand.  Podcast is back! Find out how you can listen to ...
    Posted Feb 1, 2019, 6:19 PM by Bob Bristow
  • Newswest for Sunday 27th January 2019 This week’s theme is contesting and we have ideas on setting up a portable station, details on contesting champions and segments to get you thinking about taking part in the John Moyle field day, a world wide rtty contest, the commonwealth contest for cw or the arrl dx ssb competition.We will update you on PerthTech and encourage you to spend your hard earned in our raffle!  Denis has information on VHF beacons and Allen reminds us of the valuable work of the Radio and electronics school.  And of course there are all our usual weekly items as well with advertisements for upcoming events and the like. NewsWest is produced by WA Amateur Radio News, Inc, and provides Amateur ...
    Posted Jan 25, 2019, 2:53 AM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 20th January 2019 New Amateurs Edition This week is all about new amateurs.  We welcome those new to the hobby and have suggestions of how to enter at foundation level or to improve your privileges and responsibilities.  Bob brings you the latest epistle in his new hams segment. There’s an update on the 2 by 1 callsign matter. A VK6 volunteer has returned from the scout jamboree and there is information from the Southern electronics group.  Dan returns with another interview and there’s information on a crowd funding effort.We will update you on PerthTech and encourage you to spend your hard earned in our raffle! And of course there are all our usual weekly items as well with advertisements for upcoming events and ...
    Posted Jan 18, 2019, 4:51 AM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 13th January 2019 History of A.R. Edition In NewsWest for Sunday 13th January 2019 we look into  Amateur Radio History, and we’ve got some interesting snippets for you from way back.There’s more exciting news about PerthTech on 2nd March. We tell you who’s presenting, and give details of the dinner afterwards.  We announce the major prize in our super raffle. It’s good stuff, and you won’t want to miss it.  And as usual, Roy will regale us with HelplineThe team this week is Andrew, Dan, Neil and Roy, and for my sins I’m the producer. I’m Bob VK6POP, and let’s get  on with it.NewsWest is produced by WA Amateur Radio News, Inc, and provides Amateur Radio ...
    Posted Jan 12, 2019, 12:02 AM by Bob Bristow
  • 20190106 NewsWest for Sunday 6th January Club Focus Edition Welcome to NewsWest for 6th January.Happy New year from the VK6 Amateur Radio News team. This week is about clubs and we have reports from the VHF group, the Peel Group, the WA Repeater Group and Ham College.There is some information about the potential introduction of 2 by 1 contesting call signs, digital developments and a further reminder to get on air and contact the scout jamboree at tailem Bend in VK5.Another first is an interview from Dan conducted on air using Echolink, well worth a listen.Of major significance is that WA Amateur Radio News has decided to run the PerthTech event in 2019,and we have initial details of this for you to put into ...
    Posted Jan 4, 2019, 4:56 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 ...
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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