• 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
  • Collectif TERRE & MER In 1968 nine men started the first solo non-stop sailing race around the World.Only one finished.In attempt to re-create the race - it’s on again. A world tour sailing solo, non-stop around the world, without assistance, and in the technical conditions of the time. This event is the replica of the mythical Golden Globe Race of 1968. Participants are required to use boats and similar equipment including radio means.In 1968, radio links between ships at sea and land were made only in BLU (a single lateral band), on the HF band thanks to the stations dedicated to maritime radio service, like St Lys in France. Today this device no longer exists.Today, only radio ...
    Posted May 11, 2018, 7:30 AM by Glynn Davies
  • CIARC - Christmas Island Amateur Radio Club (VK9JD) One of the great skills of amateur radio is our ability to relay on messages. Doing just that, Alek VK6APK, VK6 QSL manager passed on a message for Doug Haig, previously VK8JD… now VK9JD - on Christmas Island - voice of the Red Crab. Doug arrived on the island in January and is now settling down and deciding what he’s going to do. Cliff, VK9VKL left Doug some some masts and antennas, so now he’s looking for a place to install. On the side, he’s also in the process of starting up the CIARC, the Christmas Island Amateur Radio Club. In the original correspondence, Doug was looking for 5 members to help the CIARC incorporate and become WIA affiliated ...
    Posted May 6, 2018, 12:30 AM by Glynn Davies
  • 20180506 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 6 May 2018 - Club Focus Edition In the news this week the Austravel Safety Net, the Friday Night Tech Net, something about French Renards, Ham College, a Homebrew club proposal and a brand new amateur club on Christmas Island.Welcome to the Club Focus edition of NewsWest. Also in the news an update on the WAARN broadcaster activity day, the AGM, the Helpline, Foundations of Amateur Radio and the RAOTC.This is Amateur Radio News since 1931, for radio amateurs, shortwave listeners, radio enthusiasts and you.We'd love to hear your feedback, vk6.net is the place to go for more details and newswest@vk6.net is the email address you can use for your stories.This news is made possible by you. Send us ...
    Posted May 4, 2018, 8:17 PM by News Team
  • 20180429 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 29 April 2018 - Clubs across Australia Edition In this week’s special edition of NewsWest, we invited Amateur Radio clubs across Australia to tell us who they are and what they get up to. We are hoping that it will result in a better understanding of what makes other clubs tick, and to share ideas about what they get up to. This is a new initiative from NewsWest, and it's an idea that we will use again another time. In addition to club information, we bring you our regular weekly spots of Roy’s Helpline, Onno’s Foundations of Amateur Radio, and where and when all the Amateur Radio meetings are this week in Western Australia. And Mills On The Air. Have you ever heard of ...
    Posted Apr 27, 2018, 8:40 PM by Bob Bristow
  • 20180429 - State of the Hobby - results Survey Results2018 State of the Hobby results2017 State of the Hobby resultsLast month we brought you news from some dude in Michigan, that's how he describes himself, actually it's Dustin N8RMA who was conducting the second annual global amateur radio survey.The results for 2018 are in. There was a 324% increase in responses between 2017 and 2018, but only 6% of respondents this year responded to last year's survey.Nearly 60% of respondents was over 55, 22% was under 45. On average the respondents had been licensed for over 22 and a half years.The most popular activity in our hobby is DXing, followed by antenna construction. We prefer 40m, though 20m is ...
    Posted Apr 27, 2018, 6:50 PM by News Team
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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.