Announcements


  • 20180805 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 5 August 2018 - Club Focus Edition It’s our CLUB FOCUS week, and we’ll hear from clubs around VK6 including Ham and of course – what’s been going on at WA Amateur Radio news.Bob brings us a wrap-up on the Trans Tasman - and talks about how to bring a breath of fresh air to you club leadership and committee.Onno talks about club diversity… and how water can put a dampener on your radio hobby.There’s a number of important AR notices and reminders, including an update on HamFest, the dinner, and JOTA preparations, and we’ll put a quick call out to Roy’s helpline.Thanks to this week’s valued contributors, the voices of: Andrew, Bob, Clive, Dan, Eddie, Onno ...
    Posted Aug 4, 2018, 3:28 AM by Glynn Davies
  • 20180805 - JOTA 2018 Meeting - 14th August, 2018 - Scouts WA. This week I received the following e-mail from Travis Innes for JOTA 2018 Organisers:Travis can be contacted via e-mail: bl.radiotechnology@scoutswa.com.auHi all, I've recently taken on the role of Branch Leader for Radio and Technology for Scouts WA. I've had a couple of meetings with Delshard, who ran the event last year, and we would like to be able to build on the success over the last few years and make 2018 as successful as we can. To that end we've organised the boardroom at Scouts WA Branch to be available to us on Tuesday August 14th from 7pm. I'm keen to meet with as many of you as ...
    Posted Aug 4, 2018, 2:56 AM by Glynn Davies
  • 20180729 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 29 July 2018 - Special Show and Tell Edition In the news this week we discover some of the stories behind building and inventing things within the hobby of Amateur Radio. Bob shares his fascination with wire, Steve is on YouTube, Andrew shares his adventures with antenna masts, Neil describes how he broadcasts this news, Peter has a DC Distribution Board, I've built a High Precision LC Meter and if that's not enough, we also have a new radio club in the best location of the world, there's the NewsWest Dinner and Raffle, Eddie tells us about the NCRG Hamfest, Glynn has a Jamboree on the Air heads-up and of course the news wouldn't be complete without Roy sharing the latest from the estate ...
    Posted Jul 27, 2018, 11:11 PM by News Team
  • 20180722 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 22 July 2018 - Contesting Edition Welcome to NewsWest. In this Contesting edition We’ll tell you about contests coming up, remind you about the ‘NewsWest Dinner on the Hamfest weekend, in fact we’ll be reminding you ABOUT Hamfest. While reminding you about stuff, we’ll talk about next week’s Show and Tell edition of NewsWest. RASA has commented on the ACMA’s five year spectrum outlook, and Andrew will talk about that. And if that’s not enough there’s the regular weekly spots of Roy’s Helpline and Foundations of Amateur Radio. I’m Bob, and for my sins I’m the NewsWest producer this week. The team members are Roy, Onno, Andrew and Glynn. Sadly we have a silent key announcement ...
    Posted Jul 20, 2018, 6:34 PM by Bob Bristow
  • 20180715 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 15 July 2018 - New Amateurs Edition It’s our NEW AMATEURS week, where we celebrate new, upgraded and returning calls.  We’ll also discuss gear and portable operations. Onno talks QRP and where you need to go, in order to obtain your license. Bob’s brings us up to speed with future events, including the Armistice Day special event callsign and associated activations, the HamFest dinner organised by the NewsWest team. He also looks back on the week, with a wrap for the FreeDV net. There’s a few other important AR notices and reminders, and well put it over to Roy with Helpline.Producer: Glynn VK6PAWDuration: 28min58secIf you have questions or comments, feedback, good or bad, the address is newswest@vk6.net.You ...
    Posted Jul 14, 2018, 2:23 AM by Glynn Davies
  • 20180708 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 8 July 2018 - History of AR Edition Spies, Lies and Callbooks, Letters, Linear Amplifiers, The Top of the Wazza Radio, bequests, radio knobs are all part of this week's History Edition of the news looking back at 50 years.Closer to today we have an update on the FreeDV net, a reminder to show-and-tell and what to do when you're going on holiday with your hand-held radio in Foundations of Amateur Radio. Roy's helpline, meetings and club activities and more make this an action packed edition of the weekly amateur radio news, produced by WA Amateur Radio News for radio amateurs, shortwave listeners and you, on-air, on-line and on-demand.Since 1931, this is NewsWest and you're listening ...
    Posted Jul 6, 2018, 10:46 PM by News Team
  • 20180701 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 1 July 2018 - Club Focus Edition Welcome to NewsWest, and to the new fiscal year. Today is the Club Focus edition of newswest, where we give over the programme to clubs to promote what they are doing.Today we’ll tell you about a special NewsWest Edition at the end of this month, and how Bunbury Hams ham it up on the ABC. We discuss a recent Wireless Institute news release, and we have a request concerning the International Lighthouse and Lightships weekend in August. In Club Focus and other items we talk about clubs and what they do. Then of course there’s the regular showings of Roy’s helpline and Foundations of Amateur Radio.Producer: Bob VK6POPDuration: 30:14If you have questions ...
    Posted Jun 29, 2018, 9:49 PM by Bob Bristow
  • Norman VK6GOM on ABC TV Social media is a buzz this week after the Australian Broadcasting Corporation featured a video and print article on WA”s own Norman Gomm VK6GOM. The article describes amateur radio as "having all the benefits of social media but without any of the downsides". Although Norman says it is also the perfect hobby for retirees looking to stay mentally sharp - he actually started in his early forties - like someone else I know. "I find it's very good for me," Mr Gomm told the ABC amid a dazzling display of flashing lights and crackling radio static. Norman goes on to describe how ham radio requires a lot of cognitive skills and a lot of understanding technology, so he find that ...
    Posted Jun 29, 2018, 8:12 AM by Glynn Davies
  • ARRL Field Day - Reminder It doesn’t matter if you are listening to the pre-release, Sunday morning or evening broadcasts - there is STILL time to participate on-air in the ARRL Field Day. In addition the the physical field day activities happening in the U.S. - it’s a good idea to get on air and make some noise - I’m sure they’d like to get some VK6’ers in their logs. The ARRL encourage you to upload your log to LoTW - logbook of the world. It will allow you and your contracts to combine in the 2018 ARRL International Grid Chase. ARRL Field Day - http://www.arrl.org/field-day 2018 ARRL International Grid Chase - http://www.arrl.org/international-grid ...
    Posted Jun 23, 2018, 1:15 AM by Glynn Davies
  • 20180624 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 24 June 2018 - Contesting Edition In this contest broadcast, we bring you:- The upcoming Trans Tasman Low Bands Challenge- Bad news from the Japan Amateur SSTV Associations Contest- Andrew gives us the heads-up on th RD,- Bob chats to us about the WIA Contest Champion Award, and - Onno brings us the All Asia DX Contest from the JARL, as well as contesting tips from Scott - K9JY. We have an announcement from the WA VHF group, and follow up on Bob’s idea of a FreeDV net here in VK6. Have you been calling CQ for the ARRL Field Day? This came through to us via F-Troop - and we encourage you to participate. Not to be silenced, it’s great to have Roy back ...
    Posted Jun 23, 2018, 1:05 AM by Glynn Davies
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