WICEN NSW Communications

WICEN is a statewide body which has been created to serve the needs of the particular state and as such the structure within each state differs according to the emergency management plan within that state.
In NSW, WICEN operates as a specialist support squad under the NSW State Disaster Plan (DISPLAN).

Weekly WICEN Nets

WICEN will be conducting regular weekly nets on Sunday as detailed below.

Sunday of Month 1800 Hrs
Analogue Repeater
1830 Hrs
Digital Repeater
1st, 4th & 5th Chatswood 2m Kurrajong R52 TAC7
2nd & 3rd Berowra / Kurrajong 70cm DMARC TG 3810

WICEN COVID-19 Safety Plan

Would all members please familiarise themselves with this plan, particularly when they are involved in any WICEN activity.

WICEN NSW, is a communications support squad of the NSW Volunteer Rescue Association. Due to COVID-19, administrative and training activities have been moved on-air or online.

While the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic has been cancelled Arrow, the Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation still needs support. Visit: http://www.canoeclassic.asn.au

Trek for Timor Blue Mountains is now a "virtual" event; the upside being it is possible for you, or a group from your club, to take a sponsored walk in any location. See: http://trekfortimorbm.org.au

Members have been experimenting with WINLINK and JS8CALL to pass text messages, on Monday evenings, supported by a Google Meeting. Details are on the calendar in the VRA email system. Software is available at: http://js8call.com/ and http://winlink.org/

WICEN has a weekly net, each Sunday evening. The main net is at 1800, and a secondary check-in net at 1830. On 1st, 4th, and 5th Sundays the main net will be on the Chatswood 2m repeater at 1800, followed by the (non-Amateur) Kurrajong VHF High-band digital repeater -R52 TAC 7 using Time Slot 1, at 1830. On 2nd, and 3rd Sundays the Kurrajong - Berowra 70 cm FM system will be used, followed by a net on the DMARC Talkgroup 3810, also Timeslot 1, at 1830.

Members are also encouraged to take advantage of the free courses offered by OEM at: https://www.emtraining.nsw.gov.au/

Members are sought for various logistics and administrative tasks, such as repeater management and asset management.

WICEN hopes to be at the CCARC Field Day at Wyong on February 28th, 2021.

For Facebook users, there is an official WICEN NSW page; and an informal national WICEN group.

WICEN ACT is part of the Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club. The club has moved events such as lectures, online or on-air, continuing through at least November. The LCCC "Monaro Stages Rally" on October 31st, supported via the provision of equipment and advice. The BMSC "National Capital Rally" is November 28th and 29th.

For intending Amateurs in the ACT or the surrounding "Capital Country", and those who wish to upgrade, CRARC has its Foundation licence course, and all-level Australian exams, on November 21st and 22nd. For more info visit the group's website: http://www.crarc.org.au or the CRARC Facebook page.

WICEN Victoria - The Baw-Baw is now April 21st to 23rd, 2021, subject to confirmation. The Kenda Motorcycle Rally is Sunday, May 2nd, 2021. Their weekly net is on each Tuesday at 8:30 pm, on 3.6 MHz. WICEN Victoria's interesting website is: http://vic.wicen.org.au

Submitted by Julian Sortland VK2YJS/1, on behalf of the WICEN State Management Committee.