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20170219 - VK6WIA - NewsWest for Sunday February 19, 2017

posted Feb 18, 2017, 12:31 AM by News Team

This Week
NewsWest, has an interesting variety for you this week:
  • Some pre-election information for you from Andrew VK6AS.
  • A reminder of the VK5 WIA AGM in Hahndorf.
  • Onno brings us news of the 2017 SOTA Conference and other news from around the 'net.
  • Glynn has some exciting information about a new repeater linking project.
  • Great delights on Roy Help Line.
  • ...and a few reminders for this weekend.
NewsWest can be heard on-air, on-line or on- demand, see for details, or search for VK6WIA in iTunes.

WA Amateur Radio News, producers of NewsWest, Amateur Radio News in Western Australia since 1931.

Producer: Glynn VK6PAW

20170218 - ABC Shortwave Service - the Department Responds

posted Feb 17, 2017, 8:00 PM by News Team

ABC Radio Shortwave Service
Steve VK6ST sent a letter to the Minister of Communications and the Arts asking about the demise of the ABC Radio Shortwave Service. The Department sent a comprehensive response.

The two page document goes into great detail, but in essence says that the ABC is free to make this decision and assures us that their service will not be impacted by the cessation of the Shortwave Service and recommends that the dedicated Bureau of Meteorology HF service is a suitable replacement with hourly weather updates and alerts.

See attached PDF for the full letter.

20170212 - VK6WIA - NewsWest for Sunday February 12, 2017

posted Feb 13, 2017, 12:33 AM by News Team

This Week
In the news this week we have a special event station in VK8, Foundation Courses at Ham College, the Hills Amateur Radio Group annual HARGfest, an update from Ex-WIA Director Andrew VK6AS, a Morsecodians Exhibition at Wireless Hill and a look at what sun-spots mean to Amateur Radio.

Our regular segments, Roy's Helpline, In the News This Week, Foundations of Amateur Radio and more.

This news is heard across Australia and in 81 Countries. We welcome your callbacks on-air or on-line. Check out the feedback form and let us know you listened and what you thought about our news on the website.

Since 1931 this is Amateur Radio News in Western Australia for Radio Amateurs and Shortwave listeners across the globe. Thank you for your company.

Producer: Onno VK6FLAB

20170211 - Wireless Hill - The Wire: A History of Morse Code

posted Feb 10, 2017, 7:02 PM by News Team

Wireless Hill News
The City of Melville in partnership with the Morsecodians Fraternity of Western Australia would like to invite you to the launch of "The Wire: A History of Morse Code" at Wireless Hill Museum this Friday at 2pm. Please RSVP before close of business tomorrow via, or by phone on 9364 0158.

That's this Friday, the 17th of February at 2pm at Wireless Hill.

20170211 - Amateur Radio Promotions

posted Feb 10, 2017, 5:50 PM by News Team

Amateur Radio Promotions
In the news this week we were treated to several video productions about Amateur Radio. Most notable was the effort by the crew at Young Transmitters New Zealand who made a 3 minute video introducing our hobby to a younger community in a very engaging and creative way.

20170203 - Open Invitation to WIA Board Candidates

posted Feb 3, 2017, 1:59 AM by News Team   [ updated Feb 3, 2017, 2:01 AM ]

WIA news update
This email was sent by NewsWest to the following candidates for the WIA Board:
  • James Linton - VK3PC 
  • Ewan McLeod - VK4TA 
  • Marcus Berglund - VK5WTF 
  • David Ford - VK5WP 
  • Brian Clarke - VK2GCE 
  • John Fisher - VK3DQ 
  • Fred Swainston - VK3DAC 
  • Garry Page - VK3ZGP 
  • Peter Clee - VK8ZZ 
  • Justin Giles Clark - VK7TW 
  • Philip Wait - VK2ASD 
  • Roger Harrison - VK2ZRH 
  • Gregory Kelly - VK2GPK 

Dear Candidate,

Thank you for choosing to nominate to stand for the board of the Wireless Institute of Australia. On behalf of the VK6 NewsWest team I would like to offer you a 5 minute soapbox in our news broadcast which is heard across the country and has listeners in 81 countries.

There are no restrictions - other than those associated with content suitable for on-air use on Amateur Radio frequencies - but we recommend that you use the opportunity to speak to why your candidacy will benefit the Institute and Amateur Radio in Australia.

This invitation has been extended to all candidates.

From a technical perspective:
  • 5 minutes max. We'll clip your audio at 5 minutes if it's longer.
  • 44 kHz sample rate.
  • 256 kbit mono audio
  • MP3
  • We use and recommend audacity to record and edit audio.
If you are having trouble recording your audio, please don't hesitate to get in touch so we can help you figure something out.

The deadline for contributions is Friday 24 February, 04:00 UTC.

Please email your contribution or any questions to:

Kind regards on behalf of WA Amateur Radio News, producers of NewsWest, Amateur Radio News in Western Australia since 1931.

20170122 - VK6WIA - NewsWest for Sunday January 15, 2017

posted Jan 21, 2017, 1:41 AM by News Team

This Week
In the news this week we welcome new listeners in VK3 into our audience, get an update from the WA VHF Group, give you some information about the Peel Amateur Radio Group Swap Meet that is less than a fortnight away and of course our regular segments with Roy's Helpline, Andrew's Corner and Foundations of Amateur Radio.

We report on an Intruder Watch that resulted in the Australian Defence Department allocations being moved outside of the Amateur Bands.

Also in this news a Silent Key announcement for Mel Bishop VK6ER (formerly VK6TVA) who became a silent key at at 4am on Sunday 15th January.

This is the weekly news in Western Australia for Radio Amateurs and Shortwave listeners, produced since 1931 and heard on-air, on-line and on-demand.

For your copy of the news visit

Producer: Onno VK6FLAB

20170121 - Intruder Watch

posted Jan 21, 2017, 12:22 AM by News Team

WIArg Update
Intruder Watch is the process under which radio amateurs observe and report on stations heard inside Amateur Bands that should not be there.

This is a good news story that we received from the WIA Reform Group.

An amateur in New Zealand brought an intruder alert to the attention of the WIA Reform Group in December 2016. Attempts to raise the matter with the WIA failed, as the Intruder Watch email address is inactive. Try it for yourself:

This intruder report relates to Australian Department of Defence CW signals on 7, 14, 21 and 29.7MHz. Not only have observations been made, but further investigation reveals that these allocations had been licensed to the Navy by the ACMA. That's right, licences have been granted to Defence within primary amateur allocations under ITU Regulations. The licence allowed 250 watts of CW on 7.000, 14.000, 21.000 and 29.700 MHz...

The WIA Reform Group submitted a report to the ACMA on the 30th December 2016 along with a recommendation that the Defence allocations be shifted below (or above) the primary Amateur Band allocations. On the 19th January 2017, the Reform Group received an acknowledgement from the ACMA, along with advice that the Defence Department allocations would be moved.

This removal of an intruder was successful for two reasons; two parties took an interest and took action.

The first party, a concerned radio amateur, took the time to identify and report the intruder. He conducted some research and provided adequate information.

The second party, a small group of concerned radio amateurs, took the time to review the report, conduct further analysis and then take action. They took effective action; they reported the intrusion to the ACMA along with supportive evidence and also offered a solution.

Why is this important?

The latest WIA Monitoring System report, available from the WIA web-site, shows 496 observations of potential intruders into our bands in December alone.

The Reform Group asks: What is the WIA doing about these reported incursions? Is any analysis being done to determine how many might have originated from within our own borders, thereby allowing ACMA to take some action. Have the ACMA received, reviewed and provided any feedback on these reports?

They go on to say that: Radio spectrum is a finite resource, and in recent years has become extremely valuable to commercial and government users. Whilst this example may have been a narrow band Continuous Wave signal on our band edges, what could happen next if we don't take action? Some wide band digital mode or other experimental signal? Worse still, incursions by commercial users? Those of us who enjoy the 40 metre band in particular will be well aware of the QRM that's has a massive negative impact from our northern neighbours. And of course, every HF user will be aware of the Over the Horizon Radars out of Russia.

You can read the entire report in the Reform Group website at

20170116 - Mel VK6ER SK

posted Jan 16, 2017, 1:18 AM by News Team   [ updated Jan 20, 2017, 8:32 PM ]

At 4am on 15th January 2017 Mel Bishop, VK6ER (formerly VK6TVA) succumbed to his cancer and passed away peacefully at his home and was surrounded by family. Mel, passed away after a 2+ year battle with Cancer. Mel died peacefully surrounded by loving family members.

Mel's Funeral will take place on this Thursday morning the 19th of January 2017 at 9am. It shall be held at Bowra & O'Dea Chapel, 502 Wanneroo Rd, Westminister. Everyone who knew Mel is welcome to attend.

There will be an open casket where people can pay their respects from 09:00 to 09:30. The casket will then be sealed for the funeral service, this is so no one will be stressed during the service. Following the service there will be refreshments and a chance to meet family members and such like.

At 11:20 or shortly after Mel shall be moved from the chapel to a waiting hearse and leave to Pinnaroo cemetery for a private family ceremony.

Update: The service was recorded and can be viewed on-line.

20170115 - VK6WIA - NewsWest for Sunday January 15, 2017

posted Jan 13, 2017, 10:32 PM by News Team

This Week
In this week’s edition of NewsWest we bring you our traditional segments of Foundations of Amateur Radio and Roy’s helpline. There are reminders of social calendar events  and also a note that some events do not occur during January. There is further notice of a retirement and a request for you to help out at AR magazine. The PARG swap meet draws ever closer as does the Southern Electronics Group HamFeast in Katanning. Your attendance at both is required.

Producer: Andrew VK6AS

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