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  • 20180218 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday 18 February 2018 - New Amateurs Edition [29:06] It’s New Hams week, so Andrew shares with you what he would have liked to know starting out.. I’ll give you a quick overview on remote stations, and celebrate an upgraded license here in VK6. Onno brings us foundations of amateur radio, tell you the process to go about getting YOUR amateur license, a correction on the VK1WIA National Broadcast and some other recent news regarding the WIA.This is the weekly amateur radio news for Western Australia and far beyond. Since 1931, this is NewsWest produced by WA Amateur Radio News.You'll find links to resources on the vk6.net website where you'll also find information on where to hear the news, where to download ...
    Posted Feb 16, 2018, 10:01 PM by Glynn Davies
  • HISTORY: Dick Smith Toilet Seat Warmer Will VK6UU has been processing Amateur Radio history since well before I entered the hobby. Over the last few months, he has been processing paperwork, photos, and files previously in the possession of Cliff VK6LZ and Christine VK6ZLZ. Many much of this correspondence represented early days of the WA VHF Group, the WA Repeater Group, and of course the VK6 Division of the W.I.A. This week Will writes:“Now of all the thousands of pages in the Cliff & Christine VK6 collection, this one stands out....!It appears authentic, even to the middle initial of H for Dick Harold Smith.” In the October 1978 letter to the W.I.A. President, Dick Smith writes to Mr L.A. Bell ...
    Posted Feb 9, 2018, 7:50 PM by Glynn Davies
  • 3Y0Z DXpedition One of the great facets of this hobby is supporting and chasing the DXprediations as they prepare and deploy around the world to those elusive spots of low noise and great global propagation. For the team of 3Y0Z (three yankee zero zulu), after delays on the 13th of January, the team left the port of Puntas Arenas on 19th of January, full steam ahead to Bouvet Island. After copping a hammering from the weather in the South Atlantic in the days that followed, Bouvet Island finally came into view on January 31st. After experiencing winds of up to 45 knots and 5-meter swell, pitch and rolling the marine vessel by 30 degrees, the ship's engines ran into trouble ...
    Posted Feb 9, 2018, 7:48 PM by Glynn Davies
  • 20180211 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday 11 February 2018 - History Edition [30:02] In the news this week a new, old award, the Carl Cohen Trophy after Will digs through the archives, we'll hear about Dick Smith, yes, that one, and toilets, the illustrious amateur career of Peter VK3YE, which began in Western Australia, intruder watch, the good kind and intruder watch the bad kind, also an update on the long awaited DXpedition to Bouvet Island.This is the weekly amateur radio news for Western Australia and far beyond. Since 1931, this is NewsWest produced by WA Amateur Radio News.As the producer of note it's my duty to inform you that we have yet another jam-packed history edition of the news with more news from Bob on the road ...
    Posted Feb 9, 2018, 7:38 PM by News Team
  • 20180204 - VK6WIA - NEWSWEST FOR SUNDAY 4 FEBRUARY 2018 [28:13] In this broadcast: It’s our CLUB FOCUS week as we discuss the need for Publicity Officers for YOUR club. We’ll hear from the RATOC, the Bunbury Radio Club, F-Troop, and of course – what we’re up to at WA Amateur Radio news. Bob calls in from out on the road in VK5 wine country Andrew gives us a quick Katanning HamFeast lunchtime wrap on behalf of Rob - VK6LD. There’s our regular reminders, land well put it over to Roy with Helpline You’re listening to NewsWest, broadcasting weekly news and commentary since 1931 for VK6 radio amateurs, shortwave listeners and radio enthusiasts. Producer: Glynn VK6PAWDuration: 28min13sec http://www.vk6.net/news
    Posted Feb 3, 2018, 12:33 AM by Glynn Davies
  • 20180128 - VK6WIA - NewsWest for Sunday 28 February 2018 [26:59] Contesting SpecialIn the news this week we take a closer look at contesting, upcoming activities, how to operate, a tip from Scott K9JY and  an update from Roy's Helpline. Bob hits the road on a grand tour of Australia with the first of his radio road reports and I take a look at what's involved in getting a WSPR station on the air.This is NewsWest, amateur radio news since 1931 for shortwave listeners, radio amateurs and those interested in radio communications in their wide and varying contact with the rest of the world, on the Citizen Band, via narrow cast, community radio, the local repeater, on-line, on-air and on-demand.This bulletin is produced ...
    Posted Jan 27, 2018, 12:05 AM by News Team
  • 20180128 - Amateur News this week The 2017 VKFF Weekend Activation results are dribbling in. Paul VK5PAS asks that VK6AHR, VK5GY and VK8ZKZ send in their logs. Without those there were 75 different parks activated across the weekend with 46 amateurs getting all hot and bothered during the exchanges.There were 2307 contacts made with 865 of them between parks. If you took place and you sent in your log, that's a subtle hint to VK6AHR, VK5GY and VK8ZKZ, then you'll receive an Activator Participation certificate.While we're on the subject of VKFF congratulations come from the awards fairy to:Gerard VK2IOMark VK4SMAJohn VK5BJESteve VK7CWStephen VK2USHUwe DL2NDGlen VK4FARRMatt VK4FMHTIf you're looking at renewing or ...
    Posted Jan 27, 2018, 12:02 AM by News Team
  • 20180128 - Ross Hull Memorial Contest We're getting to the end of the 2018 Ross Hull memorial contest which runs throughout the month of January. With just a few days to go, you need to finalise your contacts and start looking at what to do with the logs.This contest started in 1950 to honour Ross A Hull who pioneered achievements in the study of tropospheric propagation and the development of new equipment techniques for the higher bands.Even if you didn't operate all of January, there are awards for the best seven days, but even if you haven't started yet, there are two day effort awards.Award categories include analogue and digital.Scoring is pretty straightforward, 1 point per 100km. There are ...
    Posted Jan 27, 2018, 12:00 AM by News Team
  • Commonwealth Contest The challenge of amateur radio contests has endured from the earliest days of radio communication. The competitive side of amateur radio has always been the spur to improve knowledge of receivers, transmitters, antennas, and propagation, as well as the quality and efficiency of communication skills. The Radio Society of Great Britain created the British Empire Radio Union (BERU) in the late 1920s to support radio amateurs in the Empire. In 1930 a New Zealand radio amateur suggested that a week should be set aside as “Empire Radio Week” and this should be held in February 1931. The was the first BERU contest. The contest proved to be very popular and has been held annually since then. However, in 1973, it ...
    Posted Jan 26, 2018, 7:55 PM by Glynn Davies
  • CQ WPX SSB Contest The CQ World Wide WPX Contest is based on an award offered by CQ Magazine for working all prefixes. Held on the last weekend of March (SSB) and May (CW), the contest draws thousands of entries from around the world. For 2018, the CQ WPX Contest Dates are March 24 - 25, 2018 for SSB, and May 26 - 27, 2018 for CW. On both weekends - the contest goes from 0000 UTC Saturday to 2359 UTC Sunday. There are entry categories for single and multi-operator, each all or single band, which are then further divided into power classes of less than 5, 100 or… wait for it… 1500 watts. There’s also a section and entry-criteria for a ROOKIE ...
    Posted Jan 26, 2018, 7:51 PM by Glynn Davies
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