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  • 20170323 - soapbox - have your say The NewsWest team is extending an invitation to you to record a soapbox segment in which you are welcome to make your contribution to the discussion on a topic of interest to Radio Amateurs in Western Australia. There are no restrictions - other than those associated with content suitable for on-air use on Amateur Radio frequencies. From a technical perspective: 3 minutes. 44 kHz sample rate. 256 kbit mono audio MP3 We use and recommend audacity to record and edit audio. If you are having trouble recording your audio, please don't hesitate to get in touch so we can help you figure something out. Please email your contribution or any questions to: newswest@vk6.net
    Posted Mar 23, 2017, 4:25 AM by Glynn Davies
  • 20170319 - VK6WIA - NewsWest for Sunday, 19 March 2017 In this week's edition of NewsWest we have information of Amateur Radio activities including World Amateur Radio Day, the Jakarta DX Contest and an update from Ham College. There is our regular diary of the weeks meetings. No news is complete without Roy's helpline, but unfortunately Roy's circumstances this week mean that the hasn't been able to record his usual segment. Hopefully he'll be back next week. There is a report that our hobby's regulator, the ACMA may be considering auditing the WIA. There is a round up of the proxy situation for the WIA AGM and also if you are more comfortable sitting at your radio than dealing with a company audit I ...
    Posted Mar 17, 2017, 12:01 AM by News Team
  • 20170317 - Jakarta DX Contest Karsono YB0NDT the Contest Manager of the Jakarta DX Contest has sent us an invitation to participate in the Jakarta DX Contest with the slogan "Challenging You To The World". It is a primary DX Contest on 40 Meters Band SSB only, which is where many local Indonesian Radio Amateurs especially Novice/Beginner level (YD/YG) are allowed to work DX Stations.On 13th May 2017, please put mark on your DX Contest Calendar for Jakarta DX Contest 2017 and dig deep for your enthusiasm and effort to fight the Band Propagation along this year.You'll be challenged more during this contest, seeking after YB stations whom are joining contest to get multiplier points. After all, it is not ...
    Posted Mar 16, 2017, 5:02 PM by News Team
  • 20170317 - World Amateur Radio Day We received word from Jason VK3FNQS that The World Radio Network and The World Friendship Net have announced that for the 3rd straight year, they'll be participating in World Amateur Radio Day 2017 on the 18th of April.You'll find them active on the "World" Conference Server on Echolink and via IRLP node 9251.According to the group, a positive participation contributed to the success of the event last year. They recorded over 300 check ins, with 33 international stations in 18 different countries. The net ran for 10 hours with 5 different net controllers doing 2 hour shifts. They also had a special event QSL card that was available upon request.According to the organisers, the 'net ...
    Posted Mar 16, 2017, 5:01 PM by News Team
  • 20170316 - John Moyle Field Day stations The annual John Moyle Field Day is on this weekend. Stations from around the state are going portable to make contacts and you can too! The following stations have advised their intended locations: VK6ARN - NewsWest in Bullsbrook VK6AHR - Hills Amateur Radio Group on Mount Dale VK6NC - Northern Corridor Radio Group at Paruna Wildlife Sanctuary VK6QS - Matt, York VK6VF - WA VHF Group, NW corner of Piney Lakes Reserve, Winthrop VK6KCH - Chris and friends, West of Bridgetown
    Posted Mar 15, 2017, 8:38 PM by News Team
  • 20170315 - WIA RTO still a cause for concern Justin VK3JUZ and Stephanie VK3WET have shared with us their concerns about the ongoing misinformation being distributed by the Wireless Institute of Australia in relation to the status of training and the legal status of Amateurs licensed since the 31st of July 2014 when Silverdale Training / Trainsafe lost its status as a Registered Training Organisation. These concerns were first published on the VK Forum on the 8th of December 2016. The WIA continues to assert that there are no concerns, even faced with written documentation to the contrary and has published a fact sheet entitled "WIA licence assessment system complies". At the heart of this lies a clause of the Deed between the WIA and the Government Regulator, the ACMA ...
    Posted Mar 15, 2017, 4:12 AM by News Team
  • 20170312 - VK5 Welcomes Lemmings to Handorf in May There's going to be a fantastic activity weekend for Lemmings and their partners at Hahndorf in South Australia that's from 19th to the 21st May 2017.Apart from the opportunity to catch up with or put faces to fellow Hams there are some great educational and fun activities planned.The radio clubs of South Australia have banded together to pool expertise and the program looks wonderful as they attempt to rekindle the magic of radio or at least leave you with a new interest that will enhance your enjoyment of our hobby.There is going to be the introduction of a new manual on low band operating , very topical as we descend to the base of sunspot activity ...
    Posted Mar 11, 2017, 9:26 PM by News Team
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Latest WA Helpline

  • 20170101 - Helpline HELPLINE January 1st 2017============================= HAPPY NEW YEAR Eveyone.======================================= WANTEDI am trying to source a small morse code oscillator.  Do you have any idea where I can buy one?      Tks ...
    Posted Dec 31, 2016, 5:02 PM 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.

Broadcasters

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.