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20180805 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 5 August 2018 - Club Focus Edition

posted Aug 4, 2018, 3:28 AM by Glynn Davies

It’s our CLUB FOCUS week, and we’ll hear from clubs around VK6 including Ham and of course – what’s been going on at WA Amateur Radio news.
Bob brings us a wrap-up on the Trans Tasman - and talks about how to bring a breath of fresh air to you club leadership and committee.
Onno talks about club diversity… and how water can put a dampener on your radio hobby.
There’s a number of important AR notices and reminders, including an update on HamFest, the dinner, and JOTA preparations, and we’ll put a quick call out to Roy’s helpline.

Thanks to this week’s valued contributors, the voices of: Andrew, Bob, Clive, Dan, Eddie, Onno and Roy.

We hope you’ll join us with your voice here - sometime soon.

You’re listening to NewsWest, broadcasting weekly news and commentary since 1931 for VK6 radio amateurs, shortwave listeners and radio enthusiasts.

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
Duration: 30m57s

20180805 - JOTA 2018 Meeting - 14th August, 2018 - Scouts WA.

posted Aug 4, 2018, 2:51 AM by Glynn Davies   [ updated Aug 4, 2018, 2:56 AM ]

This week I received the following e-mail from Travis Innes for JOTA 2018 Organisers:

Travis can be contacted via e-mail: bl.radiotechnology@scoutswa.com.au
Hi all,

I've recently taken on the role of Branch Leader for Radio and Technology
for Scouts WA.  I've had a couple of meetings with Delshard, who ran the
event last year, and we would like to be able to build on the success over
the last few years and make 2018 as successful as we can.

To that end we've organised the boardroom at Scouts WA Branch to be
available to us on Tuesday August 14th from 7pm.  I'm keen to meet with as
many of you as can make it on the night, and see what support I can offer
you to help make your base successful again this year.  I'm also interested
to hear and share your ideas with other groups putting a base together.

Can you please RSVP to let me know if you are able to make it on the
night.  If you are not able to make it on the night and I can offer any
assistance please let me know.

I look forward to meeting you on the night, or as many as I can over the
JOTA/JOTI weekend.

Regards,

Travis Innes

[Publication approved by Delshard - Branch Commissioner - International - Scouts WA]

20180729 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 29 July 2018 - Special Show and Tell Edition

posted Jul 27, 2018, 11:11 PM by News Team

In the news this week we discover some of the stories behind building and inventing things within the hobby of Amateur Radio. Bob shares his fascination with wire, Steve is on YouTube, Andrew shares his adventures with antenna masts, Neil describes how he broadcasts this news, Peter has a DC Distribution Board, I've built a High Precision LC Meter and if that's not enough, we also have a new radio club in the best location of the world, there's the NewsWest Dinner and Raffle, Eddie tells us about the NCRG Hamfest, Glynn has a Jamboree on the Air heads-up and of course the news wouldn't be complete without Roy sharing the latest from the estate from VK6LK in the weekly Helpline.

Thank you to Steve, Roy, Peter, Neil, Glynn, Eddie, Bob and Andrew for their stories.

This news was made possible by contributions from radio amateurs like yourself. Getting it to us is as simple as sending an email to newswest@vk6.net.

One question you might have is, "What should I say?" and the answer to that is simple: Share what excites you, what makes you tick, what is of interest to you, what challenges you, what things you learnt, what mistakes you made, what activities you've got planned.

It doesn't have to be complicated. For example, Neil's story about how he broadcasts this news came to us in a simple email, just telling the story of what he does.

One comment I can make is that none of us are professional broadcasters. We have different levels of experience, different interests, different skills and different story telling abilities. Don't let that deter you from making your own contribution.

We also take feedback, on-air or on-line, so register your callback or visit the vk6.net website and let us know your thoughts on the program this week.

We'd love to keep making broadcasts about what you've been up to, so send in your tales, tall or true and we'll do what we can to get them on air. Our address again, newswest@vk6.net.

On behalf of WA Amateur Radio News, thank you for listening, look forward to your company next time we meet. 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 VK6FLAB

20180722 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 22 July 2018 - Contesting Edition

posted Jul 20, 2018, 6:34 PM by Bob Bristow

Welcome to NewsWest. In this Contesting edition We’ll tell you about contests coming up, remind you about the ‘NewsWest Dinner on the Hamfest weekend, in fact we’ll be reminding you ABOUT Hamfest.

While reminding you about stuff, we’ll talk about next week’s Show and Tell edition of NewsWest. RASA has commented on the ACMA’s five year spectrum outlook, and Andrew will talk about that. And if that’s not enough there’s the regular weekly spots of Roy’s Helpline and Foundations of Amateur Radio.

I’m Bob, and for my sins I’m the NewsWest producer this week. The team members are Roy, Onno, Andrew and Glynn.

Sadly we have a silent key announcement. Roy leads this bulletin with a tribute to VK6BRH Rod.

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 VK6POP 
Duration: 30:!6 

20180715 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 15 July 2018 - New Amateurs Edition

posted Jul 14, 2018, 2:23 AM by Glynn Davies

It’s our NEW AMATEURS week, where we celebrate new, upgraded and returning calls.  We’ll also discuss
gear and portable operations. Onno talks QRP and where you need to go, in order to obtain your license.
 
Bob’s brings us up to speed with future events, including the Armistice Day special event callsign and associated activations, the HamFest dinner organised by the NewsWest team. He also looks back on the week, with a wrap for the FreeDV net.
 
There’s a few other important AR notices and reminders, and well put it over to Roy with Helpline.

Producer: Glynn VK6PAW
Duration: 28min58sec

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

20180708 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 8 July 2018 - History of AR Edition

posted Jul 6, 2018, 10:43 PM by News Team   [ updated Jul 6, 2018, 10:46 PM ]

Spies, Lies and Callbooks, Letters, Linear Amplifiers, The Top of the Wazza Radio, bequests, radio knobs are all part of this week's History Edition of the news looking back at 50 years.

Closer to today we have an update on the FreeDV net, a reminder to show-and-tell and what to do when you're going on holiday with your hand-held radio in Foundations of Amateur Radio. Roy's helpline, meetings and club activities and more make this an action packed edition of the weekly amateur radio news, produced by WA Amateur Radio News for radio amateurs, shortwave listeners and you, on-air, on-line and on-demand.

Since 1931, this is NewsWest and you're listening to VK6WIA.

On behalf of the team, my name is Onno VK6FLAB and thank you for taking time out of your day to join us.

This news is produced by WA Amateur Radio News and items in this broadcast may not reflect our views or those of the broadcaster.

Duration: 30:26

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

20180701 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 1 July 2018 - Club Focus Edition

posted Jun 29, 2018, 9:49 PM by Bob Bristow

Welcome to NewsWest, and to the new fiscal year.
Today is the Club Focus edition of newswest, where we give over the programme to clubs to promote what they are doing.

Today we’ll tell you about a special NewsWest Edition at the end of this month, and how Bunbury Hams ham it up on the ABC. We discuss a recent Wireless Institute news release, and we have a request concerning the International Lighthouse and Lightships weekend in August. In Club Focus and other items we talk about clubs and what they do. Then of course there’s the regular showings of Roy’s helpline and Foundations of Amateur Radio.

Producer: Bob VK6POP
Duration: 30:14

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

Norman VK6GOM on ABC TV

posted Jun 29, 2018, 8:07 AM by Glynn Davies   [ updated Jun 29, 2018, 8:12 AM ]

ABC TV
Social media is a buzz this week after the Australian Broadcasting Corporation featured a video and print article on WA”s own Norman Gomm VK6GOM.

 

The article describes amateur radio as "having all the benefits of social media but without any of the downsides".

 

Although Norman says it is also the perfect hobby for retirees looking to stay mentally sharp - he actually started in his early forties - like someone else I know.

 

"I find it's very good for me," Mr Gomm told the ABC amid a dazzling display of flashing lights and crackling radio static.

 

Norman goes on to describe how ham radio requires a lot of cognitive skills and a lot of understanding technology, so he find that's very good for keeping himself active.

 

The article also features the Bunbury Radio Club’s Richard Oxley, VK6VRO, who keeps things pretty simple and operates from a make-shift table in his backyard.

Richards spend most of his day outside so it made sense to broadcast from there.

 

Legally blind since age three, Richard says he had "no trouble" getting his head around ham radio.

His particular model of radio has a 10-digit key pad, so can can feel his way around no worries. All he needs to do is  press a button and the his radio tells him the frequency he’s on.

 

This positive ABC newspiece is a great promotion for our hobby of amateur radio. Pop onto the internet and watch it for yourself.

 


Link:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-27/ham-radio-helping-older-hobbyists-stay-mentally-fit/9908468


ARRL Field Day - Reminder

posted Jun 23, 2018, 1:15 AM by Glynn Davies

It doesn’t matter if you are listening to the pre-release, Sunday morning or evening broadcasts - there is STILL time to participate on-air in the ARRL Field Day.
 
In addition the the physical field day activities happening in the U.S. - it’s a good idea to get on air and make some noise - I’m sure they’d like to get some VK6’ers in their logs.
 
The ARRL encourage you to upload your log to LoTW - logbook of the world. It will allow you and your contracts to combine in the 2018 ARRL International Grid Chase.
 
 
2018 ARRL International Grid Chase - http://www.arrl.org/international-grid-chase-2018

20180624 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 24 June 2018 - Contesting Edition

posted Jun 23, 2018, 1:05 AM by Glynn Davies

In this contest broadcast, we bring you:
- The upcoming Trans Tasman Low Bands Challenge
- Bad news from the Japan Amateur SSTV Associations Contest
- Andrew gives us the heads-up on th RD,
- Bob chats to us about the WIA Contest Champion Award, and 
- Onno brings us the All Asia DX Contest from the JARL, as well as contesting tips from Scott - K9JY.

We have an announcement from the WA VHF group, and follow up on Bob’s idea of a FreeDV net here in VK6.

Have you been calling CQ for the ARRL Field Day? This came through to us via F-Troop - and we encourage you to participate.

Not to be silenced, it’s great to have Roy back with Helpline, as he continues his journey to recovery - on a mission to rehome pre-loved amateur radio gear.

You’re listening to NewsWest, broadcasting weekly news and commentary since 1931 for VK6 radio amateurs, shortwave listeners and radio enthusiasts.

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

Producer: Glynn VK6PAW
Duration: 29m40s

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: 29m40s

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