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Visit Westlakes A.R.C.




   to one of the largest Amateur Radio Clubs in Australia with over 200 members. 

Celebrating 50 years of progress through activity. 


   Westlakes Amateur Radio Club is located at York Street,Teralba on the Western
shores of Lake Macquarie  which is 100 Kilometres NNE of Sydney and 10 Kilometres
SW of Newcastle NSW.

   We are a not for profit club, with the aim of promoting Amateur Radio in all its modes
and enjoyment. The club is not gender specific, having both female and male members.
Members come from all walks of life with a mix of experience, young and mature,
novice and technical.

   The most important aspect of the club is the willingness of all members to share their
knowledge for the benefit of others.
 To find out more about the club and it's activities, please follow the various links on our website or contact one of our members, or come along to our meetings.

   Canteen and activity room are provided and the club is also home to the WIA QSL Bureau. 
Please call in when you are in the area. Tea and coffee are always on. 

What is Amateur Radio...

   Are you new to Amateur Radio? and you like to know more about our most rewarding, interesting, educational, democratic hobby, then click here, and we tell you all about our exciting hobby!

   There are 15,000 Radio Amateurs in Australia. It's a hobby for most and is a form of communication and probably the earliest form of social networking. It's ham radio. But what does it entail exactly?

Australian Pico Ballooner Honoured


The Wireless Institute of Australia has recognised the record breaking achievements of Andy Nguyen VK3YT by naming him in its WIA Merit Award program, while one of his pico party-type balloons VK9WI flew at high altitude.

Andy VK3YT was given the WIA Technical Excellence Award for his work with the pico space balloons, including one that circumnavigated the Southern Hemisphere nearly three times.

In the middle of 2015 pico balloon PS-46 floated more than 110,800 km before descending into the Indian Ocean due to bad weather.

Additionally Andy VK3YT while on a working holiday also floated and tracked two solar powered pico balloons that he launched in the USA.

The prestigious WIA Technical Excellence Award was granted amid warm applause by those at the annual general meeting held on Saturday May 28 on Norfolk Island.

Andy VK3YT who was unable to be at the AGM was later very humble in receiving the award for what many see as pioneering work and a new era for small solar powered balloons carrying Amateur Radio payloads.

The PS balloons have sparked a lot on interest among trackers throughout the world, and is known to have given a few radio amateurs a new challenge.

For the occasion the balloon PS-64 was launched that included a greeting message to the WIA AGM using the VK9WI callsign for its tracking telemetry, but it was brought down by poor weather.

However, Andy was ready with a back-up the VK9WI balloon and launched PS-65 that initially headed south to Tasmania, then across to New Zealand and at last report moved southerly toward South America.

Like his recent balloon that latest PS-65 has a 25mW transmitter using WSPR and JT9 on the 30m band.


We have put down a landmark in the Teralba area.

Many thanks to the workers and the assembled witnesses

The club is open:
Saturday from around 11:00 am. Also on a
Tuesday evening from around 6:00 pm
and of course visitors are always welcome!



Wireless Institute of Australia



Westlakes Amateur Radio Club Inc. York Street, Teralba NSW