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).


The WiCEN NSW membership year runs from April to March, so membership fees of $15 are due soon.
You can renew either:
     At the WICEN stand at the Wyong Field Day on the 28th February, or
     By direct bank deposit, please make payment to:
          Account name: WICEN NSW
          BSB: 112-879
          Account number: 155 590 471
Please include your callsign in the receiver's comment so we know who it's from.
For further information please contact the Treasurer at


The WICEN NSW Inc Annual General Meeting for 2016 is on Saturday 10 September at 1400, here at ARNSW in Quarry Road, Dural. Official notification and other papers to be emailed and or mailed shortly. Note that this is election day in council areas not currently subject to amalgamation, and that absentee voting is not available.

Northern Rivers Region WICEN will be assisting with communications for the QERA State Championships (Horse Enduro) at Wiangaree NSW, from September 1st to 4th. At their meeting last Sunday the current committee members were re--elected. The associated Summerland Amateur Radio Club will hold SARCFEST next Sunday, 28 August at their club-rooms. They are also activating the Richmond River Lighthouse at Ballina, and the Cape Byron Lighthouse this weekend.

A new WICEN sponsored 70cm Digital Mobile Radio repeater is now on-air, and connected to the global DMR-MARC system. DMR has the benefits of a range of radio vendors, and good voice quality. It also has two time-slots per channel, allowing two independent conversations on the repeater. The current QTH is another site at Dural, and the callsign is VK2RRW. Further details can be found on the DMR-MARC website at: http://dmr-marc.net

The Great North Walk 100s will be in the Hunter region on the weekend of September 10th and 11th.

SAREX, the search and rescue exercise built around the search for the single-engined aircraft, VH-MDX, which went missing in August 1981 is the weekend of September 16 to 18 in the Barrington Tops area.

The Hawkesbury Canoe Classic will run overnight from Saturday, October 29th to Sunday 30th.

WICEN has a twitter account: @wicennsw
It can be viewed at: http://twitter.com/wicennsw

Facebook users will find the official WICEN New South Wales page, and an informal national WICEN group.

WICEN ACT is part of the Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club, and supports events in the ACT and southern NSW. The club's website is at: http://www.crarc.ampr.org

Friday, September 2 is the Brindabella Motor Sport Club's "Night Howl: Stages. The ACTERA Brookvale Horse Endurance Ride is on September 3 and 4; and Fitz's Challenge is a road cycling event in the Brindabella Ranges on Sunday October 30. Foundation courses are provided bi-monthly, with exams for all levels on the Sunday, with the next on 17th and 18th September.

WICEN Victoria's next event is the Stockman Rally in the Big River State Forest on September 18. Australian 4 Day Enduro, a motorcycling event at Mansfield commences on November 15. The group's website is at: http://vic.wicen.org.au

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