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20171119 - VK6ARN NewsWest for Sunday, 19 November 2017

posted Nov 17, 2017, 9:21 PM by News Team   [ updated Nov 19, 2017, 3:08 PM ]

In the news this week, a monster edition of Roy's Helpline, activation of a special callsign to commemorate the birth and work of "Father of Wireless Communication", Bob has a wonderful explanation about Foundation Licensees repairing and modifying radios, Glynn has a new radio network for you to explore and Michelle has an update from the Peel Amateur Radio Group.

Thank you for joining us for another edition of the News, produced and presented for Radio Amateurs, sortwave listeners and you, since 1931, this is NewsWest.

I'm Onno VK6FLAB, let's get started.

NewsWest is produced and presented by WA Amateur Radio News and opinions expressed in this news may not reflect the opinion of the news team, the broadcaster or the WIA and are shared in the open spirit of Amateur Radio.

In previous episodes of New Hams, I’ve run quickly through EchoLink and AllStar.
Today I’d like to introduce IRN.
The IRN, International Radio Network, is a Voice-over-IP/Radio-over-IP system using Teamspeak,  that allows users to Transmit and Receive using RF around the World using  different devices fo riree. This includes  mobile Phones,  tablets and  computers.
Have you heard of Teamspeak??? NO??? nor had I until I started looking at IRN 6 months ago. It’s what the gamers use for audio comms in multi-player online gaming – put don’t let that deter you – it’s great for Amateur Radio.
Have you ever wanted to play radio on repeater typically on the 2m or 70cm bands but don’t have a repeater close by to get into?
In September 2016 the IRN server was created and access was given to other licensed hams so that they could use it too.
Since then, it's grown... the original Echolink connection is no longer active, and Allstar has been the mode of choice with the system, connecting up to a mix of repeaters, hubs and nodes around the globe.
The IRN server allows full TX and RX so you can use it like a radio. There are also channels that are just live RX feeds from other systems like D-Star and Echolink.
What make it great for newbies, or people considering entering the hobby is the system also caters for non-licensed users, and those that are looking to do their exams to join us hams, and experience what certain modes are like. The way the IRN Server works means that voice rights can be assigned to certain channels thus ensuring that non-licenced users are not able to transmit, but they are able to listen.
More recently, the IRN System has created a partnership with The Guild Global, a World Wide Amateur Radio Guild.
The Guild also have additional channels that aren't crosslinked into any RF based systems but do crosslink into their Zello Crosslink, to allow non licensed users to enjoy full transmit and receive rights and mix with radio hams.
The creators appreciate that RoIP systems like this aren't going to be for everyone, and aren’t trying to take people away from "real radio".
Not everyone has the option on what they can use due to location or their personal circumstances. This system gives them to ability to talk to users all around the World on several different systems, and all for free! I’ve found it really convenient when away from my QTH, either travelling, on business or at a location just on the fringe of the repeater on RF.
There are a comprehensive set of Ts & Cs for use of the system – but to make it clearer a set of guidelines have been published.. Most of it is common sense – which at times… isn’t as common as it used to be.
So how does this relate to VK6?? Here in W.A., IRN is hooked into the VK6 AllStar hub, which then links to the list of nodes and repeaters I mentioned last month. It’s a great way to hook into VK6RLM and its linked repeaters when away from home.
Of course, if you are in VK6, or anywhere that’s internet accessible,  and like talking across the world, it is also hooked into some of the other big AllStar hubs in the U.K. and U.S.
As a side-note, the system also allows users to create private talk groups for point-to-point or private group QSO's.
Look for the links, including the setup guides to get  you started,  in the online version of this story at

Myths 03 Foundation Licensees Cant Fix Anything

Myths I have Known. 

When listening around the Ham bands, reading comments on social media and email reflectors, even talking face to face with Amateurs, I sometimes hear things said that are simply wrong.  In this series I seek to address some of these myths.

The Foundation License was introduced to Australian Amateur Radio in 2005. I wasn’t in the hobby then, however I imagine that there was a lot of discussion about the concept of an entry level Amateur Radio license.

The myth de jour is that “Foundation licensees may not repair radio equipment”.  This myth turns up regularly, often after a Foundation Licensee asks a question on social media about fixing some sort of problem with their equipment.

Let’s begin with some background information. The Australian Communications and Media Authority, better known to us as the ACMA, amend and publish a document called the “Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Amateur Licence) Determination”, known more commonly as the “LCD”.  This document is the ACMA’s interpretation of the Radiocommunications Act and regulations as they apply to Amateur Radio Operators.

The LCD tells Amateurs which frequency bands and transmission modes that they can use, and it also describes how a licensee must run their station. 

With reference to equipment, the LCD is silent about which equipment Amateurs can use, EXCEPT for Foundation licensees, where it says that they may only use a commercially manufactured transmitter.

Now let’s explore this myth about repairing equipment.  Several years ago, a Foundation licensee, who is a professional communications technician, announced that he had repaired a fault on a local Amateur repeater.  There was an astonishing flow of protests that as a Foundation licensee he wasnt allowed to effect such repairs.

Let’s go back to the LCD.  Load up the document, and search for the word “repair”.  It isn’t there. Nor is the word “modify”.  Hold that thought.

An Amateur Radio license is a permit to operate radio transmitters according to the level of the license.  It’s not a license or qualification to repair radios.  A Standard or Advanced license may give you some technical knowledge to enable you to tackle the task, but it’s not a qualification to do so.

An Amateur Radio license at any level is not an indication about what you know about anything.  It is issued because you passed an examination, that assumes you may have learned something.  It is possible, and quite frequently likely, that a Foundation licensee knows more about radio than an advanced licensee, because the Amateur Radio qualification is not a measure of your total knowledge and experience. I repeat that it means you passed an exam.

In conclusion, then, where did this myth come from?  My theory is that Foundation licensees were in early days cautioned that what they learned on the course wasnt sufficient for them to safely repair or modify  radio transmitters, and in true chinese whisper form, it grew into the myth that Foundation licensees may not repair their equipment.  Exactly the same argument applies to modifying equipment. The word “modify”, like “repair”, doesnt appear in the LCD

I’m Bob

Its on again!
PARG SWAP Meet February 4th 2018
The Peel Amateur Radio Group is pleased to announce that our next Annual Swap meet will be held on Sunday the 4th February 2018 at the Bortolo Pavilion in Mandurah.
The Bortolo Pavilion has been a great venue for us, it is also AIR CONDITIONED and being the middle of summer it will be nice to keep cool whilst attending our 3rd annual ‘Swap Meet’. We look forward to seeing you all there.

We are now taking bookings of tables. 
Please RSVP to with your expression of interest – tables are free to book.
Although the hall is not as big as Cyril Jackson I am sure we can fit quite a few sellers in, going on last year we can fit about 20 -25 comfortably.
Doors will open for sellers at 8am and buyers from 9am – entry fee $5 per head. Closing approx. 1pm

There will be raffle tickets on sale as well as refreshments to get you through the day.

Michelle Walker
20171119 QuickMeetings

It’s a quiet week for meetings across VK6.
The Northern Corridor Radio Group gather today as we go to air Sunday morning, with their weekly get together from 8:30am.
You’ll find them at the Neil Penfold State Amateur Radio Centre at the top end of Whiteman Park. Access via Gnangara Road.

Tuesday, the Peel Amateur Radio Group have their workshop night, 7 til 9pm at SES Headquarters, located at -
31 Education Drive, Greenfields, in Mandurah.

PRAWNHEADS gather for lunch on Wednesday. Meet the crew again for 12 noon at Phoever, 29 Station Street in Subiaco. 

The Bunbury Radio Club have their Ham and Coffee Meet on Thursday.

Lastly, the Hills Amateur Radio Group have their meeting next Saturday, 
2-5pm at the Paxhill Guide Hall, corner of Sanderson and Brady Roads in Lesmurdie.

If you didn’t hear in here, we didn’t know about it. If you have updated information, please let the NewsWest team know by emailing:

08 20171112 WWFF Weekend Out

The 2017 VKFF Activation Weekend, which will be held on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November 2017 is fast approaching
The VK Flora and Fauna programme is the excuse you need to operate portable.  The aim is to operate from within national parks and nature reserves.   Certificates are awarded for achieving certain levels of activity.  Of course where there are activators, you also need chasers, otherwise there would be no QSOs to record.
The VKFF activation weekend is an attempt to get as many VKFF operators and chasers on air over the weekend. Why?  Mostly because we can.
The weekend is designed to promote the World Wide Flora Fauna program here in Australia.
A large number of Australian operators will be on air over this weekend, operating portable from various parks all across Australia.
If you do intend to activate a park on this weekend, please send an email to Paul VK5PAS at
The 2017 VKFF Activation Weekend will be held on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November 2017.
As luck would have it, the VHF/UHF Field Days contest is on the same weekend - why not combine them both?  We know that the Hills Amateur Radio Group is doing just that, working from the Avon Valley National Park.  It’s not too late to join in. Really. Its not.

20171105 NCRG Boot Sale (3rd December)
Hey – how did you go at the HamFests this year?

You know, there was PARGfest, HARGfest, and the NCRG HamFest.

Did you manage to clear your Surplus Heap of Innovative Technology???

The stuff you keep hanging on to year-after-year because… Some How It Transmits??

Do you still have that Super heterodyne Implemented Transmitter??

Well, there another opportunity before year end to empty out your Shack House Items There.

The NCRG will be having their final year-end clearance session with a car boot sale on the 3rd of December – at the Neil Penfold State Amateur Radio Centre.

Want to find out more??? Head to the website events section at:

Feel like buying some more Sneaky Husband’s Information Tools – I’m sure there’ll be heaps on offer.

Get in early… See How I Transmit.

No idea what I’m talking about – maybe you need to read between the lines.

I’m Glynn  VK6PAW

20171119 Ham College Foundation Course in two weeks.

The next Ham College Foundation License course is on the weekend December 2nd & 3rd, followed by assessments the following weekend on Saturday 9th December, 2017

Are you interested in  obtaining this entry level Amateur Radio License?  Check out the Ham College website, for details.

We received word from Datta VU2DSI about the activation of AU2JCB, a special event call-sign to commemorate the birth date of Indian scientist Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose, known as the "Father of Wireless Communication" by demonstrating the transmission of wireless signals over a mile in 1895 & 1897.

Popove in Russia was still trying remote signalling at this time & the first wireless experiment by Marconi was not successful until May 1897.

Bose also pioneered the investigation of microwave optics technology and his discovery of 1 centimetre to 5 millimetre radio waves is being used in radars, satellite communication & remote sensing today.

Concepts from his original 1897 papers are now incorporated into a new 1.3 mm multi-beam receiver on the National Radio Observatory 12 Meter Telescope in Arizona.

Bose anticipated the use of P-type & N-types semiconductors 60 years ahead of his time and was the first to use semi-conductors to detect radio waves, invented the crystal radio detector, using GALENA crystals, invented the wave-guide, horn antenna and other microwave frequency equipment.

In a presentation to the Royal Institution in London in January 1897, he speculated on the existence of electromagnetic radiation from the sun which was not actually detected until 1942.

Have a read on his biography, absolutely fascinating.

Datta will operate special event call-sign AU2JCB between 23 November and 11 December across most non-WARC bands. You'll even find him on 6m and 10m FM if you're game.

A list of frequencies has been published and you can find them in the text edition on

QSL Direct via VU2DSI, details on

Listen out for AU2JCB.

The Details of operation:

Period: 23 NOV 2017 to 11 DEC 2017

10m: 28545, 28510, 28490
15m: 21235, 21310, 21350
20m: 14210, 14250, 14310    
40m: 7040, 7150
80m: 3710

Also in FM:
6m: 50800, 51500
10m: 29700

Preferably the operation will be on higher bands according to propagation conditions.


20171119 next week contesting

Next week, NewsWest will bring you stories and information about contesting.  We’ll tell you about contests that are coming up, especially Australian contests. What we’d really, really like is to receive stories from you about your contesting experiences, tall tales and true.   You can send your story to us in text for us to record, or much, much better, record your story yourself and send it to us with the text to

That's it for another week. Thank you for your time, look forward to hearing your stories about contesting next week and while you're at it, check out the text-edition of the news we're experimenting with on - your comments and feedback is welcome.

Thanks to the news team for providing a comprehensive view of Amateur Radio in Western Australia and beyond. On behalf of WA Amateur Radio News, thank you for listening to NewsWest. We hope to have your company again next week.

73, now get on air and make some noise!

NewsWest 12th November 2017

posted Nov 10, 2017, 10:23 PM by Bob Bristow   [ updated Nov 10, 2017, 10:27 PM ]

 This weekend we paused to remember those who suffered or perished through wars.  The 11th November marks the end of World War One, the Great War, ninety nine years ago.  This global war was also called the war to end all wars.  How little did they know.  Even so, we remembered them, and will continue to remember those who have suffered war.

This hobby of ours has been around for a bit over one hundred years, with lots of history.  This week we share some of that Amateur Radio History by taking a look at what was happening in Australian Amateur Radio sixty years ago in 1957.

There’s been a bit of chatter about the Solar low - are we there yet? Today we explore that possibility.

You will also hear the regular features of  Onno’s Foundations of Amateur Radio and Roys Helpline, and I will deliver part two of Myths I have known.  

NewsWest can be heard on a variety of frequencies and at  variety of times, as well as online via download or podcast. Visit to find out how.

I’m Bob VK6POP, the NewsWest producer for this week. The text edition of this week’s news can be viewed here

20171105 NewsWest for Sunday, 5th November, 2017

posted Nov 3, 2017, 10:06 PM by Glynn Davies

In this broadcast:
It’s our CLUB FOCUS week, and we’ll hear from Ham College, the RATOC, the Bunbury Radio Club, F-Troop, and of course – what we’re up to at WA Amateur Radio news.
Bob brings us a few amateur radio myths – for what may become a new regular segment – we’d love your feedback.
We’ll also hear from Paul, VK5PAS, on what coming up for World Wide Flora and Fauna – and how YOU can get involved.
There’s our regular reminders, and well put it over to Roy with Helpline.
NewsWest, broadcasting weekly news and commentary since 1931 for VK6 radio amateurs, shortwave listeners and radio enthusiasts.

Producer: Glynn VK6PAW
Duration: 29s21m

20171029 VK6ARN NewsWest for Sunday 29 October 2017

posted Oct 27, 2017, 7:22 PM by Onno Benschop

In this bulletin we have a look at the massive success that was the 60th anniversary of Jamboree On The Air with participation from many clubs, cubs, guides, brownies, scouts and leaders, not to mention mum's, dad's and radio amateurs.

You can download your personal copy of the news at or listen on-air. Check out the schedule.

Producer: Onno VK6FLAB

20171022 NewsWest

posted Oct 20, 2017, 10:38 PM by Bob Bristow   [ updated Oct 20, 2017, 11:02 PM ]

Jamboree On The Air is in full swing as we go to air. Scouts and Guides all over the World are having a go at Amateur Radio. Welcome to NewsWest, the Amateur Radio news programme by Amateurs, for Amateurs.  NewsWest is primarily concerned with news about Western Australian Amateur Radio, however w do include other Amateur Radio news that is  pertinent to the VK6 call area.

This week we take a look at Contesting, What’s been in Amateur Radio news this week, Ham College activities and the World Wide FLora and Fauna weekend activity.  The regular weekly items of Foundations of Amateur Radio and Ryy’s Helpline are in the line-up too. Visit to find out how you can listen to Newswest, be it on air, podcast, or download.

The NewsWest team this week is Onno VK6FLAB, Glynn VK6PAW, Roy VK6XV and myself Bob VK6POP, the producer for this week.

20171022– Ross Hull Contest

Do you like to work the higher bands – or are you stuck on HF??

The Ross Hull Contest is a VHF-UHF DX contest, with points awarded for distances worked. There are also band multipliers to encourage activity on the higher bands.

The contest was established in 1950 to honour the memory of the late Ross A. Hull and his pioneering achievements in the study of tropospheric propagation and the development of new equipment techniques for the higher bands.

The aim of the contest is to encourage and to reward achievement in working the greatest possible distances on the VHF, UHF and microwave bands.

The contest is on for the entire month of January 2018.

Entrants may operate on every contest day, but the final score is based on the best seven days nominated by the entrant.

Each contact scores one point for each 100 km of distance worked. This score is then multiplied by the band multiplier. The total score is the sum of the scores on all bands.

The 2017 results, along with full contest rules and details will be posted on the WIA website 8 weeks before the contest begins.

We hope to work you then.


Link: Hull - VHF Pioneer.pdf

Contesting #5 Oceania DX Contest wrap VK6ARN

The historic Oceania DX (“OCDX”) Contest is one of the longest-running contests in the amateur radio calendar, on a par with classics such as the RGSB Commonwealth Contest(formerly and CQ World Wide DX Contest (CQ WW).

The Oceania DX is an annual competition between radio amateurs to make contacts on the HF (shortwave) bands, specifically DX (long distance) contacts with stations in Oceania.

WA Amateur Radio News members Onno and Bob had  go at the contest and set up a portable operation in a location about halfway between Perth and York, working under the club callsign VK6ARN.  

This site wasnt as high as previous sites in the area, however it provided a wide flat space surrounded by trees, which allowed the team to erect a vee beam, 200 metres each leg

The vee beam performed excellently, especially on the short and long paths to Europe.  The challenge for next time is to put up another vee beam to provide short and long path to the USA.  The other antenna in use was a G5RV, which performed quite well, as it was at a decent height above ground

The club entry was in the Multi operator, single transmitter, low power (100 Watts) section.  

Overall, the results were satisfactory, and encouraging enough to think about entering more contests.

"News from WA VHF Group

The AGM was run a week or so ago. Well done to all new office bearers and committee, that look suspicously similar to last years office bearers and committee. All joking aside, thank you to everyone past and current memberso of the committee for your time and continued efforts.

Next meeting is Monday 23rd October, that's tomorrow night. There's a tech talk on shack power supplies and mobile field days. Door open 7:30pm for a 8 o'clock start at the Operators Cottage, Wireless Hill Reserve, Ardross.

Our next activity day will be November 4th at 2pm, Operator's Cottage.

More information about the group can be found on the interweb thingy

73 from Ty, VK6HTY for the WA VHF Group."

20171022 QuickMeetings

And now to Amateur Radio Meetings across VK6 for the next week, with a busy start to the week.

The Northern Corridor Radio Group gather today as we go to air Sunday morning, with their weekly get together from 8:30am.

You’ll find them running the JOTA Station, along with Ellenbrook and Bullsbrook Scouts, at the Neil Penfold State Amateur Radio Centre at the top end of Whiteman Park. Access via Gnangara Road.

The WA VHF Group have their meeting, Monday 8-10pm at the Operators Cottage at Wireless Hill, in Ardross.

Tuesday night the NCRG are at it again with their monthly meeting from 7:30pm.

PRAWNHEADS gather for lunch on Wednesday. Meet the crew back at Phoever, 29 Station Street in Subiaco, for a 12 noon start.

12 noon Wednesday you’ll also find the Radio Ladies Lunch Group, at the Bayswater Hotel, Beechboro Road is Bayswater, opposite the Bayswater Train Station.

As mentioned elsewhere in this Broadcast, Ham College are running a foundation course both days next weekend.

And finally….

HARG, the Hills Amateur Radio Group meet Saturday afternoon, 2 ‘til 5pm at the Paxhill Guide Hall, Cnr Sanderson & Brady Roads, Lesmurdie .

If you think we’ve missed something, or have updated information, please let the NewsWest team know by emailing:

20171022 Contesting 2 CQWW CW Contest

The CQ WW is the largest Amateur Radio competition in the world. Over 35,000 participants take to the airwaves on the last weekend of October (SSB) and November (CW) with the goal of making as many contacts with as many different DXCC entities and CQ Zones as possible.

The CQWW CW contest is on the weekend of November 25-26, 2017

The contest starts at 0000 UTC Saturday and runs through to 2359 UTC Sunday.

Interested? Want to know more? Head for the CQWW website,

20171022 JOTA JOTI This Weekend

Have you been on air this weekend???  You must be doing something radio as you are listing to this broadcast. If you’ve just switched on, stick around afterwards and skip around the bands.

It’s JOTA-JOTI weekend and you can expect to hear thousands of scouts and guides around the world calling CQ – and trying to link up with other guides and scouts. There’s over 150 countries participating – and a strength in number of stations operating here in VK6.

You should find stations on most HF, VHF and UHF bands, along with Echolink, AllStar, DMR and Brandmeister. The timing was for all weekend, Friday through Sunday, so even Sunday night here in WA the sun is still rising on the other side of the globe – and the fun continues.

If you feel like providing some encouragement to these radio newbies, answer their CQs and have a chat. I’m sure they’ll be interested in hearing your thoughts and memories – particularly if you were a scout or girl guide growing up – I know many people, many non-amateurs, who hold fond memories of their JOTA experiences in their youth.

We should take this opportunity to provide thanks to Delshard, Branch Commissioner International at Scouts WA, for all his co-ordination efforts for the 2017 event. If you’d like to help co-ordinate the 2018 event – Delshard would love to hear from You.

If you’ve missed the messaging all year-to-date – this year is 60 Year of JOTA, Celebrating 60 years of Connecting Scouts.

There’s already a bunch of Twitter feeds and photos posted – so head to Facebook – or


20171022 VKFF Team Championship

The VKFF Team Championship is on this Sunday 22nd October 2017, from 0000 UTC-0600 UTC is the 2017 VKFF Team Championship.

What is it all about?

The World Wide Flora and Flora or WWFF is an international Amateur Radio movement that encourages portable operation from within national parks and nature reserves. VKFF is the Australian sector of that, and has proved to be a popular activity.   The Australian website is - no spaces in wwffaustralia

So, back to the team challenge.

Over a 6 hour period, teams of amateurs compete against each other, with the goal of obtaining the most number of contacts, whilst activating from a qualifying VKFF park.

Teams so far are as follows......

‘The Walkie Talkies’ comprising Paul VK5PAS and Marija VK5FMAZ

‘Special K’s’ comprising of Les VK5KLV and Peter VK5KPR

'The VK4WIPeouts' comprising Mark VK4SMA and Murray VK4MWB.

'Team Kookaburra' comprising Mick VK3GGG and Tony VK3XV

''Team Onka" comprising Mike VK5FMWW and Larry VK5FLHR

"Penguin Pirates" comprising Hans VK6XN and Phil VK6ADF

It’s not too late, so if you’re thinking that combining a picnic in a park with Amateur Radio, hop over to the website for details.  Do you remember the web address? Wwffaustralia dot com.

If you do intend to take part as a team, please drop Paul VK5PAS an email with details.  Paul’s email address is vk5pas at  

Also with VKFF, here’s a  reminder about next month’s VKFF Activation Weekend on Saturday 25th November 2017 and Sunday the 26th November 2017.

This is NOT a contest. It is a weekend to promote the World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program in Australia.

Head out to your favourite park/s on either Saturday and/or Sunday and enjoy the fun of the weekend.

If you intend to activate a park that weekend, please  email Paul so he can add your activation/s to the list.

Paul is the VKFF National co-ordinator for Australia

wwffaustralia dot com

20171022 Ham College Next Weekend

Ham College holds its monthly committee meeting on Tuesday 8th July at the Lynwood Scout Hall inside the Whaleback Golf course in Parkwood at 6pm all are welcome.

The next foundation course is just two weeks away on the 19th and 20th of August at the same venue.  We are always looking for volunteers to come along and spruik their club to the students who will be new amateurs.  If your’e interested in doing this then please have a chat with Neil VK6BDO so that he can sort out a suitable time.  Oh and by the way all are welcome to visit us when the course is running to see what and how we instruct the students.

The next assessment day is Saturday 25th August.  Do you want to do a foundation, regs, standard advanced or practical assessment.  If so then put an expression of interest up on the college website.  Please be aware that snail mail postage means that it can take ten days for exam papers to arrive from Melbourne, so as much notice as possible, please.

If you have ambitions to become a learning facilitator or assessor then again please be in touch with the College.  We need you!

20171022 VK6 Notes for AR Magazine

It’s that time of the month again – maybe NOT what you are thinking – but time for radio hobbyists (that’s you…) to start thinking about what to put into the VK6 club news for Amateur Radio Magazine.

So far, Steve has a contribution from Jono the Tom Price repeater and one from last month that missed out, regarding  Mens Shed and AR -  which will get in this month.

After this next edition, we can expect the WIA to go to two monthly editions of the magazine.

Help out Steve, VK6SJ, by getting your submissions to him before the 27th October if possible.

It is one thing to have an overall plan for a contest — what bands to operate, what QSO goals to have, and when to plan for off times. But a contest plan is not the whole story.

A big part of the contest is propagation and propagation is a variable right up to the contest, if not during the contest as well.

Knowing what bands are open to which locations is a critical skill to learn and this contesting skill can be significantly enhanced through the use of propagation programs.

What these programs can do is take the solar flux, K-index and/or sunspot numbers and provide you a decent indication of what bands will be open to various locations around the planet. Printing these predictions out and having them beside you while you contest can be a great reference during the contest.

I’m a great believer in not having the contester think much during the contest — because the longer we contest without sleep, the less thinking is capable of being done. We are capable of only doing basic activities — such as copying and sending code while working our logging program.

Consequently, a contest plan, propagation prediction and other contesting tools being available to a contester is an invaluable asset to help keep the contester oriented on the right band at the right time with antennas pointed in the right directions.

Scot, K9JY


The CQ WW is the largest Amateur Radio competition in the world. Over 35,000 participants take to the airwaves on the last weekend of October (SSB) and November (CW) with the goal of making as many contacts with as many different DXCC entities and CQ Zones as possible.

The contest runs for 48 hours and starts at Midnight UTC, or 08:00 local time on Saturday.

The rules for the contest are online and can be found on the CQ World Wide DX Contest website, the link is on [http://]

You can participate as much or as little as you like, but you do have to actually turn your radio on.

The SSB contest is happening next weekend, the 28th and 29th of October, as I said, from 08:00 local time for 48 hours.

If you have the urge to test your radio, this is your chance. Get on air and make some noise!

The Wireless Institue of Australia has some official contests, including the Spring VHF and UHF Field Days. They are the perfect opportunity to get out portable with your station and show the world what you've been up to during Winter.

The VHF-UHF Field Days provide VHF-UHF operators with the opportunity to "head for the hills" and see how far and how many they can work.

The Field Days have separate sections for single and multiple operator stations. The duration of the Field Day is 24 hours, but there are also 8 hour sections for operators who may not be able to camp overnight. Most club stations prefer to operate for the full 24 hours.

The Field Days also generate plenty of activity from home stations, so there is also a separate Home Station section.

All contacts must be simplex: contacts through repeaters or satellites are not allowed. There is plenty of FM activity, but one feature of the Field Days is a high level of SSB activity.

It is possible to do very well with only modest antennas if you pick a good hilltop. Another option, if your station is easily transportable, is to operate from more than one location during the contest period.

The date for the Spring 2017 Field Day is Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November.

In the news this week, Brian VK3MI reports that there was a lot of traffic to the Oceania DX Contest web site at the end of the CW contest because their bandwidth allowance had been exceeded and access was temporarily blocked. The contest committee have worked on adding some additional bandwidth so the site should be good to go for all. Brian goes on to advise that the email robot that receives and processes the logs was not affected so you can still send your logs in via email. The addresses are on [SSB Cabrillo logs to and CW Cabrillo logs to]

Lots of stations participated in the Oceania DX contest, both SSB and CW. Contacts were made across the globe. check out the reports and soapbox comments on the VK Contest Club mailing list and Facebook group.

The VKFF award recipients for this week are

  • Graziano IW2NXI

  • Gennady UA6NT

  • Marija VK5FMAZ

  • Rob VK4AAC

  • John VK4TJ

  • Andrew VK1DA

  • Gerard VK2JNG

David VK2NU reports that his activation of VK2/MN-169 and 168 are documented in glorious colour on his blog. Check for the link [] If you want the short version, Too Long, Didn't Read, David tells us:


2 new summits.

A good walk (about 13km all up) with just the right level of difficulty.

Good Trails, easy to access summits.

Great Weather, about 22ºC and partially overcast.


Propagation... short skip none existent, none of the usual VK3's in the log.

2 lost fishing weights.

1 leech, which got squashed mid feed in my boot... Bite was still bleeding at 9pm that night!

Bernard VK2IB reports on his activation of VE-062 and VE-086. You can find our more on the SOTA_Australia mailing list. []

The VK QRP Club is holding the QRP Hours contest this Sunday on 40m only. You can participate on CW and Digital at 05:00 UTC for one Hour and on SSB at 06:00 UTC for one hour. Details in LoKey Magazine or on the website. The link is on []

If there was other news you'd like to have covered, you forgot to tell us about it. The address is, deadline is noon on Friday. Let us know what you're up to, what contest you're planning and what activities you want help with.

Foundations of Amateur Radio

In the past I've talked about what kind of station I have, how I tend to operate and what kind of tools I use in my day-to-day running of an Amateur Radio station. This week I want to take a closer look at what I do when I participate in a contest.

I remember fondly the first contest I ever set-up for, fondly as-in, "What was I thinking?"

Let me set the scene.

I'd previously been to a few stations that were participating in a contest. Some of those were in a club-shack, others were set-up portable in the field. For my first contest I was going to set-up my station in the field, so I needed to bring everything myself. Fortunately I was with friends, one with a camper-trailer, so I didn't need to bring a roof, or the kitchen sink, but I did bring pretty much everything else.

My list included tables, chairs, antennas, radios, headphones, connectors, soldering iron, power-boards, extension cables, logbooks for paper logging, pens, clipboards, two computers, four spare batteries, power supplies. It took hours of preparation, packing and not to forget, lugging, and when the contest was all done and dusted I noticed that while I brought everything, I didn't bring the right things and some things were missing.

For example, the little connector cable between the front face of my radio and the back of my radio was not packed, so I could only work with a long cable, which was subject to interference which I couldn't fix because I didn't have any ferrites. Other missing tools were a multi-meter, an antenna analyser and a dummy load, to name just the ones that come to mind today.

A wise man once told me that the more you camp, the less you bring.

Combined with my first contesting experience, that's become my motto. Bring Less.

So, last week, I packed much less and much more precise. My total packing list was:

A radio and a tuner, Wire for wire antennas, Crimp Connectors and a crimper, a multi-meter and antenna analyser, a dummy load, barrel connectors and adapters from N to PL259, BNC and the like. A computer for logging and a CAT cable, a headset, a foot pedal, a notebook and pen.

That's it - other than a toothbrush and a sleeping bag and warm clothes.

As it was, my foot pedal didn't work, because there was a fault in the adapter cable and I've added fixing that to my list of to-do items. Which brings me to the next thing I learned.

It doesn't matter what you start with on your first contest. What matters is that you track it and then after the contest try to spend some time figuring out what worked and what didn't. If you update your list then over time it will become better and targeted to your specific circumstances.

When I do a contest mobile from my car, my packing list is similar, but not the same. I've not yet got it down to a fine art, but I'm getting better. One day I'll have the perfect kit, but then something unexpected is likely to happen and the perfect kit will change, again.

What is currently in your contesting kit, what do you bring and what do you leave at home. What adventures did you have with your latest contest and what lessons could you share with others.

I'm Onno VK6FLAB


Are you still at a JOTA activity?  Have fun. And please please PLEASE tell us about your JOTA effort.   Be assured, also, those who have helped in any way with JOTA, that your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Thanks to the NewsWest team, and thanks to the people who put the news to air and take the call backs.  We’re back in the market for someone to transmit the news on twenty metres.  The pay for broadcasting the news is astounding. In fact I’m quite peeved because the news broadcasters are paid twenty percent more than the news team members.   This must be fixed.

Seriously though, if you have the capability to transmit the news on 20 metres, you’d need, for a start, a means of pushing audio into your radio - an interface that you’d use between your radio and a computer for RTTY, SSTV, PSK etc will do the job.   You’d need a beam, as the broadcast is aimed at the North of the State.  And preferably you’d be able to push somme power - more than the usual 100 watts.   So put your mind to it. IT’s a big ask, so perhaps you could team up with another person and share the load.    Give us a shout at if you are interested.  If necessary, we can run to an extra 10 percent to get you interested.

That’s your propagating lot. Thanks for tuning in, and please hang around for the callbacks.  If callbacks don’t happen, jump onto and record your callbacks there.  All contributions for NEwsWest need to be in to us by noon Friday.  That gives you about five days to throw something together.

73 from the NewsWest team.

20171015 - NewsWest for Sunday 15 October 2017

posted Oct 14, 2017, 4:31 AM by Glynn Davies

In the news this week it's our NEW HAMS edition and if that's not enough, it's packed full of reminders and news from around the traps - along with our normal segments.
Bob brings you up-to-date for JOTA – happening next weekend, starting Friday the 20th, and will lead you don’t the road of getting started in the hobby. Onno brings us news for the week that was. I’ll give you a quick overview on AllStar, and celebrate new and upgraded licenses here in VK6. 

Next week CONTESTING week, so let us know what your club is up to. Send your story, or better still, a recording of your story, to and we'll put it to air next week.

Check-out the website, listen to the podcast, or listen to your local repeater. Please let us know what you think of the news and share your thoughts and contributions via email, is the way to get in touch.

Producer: Glynn VK6PAW


posted Oct 10, 2017, 7:03 AM by Glynn Davies

There’s still a week of school holiday left – hopefully the kids aren’t bored yet.

What that also means is there’s only 2 weeks until JOTA and JOTI, Jamboree of the Air, and Jamboree of the internet.

Remember, this is the 60th Year for JOTA, 60 Years of Connecting Scouts – and the dates are the 20th-22nd of October.

A note from Delshard, the WA JOTA/JOTI Co ordinator for 2017 has just gone out to all Regions, Districts and Groups in WA.

This provides links to:-

 -         A list of bases – so groups can contact their closest base and register visits for over the weekend

 -          Technical guidance – where groups will be connecting from their local hall if they can get to a JOTA/JOTI base

 -          Radio Guidance – to assist JOTA bases

 -          Policies on Social Media for the weekend – to allow Scouts WA to promote the event now and in the future

 This content is available on the web at:

As a last minute urgent plea for help – if there’s anyone close to Albany who can accommodate a JOTA station, even if it’s just a for a few hours, the scouts down there would really appreciate it.

Please contact me directly –

73, Glynn  VK6PAW


Contact Glynn:

Contact Delshard:

WA Scouts JOTA/JOTI Website:

20171009 - End of VK6RTP

posted Oct 9, 2017, 12:08 AM by News Team   [ updated Oct 9, 2017, 4:11 PM ]

Jono VK6DF reports the end of VK6RTP - West Australia's highest 2m repeater. On a Facebook post on the vk6 group, Jonno writes: "It is with a heavy heart i report to you the passing of the Tom Price repeater."

He shared the following photos.


Jono goes on to say in an email:

VK6RTP, W.A's highest repeater (1128m asl) located in the Pilbara town of Tom Price servicing Tom Price, Paraburdoo and a chunk of Karajini National Park was unfortunately destroyed by fire on Sunday evening.

This repeater was installed in 2009 in what was known as the " Old STC hut" located at the very peak of Mt Nameless. This hut originally used to house all the emergency services repeater equipment before they were all relocated to the main Rio Tinto building and tower in 2010 leaving the space free and available for amateur use.

The Repeater comprised of a Spectra MX800 and laptop with an iLinkboard interface for echolink with a 3g modem and a set of WARG's special "green" cavity filters which were originally from the Karratha repeater years before.

The Antenna provided by Craig VK6FLAM was a diamond F23H which gave 100km+ radius (give or take with some hills in the way) of coverage

I'd like to thank Craig VK6FLAM, Steve VK6HV, Michael VK6TU and Matt VK6MRG who have all had some input in some way shape or form in the operation of this repeater.


This is what it looked like before the destruction:


20171008 - VK6ARN NewsWest for Sunday 8 October 2017

posted Oct 6, 2017, 12:12 AM by News Team   [ updated Oct 6, 2017, 12:25 AM ]


In the News this week we hear about the history of Jamboree On The Air, the largest annual activity organised by the World Organisation of Scouting Movements that introduces half a million Scouts and Guides in over one hundred countries involving some ten thousand amateur radio stations to Amateur Radio every year, 60 years this year and going strong.

Also in the news we hear about Summits on the Air and World Wide Flora and Fauna activations, have news about how to engage the Maker Community with Amateur Radio, news from around the hobby and more.

Thanks for joining us for this edition of Amateur Radio News for Radio Amateurs and Shortwave Listeners, produced since 1931 across VK6 and beyond. I'm your host this week, Onno VK6FLAB.


NewsWest is produced and presented by WA Amateur Radio News and opinions expressed in this news may not reflect the opinion of the news team, the broadcaster or the WIA and are shared in the open spirit of Amateur Radio.

Foundations of Amateur Radio

The art of keeping your station organised and accessible has much to do with choosing wisely which bits to keep and which bits to throw. That's part of the story, but there are other aspects of organisation that will assist you.

Rolling up coax is a skill that you need to learn. The over and under method of coiling cable is by far the easiest way to ensure that your coax stays healthy and happy without kinks and other distortions.

Once you've coiled your coax, many amateurs use electrical tape to hold the coil in place for storage. This can be helpful, since it means that you'll always have a handy supply of electrical tape on hand for when the need arises, but an alternative is to use Velcro cable wraps which attach semi-permanently to one end of the coax and can be wrapped onto itself to make a loop around the coiled coax.

Making a water-proof connection, for temporary use can be as simple as covering it in electrical tape. This isn't ideal and not permanent and water inside coax is a guaranteed way to create problems that go well beyond the one time that it got wet, with rust and rot destroying the connector, then the conductors and then ultimately your radio. A better solution is to use either self-amalgamating tape, or plumbing tape to cover the join, followed by electrical tape and even cable ties to ensure that the tape stays in place.

There are self-amalgamating dispensers that allow you to coat a connector in a sticky goo that also keeps water out, but getting it off at a later stage is guaranteed to make your hands black and sticky.

If you're operating portable, then getting your wire into the air might be associated with throwing something into a tree to pull your antenna up. A fishing rod is a very helpful tool, complete with some fishing weights, to get the wire into a tree. Bring spare sinkers because you're going to lose some along the way.

Storing a cable or stay kit is often a laborious affair with the rope getting tied up in knots throughout your kit with the next 30 minutes spent untangling the almighty spider-web that magically appeared inside your go-kit. A great way to prevent such an adventure is to invest in different size zip-lock bags. You can label the bag appropriately and see inside what's there, so if you have a few of them, you only need to grab the one you need and use different sizes for different purposes. Too small means they pop open and too large means you can't find what you need.

Bring along some ratchet straps. They don't need to be 20m monsters, 2m is just fine, but bring a few. You'll be surprised how often they come in handy to tie down a radio, or a squid-pole, or strap a clipboard to something.

A clipboard is a useful surface to write on, to keep your logs and if you get a clipboard box, you can store your electronic log keeping device and some pens in the same place.

At one point I actually attached the head of my radio to my clipboard with some screws which made operating and logging even easier.

No doubt you've got some tips of your own, so feel free to drop me a line and share.

I'm Onno VK6FLAB

JOTA Genesis Les Mitchell


By Les Mitchell (G3BHK) Founder of Jamboree On The Air

The following is a transcript of a speech recorded at his home in England in 1968.

"I joined the Scout Movement in the 1930s and I joined mainly because I was interested in International friendship and because I thought then what a wonderful idea it was for lads of different Nations to be able to get together. However I soon found out, much to my horror, that unless you were one of the really top Scouts, you never were sent along to Jamborees. and very few Troops in pre-War days, ever camped abroad.

But when the War started, I was with a Troop in Reading, and it wasn't long before I was called up myself, and much to my supreme joy, was sent over to America for a year where I became a Scoutmaster with Troop 38 in Brunswick in Maine. So I started my International Jamboree at the Government's expense.

After a year in Maine they sent me out to Sydney in Australia, where I became Sea-Scoutmaster, spending another year this time with the 1st Leichhardt Sea Scouts.

On coming back home again, I found that the Navy had hammered enough radio into me to enable me to apply straight away for an amateur transmitting licence, so when the end of the War arrived, there I was as a Radio Amateur with a very good taste of International Scouting.

I tried many, many years after the War to get Scouts interested in Radio, and to get the Movement as a whole interested but without success until the 1957 Jamboree at Sutton Park, when one of the finest Amateur Radio Stations that I think I have ever seen was established in the Jamboree area.

Unfortunately, and I was very disappointed regarding this point, of the 60 odd operators who were there, there were only two of us in uniform, and the other chap wasn't there very often either, so it left the station there as practically the only organisation of the whole of the Jamboree site that wasn't run completely by people in Scout uniform and even at that time I felt that this must never happen again. So whilst the Jamboree was continuing, I called a meeting of overseas Scout Radio Amateurs (of which there was quite a number attending the Jamboree) and we used to meet every morning just outside the gates of the Jamboree site, at a little cafe where we enjoyed a cup of coffee.

Whilst at one of these meetings, the idea arose almost spontaneously - Why don't we have a day each year when the chaps around that particular cafe table should contact each other on the air? Immediately they said ‘Come along Les, YOU organise it!’

So when I got home after the Jamboree I realised that whilst the idea sounded very fine in the cafe it would be rather doomed to failure because there were so few of us there, and with chaps getting married and dropping out for examinations, plus the fact that radio conditions might not be particularly good on the particular day we might choose, and there might be so few radio contacts, that the whole idea would fold up in a year or two.

So I wrote again to these people and said - ‘Look, I've a better idea, why don't we ask all the Radio Amateurs throughout the World to help the Scout Movement and to run one glorious Jamboree on the Air every year for about 48 hours and just let's go to town on that one weekend evey where in the World. If then, we particular six or seven chaps at these meetings don't happen to contact each other, well, it wouldn't matter because we would all still have a jolly good time’.

They agreed to this idea so I put it to headquarters in London, but they looked at me as if I were suggesting Patrol camping on the Moon. I felt that their feelings were, ‘well, we'll let this chappie go ahead and after one event surely he'll realise he is wasting his time and ours and we'll never hear about it again‘.

Well, as you know it went fairly well the first time, and the next year I handed the International side of the event over to the World Scout Bureau to organise and as it turned out, I couldn't have done it at a better time, because a certain young chap there by the name of Len Jarrett, had just joined the staff, he was ex-Royal Corps of Signals, rarin' to learn more radio, and he really threw himself into the organisation of Jamboree on the Air with all the zest and vigour you could imagine! He later gained the call sign of VE3EWE (now HB9S) and as you know, the Jamboree on the Air has gone since then from strength to strength.

The point I would like to make is that the great attraction for this event for me has been the fact that other Scouts like myself, who were never really top class Scouts would get the chance of making International contacts and chatting, in fact, the boy who joined the Movement only last week can have a chance to chat to someone a long way away and get the thrill of chatting to an overseas Scout, at very little cost. I think you'll find that as Jamborees these days get larger and larger, they'll probably become fewer and fewer, and J0TA is one way of making international contacts at very little cost to the boy and the Movement, and with great enjoyment to the people who take part."

The rest, as they say, is history.


Les Mitchell - G3BHK (1923-2014)

Little did I think when I drew up the plans and rules for the first event in 1958 that it's popularity would increase and spread around the world. Even more astonishing is the fact that after all this time it still holds it's popularity and now has a participation of some half a million Scouts and Guides in over one hundred countries involving some ten thousand amateur radio stations. In fact it has become the largest international Scout event ever.

Have I been aware of any significant changes in the event since it started? Possibly the most noticeable change to me has been that in 1958 so few members of the Scout Movement were qualified radio amateurs that we had to call on the help of local amateur radio clubs to organise and run stations taking part in JOTA. Over the years Scouts taking part in the event have become so interested in the hobby that they have become radio amateurs themselves and a significant number of JOTA operators today are members of the Movement. This of course makes participation in the event far more interesting for those at both ends of a contact.

There are two other significant changes which have vastly improved the event. One is the change from Amplitude Modulation (AM) to Single Side Band (SSB). This has led to more efficient signals enabling one to make contacts further afield using only the often simple temporary aerial arrays erected during JOTA.

The second improvement is the miniaturisation of the equipment. In 1958 a single station consisted of several large sized and heavy pieces of equipment, mostly home-constructed, which would fill a car boot and took a long time to install. Today one can carry a complete station in a small suitcase and assemble a station within a few minutes. It is only the aerial which still needs the same amount of installation time as it did in the past!

Finally, JOTA is great fun but there is one simple point you must remember - even the most efficient communication system in the world is useless if you have nothing to say. If you put nothing into the event you may get nothing out of it! JOTA is your chance to speak to Scouts and Guides over the horizon ... Silence makes no friends!

Good Radio Scouting contacts!

Les Mitchell, G3BHK

October 2000

Les became Silent Key on 6th October 2014, a couple of weeks before JOTA.  His legacy, Jamboree On The Air, continues in 2016 in its 60th year, and is the largest annual activity organised by the World Organisation of Scouting Movements.

History of AR - Lighthouse

Please find a piece for the "historical" episode of NewsWest on the old Cape Leeuwin non-directional radio beacon. This follows some email discussion on the topic - and Onno suggesting I record it....I hope it is useful.

This isn't particularly dated, and could go to air any time in the next few weeks - or not at all, if it has to make way for other stuff!

One note: I conclude the piece with a request - on behalf of Cape Leeuwin's historical consultant - for anyone to come forward who might have previously worked at the lighthouse, as they are seeking information for new displays in their upgraded interpretive centre. I forgot to mention they also are specifically seeking photos that people might have of the time, if you have opportunity to add this comment in afterwards, that would be appreciated - however if not feasible, no big issue.

Next Week New Amateurs

NewsWest next weekend takes a look at New Amateurs.  We’ll congratulate those who have newly earned callsigns, or passed their assessments. We’ll present items to inform new hams and perhaps give you something to think about, and ideas of what you could get up to.

What was your experience as a new ham?  How about telling your story of your entry into the hobby? We’d love to hear from you.  If you’re unsure how to go about it, shout out on newswest at


There’s still a week of school holiday left – hopefully the kids aren’t bored yet.

What that also means is there’s only 2 weeks until JOTA and JOTI, Jamboree of the Air, and Jamboree of the internet.

Remember, this is the 60th Year for JOTA, 60 Years of Connecting Scouts – and the dates are the 20th-22nd of October.

A note from Delshard, the WA JOTA/JOTI Co ordinator for 2017 has just gone out to all Regions, Districts and Groups in WA.

This provides links to:

A list bases – so groups can contact their closest base and register visits for over the weekend

Technical guidance – where groups will be connecting from their local hall if they can get to a JOTA/JOTI base

Radio Guidance – to assist JOTA bases

Policies on Social Media for the weekend – to allow Scouts WA to promote the event now and in the future

This content is available on the web at:

As a last minute urgent plea for help – if there’s anyone close to Albany who can accommodate a JOTA station, even if it’s just a for a few hours, the scouts down there would really appreciate it.

Please contact me directly – VictorKiloSixPapaAlphaWhiskey (at) gMAIL (dot) com

Please also refer to the updated post at which contains clickable links and addresses.

I’m Glynn  VK6PAW




Don VK6DN has let us know that the Perth Radio Amateur Noodle House Eating and Discussion Society is getting together for a PRAWNHEADS Pizza Bonanza at his QTH, 17 Irvine St, Peppermint Grove at noon on Wednesday the 11th of October.

160m broadcast going to summer schedule

Phil VK6GX broadcasts the National News and NewsWest from  his Gidgegannup QTH on 1845 KHz early Sunday mornings. That’s the 160 metre band in case you were wondering.

Presently these are are 0700 and 0800 WST, however on 15th October, and until further notice, the broadcast will resume the summer schedule of 0600 and 0700. Western Standard time that is.

Phil puts out a good signal on 160m, and last week I was listening to him on my mobile rig on my way to Hamfest.  Have a go at listening to the news on 160 metres. You may be surprised.  

Thanks Phil and all of the broadcasting team for your weekly efforts putting the news to air.

Whichever way you want to hear the news, check out the options on the vk6 dot net website.

20m Broadcast

Graeme VK6LV has let us know that he's put his hand up to do the 20m relay of this broadcast from Popanyinning. He follows in the deep footsteps of Tony VK6CV and Nigel VK6NI, not to mention Wally VK6YS who pitched in for a while as well.

If you catch the broadcast on 20m, make sure you call back and tell Graeme how well his antenna's are working and give him some tips on how you'd improve the system. Perhaps he'll invite you to help.

Helpline - Oct 8th 2017


SORRY, I was M.I.A. last week

I am seeking anyone interested in conducting Scheduled Radio Operations (Scheds).

These scheds are on ‘Austravelsafetynet’  frequencies, a Not For Profit Radio Network, to contact “GREY NOMAD” travellers who are on SKI time (Spending Kids Inheritance).

The frequencies of operation range from 3176 to 17463 KHz and contacts to all points of Australia from 5 bases controlled & operated by VPN phone from the comfort of your shack. The only requirements is that you have a computer & internet or a mobile phone, preferably a “smart phone”.  YOU DO NOT REQUIRE A LICENCE so SWL are also eligible to operate.

If you have spare time in the morning, 08:00 -09:00, or afternoon 16:30-17:10 WST &/or EST, and you are interested, please give me a call on;

0427 000 995 or email


Codan 9323 & 9350 auto tuner. Auto Tuner refurbished to "G" spec, New Earth Braid, Coupling Kit, Earth Bracket, RF connector, Fully Repaired & Tested.

  • Brand new co-ax cable
  • Brand new data cable
  • Brand new mic cable
  • Brand new stainless steel whip 1200mm

The lot comes with 6 months warranty given by codan tech who did the work.

$ 1445 negotiable.   73 , 5833 , VK6 FMLS ( aka 5 miles )



I have two 7003 desktop units and three 19” 7012 remote panels.

Looking for $100 for a pair 7003 / 7102

Contact John at


I have an Icom IC718 HF transceiver, hand mic, power leads & manual, I would like to swap it for a Yeasu FT 817nd or sell $600

Many thanks and regards,

Roger Vk6fran


Helpline address for inclusion

Please enter HELPLINE in the subject

In The News This Week

In the news this week we start with Martin VK6FEEE who is looking for some Tait T855 & T856 for a club repeater so any help would be great or even better if you have a any 2M Tait repeater modules - let him know.

John VK6JAH pointed us in the direction of Rural Supply stores as a source of ready made insulators for your next antenna project. He suggests that you might test an insulator for RF suitability by putting it in the microwave for 5 minutes - remember to turn on the microwave - if the insulator gets warm, it's no suitable. Stay away from coloured PVC, especially Grey. Nigel VK6NI suggests that if you're testing in the microwave, to add a jug of water, so that you don't let the smoke come out.

Bruce K6BP has let us know that the website has moved to a new server, since the Internet provider that was being used were bought out and their service discontinued. If you need editing rights on the new site, follow the link on to sign-up. []

Hamfest brought out the photographer in everyone, some of the photos ended up on-line, so visit the website and follow the links if you want to see if you made it into digital history, or to sticky-beak who was there and what they were doing at the time. [!AtqPG0zIQKxvgZtrYQjbOoLY5qbWfQ]

The Hills Amateur Radio Group will be running a JOTA station at the clubhouse which they share with the Lesmurdie Guides on the 21st of October. If you're interested in helping, get in touch with the President Ray VK6ZRW.

The WA7BNM Contest Calendar has permanently moved to a new address. Please update any links to the new address. You'll find the details on the website []

Matthew VK6ML lets us know that the Brigadoon DMR Fusion Repeater is back on air using a temporary internet connection.

And we received word from John VE6EY from Calgary, Alberta that he has been busilly writing a series of articles called the "Arduino Ham Radio Starter Kit" which is intended to encourage more hams and their clubs to engage with the local maker community as a gateway to Amateur Radio. You can find the link to his website on []

If you had news that you wanted to share, you can always send it to

SOTA and WWFF News

In SOTA and World Wide Flora and Fauna news this week, Paul VK5PAS has been handing out VKFF awards again. CONGRATULATIONS go to:

  • Cliff VK2NP
  • Philip VK2JDL
  • Peter VK3ZPF
  • Marija VK5FMAZ
  • Mark VK4SMA
  • Rick VK4RF
  • Gerard VK2IO
  • Gerard VK2JNG
  • Ian VK1DI
  • Jonathan VK7JON
  • Danny ON7NQ

Over the past week there have been countless activations of SOTA Summits and VKFF parks. We heard from Alen VK3ARH who managed to activate VK3/VC017 on 2m because his KX3 ran out of battery before he started, spare antennas, yes, spare batteries, not this time.

Paul VK5PAS headed out to activate Nurragi Conservation Reserve VKFF-2247 and made 65 contacts including 7 Park to Park contacts. Paul and Marija VK5FMAZ also headed out to Sandy Creek Conservation Park 5CP-204 & VKFF-0933 where they managed 81 contacts including 12 Park to Park contacts. As icing on the cake, Paul also went out to Porter Scrub Conservation Park 5CP-189 & VKFF-0787. You can read all about it on his blog. You'll find the link on []

Norm VK3XCI headed out to the Warrambungles VKFF-0520.

Davic VK2NU headed off to Cabbage Tree Mountain within the Ghin-Doo-Ee National Park where he activated two summits, VK2/MN-046 and VK2/MN-047 You can read up on the details online. Check for the link. []

Nick VK3ANL went to VKFF-2104 Greswell Hill NCR to test a couple of 80m antenna configurations.

If you have a SOTA or Parks activation that you'd like to share, send an email to and we'll put it on your news.


That's it for the news this week. If you listen closely you can hear the CQ Contest CQ Contest VK6ARN in the background. We'll be back with a brand new edition of the news in seven days from now covering the latest for New Amateurs, but in the mean time, for the next couple of hours you should get on air and make some noise, specifically for the purposes of making points for the first week of the Oceania DX Contest.

This week it's SSB until 08:00 UTC on Sunday and next week it's CW.

Thank you to Anthony, Glynn, Bob and Roy for the news this week. I'm Onno VK6FLAB.

Enjoy your day, now get on air and make some noise!

Producer: Onno VK6FLAB

NewsWest 1st October 2017

posted Sep 30, 2017, 7:04 AM by Bob Bristow   [ updated Sep 30, 2017, 7:06 AM ]


In NewsWest this Hamfest weekend, we bring you Club Focus, where have handed over to Clubs to advertise and shamelessly promote themselves.

In addition to the Club promotions, you’ll hear the regular items of Foundations of Amateur Radio, and how to find out what’s on in VK6 Amateur Radio this week, next week and beyond, and Clive has news of RAOTC activities.

There’s sage advice for Clubs in the Club Focus segment, news from VKFF and SOTA, and a summary of what’s been happening in Amateur radio news this week.

NewsWest is broadcast in Western Australia over a wide range of linked repeaters and HF frequencies and is available for download and podcast. Visit to find out how to hear us.

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