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  • 20170618 - NewsWest for Sunday, 18 June 2017 Welcome to the latest bulletin of NewsWest compiled by the dedicated news team from VK6 Amateur Radio News, VK6ARN. The theme for today's broadcast is items for New amateurs, we have news of a club AGM and of course Roy's helpline. Our regular compact of what's been going on and whats going to go on and a welcome snippet from Peter VK3YE and of course Onno's Foundations of Amateur Radio...Thanks for taking the time to listen to Newswest, that wouldn't go to air without the help of many people, that's not just the contributors of material but also those volunteers who relay the broadcast and take call backs. Thanks to you all. Well ...
    Posted Jun 16, 2017, 4:50 PM by News Team
  • 20170618 - In the news this week In the news this week, the VK Shires QSO party 2017 was on last weekend, but your job as contester isn't over until the logs are submitted. The deadline for log-submission is Saturday the 1st of July and you need to send it in via email. Tools exist to convert your paper log into electronic form, see the vk6.net website for the link to how to do this. [http://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/wavks/]Denis VK6AKR reminds us that the International Museums Weekend will be on again soon and you and your club are invited to play on-air. The WA VHF Group will be operating from 09:00 through about 18:00 on Sunday ...
    Posted Jun 16, 2017, 4:49 PM by News Team
  • 20170618 - New Amateurs - Putting Yourself Out There So, you’ve passed your Amateur Radio assessment, received your callsign allocation from the WIA, and are now waiting for the ACMA to issue your licence. So… what now? Last week when I was putting the story together regarding JOTA 1992 – I realised how far we have come with technology – the stuff that sits a little left of centre in our hobby. What am I talking about – the internet. Sure – some of us are using the internet for IRLP, EchoLink, AllStar, WebSDR, DMR… the list goes on. We tend to use these technologies as an extension of RF – allowing us to use short-range communications to listen and occasionally – talk around the world. But what else…? Once you have your ...
    Posted Jun 16, 2017, 4:46 PM by News Team
  • 20170611 - In the News this week In this broadcast:• Onno talks about the quest for the perfect antenna…• Andrew gives us an introduction to JT65, and in his editorial, discusses stakeholder engagement around licensing for the new telecommunications bill, as well the Amateur LCD,• We hear what’s coming up next at the WA VHF Group,• What was life like, before we had the repeaters we’ve become so used to,• It’s history week – as we flash back to Amateur Radio Magazine in 1992,   - including a JOTA report, and   - an article on deregulation of license conditions• there’s a quick reminder from Ham College ….• and of course… Roy’s helpline has both goodies and request for information.Producer: Glynn VK6PAW
    Posted Jun 10, 2017, 1:41 AM by Glynn Davies
  • 20170528 - In the News this week In the news this week, David VK5DGR has been experimenting more with new modes as he puts it as part of his "eternal quest to show SSB who's house it is". The work on FreeDV 700D is progressing with some interesting observations. Check out David's blog entry on the subject. See vk6.net for the link.[http://www.rowetel.com/?p=5573]Radio Amateurs know that space weather affects radio communications across the globe, but now it turns out that we also affect space weather in return. It turns out that VLF radio waves have formed an unintentional bubble around the planet. Propagating outward about 2.8 times the radius of the Earth, VLF radio appears to prevent ...
    Posted May 26, 2017, 5:23 PM by News Team
  • 20170525 - WIA AGM response The outgoing WIA board distributed a pack with information prior to the AGM held last Saturday. The document outlines the official response to the disallowed motions on notice. This document has been scanned and can be downloaded as a PDF.
    Posted May 24, 2017, 4:38 PM by News Team
  • 20170521 - NewsWest for Sunday 21 May 2017 It’s been another busy week for the NewsWest team, with multiple deadlines and Andrew heading over to Adelaide.In this broadcast:- Onno talks about the evolution of amateur radio over time and its technical diversity…- Andrew in his editorial explains the challenges the new WIA board have in front of them in the wake of the AGM – and why it’s important to us as members- We hear from Ty and what’s coming up next at the WA VHF Group- Targeting new (and sometimes old) HAMs, we discuss:- Some advice for once you get your license – with 3 possible first steps to get you started,- What you can expect on air,- And why it’s important to join ...
    Posted May 20, 2017, 5:27 AM by Glynn Davies
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Latest WA Helpline

  • 20170618 - Helpline HELPLINE June18th 2017============================= HELPLINE  vk6xv@bigpond.comGOING FREEI have 3 x 2.4m satellite antenna (dish reflector) parts to give away!2 were designed for Ka band and ...
    Posted Jun 17, 2017, 6:26 PM 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 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.