• 20180218 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday 18 February 2018 - New Amateurs Edition [29:06] It’s New Hams week, so Andrew shares with you what he would have liked to know starting out.. I’ll give you a quick overview on remote stations, and celebrate an upgraded license here in VK6. Onno brings us foundations of amateur radio, tell you the process to go about getting YOUR amateur license, a correction on the VK1WIA National Broadcast and some other recent news regarding the WIA.This is the weekly amateur radio news for Western Australia and far beyond. Since 1931, this is NewsWest produced by WA Amateur Radio News.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 ...
    Posted Feb 16, 2018, 10:01 PM by Glynn Davies
  • HISTORY: Dick Smith Toilet Seat Warmer Will VK6UU has been processing Amateur Radio history since well before I entered the hobby. Over the last few months, he has been processing paperwork, photos, and files previously in the possession of Cliff VK6LZ and Christine VK6ZLZ. Many much of this correspondence represented early days of the WA VHF Group, the WA Repeater Group, and of course the VK6 Division of the W.I.A. This week Will writes:“Now of all the thousands of pages in the Cliff & Christine VK6 collection, this one stands out....!It appears authentic, even to the middle initial of H for Dick Harold Smith.” In the October 1978 letter to the W.I.A. President, Dick Smith writes to Mr L.A. Bell ...
    Posted Feb 9, 2018, 7:50 PM by Glynn Davies
  • 3Y0Z DXpedition One of the great facets of this hobby is supporting and chasing the DXprediations as they prepare and deploy around the world to those elusive spots of low noise and great global propagation. For the team of 3Y0Z (three yankee zero zulu), after delays on the 13th of January, the team left the port of Puntas Arenas on 19th of January, full steam ahead to Bouvet Island. After copping a hammering from the weather in the South Atlantic in the days that followed, Bouvet Island finally came into view on January 31st. After experiencing winds of up to 45 knots and 5-meter swell, pitch and rolling the marine vessel by 30 degrees, the ship's engines ran into trouble ...
    Posted Feb 9, 2018, 7:48 PM by Glynn Davies
  • 20180211 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday 11 February 2018 - History Edition [30:02] In the news this week a new, old award, the Carl Cohen Trophy after Will digs through the archives, we'll hear about Dick Smith, yes, that one, and toilets, the illustrious amateur career of Peter VK3YE, which began in Western Australia, intruder watch, the good kind and intruder watch the bad kind, also an update on the long awaited DXpedition to Bouvet Island.This is the weekly amateur radio news for Western Australia and far beyond. Since 1931, this is NewsWest produced by WA Amateur Radio News.As the producer of note it's my duty to inform you that we have yet another jam-packed history edition of the news with more news from Bob on the road ...
    Posted Feb 9, 2018, 7:38 PM by News Team
  • 20180204 - VK6WIA - NEWSWEST FOR SUNDAY 4 FEBRUARY 2018 [28:13] In this broadcast: It’s our CLUB FOCUS week as we discuss the need for Publicity Officers for YOUR club. We’ll hear from the RATOC, the Bunbury Radio Club, F-Troop, and of course – what we’re up to at WA Amateur Radio news. Bob calls in from out on the road in VK5 wine country Andrew gives us a quick Katanning HamFeast lunchtime wrap on behalf of Rob - VK6LD. There’s our regular reminders, land well put it over to Roy with Helpline You’re listening to NewsWest, broadcasting weekly news and commentary since 1931 for VK6 radio amateurs, shortwave listeners and radio enthusiasts. Producer: Glynn VK6PAWDuration: 28min13sec http://www.vk6.net/news
    Posted Feb 3, 2018, 12:33 AM by Glynn Davies
  • 20180128 - VK6WIA - NewsWest for Sunday 28 February 2018 [26:59] Contesting SpecialIn the news this week we take a closer look at contesting, upcoming activities, how to operate, a tip from Scott K9JY and  an update from Roy's Helpline. Bob hits the road on a grand tour of Australia with the first of his radio road reports and I take a look at what's involved in getting a WSPR station on the air.This is NewsWest, amateur radio news since 1931 for shortwave listeners, radio amateurs and those interested in radio communications in their wide and varying contact with the rest of the world, on the Citizen Band, via narrow cast, community radio, the local repeater, on-line, on-air and on-demand.This bulletin is produced ...
    Posted Jan 27, 2018, 12:05 AM by News Team
  • 20180128 - Amateur News this week The 2017 VKFF Weekend Activation results are dribbling in. Paul VK5PAS asks that VK6AHR, VK5GY and VK8ZKZ send in their logs. Without those there were 75 different parks activated across the weekend with 46 amateurs getting all hot and bothered during the exchanges.There were 2307 contacts made with 865 of them between parks. If you took place and you sent in your log, that's a subtle hint to VK6AHR, VK5GY and VK8ZKZ, then you'll receive an Activator Participation certificate.While we're on the subject of VKFF congratulations come from the awards fairy to:Gerard VK2IOMark VK4SMAJohn VK5BJESteve VK7CWStephen VK2USHUwe DL2NDGlen VK4FARRMatt VK4FMHTIf you're looking at renewing or ...
    Posted Jan 27, 2018, 12:02 AM 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.