• 20170219 - VK6WIA - NewsWest for Sunday February 19, 2017 NewsWest, has an interesting variety for you this week:Some pre-election information for you from Andrew VK6AS.A reminder of the VK5 WIA AGM in Hahndorf.Onno brings us news of the 2017 SOTA Conference and other news from around the 'net.Glynn has some exciting information about a new repeater linking project.Great delights on Roy Help Line....and a few reminders for this weekend.NewsWest can be heard on-air, on-line or on- demand, see http://vk6.net/news for details, or search for VK6WIA in iTunes.WA Amateur Radio News, producers of NewsWest, Amateur Radio News in Western Australia since 1931.Producer: Glynn VK6PAW
    Posted Feb 18, 2017, 12:31 AM by News Team
  • 20170218 - ABC Shortwave Service - the Department Responds Steve VK6ST sent a letter to the Minister of Communications and the Arts asking about the demise of the ABC Radio Shortwave Service. The Department sent a comprehensive response.The two page document goes into great detail, but in essence says that the ABC is free to make this decision and assures us that their service will not be impacted by the cessation of the Shortwave Service and recommends that the dedicated Bureau of Meteorology HF service is a suitable replacement with hourly weather updates and alerts.See attached PDF for the full letter.
    Posted Feb 17, 2017, 8:00 PM by News Team
  • 20170212 - VK6WIA - NewsWest for Sunday February 12, 2017 In the news this week we have a special event station in VK8, Foundation Courses at Ham College, the Hills Amateur Radio Group annual HARGfest, an update from Ex-WIA Director Andrew VK6AS, a Morsecodians Exhibition at Wireless Hill and a look at what sun-spots mean to Amateur Radio.Our regular segments, Roy's Helpline, In the News This Week, Foundations of Amateur Radio and more.This news is heard across Australia and in 81 Countries. We welcome your callbacks on-air or on-line. Check out the feedback form and let us know you listened and what you thought about our news on the vk6.net website.Since 1931 this is Amateur Radio News in Western Australia for ...
    Posted Feb 13, 2017, 12:33 AM by News Team
  • 20170211 - Wireless Hill - The Wire: A History of Morse Code The City of Melville in partnership with the Morsecodians Fraternity of Western Australia would like to invite you to the launch of "The Wire: A History of Morse Code" at Wireless Hill Museum this Friday at 2pm. Please RSVP before close of business tomorrow via wireless.hill@melville.wa.gov.au, or by phone on 9364 0158.That's this Friday, the 17th of February at 2pm at Wireless Hill.
    Posted Feb 10, 2017, 7:02 PM by News Team
  • 20170211 - Amateur Radio Promotions In the news this week we were treated to several video productions about Amateur Radio. Most notable was the effort by the crew at Young Transmitters New Zealand who made a 3 minute video introducing our hobby to a younger community in a very engaging and creative way.http://www.youngtransmittersnz.org/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x038n6TZ4Cohttps://vimeo.com/80318863https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SH9OtgAcV6g
    Posted Feb 10, 2017, 5:50 PM by News Team
  • 20170203 - Open Invitation to WIA Board Candidates This email was sent by NewsWest to the following candidates for the WIA Board:James Linton - VK3PC Ewan McLeod - VK4TA Marcus Berglund - VK5WTF David Ford - VK5WP Brian Clarke - VK2GCE John Fisher - VK3DQ Fred Swainston - VK3DAC Garry Page - VK3ZGP Peter Clee - VK8ZZ Justin Giles Clark - VK7TW Philip Wait - VK2ASD Roger Harrison - VK2ZRH Gregory Kelly - VK2GPK Dear Candidate,Thank you for choosing to nominate to stand for the board of the Wireless Institute of Australia. On behalf of the VK6 NewsWest team I would like to offer you a 5 minute soapbox in our news broadcast which is heard across the country and has listeners in 81 countries.There are no restrictions - other than those associated with content suitable for on-air ...
    Posted Feb 3, 2017, 2:01 AM by News Team
  • 20170122 - VK6WIA - NewsWest for Sunday January 15, 2017 In the news this week we welcome new listeners in VK3 into our audience, get an update from the WA VHF Group, give you some information about the Peel Amateur Radio Group Swap Meet that is less than a fortnight away and of course our regular segments with Roy's Helpline, Andrew's Corner and Foundations of Amateur Radio.We report on an Intruder Watch that resulted in the Australian Defence Department allocations being moved outside of the Amateur Bands.Also in this news a Silent Key announcement for Mel Bishop VK6ER (formerly VK6TVA) who became a silent key at at 4am on Sunday 15th January.This is the weekly news in Western Australia for Radio Amateurs and Shortwave listeners ...
    Posted Jan 21, 2017, 1:41 AM by News Team
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  • 20170101 - Helpline HELPLINE January 1st 2017============================= HAPPY NEW YEAR Eveyone.======================================= WANTEDI am trying to source a small morse code oscillator.  Do you have any idea where I can buy one?      Tks ...
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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 and the WIA National News are broadcast across Western Australia, Queensland, the Northern Territory and the New South Wales Riverina - that’s got to be half of Australia. Your callbacks are collated and reports sent to the WIA. Some of these broadcasters have been doing this for many years.

We'd like to thank you for your ongoing commitment to Amateur Radio.
  • Mark, VK6USB
  • Chris, VK6JI
  • Phil, VK6GX
  • Eddie, VK6YA
  • Tony, VK6CV
  • Peter, VK6AH
  • Trevor, VK6YJ
  • Mac, VK6MM
  • Mark, VK6AR
  • Neil, VK6BDO
  • Stefano VK6NAS
  • Mike, VK8MA
  • Neil, VK8NH
  • Steve, VK6XA
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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.