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

Due to COVID-19 WICEN has cancelled participation in all but emergency activations, and moved meetings to its amateur and non-amateur radio resources, including DMR.

The HCC Committee has decided to continue preparing for the 2020 Hawkesbury Canoe Classic. The event, and WICEN’s support, will only occur if all government requirements for "Return to Sport" can be met.

WICEN has discontinued the twice daily check-in nets. These are being replaced by a weekly broadcast and net, each Sunday evening. The broadcast is at 1800, and a check-in net at 1830. On the 1st, 4th and 5th Sundays this will be on the Chatswood 2m repeater, with callbacks on the Kurrajong High-band repeater. On 2nd and 3rd Sundays the Kurrajong - Berowra 70 cm FM system, and callbacks via DMARC Talkgroup 3810.

Members willing to assist in a stocktake of WICEN equipment are asked to make contact via the web form.

Training in the use of chainsaws will be provided on the 3rd to the 5th of July. This primarily regards safely clearing fallen timber.

Members are also encouraged to take advantage of the free courses offered by the Office of Emergency Management, at:

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 lectures, online or on-air. The group is shortly recommencing the support of car rallies, via the provisions of equipment and advice. The first is the NSSCC "Rally of the Bay" on July 4th. For more info visit: or the CRARC Facebook page.

WICEN Victoria - The weekly net is on each Tuesday at 8:30 pm, on 3.6 MHz. Their first event back may be the Sunraysia Rally, south of Wentworth. WICEN Victoria's website, which includes a couple of propagation indicators, is:

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