NewsWest Dinner - Book Now! NewsWest Raffle - Tickets Here!

Bayswater Hotel Chocolate Overload Seafood Buffet Meals Private Dining Room

If you're looking for an opportunity to catch up with friends in a cosy setting with good food, the NewsWest Dinner at the Bayswater Hotel on Saturday 25 August is the place to be.

Select and pay for food and drinks from the menu or the Bistro and surround yourself with the Amateur Radio Community from throughout Western Australia.

Reserve your tickets now at Try Booking and pay the $5 cover-charge to contribute to the venue hire.

The Bayswater Hotel is located opposite the Bayswater Train Station at 78/80 Railway Parade, Bayswater WA.

Good Food Something for Everyone Steaks Pizza Hosted by NewsWest Menu - Front Menu - Rear


  • 20180819 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 19 August 2018 - New Amateurs Edition In the bulletin this week we bring you news of a new FT8 mode, an update for micro-bit-x users, as well as updates from the ACMA, RASA, the NewsWest dinner and raffle and more.This is the New Hams edition of the News and we'll discuss the Foundation Course at Ham College, new Amateurs callsigns to look out for, Bob goes Down to the Wire, Roy brings the Helpline, there's news for Shortwave Listeners and an update for you if you participated in the RD Contest last week.Thanks for taking the time out of your day for this news bulletin. On behalf of the NewsWest team, I'm the producer this week and my name ...
    Posted by News Team
  • 20180819 - μBITx spurious emissions - update Last week we reported that if you have a uBITx, or micro-BIT-x radio, you should stop using it because it exceeds amateur radio emission standards.During the week we were advised of a message from Ashar VU2ESE, a founder, designer and person behind the micro-BIT-x and other radios such as the BITX40.Ashar writes, and I quote: "The ubitx put out harmonics less than 2 milliwatts on all the bands. That’s well below what a 'commercially designed', well behaved, FCC compliant, 100 watt commercial set would spew out. There are some easy fixes."[]He goes on to sum up the problem, "SSB: it is ...
    Posted by News Team
  • 20180805 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 5 August 2018 - Club Focus Edition It’s our CLUB FOCUS week, and we’ll hear from clubs around VK6 including Ham and of course – what’s been going on at WA Amateur Radio news.Bob brings us a wrap-up on the Trans Tasman - and talks about how to bring a breath of fresh air to you club leadership and committee.Onno talks about club diversity… and how water can put a dampener on your radio hobby.There’s a number of important AR notices and reminders, including an update on HamFest, the dinner, and JOTA preparations, and we’ll put a quick call out to Roy’s helpline.Thanks to this week’s valued contributors, the voices of: Andrew, Bob, Clive, Dan, Eddie, Onno ...
    Posted Aug 4, 2018, 3:28 AM by Glynn Davies
  • 20180805 - JOTA 2018 Meeting - 14th August, 2018 - Scouts WA. This week I received the following e-mail from Travis Innes for JOTA 2018 Organisers:Travis can be contacted via e-mail: all, I've recently taken on the role of Branch Leader for Radio and Technology for Scouts WA. I've had a couple of meetings with Delshard, who ran the event last year, and we would like to be able to build on the success over the last few years and make 2018 as successful as we can. To that end we've organised the boardroom at Scouts WA Branch to be available to us on Tuesday August 14th from 7pm. I'm keen to meet with as many of you as ...
    Posted Aug 4, 2018, 2:56 AM by Glynn Davies
  • 20180729 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 29 July 2018 - Special Show and Tell Edition In the news this week we discover some of the stories behind building and inventing things within the hobby of Amateur Radio. Bob shares his fascination with wire, Steve is on YouTube, Andrew shares his adventures with antenna masts, Neil describes how he broadcasts this news, Peter has a DC Distribution Board, I've built a High Precision LC Meter and if that's not enough, we also have a new radio club in the best location of the world, there's the NewsWest Dinner and Raffle, Eddie tells us about the NCRG Hamfest, Glynn has a Jamboree on the Air heads-up and of course the news wouldn't be complete without Roy sharing the latest from the estate ...
    Posted Jul 27, 2018, 11:11 PM by News Team
  • 20180722 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 22 July 2018 - Contesting Edition Welcome to NewsWest. In this Contesting edition We’ll tell you about contests coming up, remind you about the ‘NewsWest Dinner on the Hamfest weekend, in fact we’ll be reminding you ABOUT Hamfest. While reminding you about stuff, we’ll talk about next week’s Show and Tell edition of NewsWest. RASA has commented on the ACMA’s five year spectrum outlook, and Andrew will talk about that. And if that’s not enough there’s the regular weekly spots of Roy’s Helpline and Foundations of Amateur Radio. I’m Bob, and for my sins I’m the NewsWest producer this week. The team members are Roy, Onno, Andrew and Glynn. Sadly we have a silent key announcement ...
    Posted Jul 20, 2018, 6:34 PM by Bob Bristow
  • 20180715 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 15 July 2018 - New Amateurs Edition It’s our NEW AMATEURS week, where we celebrate new, upgraded and returning calls.  We’ll also discuss gear and portable operations. Onno talks QRP and where you need to go, in order to obtain your license. Bob’s brings us up to speed with future events, including the Armistice Day special event callsign and associated activations, the HamFest dinner organised by the NewsWest team. He also looks back on the week, with a wrap for the FreeDV net. There’s a few other important AR notices and reminders, and well put it over to Roy with Helpline.Producer: Glynn VK6PAWDuration: 28min58secIf you have questions or comments, feedback, good or bad, the address is ...
    Posted Jul 14, 2018, 2:23 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 ...
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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