WICEN NSW, is a communications support squad of the NSW Volunteer Rescue Association, or VRA.
Due to COVID-19 WICEN is limiting operations, and has moved meetings to its amateur and non-amateur radio resources.
The WICEN Chatswood 2 metre repeater, 147.150 MHz, will be operating on a back-up antenna for the next week or so, while waterproofing works are undertaken on the building's roof, providing reduced coverage. The 23cm repeater, on 1273.200 MHz, remains ON-AIR. The 78.15 MHz WICEN mid-band repeater is OFF AIR.
Alternative WICEN repeaters available for use are the VHF R52 DMR and VHF mid-band repeaters at Warks Hill, plus Kurrajong and Berowra 70cm linked repeaters.
The HCC Race Committee is continuing preparations for the 2020 Hawkesbury Canoe Classic on October 24th and 25th, subject to "Return to Sport" rules. A decision will be made in the beginning of September whether to proceed with the event. WICEN assistance at the Canoe Classic will depend on the NSW Public Health Orders in place. The event supports "Arrow, The Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation": http://www.arrow.org.au
The Volunteer Memorial Day 2020 is being held at Mrs Macquarie's Chair in the Domain, Sydney, at 11:00 am on Sunday, October 11th.
Members are asked to check their VRA email for information regarding training for Rural Fire Service communications support roles, and VRA-wide COVID-19 safety information.
WICEN has commenced 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 repeater -R52 TAC 7 using Time Slot 1, at 1830. On 2nd and 3rd Sundays (including tonight) 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 the Office of Emergency Management, at: https://www.emtraining.nsw.gov.au/
Volunteers are sought for various logistics and administrative tasks. These include repeater and APRS management, and asset management.
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 is moving all events, including its enthralling lectures, online or on-air. The group has recommenced support of events, the more immediate ones via the provision of equipment and advice only. The next event is the LCCC "Blue Range Rallysprint" on September 5th, with the BMSC "Narooma Rally" on the 19th. ANU's "Inward Bound", and the Brookvale Horse Enduro are October 9th to 11th, and the 11th only, respectively. Their Foundation licence course, and all-level Australian exams, are November 21st and 22nd. For more info visit the group's website via the new address: http://www.crarc.org.au or the CRARC Facebook page.
WICEN Victoria - The weekly net is on each Tuesday at 8:30 pm, on the IARU and WIA recommended emergency frequency, 3.6 MHz. The Baw-Baw Extreme runs, bikes, and paddles from October 31st to November 1st, and from Walhalla, 84 km to Mt Baw Baw. WICEN Victoria's website is: http://vic.wicen.org.au
Submitted by Julian Sortland VK2YJS, on behalf of the WICEN State Management Committee.