NewsWest Sunday 16th February 2020 - New Amateurs Edition

posted Feb 14, 2020, 1:01 PM by Bob Bristow
16 Feb 2020

In NewsWest this week, we acknowledge those who have recently gained a new callsign, and welcome newcomers to the hobby.

We’ve got some exciting updates on PerthTech and the raffle, and you’ll hear those in this bulletin.

Included this week is a reflection by Marc VK6OP on Amateur radio and its influence on his life and well being. It’s a good listen.

Dan talks about on air experimentation with FreeDV.

Chris brings you an update on QRM dot Guru, I deliver another episode of New Hams the Series, Roy delivers helpline to us, and there’s more.

NewsWest invites contributions to the news programme. You can send contributions by email to

You'll find links to resources on the 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 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 and click on the callback button.

Originating in Perth Western Australia NewsWest is produced by WA Amateur Radio News for listeners on-air, on-line and on-demand.

NewsWest audio (mp3) is available for download from our website, Click on the “LISTEN” tab.

For Podcast simply search for "Newswest" on any of the major Podcatcher sites. Thanks to Ed DD5LP

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.

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Producer: Bob VK6POP