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  • NewsWest for Sunday 21st July 2019 New Hams Edition NewsWest for 21st July has a focus on New Amateurs, with hints and tips from Andres, Peter, Bob and  Jeff, and of course we have Roy blasting off with helpline.You’ll see this and more on NewsWest.  We welcome a new producer this week, Dan VK6NAD.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 information on where to hear the news, where to download it, how to rebroadcast this news and how to register your callbacks.If you want to join in, you can. Send an email to and we'll ...
    Posted Jul 20, 2019, 1:33 AM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 14th July 2019 - History Edition It’s HISTORY week - and we travel back 50 years to 1969.We’ve got news on the 6m repeater - back ON AIR, RFI from the NBN, The 2m band and aviation proposals from France.There’s reminders, of course - Roy’s Helpline, a note from Steve VK6SJ, and a whole lot more.Also note a last minute message from Chris, VK3FY.On Friday, he received a limited number of AMC Foundation, Standard, Advanced, Regulations and Practical exam packs.He’ll be running assessments this Thursday night at 7pm in Osborne Park.If you’re interested and want more details, please contact Chris sooned via e-mail - vk3fychris@gmail.comBetter hit the books...NewsWest invites contributions to the news ...
    Posted Jul 13, 2019, 2:22 AM by Glynn Davies
  • NewsWest for Sunday 7th July 2019 - Club Focus Edition NewsWest for Sunday 7th July is the Club Focus edition, where we give space to clubs to shamelessly promote themselves. In this episode of NewsWest there’s a message for Young ladies, well ladies of all ages of course  from Diane VK4DI, who will be in Perth soon and would love to meet up with VK6 Amateur Radio ladiesAre you chasing a USA Amateur License? There’s an opportunity coming up soon in Perth, and we’ll tell you all about that.Andrew talks about the role of Amateur Radio in Disaster Management., and I’m on again about the ACMA consultation on the Amateur Licensing conditions.There are items from local clubs, and one from the Radio Amateur ...
    Posted Jul 5, 2019, 3:36 AM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 30th June 2019 Today we discuss important announcements from the Wireless Institute of Australia and the ACMA.  There’s a reminder about the NZART memorial contest next weekend, Clive reminds us about the Radio Old timers broadcast, Andrew reports from British Columbia about Amateur Radio exams, and who is taking them.Roy’s Helpline,  has been providing a service to VK6 Amateurs for a third of a century.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 information on where to hear the news, where to download it, how to rebroadcast this news and how to register your callbacks ...
    Posted Jun 28, 2019, 7:22 PM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 23rd June - Contesting Edition The NewsWest broadcast for the 23rd of June is ready to download.  This is the Contesting Edition, brought to you by the team at WA Amateur Radio News.  Glynn, VK6PAW, is our guest producer this week. In this Contesting News bulletin, there’s a wrap up on the VK Shires and the Harry Angel Sprint, information on the NZART Memorial, the upcoming IARU HF Championship, the Trans Tasman Low Bands Challenge, the ALARA contest, the Remembrance Day Contest, and the International Lighthouse and Lightships Weekend.  Andrew gives us a radio report from his river cruise on the  Danube, which could quickly turn into a bus trip by the sounds of things.  There’s  an announcement from the Radio and Electronics ...
    Posted Jun 22, 2019, 1:26 AM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest Sunday 16th June 2019 - New Hams Edition NewsWest is produced by WA Amateur Radio News, and goes to air every Sunday of the year.This week we look at new hams, who has earned a new license, and we offer some useful information and perhaps even advice to those new to the hobby.  The Winter VHF/UHF contest is on next weekend, and there’s a reminder for that, and also for the International Museums weekend, on this and next weekend,We have a road report from Andrew.  Well when I sad Road Report, he’s actually on a river cruise.  Andrew is presently in Germany but will soon be in Austria.Roy’s helpline tells us who wants to buy, sell or swap used equipment, and ...
    Posted Jun 14, 2019, 9:29 PM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest 9th June 2019 - History of Amateur Radio Welcome to NewsWest, the local  Amateur Radio programme for Western Australia.  Today we look at the history of Amateur Radio, with snippets from as far back as 1924.  As we do these history segments, it’s quite clear that we are facing very similar issues as did our Grandfathers in the hobby. Will it ever change?The team this week is Andrew, Mike, Dan and Roy, and myself, Bob VK6POP, the producer for this week.  Steve VK6SJ discusses the JIm Rumble Award, a VK6 “amateur of the Year” award. There’s an item about New Packet Radio by Steve VK6ST, however Steve lost his voice last week, and so you’ll hear it in another voice.Andrew will be our ...
    Posted Jun 7, 2019, 7:37 PM by Bob Bristow
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Latest WA Helpline

  • 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