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  • NewsWest for Sunday 20th January 2019 New Amateurs Edition This week is all about new amateurs.  We welcome those new to the hobby and have suggestions of how to enter at foundation level or to improve your privileges and responsibilities.  Bob brings you the latest epistle in his new hams segment. There’s an update on the 2 by 1 callsign matter. A VK6 volunteer has returned from the scout jamboree and there is information from the Southern electronics group.  Dan returns with another interview and there’s information on a crowd funding effort.We will update you on PerthTech and encourage you to spend your hard earned in our raffle! And of course there are all our usual weekly items as well with advertisements for upcoming events and ...
    Posted Jan 18, 2019, 4:51 AM by Bob Bristow
  • NewsWest for Sunday 13th January 2019 History of A.R. Edition In NewsWest for Sunday 13th January 2019 we look into  Amateur Radio History, and we’ve got some interesting snippets for you from way back.There’s more exciting news about PerthTech on 2nd March. We tell you who’s presenting, and give details of the dinner afterwards.  We announce the major prize in our super raffle. It’s good stuff, and you won’t want to miss it.  And as usual, Roy will regale us with HelplineThe team this week is Andrew, Dan, Neil and Roy, and for my sins I’m the producer. I’m Bob VK6POP, and let’s get  on with it.NewsWest is produced by WA Amateur Radio News, Inc, and provides Amateur Radio ...
    Posted Jan 12, 2019, 12:02 AM by Bob Bristow
  • 20190106 NewsWest for Sunday 6th January Club Focus Edition Welcome to NewsWest for 6th January.Happy New year from the VK6 Amateur Radio News team. This week is about clubs and we have reports from the VHF group, the Peel Group, the WA Repeater Group and Ham College.There is some information about the potential introduction of 2 by 1 contesting call signs, digital developments and a further reminder to get on air and contact the scout jamboree at tailem Bend in VK5.Another first is an interview from Dan conducted on air using Echolink, well worth a listen.Of major significance is that WA Amateur Radio News has decided to run the PerthTech event in 2019,and we have initial details of this for you to put into ...
    Posted Jan 4, 2019, 4:56 AM by Bob Bristow
  • 20181230 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 30 December 2018 -Special New Year Edition NewsWest for 30th December 2019 is the final edition for 2018. It’s a special programme to look at what we got up to and what’s ahead of us.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 ...
    Posted Dec 28, 2018, 6:18 PM by Bob Bristow
  • 20181111 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 11 November 2018 - History of AR Edition NewsWest for 11th November is on Remembrance Day. A century ago, at 0600, the representatives of the countries involved signed the declaration that would end the war five hours later at eleven am. By a very fitting coincidence, today’s NewsWest programme is about the history of Amateur Radio, and we will regale you with tall tales and true of the history of our hobby. As the first broadcast of this bulletin goes to air at 0600 on Sunday, the WA Aamateu Radio News team will be at Blackboy Hill, taking a break in the VI6PAX activation to observe the commemoration of the centenary of signing of the treaty, to the sound of a piper playing “when the battle’s ...
    Posted Nov 8, 2018, 7:40 PM by Bob Bristow
  • 20181104 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 4 November 2018 - Club Focus Edition Newswest for Sunday 4th November 2018 is the Club Focus edition . Andrew VK6AS is the producer for this week This is a busy edition where we attempt to focus on clubs with notices of upcoming activities by the Peel and Hills groups as well as a special call sign activation by the NewsWest team There’s a report on Ham College activity and Clive VK6CSW promotes the RAOTC Dan VK6NAD has another fascinating interview and we have a look at what happens after you call back in response to listening to this news, then there’s Roys helpline of course! If you have questions or comments, feedback, good or bad, the address is newswest@vk6.net.You'll find links ...
    Posted Nov 1, 2018, 11:21 PM by Bob Bristow
  • 20181028 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 28 October 2018 - Contesting Edition NewsWest for Sunday 28th October is the contesting edition. We talk about contests coming up, and talk about contesting. Dan discusses his effort chasing DX in a recent contest. Ham College is full swing into a Foundation course this weekend. The Northern Corridors Radio Group has released information about their Garage Sale, and we have a JOTA wrap from clubs who operated JOTA event. And of course there’s Roy with his usual array of goodies old and new. NewsWest may still be available for download from audio.vk6.net. Just in case it’s not, here are two alternative download sites. https://www.dropbox.com/s/ce228102h0cpdna/20181028.newswest.mp3?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/sif82eulxwpyiiu/20181028 ...
    Posted Oct 27, 2018, 3:52 AM by Bob Bristow
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Latest WA Helpline

  • 20181118 Roy's Helpline HELPLINE November 18th 2018Have your HELPLINE requests into me by 07:00 hrs WST Friday to be in the nextbroadcast=========================================I am receiving undelivered return email fromVK6HSG ...
    Posted Nov 18, 2018, 5:35 PM by Bob Bristow
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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.

AR activities in VK6

VK6 Club Calendar