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

The WICEN (NSW) Inc 2020 AGM held yesterday via teleconference elected the following committee:

President: Lindsay Bolstad VK2FLEA
Vice President: Neil Fallshaw VK2XNF
Secretary: Steve Diekman VK2MCA
Treasurer: Doug Rosser VK2DCR
Committee members:
Mark Halliwell VK2MOH
Nic McLean VK2KXN
Eric van de Weyer VK2VE
Paul Britton VK2FPBA

While the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic has been cancelled Arrow, the Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation still needs support. Details are at:

Likewise, Trek for Timor Blue Mountains is now a "virtual" event; the upside being it is possible to take a sponsored walk in any location. Details are at:

The Volunteer Memorial Day 2020 is on Sunday, October 11th, at 11 am. COVID-19 means this is an invitation only event, instead streamed online.

Members have been experimenting with JS8CALL to pass short text messages, on Monday evenings, supported by a Google Meeting. Details are on the calendar in the VRA email system. The software is available at:

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 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.

All repeaters at Chatswood are now fully operational.

Members are also encouraged to take advantage of the free courses offered by OEM at:

Members are sought for various logistics and administrative tasks. These include 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 all events, including lectures, online or on-air. Upcoming events include the Brookvale Horse Enduro on October 11th, and the LCCC "Monaro Stages Rally" on the 31st, the latter by provision of equipment and advice. The BMSC "National Capital Rally" is November 28th and 29th. Their Foundation licence course, and all-level Australian exams, are November 21st and 22nd. For more info visit the group's website: or the CRARC Facebook page.

WICEN Victoria - The weekly net is on each Tuesday at 8:30 pm, on 3.6 MHz. WICEN Victoria's interesting website is:

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