PerthTech was a resounding success, and we're looking forward to planning for
2020. Many thanks to the presenters - you're rock-stars!  


  • NewsWest for Sunday 21st April 2019 - New Amateurs Edition NewsWest is heard across Western Australia and the rest of Australia and in other interesting places around the world. Firstly, Easter greetings from the team here at WA amateur Radio News,  and we hope your extra long weekend is all that you want it to be.Today we’re giving information and advice to New and potential Amateurs, WIA Director Harry gives some information about and encouragement to go to the WIA’ AGM and conference in Sydney, and we’ve got a true, honest to goodness, we wouldnt tell you a lie, story about Easter Bunny.On Thursday it’s ANZAC Day, where the country pauses to remember the sacrifice made by many, and the lasting impact of war on ...
    Posted Apr 19, 2019, 2:33 AM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest Sunday 14th February 2019 History of Amateur Radio Edition This week we take a trip down memory lane, looking at what made Amateur Radio news way back when.   As well as hearing about what happened several decades ago, you’ll  hear about what’s coming up in VK6 Land in the near future. Yep you guessed it, this week we’re a veritable time machine.But there’s no time like the present, and today is HARGFest day, so if you hadn’t thought about going to HargFest, jump on your bike and make your way to Gladys Road, Lesmurdie, because that’s where the action is today.NewsWest invites contributions to the news programme. You can send contributions by email to newswest@vk6.netYou'll find links ...
    Posted Apr 12, 2019, 8:14 PM by Bob Bristow
  • Newswest for Sunday 7th April 2019 Club Focus Edition It’s club focus this week and as well as the usual reports we have an intriguing piece on the role amateurs play in car rally safety.  Hargfest is on next weekend and we remind you of the resurrection of the Jim Rumble perpetual trophy, news from Ham College, the WA VHF group, the Northern Corridor Radio Group and an update on CW from Dan.  Of course, there is Roy’s helpline and our usual segments. NewsWest invites contributions to the news programme. You can send contributions by email to You'll find links to resources on the website where you'll also find information on where to hear the news, where to download it ...
    Posted Apr 7, 2019, 3:27 AM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 31st March. NewsWest is the news programme by, for and about Radio Amateurs.  Usually we have a four weekly rotation of themes, but when there’s a fifth Sunday in the month we have a fallow week and so there is a mix of material.  We have a couple of segments relating to the Australian Maritime College and assessments and assessors. There is Clive’s RAOTC announcement aimed at VK6 and of course Roy’s helpline.  Dan has caught up with Phil VK6SO with a discussion about CW. There’s a reminder to let the team at the SEG know if you intend to go to the Katanning HamFeast, further details of the QRP hours contest, a revitalised VK6 perpetual trophy and ...
    Posted Mar 29, 2019, 5:00 AM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 24th March 2019 - Contesting Edition In NewsWest this week,  we take a look at contesting, including a wrap of the John Moyle Contest, and we tell you what’s happening around the traps in the coming week, and as usual there’s Roy’s Helpline.  NewsWest is the weekly Amateur Radio News for the VK6 Call Area, and it can be heard on air, online and on demand via podcast. Visit vk6 dot net to see the broadcast schedule and how to download, listen online via podcast.I’m Bob VK6POP, the producer this week. And the team is Andrew and Roy, with guest appearances by Randall and Mike.Duration: 24:15
    Posted Mar 21, 2019, 9:21 PM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for 17th March 2019, New Hams edition NewsWest for 17th  March 2019, New Hams editionNewsWest is the news programme by, for and about Radio Amateurs.  This week’s theme is focussed on new hams and apart from the usual announcements and regular series we have two interviews letting  you how two well known amateurs got started and have progressed in the hobby.  There is news from and about the Australian maritime College, a band plan update, news on upcoming events and an item on interference that has been in the national press.NewsWest invites contributions to the news programme. You can send contributions by email to newswest@vk6.netYou'll find links to resources on the website where you'll also find ...
    Posted Mar 17, 2019, 2:19 AM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest 10th March 2019 History and PerthTech Review  NewsWest is the VK6 news programme by, for and about Radio Amateurs.  Today’s focus is on history, however we’ll go a bit light on History so we can  give you a wrap on the very successful PerthTech, which was last weekend. We have received glowing feedback from those who attended.Roy’s weekly Helpline, which has been running for over thirty years now, and is still going strong, will help you buy or sell pre loved amateur equipment, and Roy has a full complement of goodies for you this week.There’s a press release from the Radio Amateur Society of Australia  concerning revisions to the Australian band plan.Unfortunately we also have a silent key announcement, with ...
    Posted Mar 7, 2019, 11:47 PM 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 ...
    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


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