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20180422 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 22 April 2018 - Contesting Edition

posted Apr 20, 2018, 10:51 PM by Glynn Davies

In this Contesting edition of the news we look at upcoming contests and recent past experiences. There's a reminder for HARGfest, notifications from Ham College, the WA VHF Group, and the Broadcaster get together with the NewsWest Team, plus more.

On behalf of the team, thanks for joining us.

In this edition:

* Regular: Foundations of Amateur Radio
* Activity: HARGfest reminder
* Contesting: Dan's reflections on John Moyle Field Day
* Contesting: Scott - Send your log to LOTW
* Contesting: Harry Angel Sprint
* Contesting: Why bother to contest?
* Contesting: Trans Tasman
* News: WA VHF Group
* Activity: WA ARN Broadcaster Get Together and AGM
* News: Ham College
* News: Next Week - Special "News Across Australia"
* Activity: Quick Meetings
* News: Helpline
* News: ANZAC Day this week..


Our website vk6.net where you'll find a copy of this news, a calendar of events, contests and meetings and contact points for clubs and courses across Western Australia.

newswest@vk6.net is the address for feedback and the deadline for submissions is noon on 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: Glynn VK6PAW
Duration: 29m28s

20180415 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 15 April 2018 - New Amateurs Edition

posted Apr 13, 2018, 8:36 PM by News Team

In this New Amateur edition of the news we look at getting on air, antennas, power connectors and learning the ropes. There's an update on HARGfest, some contest updates and more.

On behalf of the team, thanks for joining us.

In this edition:
  • New Hams: Foundations of Amateur Radio
  • New Hams: Episode 54 Navigating the on-air minefield
  • New Hams: Antennas
  • New Hams: Group Chat - Learning the ropes
  • New Hams: Antennas - Build or buy?
  • New Hams: New Licences and Callsigns on-air
  • New Hams: Power Connectors
  • Contesting: QRP Hours Contest Wrap
  • Activity: World Amateur Radio Day - April 18
  • Contesting: JMFD Logs due in by midnight 25/4 NO PDFs
  • Activity: Quick Meetings
  • News: Next Week Contesting
  • News: Helpline
  • Activity: HARGfest next week (VK6ZMS)
Our website vk6.net where you'll find a copy of this news, a calendar of events, contests and meetings and contact points for clubs and courses across Western Australia.

newswest@vk6.net is the address for feedback and the deadline for submissions is noon on 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: Onno
Duration: 29:59

20180408 NewsWest

posted Apr 7, 2018, 6:48 AM by Bob Bristow   [ updated Apr 7, 2018, 6:50 AM ]

20180408 VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday 8th April 2018.
Welcome to NewsWest. It’s been a week since we devoured more hot cross buns and easter eggs than were good for us.   Doesnt time fly? It’s also a week since My wife and I arrived home from eight weeks on the road. Having unpacked, cleaned, repaired and stowed the gear etc etc, I’m bushed and ready for a rest.

This week I promise you no humbug, trickery, chicanery or deceit.  I did hear one person during the week asking on air “is it true that Foundation licencees……?”.  April always gets off to a good start, and thanks everyone for being good sports.


Instead of April tomfoolery, this week we’re taking a look at Amateur Radio history including an account of past Amateur Radio News as recalled by Don Graham, a glimpse of Radio communications in world war one, and an account of the history of VK6RLM repeater.  We’ll be congratulating a group of Aussies for taking out the top position in a recent international contest, and of course we have our regular weekly spot from Onno, Roy is having the week off. and of course we’ll tell you who’s meeting and when.


(Newswest is produced by volunteer members of WA Amateur Radio News.  The content of our news programmes comes from a variety of sources, and may not reflect the views of the Wireless Institute of Australia, or WA Amateur Radio News.  NewsWest is produced and presented in the open spirit of Amateur Radio.)


Since 1931 this is NewsWest, amateur radio news for amateurs by amateurs right here, right now.


On behalf of the team here at WA Amateur Radio News, thanks for taking the time to tune in, on-air, on-line or on-demand, it's great to have your company.


As Glynn mentions, next week is the New Amateurs edition of the news, where we welsome and encourage those who are new to the hobby, or have recently returned. We'd love to hear from you about your experiences as a new ham. Send your story to newswest@vk6.net before noon on 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.



Our address is newswest@vk6.net



Producer: Bob VK6POP

Duration: 28:20


20180401 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 1 April 2018 - Club Focus [EASTER] Edition

posted Mar 30, 2018, 7:29 PM by News Team

In the club focus edition of the news we have updates from amateur radio clubs who use the first Sunday of the Month to share their exploits, their adventures, activities and updates for members.

We have our regular segments, and we also have updates from outer space, upgrades to license classes and the amateur radio impact of the commonwealth games.

If it's not raining it's pouring, the first Sunday of the month, the first day of the month, chocolate, rabbits and Easter.

Douglas Adams titled the fourth book of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: "So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish".

That pretty much sums up this program. Thank you for your time, thank you for your contributions and thank you for listening.

You'll find this edition of the news on the vk6.net website where you'll also find more information about the far reaching changes to the amateur license conditions.

Hope you have some time to spend with your hobby, your family and your friends.

Thanks again for listening to the Sunday April 1st edition of NewsWest, we hope you enjoyed the show.

Now get on air and make some noise.

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
Duration: 32:21

20180401 - LCD Review

posted Mar 30, 2018, 7:27 PM by News Team

Countdown to Embargo Lifted


The full details for the Amateur Radio License Condition Determination are currently under embargo. The information shared in the news broadcast of Sunday, 1 April 2018 have been approved for release. Further information will be revealed after the embargo has been lifted.


N8RMA - State of the Hobby Survey

posted Mar 24, 2018, 5:18 AM by Glynn Davies   [ updated Mar 24, 2018, 5:18 AM ]

Last year some dude in Michigan, literally, that’s how he describes himself, started a survey to get some demographic information on the state of amateur radio, He thought it would be cool to know things like…


- What are the most popular bands and modes?
- What are hams’ favorite activities?
- How old are ham radio operators?
- Why did hams get involved in amateur radio in the first place?
- What do you think are the biggest issues and roadblocks in ham radio?
- Are governing and lobbying bodies doing a good job… and... what should they be doing better?


The 2017 survey received 668 unique respondents and provided a rather unsurprising birds-eye view of the hobby:

- 2m is a favorite band
- Hams like direct QSLs best
- And, wait for it... only 12% of respondents are under the age of 35

 

I wonder what that picture looks like for VK???

It’s a little surprising that the IARU or other lobbying organisations like the WIA rarely release demographic surveys, considering the ACMA and other regulatory bodies tend not to. If you don’t ask the question, you won't get an answer.

 

Many thanks to Dustin N8RMA for putting the survey together and publishing the results last year. Here’s to looking forward to some awesome new data this year!

For those concerned about their personally identifiable information (call sign) going on the internet, although “callsign” is a required field, you don’t actually have to put your callsign…just put N/A or something if you would like to remain anonymous.

Any information provided will only be used, by Dustin, on the survey results.This response data will not be given or sold to anyone, ever. All the demographic stuff is optional, it’s a good baseline but not needed. Dustin is not affiliated with a marketing company or any ham radio lobby or company, just a dude in Michigan. Plus you know who he is so you can hunt him down - if you feel like a visit to Kalamazoo, Michigan.

 

 

Thanks to Sterling Coffey - N0SSC, and his blog for helping us put together this story.

 


Link to Survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc2gJ0xG_2EeFAgInFRM0NYi4eW93IBqlBbpBAB2Hx6zkYPNw/viewform

 

Link to 2017 Results: https://sway.com/dBedey0zHZEjk0Xt


CQ WPX Contest

posted Mar 24, 2018, 5:15 AM by Glynn Davies

As we let you know in February, the CQ WPX SSB contest is on as we speak, and no matter when you listen to this broadcast on Sunday, is still in progress.

 

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.

 

If you missed the SSB contest this weekend, the CW segment takes place on
May 26 - 27, 2018.

 

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 class.

 

Single Operator stations may operate 36 of the 48 hours – off times must be a minimum of 60 minutes during which no QSO is logged.

Multi-operator stations may operate the full 48 hours.

 

Only the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 metre bands may be used. Observance of established band plans is strongly encouraged.

 

The final score is the result of the total QSO points multiplied by the number of different prefixes worked.

 

 

Link: http://www.cqwpx.com/

 

Link: CQ WPX Fan page - www.facebook.com/cqwpx


20180325 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday 25 March 2018 - Contest Edition [30:00]

posted Mar 24, 2018, 12:48 AM by Onno Benschop

In the news this week we take a closer look at contesting with updates from the CQWPX contest, Harry Angel 80m sprint, the International Museums Weekend and a wrap up from the John Moyle Memorial Field Day.

We have a contesting tip from Scott K9JY who encourages you to put your log in, even if you only made three contacts and we'll hear from Bob VK6POP on the road somewhere between here and the black stump, where no-news is good news, well, that's if you believe other news sources around the place.

If that's not enough to tickle your fancy, what about an excuse to visit a pub or a club with your amateur radio buddies, set up a station, drink beer, make contacts, did I mention the beer?

Speaking of nutrition, the Hills Amateur Radio Group is looking to feed you with their famous HARG burger at the HARGfest coming up, so check out Ray's Reminder.

Roy regales us with royalties from the region, or was that a different Roy, ours is helping you with the Weekly Helpline.

There's Ham College, the WA VHF Group, a survey, coax and connector losses and more.

Since 1931 this is NewsWest, amateur radio news for amateurs by amateurs right here, right now.

On behalf of the team here at WA Amateur Radio News, thanks for taking the time to tune in, on-air, on-line or on-demand, it's great to have your company.

As Glynn mentions, next week is the club focus edition of the news. We'd love to hear from your club. Send your story to newswest@vk6.net before noon on Friday.

On occasion we see messages on social media about the nature of the stories in NewsWest and how we're anti-WIA, how we would like nothing more than to see the end of the Wireless Institute of Australia and how we're biased in our reporting.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

We take our role as news producers seriously, we verify our sources, validate before publication and work hard to report the facts without emotion or opinion. That's not to say we shy away from opinion, in fact we welcome it.

If you have something to say, please check out the soapbox submission requirements on the vk6.net website and you too can contribute to the news.

We believe that strong representation is important, but we also believe that honesty and integrity are requirements for holding office.

We'll continue to expose lies and half-truths where we find them and we'll continue to broadcast the news in the strong tradition that has been followed by many broadcast officers before us, going back to our humble beginnings in 1931.

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: 30:00

20180318 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday 18 March 2018 - New Amateurs Edition [33:02]

posted Mar 17, 2018, 4:48 AM by Glynn Davies

It’s John Moyle weekend, and it would be safe to say you’re chasing those last few contacts, packing up, or recovering from the Field Day operations - depending on when you’re listening to this broadcast here in VK6, or around Australia this broadcast:
 
Bob is still out on the road so he’ll be calling in from the Eyre Peninsula. We have various reports following conversations with the ACMA and the IARU.
 
Onno brings us foundations of amateur radio - talking loss - and some of the associated truths - or not.
 
It’s New Hams week, so we celebrate new licenses here in VK6, and a bigger set of stats. Bob encourages us to spend up - and in commemoration - we bring you a special recap on how one of our great VK6 amateurs, now silent key, got started and the journey he went on from there.
 
There’s a few reminders, and well put it over to Roy with Helpline

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 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: [33:02]

20180313 - IARU Region 3 Director Wisnu YBØAZ in Perth

posted Mar 12, 2018, 5:50 PM by News Team

Several IARU Region 3 Directors, including Wisnu YB0AZ are visiting Perth this week, to attend the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity preparatory meeting for the WRC19 - World Radiocommunications Conference, the main body which internationally coordinates spectrum access matters. National WIA representatives are also attending, led by Dale VK1DSH.

Wisnu YB0AZ arrived in Perth on Sunday and is here until Saturday. He's staying in Scarborough and has asked to meet local Amateur representatives if possible.

Send an email to Anthony VK6AXB to set-up a meeting. 

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