• NewsWest January 14th 2018 NewsWest this this week is centred around Amateur Radio History, where we give you some insight into what was happening in Amateur Radio in days gone by.  Will VK6UU has been delving into a quantity of old records that have recently surfaced, and today’s items are mostly drawn from that source.In Foundations of Amateur Radio Onno discusses some principles of organizational dynamics,relating these to Amateur Radio societies. He ends with a quote from Margaret Mead “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has’.Andrew tackles the subject of bullying and inappropriate behaviour on social media.There’s also  Roy’s Helpline, Bob ...
    Posted Jan 12, 2018, 4:52 AM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday January 7, 2018 Happy New Year from the team at WA Amateur Radio News.  Welcome to today’s NewsWest broadcast.  I’m Glynn, VK6PAW, your lucky producer this week.  In this broadcast: It’s our CLUB FOCUS week, and we’ll hear from clubs around VK6, and of course – what we’re up to here at WA Amateur Radio news.  Bob brings us a few amateur radio myths about antenna analysers.  Onno talks SOTA adventures to start the year. .  There’s a number of reminders for local VK6 events, and well put it over to Roy with Helpline You’re listening to NewsWest, broadcasting weekly news and commentary since 1931 for VK6 radio amateurs, shortwave listeners and radio enthusiasts.  Speaking of regular, it ...
    Posted Jan 5, 2018, 9:36 PM by News Team
  • 20171231 - NewsWest for Sunday 31 December 2017 Welcome In the news this week we look back at 2017, follow the stories that coloured our world, look at events that happened, things that changed and things that didn't. The Wireless Institute of Australia saw great upheaval, the ACMA was questioned in Federal Parliament and complaints were made against WA Amateur Radio News. We also saw the biggest JOTA activation on the 60th anniversary of this world-wide scouting event where radio amateurs and scouts come together to communicate across the planet. NewsWest produced and presented by the team at WA Amateur Radio News grew in leaps and bounds with massive increases in audience callback numbers, more stories, more information and more breaking news that matters to people ...
    Posted Dec 29, 2017, 9:36 PM by News Team
  • 20171224 - Ross Hull Memorial Contest If you're looking to get started with an amateur radio new years resolution, why not start on the first of 2018 with the Ross Hull Memorial Contest. It runs for a month and the purpose is to encourage and reward achievement in working the greatest possible distances on the VHF, UHF and microwave bands.The contest started in 1950 to honour Ross A Hull who pioneered achievements in the study of tropospheric propagation and the development of new equipment techniques for the higher bands.You can operate all throughout the month of January and you get to pick which seven days count as your best effort. There's awards for analogue and digital, as well as a 2 day ...
    Posted Dec 29, 2017, 5:18 PM by News Team
  • NewsWest 24 December Christmas Eve 20171224 NewsWest Is Father Christmas an Amateur? What if he isn’t?  Tune in to find out.  Or are you afraid to know the truth?NewsWest is for Amateur Radio Operators and radio enthusiasts of all kinds.  It can be heard on air on a plethora of frequencies, downloaded or you can listen on demand. Find out how to do this, and many other things, at VK6.net. IntroHo ho ho. Or should that be Hi Hi Hi?  Welcome to the NewsWest Christmas Hams edition for 2017.   Today we have a range of Christmas fare for you.  A variety of fruits and nuts will entertain and inform you about what’s happening in Amateur Radio in this yuletide season ...
    Posted Dec 23, 2017, 1:55 AM by Bob Bristow
  • 20171217 - NewsWest for Sunday 17 December 2017 Welcome to today’s NewsWest broadcast, brought to you by the team at WA Amateur Radio News.In this broadcast:- Bob talks digital modes and band plans- Andrew gives us a Ham College wrap-up for 2017 and gives you a mission for 2018. He also takes time to provide intent behind the recently-formed RASA.- Onno brings us news for the week that was, and best of all…- It’s New Hams week, so Bob will lead you down the road of getting started in the hobby. I’ll help celebrate new and upgraded licenses here in VK6.- There’s our regular segments reminders, and well put it over to Roy with HelplineYou’re listening to NewsWest, broadcasting ...
    Posted Dec 16, 2017, 6:00 AM by Glynn Davies
  • 20171216 - Foundations of Amateur Radio eBook now available Six years in the making, after much prodding from fellow amateurs, the transcripts of the weekly podcast "Foundations of Amateur Radio" are now available as a series of eBook volumes on Amazon to bring together the over 300 different episodes covering topics about our amazing hobby. Short discussions about hundreds of different topics outlining the thousand different hobbies that amateur radio represents. Starting in the wonderful hobby of Amateur or HAM Radio can be daunting. Using low power with little experience is challenging but can be very rewarding. Originally published as a weekly podcast, each volume contains a year of edited audio podcast transcripts, each article looks at a different aspect of the hobby, how you as a beginner might ...
    Posted Dec 15, 2017, 6:54 PM by Onno Benschop
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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.