• 20181118 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 18 November 2018 - New Amateurs Edition In the NewsWest edition for 18th November 2018 we look at New Amateurs. We’ll congratulate those who earned a new license and those who have upgraded. The team for this week is Andrew vk6AS, Dan vk6NAD, Roy VK6XV, Neil VK6BDO and myself, Bob VK6POP, the producer for this week. I heard a report recently of on air bullying, and today in my monthly New Hams series I talk about illegitimate carborundum, or something like that. We have other items of interest to Amateurs old and new. In fact they would be of interest to anyone really. Dan and Andrew give some ideas on setting up a station or shack, and Roy presents helpline, and we have a wrap from ...
    Posted Nov 16, 2018, 2:52 AM by Bob Bristow
  • 20181111 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 11 November 2018 - History of AR Edition NewsWest for 11th November is on Remembrance Day. A century ago, at 0600, the representatives of the countries involved signed the declaration that would end the war five hours later at eleven am. By a very fitting coincidence, today’s NewsWest programme is about the history of Amateur Radio, and we will regale you with tall tales and true of the history of our hobby. As the first broadcast of this bulletin goes to air at 0600 on Sunday, the WA Aamateu Radio News team will be at Blackboy Hill, taking a break in the VI6PAX activation to observe the commemoration of the centenary of signing of the treaty, to the sound of a piper playing “when the battle’s ...
    Posted Nov 8, 2018, 7:40 PM by Bob Bristow
  • 20181104 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 4 November 2018 - Club Focus Edition Newswest for Sunday 4th November 2018 is the Club Focus edition . Andrew VK6AS is the producer for this week This is a busy edition where we attempt to focus on clubs with notices of upcoming activities by the Peel and Hills groups as well as a special call sign activation by the NewsWest team There’s a report on Ham College activity and Clive VK6CSW promotes the RAOTC Dan VK6NAD has another fascinating interview and we have a look at what happens after you call back in response to listening to this news, then there’s Roys helpline of course! If you have questions or comments, feedback, good or bad, the address is newswest@vk6.net.You'll find links ...
    Posted Nov 1, 2018, 11:21 PM by Bob Bristow
  • 20181028 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 28 October 2018 - Contesting Edition NewsWest for Sunday 28th October is the contesting edition. We talk about contests coming up, and talk about contesting. Dan discusses his effort chasing DX in a recent contest. Ham College is full swing into a Foundation course this weekend. The Northern Corridors Radio Group has released information about their Garage Sale, and we have a JOTA wrap from clubs who operated JOTA event. And of course there’s Roy with his usual array of goodies old and new. NewsWest may still be available for download from audio.vk6.net. Just in case it’s not, here are two alternative download sites. https://www.dropbox.com/s/ce228102h0cpdna/20181028.newswest.mp3?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/sif82eulxwpyiiu/20181028 ...
    Posted Oct 27, 2018, 3:52 AM by Bob Bristow
  • 20181021 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 21 October 2018 - New Amateurs Edition .Welcome to the Newswest Bulletin for Sunday 21st October 2018. This edition is aimed at new hams. That of course isn’t just Foundation Licencees but also those who have gained increased privileges and responsibilities or who are returning to the hobby after an absence. If you have been or are taking part in Jota, thanks from the AR community for your volunteering and commitment. We regularly hear of hams whose interest in our hobby was sparked by engagement with the “wireless” during the Jamboree. We have an interesting mix of material to educate and inform you, including a couple of interesting interviews with Amateurs. Some tips and hints for new Amateurs, news from the VHF Group and HARG, and ...
    Posted Oct 19, 2018, 8:10 PM by Bob Bristow
  • 20181007 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 7 October 2018 In today’s broadcast, we bring you:News from the NZART, along with Promotion of the November VKFF Activation Weekend.Onno brings us the impending death of FT8 Call - with the introduction on JS8, while Bob re-boots the FreeDV net.How long is random length of wire - listen out for Foundations of Amateur Radio. For club focus - Bob discusses planning.If you have questions or comments, feedback, good or bad, the address is 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 to download it, how to rebroadcast this news and how to register your callbacks.If you want to join ...
    Posted Oct 6, 2018, 1:59 AM by Glynn Davies
  • 20181007 - Unrestricted Radios and the Amateur Service Last week we told you about the Federal Communications Commission in the United States who appear to be in the process of banning all uncertified radios capable of transmitting outside amateur bands for all users including radio amateurs.The ARRL states that:"The Advisory broadly prohibits the 'use' of such radios, but our view is that there is no such prohibition relative to licensed Amateur Radio use - entirely within amateur allocations - of a radio that may be capable of operation in non-amateur spectrum, as long as it is not actually used to transmit in non-amateur spectrum."The ARRL is in ongoing discussion with the FCC.On 28 September, the Radio Spectrum Management, that is, the regulator in New ...
    Posted Oct 5, 2018, 7:48 PM by News Team
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Latest WA Helpline

  • 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.


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