• 20180422 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 22 April 2018 - Contesting Edition In this Contesting edition of the news we look at upcoming contests and recent past experiences. There's a reminder for HARGfest, notifications from Ham College, the WA VHF Group, and the Broadcaster get together with the NewsWest Team, plus more.On behalf of the team, thanks for joining us.In this edition:* Regular: Foundations of Amateur Radio* Activity: HARGfest reminder* Contesting: Dan's reflections on John Moyle Field Day* Contesting: Scott - Send your log to LOTW* Contesting: Harry Angel Sprint* Contesting: Why bother to contest?* Contesting: Trans Tasman* News: WA VHF Group* Activity: WA ARN Broadcaster Get Together and AGM* News: Ham College* News: Next Week - Special "News Across Australia"* Activity: Quick Meetings* News: Helpline* News: ANZAC Day this ...
    Posted Apr 20, 2018, 10:51 PM by Glynn Davies
  • 20180415 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 15 April 2018 - New Amateurs Edition In this New Amateur edition of the news we look at getting on air, antennas, power connectors and learning the ropes. There's an update on HARGfest, some contest updates and more.On behalf of the team, thanks for joining us.In this edition:New Hams: Foundations of Amateur RadioNew Hams: Episode 54 Navigating the on-air minefieldNew Hams: AntennasNew Hams: Group Chat - Learning the ropesNew Hams: Antennas - Build or buy?New Hams: New Licences and Callsigns on-airNew Hams: Power ConnectorsContesting: QRP Hours Contest WrapActivity: World Amateur Radio Day - April 18Contesting: JMFD Logs due in by midnight 25/4 NO PDFsActivity: Quick MeetingsNews: Next Week ContestingNews: HelplineActivity ...
    Posted Apr 13, 2018, 8:36 PM by News Team
  • 20180408 NewsWest 20180408 VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday 8th April 2018. Welcome to NewsWest. It’s been a week since we devoured more hot cross buns and easter eggs than were good for us.   Doesnt time fly? It’s also a week since My wife and I arrived home from eight weeks on the road. Having unpacked, cleaned, repaired and stowed the gear etc etc, I’m bushed and ready for a rest.This week I promise you no humbug, trickery, chicanery or deceit.  I did hear one person during the week asking on air “is it true that Foundation licencees……?”.  April always gets off to a good start, and thanks everyone for being good sports.Instead of April tomfoolery, this week we ...
    Posted Apr 7, 2018, 6:50 AM by Bob Bristow
  • 20180401 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 1 April 2018 - Club Focus [EASTER] Edition In the club focus edition of the news we have updates from amateur radio clubs who use the first Sunday of the Month to share their exploits, their adventures, activities and updates for members.We have our regular segments, and we also have updates from outer space, upgrades to license classes and the amateur radio impact of the commonwealth games.If it's not raining it's pouring, the first Sunday of the month, the first day of the month, chocolate, rabbits and Easter.Douglas Adams titled the fourth book of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: "So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish".That pretty much sums up this program. Thank you for your time, thank you ...
    Posted Mar 30, 2018, 7:29 PM by News Team
  • 20180401 - LCD Review The full details for the Amateur Radio License Condition Determination are currently under embargo. The information shared in the news broadcast of Sunday, 1 April 2018 have been approved for release. Further information will be revealed after the embargo has been lifted.
    Posted Mar 30, 2018, 7:27 PM by News Team
  • N8RMA - State of the Hobby Survey Last year some dude in Michigan, literally, that’s how he describes himself, started a survey to get some demographic information on the state of amateur radio, He thought it would be cool to know things like…- What are the most popular bands and modes?- What are hams’ favorite activities?- How old are ham radio operators?- Why did hams get involved in amateur radio in the first place?- What do you think are the biggest issues and roadblocks in ham radio?- Are governing and lobbying bodies doing a good job… and... what should they be doing better?The 2017 survey received 668 unique respondents and provided a rather unsurprising birds-eye view of the hobby:- 2m is a favorite band ...
    Posted Mar 24, 2018, 5:18 AM by Glynn Davies
  • CQ WPX Contest As we let you know in February, the CQ WPX SSB contest is on as we speak, and no matter when you listen to this broadcast on Sunday, is still in progress. The CQ World Wide WPX Contest is based on an award offered by CQ Magazine for working all prefixes. Held on the last weekend of March (SSB) and May (CW), the contest draws thousands of entries from around the world. If you missed the SSB contest this weekend, the CW segment takes place on May 26 - 27, 2018. On both weekends - the contest goes from 0000 UTC Saturday to 2359 UTC Sunday. There are entry categories for single and multi-operator, each, all or single band, which are ...
    Posted Mar 24, 2018, 5:15 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.