• 20180617 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 17 June 2018 - New Amateurs Edition New to Amateur Radio, this show is for YOU!This week, new amateur calls on air, a new FreeDV on-air net, courses, contests and calendar updates and that's just to whet your appetite.Also in this news a reminder about the ACMA consultation, F-troop, tips for New Hams, a Welcome to the Hobby, courses, contests and more. I can tell you that Roy is back. He's still in hospital, getting better and still exhibiting is irrepressible sense of humour. As I said to Roy, on Friday, "I'd tell you to break a leg, but then you're likely to take that literally." - Good to have you back.On behalf of WA Amateur Radio News, producers ...
    Posted Jun 15, 2018, 9:23 PM by News Team
  • 20180603 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 3 June 2018 - Club Focus Edition Welcome to today's NewsWest broadcast. It's a pretty jam-packed 30 minutes.Once again, I'm Glynn, VK6PAW, your lucky producer this week.In this broadcast:It's our CLUB FOCUS week, and we'll hear from clubs around VK6 including Ham College and the NCRG, and of course – what's been going on at WA Amateur Radio news.Onno talks about have the internet has revolutionised amateur radio over the past 20 years… and how analogue and digital can co-exist on repeaters.We'll point you to a great publication from Surrey, a little beyond the VK6 borders.There's a number of important AR notices and reminders, and we'll put a call out to ...
    Posted Jun 2, 2018, 4:31 AM by News Team
  • 20180527 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 27 May 2018 - Contesting Edition In the news this week we find out about a new owner of the Western Australian Valve Bank which until now has been managed and maintained by Wayne VK6FT.We hear from the WA VHF Group who have just reactivated their 5.7 and 10 GHz beacons and have some ZLPLL-based microwave beacon boards on display at their monthly meeting.The Radio Amateur Society of Australia shares the news that the ACMA have released their Draft Five Year Spectrum Outlook and we have contesting galore in our monthly contesting special with the Winter UHF/VHF Field Day, the VK Shires, the Trans Tasman, the RD contest and the Alara Contest.I'm Onno VK6FLAB and on behalf of WA ...
    Posted May 25, 2018, 10:57 PM by News Team
  • 20180526 - WIA in the firing line, again A copy of a letter from Amateur Radio Victoria to the President of the WIA was received by NewsWest during the week. It goes to the heart of expulsion proceedings being instigated at the behest of four WIA members as reported by the WIA on 16 May 2018 - via an announcement on the WIA website.From: Amateur Radio VictoriaGreetings Justin,I hope I find you well after the ordeal of a weekend AGM meeting.We have in the last few days received emails from our memberscomplaining about the treatment apparently meted out by the board ofthe WIA to expel Allan VK2CA. I am sure that your board would atall times be following the rules as per ...
    Posted May 25, 2018, 10:54 PM by News Team
  • 20180513 - In the News This Week SOTAIn SOTA news this week a discussion started around the question of logging /P or not when dealing with a portable station. Arguments both ways abound. There appears to be a consensus around recording what was used on air, but adding the /P or not is often dependent on the situation, country and legal requirements. If you'd like to join in the conversation, join the SOTA_Australia email list.SOTAWhile we're on the subject the SOTA_Australia email list is on the move away from Yahoo to Groups.io. More information when we have it. If you're in Melbourne on Wednesday that's the 16th of May, you can catch up for some SOTA Supper ...
    Posted May 25, 2018, 10:43 PM by News Team
  • 20180520 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 20 May 2018 - New Amateurs Edition In this broadcast:Are you new to the hobby of Amateur Radio? This week, Newswest welcomes newcomers to Amateur Radio. In this New hams edition of NewsWest, you’ll hear about new licenses granted to new and re-qualifying Amateurs, and words of wisdom and encouragement to New Hams, and a press release from the Radio Amateur Society of Australia. We also have our regular spots of Foundations of Amateur Radio and Roy’s Helpline. And more. There’s always more. Newswest is produced by WA Amateur Radio News and is broadcast on several frequencies, both on the WA Linked Repeater Network and HF relays and broadcasts, all done every week by a team of dedicated radio operators. The NewsWest ...
    Posted May 18, 2018, 11:54 PM by Bob Bristow
  • 20180513 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 13 May 2018 - History of AR Edition In this broadcast:It’s HISTORY week - and we head back to 1974, and before.To warm you up for your trip to the 2018 Gold Coast WIA extravaganza, Onno brings you a wrap of “WIA Convention #37”Bob discusses “A funny thing happened in the shack the other night”I’m shaking up a can of magic LPS sprayWe have news of the Limited AOCP...and to end history off, a round the world yacht race. And… then there’s our regular segments including news from SOTA, WWFF and FreeDV.We’ve got Roy’s Helpline, as well as a note from the Surrey Amateur Radio Club.If you have questions or comments, feedback, good or bad, the ...
    Posted May 12, 2018, 12:24 AM by Glynn Davies
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Latest WA Helpline

  • 20171008 - Helpline SORRY, I was M.I.A. last weekI am seeking anyone interested in conducting Scheduled Radio Operations (Scheds).These scheds are on ‘Austravelsafetynet’  frequencies, a Not For Profit Radio ...
    Posted Oct 6, 2017, 12:24 AM 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 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.
Complete list of meeting times for clubs in VK6. Calendar of contests and DX activities.