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).

Time reporting

Any Event/Operations Commander please forward hours to jamie.thomson@vrarescue.org to be submitted to WICEN/NSW VRA for accountability.
These are collected by the end of each month.

WICEN COVID-19 Safety Plan - update

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

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 NSW is a communications support squad of the NSW Volunteer Rescue Association.

WICEN's informal Communications Exercise, was a success, with much learned. Comments have been posted to the wicen.all group in the VRA mail system.

WICEN and the St. George Amateur Radio Society are jointly conducting a test, using a 70cm FM repeater at Mt. Bindo on the Great Dividing Range. VK2RAH is on 439.875 MHz. Contact: callback@sgars.org

Members have been experimenting with WINLINK and JS8CALL to pass text messages, on Monday evenings, supported by a Google Meeting.

WICEN has a weekly net, each Sunday evening. The main net uses FM, and is at 1800, and a secondary net uses DMR digital voice at 1830. This afternoon's uses the Berowra and Kurrajong 70cm linked system; and the DMARC TG 3810, the latter accessible from any convenient DMR repeater connected to DMARC.

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

WICEN hopes to be at the CCARC Field Day at Wyong on February 28th, 2021. Members may volunteer by contacting WICEN Operations. Discounted entry may be available to such volunteers.

Members are asked to regularly use their vrarescue.org email address.

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

WICEN ACT is part of the Canberra Region ARC. Their website is: http://www.crarc.org.au

WICEN Victoria's weekly net is Tuesdays at 8:30 pm, on 3.6 MHz. Duncan's Run at Turra-Bulga State Forest is March 20th and 21st, while the Baw-Baw Extreme is April 15th and 16th; both subject to confirmation. Visit: http://vic.wicen.org.au or search for WICEN Victoria on Facebook.

Submitted by Julian Sortland VK2YJS & AG6LE, on behalf of the WICEN State Management Committee.