• 20170917 - VK6ARN NewsWest for Sunday 17 September 2017 [24:16] VK6ARN NewsWest for Sunday 17 September 2017In the news this week we take a closer look at contesting with updates from the Ociania DX Contest, The CQ World Wide, Ross Hull Memorial Contest as well as a look at Jamboree On The Air, an introduction to the VK Contest club, the upcoming Hamfest weekend, Roy's Helpline, Foundations of Amateur Radio and more.On behalf of WA Amateur Radio News I'm your host, Onno VK6FLAB. Thanks for joining us for this edition of NewsWest, produced and presented since 1931 for radio amateurs and shortwave listeners in Western Australia and beyond.This news is heard on-air across Amateur Radio frequencies, is available on-demand and on ...
    Posted Sep 15, 2017, 9:28 PM by News Team
  • 20170910 NewsWest In NewsWest this week we treat you to items of Amateur Radio History, give you updated information about the Hamfest Weekend at the end of September, and this is not to be confused with HamFEAST, which is the weekend before HamFEST.  You’ll hear more on both of those in the bulletin. Of course we have our usual weekly offerings of Foundations of Amateur Radio and Roy’s Helpline, and hopefully Roy will be feeling less neglected and will have something to report this week, and Clive has news about an RAOTC activity that sounds interesting. NewsWest goes to air across Western Australia with the WIA National News, and is also available online and on demand. Find out how to ...
    Posted Sep 9, 2017, 2:15 AM by Bob Bristow
  • JOTA-JOTI 2017 - MEETING 06092017 Apologies for the late notice.  Tomorrow, Wednesday 6th, there  is a planning meeting of anyone interested in helping to run a JOTA and/or JOTI base this year, or to be part of the coordinating team overall.. The Chief Commissioner of Scouts WA, Barb de la Hunty, would  like to hear who is planning to run a base and where you are up to with your planning. She’d  like to hear from people who need technical help, and put them together with people who have technical skills to offer.Barb would like to know how many you are hoping to have attend this year and then we will preorder badges so you’ll have them available at the bases ...
    Posted Sep 4, 2017, 6:13 PM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday, 3rd September 2017 - HAPPY FATHER'S DAY In the news this week it's our CLUB FOCUS edition and if that's not enough, we also have the program for the upcoming NCRG HamFest Weekend events - along with our normal segments.Next week HISTORY week, so if you have some thoughts or contributions to share, we'd love you to share them with us. Send your story, or better still, a recording of your story, to newswest@vk6.net and we'll put it to air next week.Contributions to the news this week are made by Steve VK6SJ, Clive VK6CSW, Ray VK6ZRW, Roy VK6XV, Bob VK6POP, Andrew VK6AS and Onno VK6FLAB. NewsWest is produced and presented by WA Amateur Radio News on behalf of Radio Amateurs ...
    Posted Sep 2, 2017, 5:00 AM by Glynn Davies
  • 20170827 NEWSWEST This week's Newswest theme is contesting and we have information on the Oceania dx contest, the CQWW contests, the Alara Contest and the spring VHF/UHF field day amongst others.  In Bob’s commentary, he asks if there’s anyone out there, and Andrew brings a further editorial.  The news team requires your help: if you have the ability to transmit the news broadcast on 20 metres, please be in touch via newswest@vk6.net . In addition to our weekly diary, there is news from Ham College and of the upcoming Southern Electronics Group’s Ham Feast.  No news would be complete without Onno’s Foundations of Amateur Radio and of course as ever Roy has his helpline.Remember ...
    Posted Aug 25, 2017, 3:21 AM by Bob Bristow
  • SEG Bridgetown HamFeast If August was the month for lighthouses – is seems that the end of September is the time for VK6 Amateurs to gather on mass. The time has come around quickly again for the next Southern Electronics Group Hamfeast. Unfortunately, due to a devastating fire recently at their usual venue at the Quinninup Tavern, they have had to find a new location, which they’re hoping will be equal to the Quinninup. The new Hamfeast venue is The Cidery in Bridgetown and will be held on Tuesday 26 September  - start time is 11.00am. For those who haven’t been before, the Bridgetown Hamfeast is similar to the almost famous Katanning Hamfeast Lunch, where the food is great, drinks are cold ...
    Posted Aug 24, 2017, 3:33 AM by Glynn Davies
  • JOTA Update It's time to talk again about JOTA – Jamboree on the Air. It’s the 60th Anniversary – with the theme: Celebrating 60 Years of Connecting Scouts JOTA JOTI this year is on the weekend of 20th-22nd of October. This is NOT a criticism, but I’m finding a lack of coordination from Scouting organisations at both national and state level. Maybe I’m missing something. If you’d like to help your local group, and haven’t got in contact yet, now is the time - they really need to start planning. On behalf of NewsWest, I’d really like to know what other groups are operating so we can share plans and promote the weekend’s ...
    Posted Aug 24, 2017, 3:35 AM by Glynn Davies
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Latest WA Helpline

  • 20170917 - Helpline FOR SALEI have two 7003 desktop units and three 19” 7012 remote panels.Looking for $100 for a pair 7003 / 7102Contact John at vk6jf@wia.org.au FOR ...
    Posted Sep 15, 2017, 9:32 PM by News Team
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2017 Recognition Awards


Nominations are now open for recognition of individuals or groups for their contribution to Amateur Radio in Western Australia.   Please use the form for one individual or group.  You may make more than one nomination, just one per form.  Nominations close on September 23rd 2017.
Click Here to Access the Form

HamFest Weekend 2017

29 Sept to 1 Oct. 2017

You can  purchase tickets online for these three events, using one transaction. Payment is secure, online using Visa or Mastercard.
  • Saturday Technical Day
  • Saturday Gala Dinner 
  • Sunday Hamfest Swap Meet 
Payment is by Visa, Mastercard or
AMEX (1.1% surchage for AMEX)

Click HERE to buy tickets

Please note: Swap Meet tickets are also available at the door.

Becoming an Amateur

Clubs in VK6

The VK6 call area, Western Australia, has a vibrant community of amateur radio operators and clubs spread across the state. Clubs in the VK6 area include (in alphabetical order);
The best method to find out about what is happening in our great state, is to listen in to the weekly NewsWest broadcast on Sundays, which is broadcast on various repeaters and rebroadcast on various HF frequencies.

There is a Google Group email mailing list, called WAHAMS which features lively discussion - see the group page here.


Every Week NewsWest and the WIA National News are broadcast across Western Australia, Queensland, the Northern Territory and the New South Wales Riverina - that’s got to be half of Australia. Your callbacks are collated and reports sent to the WIA. Some of these broadcasters have been doing this for many years.

We'd like to thank you for your ongoing commitment to Amateur Radio.
  • Mark, VK6USB
  • Chris, VK6JI
  • Phil, VK6GX
  • Eddie, VK6YA
  • Tony, VK6CV
  • Peter, VK6AH
  • Trevor, VK6YJ
  • Mac, VK6MM
  • Mark, VK6AR
  • Neil, VK6BDO
  • Stefano VK6NAS
  • Mike, VK8MA
  • Neil, VK8NH
  • Steve, VK6XA
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Eulogy Bank

To record your successes and failures within the Amateur Radio community the WA Amateur Radio News team have created a Eulogy Bank which will hold your stories until the inevitable time when you become a silent key.

Complete list of meeting times for clubs in VK6. Calendar of contests and DX activities.