Announcements‎ > ‎

Posts


20180617 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 17 June 2018 - New Amateurs Edition

posted Jun 15, 2018, 9:23 PM by News Team

New to Amateur Radio, this show is for YOU!


This week, new amateur calls on air, a new FreeDV on-air net, courses, contests and calendar updates and that's just to whet your appetite.

Also in this news a reminder about the ACMA consultation, F-troop, tips for New Hams, a Welcome to the Hobby, courses, contests and more. I can tell you that Roy is back. He's still in hospital, getting better and still exhibiting is irrepressible sense of humour. As I said to Roy, on Friday, "I'd tell you to break a leg, but then you're likely to take that literally." - Good to have you back.

On behalf of WA Amateur Radio News, producers of NewsWest, Amateur Radio News in Western Australia since 1931, thanks for joining us.

This news is heard on-air, on-line and on-demand, check vk6.net for details.

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: 28:17

20180603 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 3 June 2018 - Club Focus Edition

posted Jun 2, 2018, 4:31 AM by News Team

Welcome to today's NewsWest broadcast. It's a pretty jam-packed 30 minutes.

Once again, I'm Glynn, VK6PAW, your lucky producer this week.

In this broadcast:

It's our CLUB FOCUS week, and we'll hear from clubs around VK6 including Ham College and the NCRG, and of course – what's been going on at WA Amateur Radio news.

Onno talks about have the internet has revolutionised amateur radio over the past 20 years… and how analogue and digital can co-exist on repeaters.

We'll point you to a great publication from Surrey, a little beyond the VK6 borders.

There's a number of important AR notices and reminders, and we'll put a call out to Roy's 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

20180527 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 27 May 2018 - Contesting Edition

posted May 25, 2018, 10:57 PM by News Team

In the news this week we find out about a new owner of the Western Australian Valve Bank which until now has been managed and maintained by Wayne VK6FT.

We hear from the WA VHF Group who have just reactivated their 5.7 and 10 GHz beacons and have some ZLPLL-based microwave beacon boards on display at their monthly meeting.

The Radio Amateur Society of Australia shares the news that the ACMA have released their Draft Five Year Spectrum Outlook and we have contesting galore in our monthly contesting special with the Winter UHF/VHF Field Day, the VK Shires, the Trans Tasman, the RD contest and the Alara Contest.

I'm Onno VK6FLAB and on behalf of WA Amateur Radio News, producers of NewsWest - Amateur Radio News since 1931 thanks for taking time out of your day to join us in Western Australia and far beyond, on-air, on-line and on-demand.

We start the news this week with the Wireless Institute of Australia who have started controversial expulsion proceedings towards several members and the news that members of Amateur Radio Victoria are extremely unhappy at the treatment of one of their members by the WIA.

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

20180526 - WIA in the firing line, again

posted May 25, 2018, 10:54 PM by News Team

A copy of a letter from Amateur Radio Victoria to the President of the WIA was received by NewsWest during the week. It goes to the heart of expulsion proceedings being instigated at the behest of four WIA members as reported by the WIA on 16 May 2018 - via an announcement on the WIA website.

From: Amateur Radio Victoria

Greetings Justin,

I hope I find you well after the ordeal of a weekend AGM meeting.

We have in the last few days received emails from our members
complaining about the treatment apparently meted out by the board of
the WIA to expel Allan VK2CA. I am sure that your board would at
all times be following the rules as per the constitution, but
the ARV council believes that in the long term interests of the
amateur fraternity in Australia the decision to expel Allan needs to
be revisited.

Allan enjoys wide spread support across Australia for his dedication
in running the VKHam website which is a well regarded place for all
amateurs to purchase or dispose of unwanted equipment at no or
minimal charge.

We believe your actions in this matter will only bring further angst
to members of both the WIA and ARV.

I know that Allan enjoys the support of both the ARV Council and the
overwhelming majority of ARV members.

-- 
Best regards,
Ross Pittard
VK3CE
Secretary/Treasurer
Amateur Radio Victoria 

20180513 - In the News This Week

posted May 25, 2018, 10:43 PM by News Team

SOTA

In SOTA news this week a discussion started around the question of logging /P or not when dealing with a portable station. Arguments both ways abound. There appears to be a consensus around recording what was used on air, but adding the /P or not is often dependent on the situation, country and legal requirements. If you'd like to join in the conversation, join the SOTA_Australia email list.

SOTA

While we're on the subject the SOTA_Australia email list is on the move away from Yahoo to Groups.io. More information when we have it. If you're in Melbourne on Wednesday that's the 16th of May, you can catch up for some SOTA Supper at 6pm-ish at The Matthew Flinders Hotel Bistro, 667 Warrigal Rd, Chadstone. It's quite close to Holmesglen station. The table is booked for Mr Sota.

WWFF

World Wide Flora and Fauna have also been busy with activations in St Andrews, Smith's Gully, Boomers, Warrandyte-Kinglake and that was just one day. Peter VK3TKK also did Teesdale Sheoak, Mount Mercer, Rokewood, Cornidhap, Illabrook, Blacks Creek and Lexton. He's aiming for VKFF qualification, so keep an ear out, he's on a mission.

FreeDV

In the FreeDV software space, a new highly efficient open source digital mode, one of the senior developers, David VK5DGR, sent out a notice that he's been busy integrating FreeDV 700D modem into the FreeDV GUI program when he discovered a bug. David goes into great detail about frame sync, bit errors and audio artefacts. You can read more on David's website and the CODEC2 mailing list. The links are on vk6.net [http://www.rowetel.com/?p=6041] [https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/freetel-codec2]

FreeDV

If you're looking for a real world example of the differences between FreeDV 700D and SSB on 40m, Mark VK5QI has you covered. You can have a listen to the entire recording on SoundCloud. [https://soundcloud.com/mark-jessop/freedv-700d-vs-analog-comparison]

WWFF

Paul VK5PAS is on a mission to make VKFF more popular than ever. Congratulations to the latest VKFF award recipients:
  • Andrei ZL1TM
  • Cliff VK2NP
  • Ken VK2KYO
  • Damien VK3FRAB
  • Grant VK4JAZ
  • Rob VK4AAC
  • Lawrence KN7D
  • Peter VK3PF

WWFF Green Party

The 9th of June is the Romanianian Society of Radio Amateurs 7th Green Party where Flora and Fauna are King and you can even make contacts inside VK to participate. The link with the details is on vk6.net. [http://wff-yo.blogspot.com.au/p/blog-page_3.html]

History

Will VK6UU shared an interesting document about Henry Gustaf Andersson, VK8HA now Silent Key. Born in Sweden he came to Australia and built a house at 30 Trippe Road, Humpty Doo in about 1988, about 40 minutes South of Darwin. Henry erected three antenna towers on his land, was a passionate CW operator, the National Intruder Watch Coordinator and only one of 500 members of the First Class Operators Club, displaying exemplary CW operating skills and being a member is by invitation only. For 38 years he was also the VK8 QSL manager. The WIA inherited his land and house when Hendy died on 5 October 2004. To read more, check out the article written by Michael Owen VK3KI SK on the VK6.net website.



If you have more, let us know. newswest@vk6.net is the address.

20180520 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 20 May 2018 - New Amateurs Edition

posted May 18, 2018, 11:54 PM by Bob Bristow

In this broadcast:
Are you new to the hobby of Amateur Radio? This week, Newswest welcomes newcomers to Amateur Radio. In this New hams edition of NewsWest, you’ll hear about new licenses granted to new and re-qualifying Amateurs, and words of wisdom and encouragement to New Hams, and a press release from the Radio Amateur Society of Australia. We also have our regular spots of Foundations of Amateur Radio and Roy’s Helpline. And more. There’s always more.

Newswest is produced by WA Amateur Radio News and is broadcast on several frequencies, both on the WA Linked Repeater Network and HF relays and broadcasts, all done every week by a team of dedicated radio operators. The NewsWest team this week is Glynn, Onno, Roy and myself, Bob VK6POP, the newswest producer for this week.


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
Duration: 26:24

20180513 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 13 May 2018 - History of AR Edition

posted May 12, 2018, 12:24 AM by Glynn Davies

In this broadcast:
It’s HISTORY week - and we head back to 1974, and before.
To warm you up for your trip to the 2018 Gold Coast WIA extravaganza, Onno brings you a wrap of “WIA Convention #37”
Bob discusses “A funny thing happened in the shack the other night”
I’m shaking up a can of magic LPS spray
We have news of the Limited AOCP
...and to end history off, a round the world yacht race.

And… then there’s our regular segments including news from SOTA, WWFF and FreeDV.
We’ve got Roy’s Helpline, as well as a note from the Surrey Amateur Radio Club.

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: 30m02s

Collectif TERRE & MER

posted May 11, 2018, 7:30 AM by Glynn Davies

In 1968 nine men started the first solo non-stop sailing race around the World.

Only one finished.

In attempt to re-create the race - it’s on again. A world tour sailing solo, non-stop around the world, without assistance, and in the technical conditions of the time. This event is the replica of the mythical Golden Globe Race of 1968. Participants are required to use boats and similar equipment including radio means.


In 1968, radio links between ships at sea and land were made only in BLU (a single lateral band), on the HF band thanks to the stations dedicated to maritime radio service, like St Lys in France. Today this device no longer exists.


Today, only radio amateurs have the means to establish radio links in HF, long distance.


In 2009 after a solo crossing from Corsica, Jean Francois Boubennec had the idea to create an amateur radio network on the citizens band.


It is inspired by known devices, set up by radio amateurs such as “the Captains’ Network” in Canada, and AMRAD in France, developed by Olivier Marsan.


Having obtained his own amateur licence in 2011, Jean Francois F4GRS set in stone his idea of a network of radio amateur operators at the service of sail boats, while they sail off the coasts around the world. This created a collective know an TERRE and MER, or translated - LAND and SEA.


It is natural then, that the organisers of the Golden Globe Race and the TERRE and MER collective would look for partners, worldwide, to help carry out this great adventure, with the possibility to communicate via HF with the navigators.


That's why the organisers are asking all Radio Amateurs today to help them build a solidarity network around the planet, so that they can communicate with the Navigators during the race.

Are you interested in taking part as a radio station for this great race.


[Presentation leaflet]

[Contact Sheet - Template]


Golden Globe Race - http://goldengloberace.com



Thanks for Chris VK6JI and John VK6RD in Albany for passing on.

CIARC - Christmas Island Amateur Radio Club (VK9JD)

posted May 6, 2018, 12:30 AM by Glynn Davies

CIARC Article
One of the great skills of amateur radio is our ability to relay on messages.

 

Doing just that, Alek VK6APK, VK6 QSL manager passed on a message for Doug Haig, previously VK8JD…

now VK9JD - on Christmas Island - voice of the Red Crab.

 

Doug arrived on the island in January and is now settling down and deciding what he’s going to do. Cliff, VK9VKL left Doug some some masts and antennas, so now he’s looking for a place to install.

 

On the side, he’s also in the process of starting up the CIARC, the Christmas Island Amateur Radio Club.

 

In the original correspondence, Doug was looking for 5 members to help the CIARC incorporate and become WIA affiliated, but has already exceeded that number. Not to stop there - if anyone else would like to join as a foundation member of the club - he’d love to hear from you.

 

The CIARC will initially need following equipment to support visiting amateurs ... Field Strength Meter, 2m Repeater, 2m Base/and Handheld, hardware for masts and antennas.

 

Ongoing, the club is looking for HF and digital gear, antenne tuners and alike.

Sounds like we need to hook Doug up with Roy’s HelpLine.

 

The aim of the CIARC will be to foster amateur radio, prepare club/aerial for visitor amateur use, community support of the island in events and emergencies, "and maybe to organise DXepedtions"

 

So, if you, or someone else who would like to become foundation member or assist as member, with gear or technical support and the occasional visit, be sure to get in contact with Doug.

 

 

 

Contact Details:

Douglas - Foundation O

rganiser

Voice of the Red Crab - VK9JD

Mobile: 0448-583699

CIARC <ciamateurradio@gmail.com>


20180506 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 6 May 2018 - Club Focus Edition

posted May 4, 2018, 8:17 PM by News Team

In the news this week the Austravel Safety Net, the Friday Night Tech Net, something about French Renards, Ham College, a Homebrew club proposal and a brand new amateur club on Christmas Island.

Welcome to the Club Focus edition of NewsWest. Also in the news an update on the WAARN broadcaster activity day, the AGM, the Helpline, Foundations of Amateur Radio and the RAOTC.

This is Amateur Radio News since 1931, for radio amateurs, shortwave listeners, radio enthusiasts and you.

We'd love to hear your feedback, vk6.net is the place to go for more details and newswest@vk6.net is the email address you can use for your stories.

This news is made possible by you. Send us a story, better yet an audio file about an amateur radio issue that is close to your heart, an activity you've participated in, something you learned, something you're planning or somewhere you're going.

As amateurs we're a busy lot, but sharing is part of the experience and while something might be old-hat to you, consider those amateurs who have just joined, or those listeners who are just itching for an excuse to join our 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

1-10 of 295