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.

WICEN and the St. George Amateur Radio Society are jointly conducting a test of a temporary 70cm FM repeater at Mt. Bindo, on the Great Dividing Range, west of the Blue Mountains. This is to determine UHF coverage from the location.
The repeater VK2RAH is on 439.875 MHz, with the standard negative 5.0 MHz offset. No CTCSS tone is required or sent.
Amateurs with UHF FM radios in Sydney, the Blue Mountains, the Central Tablelands, and further afield are encouraged to try out the repeater, and to send reports to: callback@sgars.org

A remote training exercise will be conducted on January 9th and 10th, 2021. This will be conducted in small physically distributed teams, and include practising field operations.

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 is at 1800, and a secondary digital voice check-in net at 1830. Today's uses the Chatswood 2m repeater, 147.150; followed by the (non-Amateur) Kurrajong VHF High-band repeater -R52 TAC 7.

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 are asked to regularly use their vrarescue.org email address. As of January 1st 2021 all WICEN emails will only be sent to the member's VRA 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. The BMSC "National Capital Rally" concluded this afternoon. Their website is: http://www.crarc.org.au

WICEN Victoria's weekly net is Tuesdays at 8:30 pm, on 3.6 MHz. Their website is: http://vic.wicen.org.au

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