WICEN NSW, is a communications support squad of the NSW Volunteer Rescue Association.
The NSW Volunteer Rescue Association is undergoing a restructure. Details can be viewed on the shared Google drive, using your VRA email address, in the "Corporate Governance Review 2020" folder.
The first official WICEN NSW field operation in some time is to provide assistance to WICEN ACT in the provision of communications support for the BMSC "National Capital Rally". This is being held to the west and south-west of Canberra, in the Uriarra and Tidbinbilla areas on November 28th and 29th.
Further information, and the sign-up form is at:https://groups.io/g/vk1-reflect/message/1767
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 Kurrajong - Berowra 70 cm FM system, then the Amateur DMARC Talkgroup 3810.
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 1st January 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, part of CRARC, with info at: http://www.crarc.org.au
WICEN Victoria's weekly net is Tuesdays at 8:30 pm, on 3.6 MHz. Their AGM was this afternoon at 14:00 at WICEN HQ, 34 Alexander St, Box Hill. Their website is: http://vic.wicen.org.au
Submitted by Julian Sortland VK2YJS, on behalf of the WICEN State Management Committee.