• NewsWest 22 September 2019 - Contesting Edition In NewsWest for Sunday 22nd September 2019  we talk about contests and contesting, with a summary of some of the contests coming up soon, and we take a closer look at the Remembrance Day Contest results.We have the regular features of Roy’s Helpline, we report on an Australian School’s ARISS contact using local VK6 resources, and we take our weekly look over the back fence.Western Australia’s first Amateur Radio news broadcast was in 1931, and here we are stronger than ever eighty eight years down the road. NewsWest  can be heard on air on Sundays, and is available online and on demand.  Visit vk6 dot net to find out where and how, or simply look ...
    Posted by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 15th September 2019 - New Amateurs Edition NewsWest for Sunday 15th September 2019 is the New Amateurs edition, and we’re giving our attention to New Amateurs, with hints, tips and recognition of those who have gained a new license or new callsign.We’ll be telling you about Amateur Radio club meetings coming up, the New hams series, Helpline, and there’s more.The team this week is Mike, Roy and Neil. Neil has some important news for Ham College members and supporters.Newswest is produced by WA Amateur Radio News, Inc.  Our programme content is derived from a variety of sources, and items presented may not reflect the views of WA amateur Radio News, or any other organisation.  NewsWest is presented in the open spirit ...
    Posted Sep 13, 2019, 12:25 AM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday September 8th 2019 - History of A.R. Edition NewsWest for Sunday 8th September is the History of Amateur Radio edition.  Today we look back on Amateur Radio History. What I enjoy most about reading amateur Radio History is that so much never changes. Stay tuned to find out why.In addition to looking back at Amateur Radio history over the years, we’ll take a look at VK6 Amateur Radio chat Over the Back Fence.  We’ll hear Roy’s helpline as it continues into its 36th year, Mike explores Sod’s Law in Amateur Radio, Dan interviews someone, and we’ll  find out which clubs have meetings this week.The studio team this week is Mike VK6FMLS, Dan VK6NADRoy VK6XV, and guest presenter Steve VK6SJ.  I’m ...
    Posted Sep 6, 2019, 6:41 AM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 1st September - Club Focus Edition Welcome to Spring, because Spring has sprung.  And I’m not surprised, as we’ve had some glorious weather over the last couple of weeks.It’s also Father’s day, so happy Father’s Day to all the dads.Today we also celebrate a special anniversary - Helpline is 35 years old today.  Happy Anniversary Roy.In this Club Focus edition we  give over as much space as is needed so that clubs can promote themselves and what they do. Unfortunately some clubs don’t get around to doing it, so if you find your club is conspicuous by its absence, talk to your  club committee and see what can be sorted for next time. Perhaps you could take on ...
    Posted Aug 30, 2019, 7:53 PM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 25th August 2019 Contesting Edition This weeks theme is contesting, with contributions from Mike, Neil, Dan and a Stirling effort as always from Bob. We take a look at last weeks RD contest, upcoming contests, and we feature a look at how the ACMA has helped stop some local repeater interference.Bob also takes us Over the back fence once more and Roy keeps us in the loop with Help line and... Hey Hamfests on, get on down there!!! Cyril Jackson Recreation Center in Ashfield!NewsWest invites contributions to the news programme. You can send contributions by email to newswest@vk6.netYou'll find links to resources on the vk6.net website where you'll also find information on where to hear the ...
    Posted Aug 24, 2019, 2:55 AM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 11th August 2019 - History of Amateur Radio Edition This week we look at Amateur Radio History, and because next weekend is the Remembrance Day contest, our history segments will focus on Amateur Radio during and just after World War Two.We remind you about the RD Contest and the International Lighthouse and Lightship weekend, both of which are on next weekend.You’ll hear Roy’s helpline, in its thirty eighth year. And there’s a request for help to locate and set up some vintage radio equipment in a Southern forest. NewsWest invites contributions to the news programme. You can send contributions by email to newswest@vk6.netYou'll find links to resources on the vk6.net website where you'll also find information on where ...
    Posted Aug 10, 2019, 5:12 PM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 4th august - Club Focus Edition NewsWest for Sunday 4th August is the Club Focus Edition, where we focus on clubs, and we give time to clubs to blow their trumpets, or even a whole brass band if they want. We have stories from the Christmas Island Amateur Radio Club, WA Amateur Radio News and Ham College.We take a look at recent criticism of Ham College by wise men from the East, and I comment about bullying in Amateur Radio Circles.Then we have a good news story, of a very low power QSO between Melbourne and Perth using the new JS8Call mode.We remind you that nominations for the Jim Rumble Award close tonight, Dan interviews a local Amateur, Clive reminds us about the ...
    Posted Aug 2, 2019, 5:31 AM 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 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.

AR activities in VK6

VK6 Club Calendar