PerthTech 2020 is on Saturday 2nd May.
The Venue is the Bassendean Community Centre.

We are calling for Abstracts - Click Here for further information
We're looking for helpers on the day - Click here to volunteer


  • NewsWest for Sunday 19th January 2020 - New amateurs Edition 19 Jan 2020NewsWest this week is the New Amateurs Edition, where we congratulate and acknowledge those with new or upgraded callsigns or licenses, and where we share information useful for new Hams, including New Hams the series where I take a look at learning opportunities.PerthTech planning is going ahead full steam, and in this bulletin we’re calling for Abstracts from potential presenters, support in the form of donations of cash or raffle prizes, promotion within and by clubs, and help on the day. More on those later.Our regular weekly features of Amateur Radio Helpline and Over the Back fence complete this week’s NewsWest programme. Please note:  Our regular FTP server is out of action, and ...
    Posted Jan 17, 2020, 5:59 AM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 12th January 2020 - History of Amateur Radio Edition 12 January 2020.NewsWest for Sunday 12th January 2020 is the History of Amateur Radio edition, and accordingly we have some history stories to tell.  The feature article is about the fiftieth anniversary of the launch of Oscar-5, the first Australian satellite to be put into orbit. If you listen attentively you’ll find out why it’s called Oscar. There’s Roy’s Amateur Radio Helpline,  along with an item of news from RASA, and two late items for last week’s Club Focus, which failed to leave someone’s outbox.The big announcement for this week is PerthTech. We have set the date for PerthTech 2020 as Saturday 2nd May, and we give you information about how ...
    Posted Jan 9, 2020, 9:38 PM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest January 05 2020 - Club Focus Edition NewsWest is the VK6 Amateur Radio News, for Sunday 5th January, 2020.  Yep it’s 2020. The New Year festivities have been and gone, and we begin to deal with a new year.NewsWest continues the tradition of providing Amateur Radio News Broadcasts to Amateur Radio Operators in Western Australia and beyond. You can listen to NewsWest on air, on demand and online. Find out how at our website, vk6 dot net. Newswest this week is the Club Focus edition, and we have items from several clubs, even though most are to some degree in recess for the holidays. There’s the Club Focus series, Roy’s Helpline, over the back fence and more.With the exception of Rip Van ...
    Posted Jan 3, 2020, 3:07 AM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 29th December 2019 - The Year in Review 20191229NewsWest for Sunday 29th December 2019 is a special edition, as it’s the last news programme for 2019.We look back at some of the highlights of the year, and also getting into the Happy New Year Thing with a New Year Resolution for Amateur Radio.  We wish all of our listeners a very happy and radio-active New Year.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 ...
    Posted Dec 28, 2019, 3:11 AM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 22nd December 2019 - Contesting and Festive Season Edition 2019-12-22NewsWest for Sunday 22nd December 2019 looks at contesting, and of course we have also added a festive season flavour to the programme. We’re only a few days out from Christmas, and a few days into Hanukkah, so before we get on with the news, on behalf of the team here at WA Amateur Radio News, and the NewsWest team, I wish you and your family a very merry Christmas, Chag Urim Sameach and all the very best for the festive season however you celebrate it.Today we discuss contesting and contests coming up, Paul VK6WZ expresses an opinion about the current callsign format discussion in Australia, Glenn VK4DU, President of the Radio amateur Society of ...
    Posted Dec 20, 2019, 7:25 PM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 15th December 2019 - New Amateurs Edition 20191215Today's NewsWest is the New Amateurs edition. We also bring you a bit of a heatwave, and hopefully the hot spell will break tomorrow.There’s information and encouragement for newbies, we congratulate a bunch of people who recently passed their exams and have obtained, or are about to obtain, their new license. Today we take a couple of minor deviations from Amateur Radio, with a request to listen out for waverider beacons on 27 MHz, and news of a satellite monitoring station for the northern wheatbelt.We can look forward to another episode of Roy’s Helpline, we take another peek over the Amateur Radio back fence, and in New Hams the series I talk about encouraging ...
    Posted Dec 13, 2019, 3:51 AM by Bob Bristow
  • Newswest for Sunday 8th December - History of Amateur Radio Edition 20191208NewsWest for Sunday 8th December 2019 is the History of Amateur Radio edition and we have some interesting stories on the early days of Amateur Radio in Western Australia, including an account of the first QSO between the USA and VK6 on 160 metres.There’s news from the Radio Amateur Society of Australia, and Ed DD5LP / VK2JI talks about his exploits with propagation between Europe and Australasia, even in this low portion of the sunspot cycle.  Roy brings us helpline, and I take another look over the Amateur Radio back fence, which has been a bit busy this week.NewsWest invites contributions to the news programme. You can send contributions by email to newswest@vk6.netYou'll ...
    Posted Dec 5, 2019, 11:37 PM by Bob Bristow
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  • 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