• 20160717 - Stuart (Hoppy) Hopwood VK6VSH Born on the 31 July 1956 in Victoria. Died at Kununoppin 10 July 2016. Stuart was born In Victoria, at the age of 8 his family moved to Bunbury where Stuart schooled and grew up to teenage years.At 18 he moved to Perth and studied horticulture at TAFE. After graduating he managed to secure a job working for Hamersley iron in the Pilbara,working in horticulture and site rehabilitation as well as becoming a train driver for a period. Stuart was very involved in the Pilbara State Emergency Services of which he was a very active member and mainly dealing with radio communications another love of his. He Joined the Army reserves Pilbara regiment whilst in the North West ...
    Posted Jul 16, 2016, 6:19 PM by News Team
  • 20160717 - International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend - ILLW Cape Naturaliste Light - Image Source:www.westozdx.net 3rd Full Weekend in August since 1998 August is just around the corner, and some reason or other August seems to have become the international weekend for lighthouses. Countries all over the world have become involved in one form or another of lighthouse activity. Some years ago the United States Congress declared August 7th as their National Lighthouse Day and during that first week in August amateur radio operators in America set up portable stations at lighthouses and endeavour to make contact with each other. This event is known as the US National Lighthouse Week and is organized by the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society, ARLHS, which was founded back in 2000. The ...
    Posted Jul 16, 2016, 6:10 PM by News Team
  • 20160717 - WIA Contest Champion Contesting - Image: dxcoffee.com The WIA Contest Champion VK4PJ Peter Brown Trophy is awarded annually for the best combined effort in WIA Sponsored Contests. To qualify for the trophy, you must be a member of the WIA and submit a log to at least 3 of the qualifying contests.  This is how the points are awarded Points for the contest are awarded on the following scale  First place in section 100 Points  Second place 80 points  Third place 60 points  Fourth place 40 points  Fifth place 20 points  You can only claim one score per contest. eg. If you entered 2M SSB and you were also the overall winner only one of the section wins count not both.  For operation ...
    Posted Jul 16, 2016, 6:05 PM by News Team
  • 20160711 - Amateur Radio as Social Media Speaking of history – how are your social media accounts going??? Facebook, Twitter, Instagram anyone??? Oh, and for those who watched the webcast of the WIA AGM, do you remember Andrew, VK4NDY, getting up at the end of question time and discussing a survey, regarding Amateur Radio as a social media?? With the explosion in popularity of ‘social media’ providing a great number of people the ability to instantaneously communicate around the globe, it time to investigate where it all began. This project examines the history of amateur radio and its contemporary status, often neglected by Media Studies researchers. As such, the research fills a gap in wider literature and challenges some of the repeated stereotypes about media and technology use ...
    Posted Jul 16, 2016, 5:58 PM by News Team
  • 20160605 - Contests Trans TasmanComing up on the 16th of July is the Trans Tasman Low-Band Contest. The contest has an aim to encourage Low Band activity trans Tasman that is between VK and ZL. Work as many VK and ZL Prefixes and as many different stations on 160 80 and 40M in a short evening contest.Start Time is 0800 UTC and finish time is 1400 UTCThis contest is to encourage Low Band Activity in Australia and New Zealand.The applicable bands are 160, 80 and 40M. The modes are SSB CW and Digital (RTTY and PSK only) .Points are only awarded for valid contacts between VK and ZL stations. The contest is made up of 3 individual two ...
    Posted Jun 3, 2016, 10:13 PM by News Team
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  • 20160506 - Helpline Alex VK6EZY has become involved in a heritage railway project, (yes including steam locomotive), which is called Wheatbelt Heritage Rail to operate around Dowerin and the rolling stock is being ...
    Posted Jun 3, 2016, 10:00 PM 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.

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AR activities in VK6

Complete list of meeting times for clubs in VK6. Calendar of contests and DX activities.