• 20180715 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 15 July 2018 - New Amateurs Edition 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 VK6PAWDuration: 28min58secIf you have questions or comments, feedback, good or bad, the address is newswest@vk6.net.You ...
    Posted Jul 14, 2018, 2:23 AM by Glynn Davies
  • 20180708 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 8 July 2018 - History of AR Edition 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 ...
    Posted Jul 6, 2018, 10:46 PM by News Team
  • 20180701 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 1 July 2018 - Club Focus Edition 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 VK6POPDuration: 30:14If you have questions ...
    Posted Jun 29, 2018, 9:49 PM by Bob Bristow
  • Norman VK6GOM on 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 ...
    Posted Jun 29, 2018, 8:12 AM by Glynn Davies
  • ARRL Field Day - Reminder 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. ARRL Field Day - http://www.arrl.org/field-day 2018 ARRL International Grid Chase - http://www.arrl.org/international-grid ...
    Posted Jun 23, 2018, 1:15 AM by Glynn Davies
  • 20180624 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 24 June 2018 - Contesting Edition 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 ...
    Posted Jun 23, 2018, 1:05 AM by Glynn Davies
  • 20180617 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 17 June 2018 - New Amateurs Edition New to Amateur Radio, this show is for YOU!This week, new amateur calls on air, a new FreeDV on-air net, courses, contests and calendar updates and that's just to whet your appetite.Also in this news a reminder about the ACMA consultation, F-troop, tips for New Hams, a Welcome to the Hobby, courses, contests and more. I can tell you that Roy is back. He's still in hospital, getting better and still exhibiting is irrepressible sense of humour. As I said to Roy, on Friday, "I'd tell you to break a leg, but then you're likely to take that literally." - Good to have you back.On behalf of WA Amateur Radio News, producers ...
    Posted Jun 15, 2018, 9:23 PM by News Team
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Latest WA Helpline

  • 20171008 - Helpline SORRY, I was M.I.A. last weekI am seeking anyone interested in conducting Scheduled Radio Operations (Scheds).These scheds are on ‘Austravelsafetynet’  frequencies, a Not For Profit Radio ...
    Posted Oct 6, 2017, 12:24 AM by News Team
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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 is broadcast across Western Australia, Queensland, the Northern Territory, New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria.

In the past we’ve acknowledged individual contributors, but the list is never long enough, never covers everyone who’s making an effort, visible, audible or otherwise, so instead.

Thank you.

Thank you for your time, your energy, your transmitter and your voice. Thank you for keeping the numerous repeaters up and operating. Thank you for your call backs, for logging them, for sending them to us and for being part of the community of amateur radio.

If you’d like to help, you can. You can transmit the news, register callbacks, submit stories, record scripts, promote the news or you can get in touch. Our address is newswest@vk6.net.



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.