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20181021 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 21 October 2018 - New Amateurs Edition

posted Oct 19, 2018, 8:10 PM by Bob Bristow

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Welcome to the Newswest Bulletin for Sunday 21st October 2018. This edition is aimed at new hams. That of course isn’t just Foundation Licencees but also those who have gained increased privileges and responsibilities or who are returning to the hobby after an absence.

If you have been or are taking part in Jota, thanks from the AR community for your volunteering and commitment. We regularly hear of hams whose interest in our hobby was sparked by engagement with the “wireless” during the Jamboree.

We have an interesting mix of material to educate and inform you, including a couple of interesting interviews with Amateurs. Some tips and hints for new Amateurs, news from the VHF Group and HARG, and the VI6PAX activation.

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If you have questions or comments, feedback, good or bad, the address is newswest@vk6.net.

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 it, how to rebroadcast this news and how to register your callbacks.

If you want to join in, you can. Send an email to newswest@vk6.net and we'll be happy to respond. Send your stories, tall or true, audio production, scripts, events, updates, membership information, meeting announcements, AGM alerts, contests, swap-meets and more to us and we'll happily present your contribution on-air.

Please register your callback, either on-air, or on-line. Visit vk6.net and click on the callback button. You can also subscribe to our announcement list and we'll let you know when the news is hot off the press.

Originating in Perth Western Australia NewsWest is produced by WA Amateur Radio News for listeners on-air, on-line and on-demand.

You can tune into this news on-air across many amateur frequencies, download the show from vk6.net or subscribe via your favourite podcast application, whichever way you're listening, whether you're a licensed radio amateur or not, experienced or just a beginner, old or young, thanks for being here and thanks for joining us.

Get your copy: http://vk6.net/news/

NewsWest is broadcast and relayed across VK6 and far beyond by many transmitters and operators. Details can be found on vk6.net.

The main VK6 NewsWest broadcast occurs at 09:30 WST (01:30 UTC).

If you'd like to broadcast this news in your local area, you can. There are no restrictions on broadcasting NewsWest, other than that you must broadcast it as supplied without any modification.

We ask that broadcasters advise us that they're transmitting the news.

We look forward to hearing callbacks from the new network when it goes live!

Our address is newswest@vk6.net

Producer: Andrew

20181007 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 7 October 2018

posted Oct 6, 2018, 1:59 AM by Glynn Davies

In today’s broadcast, we bring you:

News from the NZART, along with Promotion of the November VKFF Activation Weekend.

Onno brings us the impending death of FT8 Call - with the introduction on JS8, while Bob re-boots the FreeDV net.

How long is random length of wire - listen out for Foundations of Amateur Radio. For club focus - Bob discusses planning.

If you have questions or comments, feedback, good or bad, the address is newswest@vk6.net.

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 it, how to rebroadcast this news and how to register your callbacks.

If you want to join in, you can. Send an email to newswest@vk6.net and we'll be happy to respond. Send your stories, tall or true, audio production, scripts, events, updates, membership information, meeting announcements, AGM alerts, contests, swap-meets and more to us and we'll happily present your contribution on-air.

Please register your callback, either on-air, or on-line. Visit vk6.net and click on the callback button. You can also subscribe to our announcement list and we'll let you know when the news is hot off the press.

Originating in Perth Western Australia NewsWest is produced by WA Amateur Radio News for listeners on-air, on-line and on-demand.

You can tune into this news on-air across many amateur frequencies, download the show from vk6.net or subscribe via your favourite podcast application, whichever way you're listening, whether you're a licensed radio amateur or not, experienced or just a beginner, old or young, thanks for being here and thanks for joining us.

Get your copy: http://vk6.net/news/

NewsWest is broadcast and relayed across VK6 and far beyond by many transmitters and operators. Details can be found on vk6.net.

The main VK6 NewsWest broadcast occurs at 09:30 WST (01:30 UTC).

If you'd like to broadcast this news in your local area, you can. There are no restrictions on broadcasting NewsWest, other than that you must broadcast it as supplied without any modification.

We ask that broadcasters advise us that they're transmitting the news.

We look forward to hearing callbacks from the new network when it goes live!

Our address is newswest@vk6.net

Producer: Glynn VK6PAW
Duration: 30m39s

20181007 - Unrestricted Radios and the Amateur Service

posted Oct 5, 2018, 7:48 PM by News Team

Last week we told you about the Federal Communications Commission in the United States who appear to be in the process of banning all uncertified radios capable of transmitting outside amateur bands for all users including radio amateurs.

The ARRL states that:

"The Advisory broadly prohibits the 'use' of such radios, but our view is that there is no such prohibition relative to licensed Amateur Radio use - entirely within amateur allocations - of a radio that may be capable of operation in non-amateur spectrum, as long as it is not actually used to transmit in non-amateur spectrum."

The ARRL is in ongoing discussion with the FCC.

On 28 September, the Radio Spectrum Management, that is, the regulator in New Zealand issued a prohibition notice that at first glance says the same thing as the notice issued by the FCC. However, on closer inspection it's worded in such a way that radio amateurs are specifically not affected by this notice.

The New Zealand prohibition notice states that:

(1) Unrestricted two way radio devices are interfering equipment.

(2) Unrestricted two way radio devices are declared to be prohibited equipment.

(3) The importation, sale, offers for sale, distribution or manufacture of unrestricted two way radio devices is prohibited other than by permitted persons.

(4) The use or installation of unrestricted two way radio devices is prohibited other than by a person holding a General Amateur Radio Operator's Certificate of Competency, and operating within the terms and conditions of the amateur radio licence.

There is further clarifying language about land mobile and fixed services, but in essence unrestricted radios are permitted for use by radio amateurs in New Zealand.

The New Zealand prohibition notice comes into effect on 18 October 2018 and there are provisions for getting an endorsement on your amateur license to import and sell unrestricted two way radio devices.

So while both the FCC and RSM are attempting to solve the same problem, they're going about it in completely different ways. It will be interesting to see which route the ACMA takes on this when and if they proceed down this path.

Suffice to say that this is an ongoing discussion that we'll cover as it unfolds. You can find links to the FCC, ARRL and RSM documents on the vk6.net website.

20180930 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 30 September 2018 - Amateur Radio News Edition

posted Sep 28, 2018, 10:01 PM by News Team

In the news this week, the FCC appears to ban the operation by amateurs of all unlicensed radios that are capable of being used outside amateur bands, closer to home we have an update from the Ham Feast, the Platinum VKFF Hunter Award, an update on the Golden Globe Yacht Race where radio amateurs are providing weather and net control services to sailors traversing the globe.

Foundations of Amateur Radio looks at the idea of man-made noise being vertical, the Oceania DX contest, an update from the WA VHF group, the Radio Amateur Society of Australia, the Helpline, the Radio Amateur Old Timers Club of Australia, Bob looks at privacy and we sneak in some other news and updates along the way.

On Monday September 24th the FCC issued a Public Notice Enforcement Advisory that sent the Amateur community into a tail spin. The notice specifically targets two-way VHF/UHF radios that are not authorized in accordance with the Commision's rules.

The notice states that "Equipment that does not comply with the technical requirements cannot be certified and thus cannot be imported, advertised, sold, or used."

It goes on to say, and I quote: "There is one exception to this certification requirement: if a device is capable of operating only on frequencies that the FCC has allocated for use by Amateur Radio Service licensees, it does not require FCC equipment authorization, and an amateur licensee may use his or her license to operate such radios."

"However, many two-way radios that purport to operate on amateur frequencies also operate on frequencies that extend beyond the designated amateur frequency bands. If a two-way VHF/UHF radio is capable of operating outside of the amateur frequency bands, it cannot be imported, advertised, sold, or operated within the United States without an FCC equipment certification."

Various amateurs have been in direct contact with the FCC and responses appear to be inconsistent. One statement appears to allow radios that can be used within the amateur bands by amateurs, regardless of its ability to transmit outside of amateur bands, another, from a different FCC representative states that this is incorrect.

Further discussion around building, homebrew kits and modifications appear to have been caught in this same notice, either intentionally, or not.

If you want to read the notice you can find it on the VK6.net website. There is a lively debate on social media including the amateurradio subgroup of reddit regarding this. Suffice to say, this is developing news and time will tell how this plays out and what, if any, impact this has across the rest of the global amateur community.

If you have questions or comments, feedback, good or bad, the address is newswest@vk6.net.

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 it, how to rebroadcast this news and how to register your callbacks.

If you want to join in, you can. Send an email to newswest@vk6.net and we'll be happy to respond. Send your stories, tall or true, audio production, scripts, events, updates, membership information, meeting announcements, AGM alerts, contests, swap-meets and more to us and we'll happily present your contribution on-air.

Please register your callback, either on-air, or on-line. Visit vk6.net and click on the callback button. You can also subscribe to our announcement list and we'll let you know when the news is hot off the press.

Originating in Perth Western Australia NewsWest is produced by WA Amateur Radio News for listeners on-air, on-line and on-demand.

You can tune into this news on-air across many amateur frequencies, download the show from vk6.net or subscribe via your favourite podcast application, whichever way you're listening, whether you're a licensed radio amateur or not, experienced or just a beginner, old or young, thanks for being here and thanks for joining us.

Get your copy: http://vk6.net/news/

NewsWest is broadcast and relayed across VK6 and far beyond by many transmitters and operators. Details can be found on vk6.net.

The main VK6 NewsWest broadcast occurs at 09:30 WST (01:30 UTC).

If you'd like to broadcast this news in your local area, you can. There are no restrictions on broadcasting NewsWest, other than that you must broadcast it as supplied without any modification.

We ask that broadcasters advise us that they're transmitting the news.

We look forward to hearing callbacks from the new network when it goes live!

Our address is newswest@vk6.net

Producer: Onno VK6FLAB

20180929 - Golden Globe Yacht Race

posted Sep 28, 2018, 9:54 PM by News Team

The lead yacht, Matmut, skippered by “Jean-Luc van den Heede”, is currently south of Perth in the Southern Ocean.

The main amateur stations in contact with the fleet for their current position are ZS3Y / ZS3V (Volker and Bridgette) in South Africa, VK3MO (Ian) in Kyneton N/W of Melbourne and myself VK6JI. Christian Balois, CT7ANH, in Portugal, also has regular communication with the fleet and his friend “Jean-Luc van den Heede”, via remote hams using my IC-7300 remote station.

Currently the regular skeds are on 20 meters and 40 meters. Most of the traffic is being handled by the two stations each side of Southern Ocean, ZS3Y /ZS3V on the Western side and VK3MO on the Eastern side. Depending on individual yacht positions I stand by to fill any gaps caused by the propagation caused by distance between station. For example the yacht Matmut is south of Perth, being too close to me I have no propagation to it on 20 meters whilst VK3MO has good copy. In a few days time Matmut will be too close to VK3MO so the situation is likely to be reversed.

The format of the skeds normally follows the following format.
  1. VK3MO or ZS3Y / ZS3V reads the appropriate Met Area weather report depending on what skippers are on the net and their current positions.
    1. Western Met Area 10 from the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
    2. Met Area 7 from the South African Weather Service
  2. The NOAA report is then read to give all lows and highs along with their positions and strengths.
  3. VK3MO or ZS3Y / ZS3V then check to see if any skippers require any repeats or clarification of any detail in the weather reports.
  4. Any emails or voice mails either to or from each of the skippers are then read or transmitted as required. There is normally a reasonable amount of traffic for this task so it can take a little while, these are in English, French and Dutch.

I have been doing a weather report for the yachts passing through Sothern Ocean south of Perth in the late afternoon, giving the skippers the most up to date weather information for the night ahead and following morning. In addition CT7ANH using my remote station has been having conversations with the French yachts in French, which I can imagine is welcomed by these lone sailors to keep them company.

The schedules are:
  • 06:00 to 07:00 plus 20 meters on 14.118 Mhz
  • 10:00 to 11:00 40 meters on 7.063 Mhz
Two yachts have lost their masks in a storm in the Southern Ocean approx. 1,900 miles SW of Perth. The rescue of one of these involved a P8 Orion, HMAS Ballarat and a French fisheries patrol vessel.

More information can be found at the official GGR yacht race web site https://goldengloberace.com/

I receive daily propagation reports for my location and antenna to each yacht for their current position from Philippe Trottet, these have been very good to give us idea what propagation to expect. I have attached one of these so you can see what I am talking about.

As some of the yachts get closer to New Zealand, ZL1PWM (Peter) will more than likely participate in the daily schedules.

Source: VK6JI

20180923 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 23 September 2018 - Contesting Edition

posted Sep 21, 2018, 10:06 PM by Bob Bristow


In this week’s Contesting edition of NewsWest, we promote contests that are coming up next month, including the non-contest JOTA. We talk a bit about the ins and outs of contesting, and of course we tell you about what’s coming up next week in the VK6 Amateur Radio scene.

This one’s important - we remind you about next week’s proposed club promo episode. We've invited Australian clubs to tell us about something they got up to, or are planning to get up to. Write up your story, and if you can, record it, and send to newswest@vk6.net by 12 noon Friday.


If you have questions or comments, feedback, good or bad, the address is newswest@vk6.net.

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 it, how to rebroadcast this news and how to register your callbacks.

If you want to join in, you can. Send an email to newswest@vk6.net and we'll be happy to respond. Send your stories, tall or true, audio production, scripts, events, updates, membership information, meeting announcements, AGM alerts, contests, swap-meets and more to us and we'll happily present your contribution on-air.

Please register your callback, either on-air, or on-line. Visit vk6.net and click on the callback button. You can also subscribe to our announcement list and we'll let you know when the news is hot off the press.

Originating in Perth Western Australia NewsWest is produced by WA Amateur Radio News for listeners on-air, on-line and on-demand.

You can tune into this news on-air across many amateur frequencies, download the show from vk6.net or subscribe via your favourite podcast application, whichever way you're listening, whether you're a licensed radio amateur or not, experienced or just a beginner, old or young, thanks for being here and thanks for joining us.

Get your copy: http://vk6.net/news/

NewsWest is broadcast and relayed across VK6 and far beyond by many transmitters and operators. Details can be found on vk6.net.

The main VK6 NewsWest broadcast occurs at 09:30 WST (01:30 UTC).

If you'd like to broadcast this news in your local area, you can. There are no restrictions on broadcasting NewsWest, other than that you must broadcast it as supplied without any modification.

We ask that broadcasters advise us that they're transmitting the news.

We look forward to hearing callbacks from the new network when it goes live!

Our address is newswest@vk6.net

Producer: Bob

20180916 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 16 September 2018 - New Amateurs Edition

posted Sep 14, 2018, 10:54 PM by Glynn Davies

In this broadcast - we have news and reminders for the amateur radio community - starting with results from the manager of the 2018 Remembrance Day Contest, and Bob celebrates the result for one of our F-calls.

Andrew brings us some recent satellite news - and how you can get involved.

Have you played much with NVIS signals - listen out for Onno.

And along with other new hams flavours in the pot, Andrew asks “What’s next?” now that you’ve got your licence.

Lastly, we'll put it over to Roy with Helpline.

If you have questions or comments, feedback, good or bad, the address is newswest@vk6.net.

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 it, how to rebroadcast this news and how to register your callbacks.

If you want to join in, you can. Send an email to newswest@vk6.net and we'll be happy to respond. Send your stories, tall or true, audio production, scripts, events, updates, membership information, meeting announcements, AGM alerts, contests, swap-meets and more to us and we'll happily present your contribution on-air.

Please register your callback, either on-air, or on-line. Visit vk6.net and click on the callback button. You can also subscribe to our announcement list and we'll let you know when the news is hot off the press.

Originating in Perth Western Australia NewsWest is produced by WA Amateur Radio News for listeners on-air, on-line and on-demand.

You can tune into this news on-air across many amateur frequencies, download the show from vk6.net or subscribe via your favourite podcast application, whichever way you're listening, whether you're a licensed radio amateur or not, experienced or just a beginner, old or young, thanks for being here and thanks for joining us.

Get your copy: http://vk6.net/news/

NewsWest is broadcast and relayed across VK6 and far beyond by many transmitters and operators. Details can be found on vk6.net.

The main VK6 NewsWest broadcast occurs at 09:30 WST (01:30 UTC).

If you'd like to broadcast this news in your local area, you can. There are no restrictions on broadcasting NewsWest, other than that you must broadcast it as supplied without any modification.

We ask that broadcasters advise us that they're transmitting the news.

We look forward to hearing callbacks from the new network when it goes live!

Our address is newswest@vk6.net

Producer: Glynn VK6PAW
Duration: 30m29s

20180912 - September 30 - NewsWest Special - Club Activities around Australia

posted Sep 11, 2018, 8:54 PM by News Team

NewsWest is the VK6 news which has been produced since 1931. We broadcast our programme to people across the globe and from time to time we cast our net beyond the VK6 borders.

On September 30 we have a special bulletin which will be titled:

Club Activities around Australia

If your club has been building things, learning, activating, or generally getting up to mischief, now is your chance to brag about it. We'd love to hear your stories, tall or true, either in writing or in audio and we'd like to share them with our audience.

We prefer to hear your voice, but understand that this might not suit everyone. If you do share audio, 256 kbit, 44 kHz MP3, mono, is preferred, but if you come up with an 8-bit uLaw file, we'll see what we can do to make it sound like the duck's nuts.

If you're writing, imagine someone else reading it out, so "me" and "us" sounds weird if it's my voice and your story, so write accordingly if you can.

The deadline is Noon on Friday 28 September, but first in best dressed, since we only have 30 minutes to play with.

Look forward to hearing, reading and sharing your club stories.

The address for submissions is newswest@vk6.net.

If you'd like to broadcast this news in your local area, you can. There are no restrictions on broadcasting NewsWest, other than that you must broadcast it as supplied without any modification.

We ask that broadcasters advise us that they're transmitting the news.

We look forward to hearing callbacks from the new network when it goes live!

de Onno VK6FLAB on behalf of WA Amateur Radio News, producers of NewsWest, Amateur Radio News in Western Australia since 1931.

20180909 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 9 September 2018 - History of AR Edition

posted Sep 8, 2018, 3:24 AM by News Team

In the news this week we look at some of the history of our hobby with stories from 1927, 1936 and closer to home, the 1970's. We also check out the Radio Amateur Old Timers Club of Australia and look at some of the upcoming activities this month.

If you have questions or comments, feedback, good or bad, the address is newswest@vk6.net.

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 it, how to rebroadcast this news and how to register your callbacks.

If you want to join in, you can. Send an email to newswest@vk6.net and we'll be happy to respond. Send your stories, tall or true, audio production, scripts, events, updates, membership information, meeting announcements, AGM alerts, contests, swap-meets and more to us and we'll happily present your contribution on-air.

Please register your callback, either on-air, or on-line. Visit vk6.net and click on the callback button. You can also subscribe to our announcement list and we'll let you know when the news is hot off the press.

Originating in Perth Western Australia NewsWest is produced by WA Amateur Radio News for listeners on-air, on-line and on-demand.

You can tune into this news on-air across many amateur frequencies, download the show from vk6.net or subscribe via your favourite podcast application, whichever way you're listening, whether you're a licensed radio amateur or not, experienced or just a beginner, old or young, thanks for being here and thanks for joining us.

Get your copy: http://vk6.net/news/

NewsWest is broadcast and relayed across VK6 and far beyond by many transmitters and operators. Details can be found on vk6.net.

The main VK6 NewsWest broadcast occurs at 09:30 WST (01:30 UTC).

If you'd like to broadcast this news in your local area, you can. There are no restrictions on broadcasting NewsWest, other than that you must broadcast it as supplied without any modification.

We ask that broadcasters advise us that they're transmitting the news.

We look forward to hearing callbacks from the new network when it goes live!

Our address is newswest@vk6.net

Producer: Onno VK6FLAB
Duration: 33:05

20180902 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 2 September 2018 - Club Focus Edition

posted Sep 1, 2018, 2:35 AM by Glynn Davies

In this broadcast - it’s CLUB FOCUS week.

We hear from Steve with a wrap-up of the 2018 NCRG Hamfest,

Bob brings us news and results from the NewsWest dinner and associated chook band raffle.

Andrew brings us updates from Ham College, the Southern Electronics Group, and well as a shameless cross-promotion of the NewsHound 101 training day.

In foundations of Amateur Radio, Onno discusses learning morse, and also how you can get involved in the Golden Globe Yacht Race whilst still remaining high and dry.

There’s a few other important AR notices and reminders, and well put it over to Roy with Helpline as it enters its 33rd year.

Producer: Glynn VK6PAW
Duration 32:08


If you have questions or comments, feedback, good or bad, the address is newswest@vk6.net.

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 it, how to rebroadcast this news and how to register your callbacks.

If you want to join in, you can. Send an email to newswest@vk6.net and we'll be happy to respond. Send your stories, tall or true, audio production, scripts, events, updates, membership information, meeting announcements, AGM alerts, contests, swap-meets and more to us and we'll happily present your contribution on-air.

Please register your callback, either on-air, or on-line. Visit vk6.net and click on the callback button. You can also subscribe to our announcement list and we'll let you know when the news is hot off the press.

Originating in Perth Western Australia NewsWest is produced by WA Amateur Radio News for listeners on-air, on-line and on-demand.

You can tune into this news on-air across many amateur frequencies, download the show from vk6.net or subscribe via your favourite podcast application, whichever way you're listening, whether you're a licensed radio amateur or not, experienced or just a beginner, old or young, thanks for being here and thanks for joining us.

Get your copy: http://vk6.net/news/

NewsWest is broadcast and relayed across VK6 and far beyond by many transmitters and operators. Details can be found on vk6.net.

The main VK6 NewsWest broadcast occurs at 09:30 WST (01:30 UTC).

If you'd like to broadcast this news in your local area, you can. There are no restrictions on broadcasting NewsWest, other than that you must broadcast it as supplied without any modification.

We ask that broadcasters advise us that they're transmitting the news.

We look forward to hearing callbacks from the new network when it goes live!

Our address is newswest@vk6.net

Producer: Glynn VK6PAW
Duration: 32m08s

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