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  • NewsWest for Sunday 29th November 2020 - New Amateurs Edition 29 Nov 2020In this edition of NewsWest we welcome New Amateurs to the hobby, and provide information that will prove useful to newcomers to the hobby, and perhaps useful to those not quite so new to the hobby.Jeff talks about online resources for Amateurs, and also about how Amateurs can move up to the next license level. Mike discusses the Solar Flux index, and quite timely too, because it’s increased considerably over the last week.We have news from RASA about their new VK Regs website, I  make some comments about the notice from the ACMA about poor behaviour of some Amateurs, and I continue the New Hams series, and Roy brings the Amateur Radio Helpline.NewsWest ...
    Posted Nov 27, 2020, 1:06 AM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 22nd November 2020 - Anything Goes Edition 22 Nov 2020NewsWest for Sunday 22nd November 2020 doesn’t have a set theme, so what we do have for you is an interesting mixed bag of subjects - people’s stories, a bit of science, a bit of history, there’s a report on last week’s Hamfeast, we ask what’s happening at the Australian Maritime College, we look at the inner workings of NewsWest, and, unfortunately, we report on Neil VK6BDO going silent key.NewsWest is the best all Amateur Radio news you’ll hear any week. You can hear NewsWest on air, online and on demand. Visit our vk6 dot net website to find out how.NewsWest invites contributions to the news programme. You can send ...
    Posted Nov 20, 2020, 2:55 AM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 15th November 2020 - Contesting Edition 15 Nov 2020NewsWest for Sunday 15th November, 2020 is the contesting edition, and we have news and reminders of contests coming up this year, as contesting in 2020 isnt over yet.Who was Aacharya Jagadish Chandra Bose?  We’ll tell you about a special event activation in India, coming up soon, marking this man’s birthday.Clive announces a Christmas Party for the Radio Old Timers, and Glynn drops by to spruik about the NCRG raffle. And there’s Roy. It’s no show without punch, and Roy’s Amateur Radio Helpline has been with us since Adam wore short pants, or perhaps even before the pants.The team this week is Mike VK6KMS, Jeff VK6FJLM, Roy VK6XV, guest ...
    Posted Nov 13, 2020, 6:00 PM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 8th November 2020 - History of AR Edition 08 Nov 2020NewsWest for Sunday 8th November 2020 is the history of Amateur Radio edition, and we explore some of the Amateur Radio stories that were reported in Australian newspapers in 1935, including a story about a 12 year old Queensland girl who was tagged as “The Empire’s Youngest Radio Operator”, and another about early days of radio direction finding in Western Australia.We’ve got a decent serving up from Roy this week. He must have taken his vitamins. All this and more on NewsWest, with Amateur Radio News for Western Australia since 1931, available on air, online and on demand. Visit vk6 dot net to find out where and how to hear NewsWest.NewsWest invites contributions ...
    Posted Nov 6, 2020, 5:14 AM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 1st November 2020 - Club Focus Edition 01 Nov 2020NewsWest for Sunday 1st November 2020 is the Club Focus edition, and we invited Amateur Radio clubs to provide news of what they have been up to, or are intending to get up to.In addition to club news, we’ve got Roy’s helpline, the Club Focus series article, a result from last week’s item on a UHF record claim, information from the Radio Amateur Society of Australia, commentary on the IARU Intruder Watch, and more local news, including a silent key tribute for Kevin VK6KR.NewsWest continues to provide an Amateur Radio news and information service to Radio amateurs and enthusiasts,  a service that began in Western Australia in 1931. NewsWest invites contributions to ...
    Posted Oct 29, 2020, 11:20 PM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 25th October 2020 - New Amateurs Edition 25 Oct 2020NewsWest for Sunday 25th October 2020 is a programme of information for new and prospective Amateurs.  Established Amateurs needn't switch off and do something else, because we have news and information for you too, including Roy’s helpline, a date for the Manjimup Hamfeast, a new repeater in the Goldfields and an announcement about PerthTech 2021.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'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 23, 2020, 5:05 AM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 18th October 2020 - History of Amateur Radio Edition 18 Oct 2020This week is the History of Amateur Radio edition.  We have a silent key tribute for John VK6HZ/VK6XX, and then we’ll be delving into the history of Amateur Radio, with some extracts from the Australian Amateur Radio Magazine in 1950, and a newspaper item from 1913 about the establishment of early ship to shore radio in Western Australia.  There’s news from the regulator, the ACMA, some local news, some feedback from NewsWest listeners, and more, on NewsWest.The  NewsWest team this week is Mike VK6KMs, Jeff VK6FJLM, Roy VK6XV and I’m Bob VK6POP the NewsWest producer.NewsWest invites contributions to the news programme. You can send contributions by email to newswest@vk6.net ...
    Posted Oct 15, 2020, 11:29 PM by Bob Bristow
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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

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