Welcome to the WICEN page

Here you will find important information relating to communications during a WICEN Event or Natural Disaster.

Our Club is part of the Western Downs Regional Council's Disaster Management Plan. We have the ability to provide communications support whenever the plan is activated, for example, during a natural disaster such as flooding, bushfires or cyclones. We also take part in their training events to better prepare our members for the real thing, if and when it happens. You can view W.D.R.C.'s Disaster Management Plan here.


Your Local WICEN Officer is: Jake Abbott VK4JRA
The WICEN Officer contact details are:
Phone:
0429 698 747
Email:
webmaster @ bunyaamcom.org.au

Important Emergency Frequencies:

80m HF WICEN: 3.600MHz LSB
80m HF IARU ECF: 3.600MHz LSB
Can be utilised by all Licensed Amateur Radio Operators.

40m HF WICEN: 7.074MHz LSB
40m HF IARU ECF: 7.110MHz LSB
Can be utilised by all Licensed Amateur Radio Operators.

20m HF WICEN: 14.125MHz USB
20m HF IARU ECF: 14.300MHz USB
Can only be utilised by Advanced & Standard Licensed Amateur Radio Operators.

17m HF WICEN: 18.150MHz USB
17m HF IARU ECF: 18.160MHz USB
Can only be utilised by Advanced Licensed Amateur Radio Operators.

15m HF WICEN: 21.190MHz USB
15m HF IARU ECF: 21.360MHz USB
Can be utilised by all Licensed Amateur Radio Operators.

12m HF WICEN: 24.950MHz USB
Can only be utilised by Advanced Licensed Amateur Radio Operators.

10m HF WICEN: 28.450MHz USB
Can be utilised by all Licensed Amateur Radio Operators.

6m VHF WICEN: 53.150MHz FM
Can only be utilised Advanced & Standard Licensed Amateur Radio Operators.

2m VHF WICEN: 145.200MHz FM
Can be utilised by all Licensed Amateur Radio Operators.

70cm UHF WICEN: 438.950MHz FM
Can be utilised by all Licensed Amateur Radio Operators.

REPEATERS WHICH MAY BE UTILISED:

VK4RED 2m: 147.250MHz FM, +600kHz offset, 91.5Hz Tone
Can be utilised by all Licensed Amateur Radio Operators.

VK4RET 2m: 146.675MHz FM, -600kHz offset, 91.5Hz Tone
Can be utilised by all Licensed Amateur Radio Operators.

VK4RET 70cm: 438.700MHz FM, -5.0MHz offset, 91.5Hz Tone
Can be utilised by all Licensed Amateur Radio Operators.


During an event where WICEN is activated, these frequencies may be utilised. A specific band may be nominated by the WICEN Officer who takes into account the communication distances and time of day/night. Events that may bring WICEN into action are: Major Flooding, Bushfires, Major Power Outages and Loss of conventional communication systems during a natural disaster.

At the discretion of our WICEN Officer, any or all of our repeaters may be utilised during a WICEN event. WICEN traffic on our repeaters or any frequency listed above takes precedence over general traffic.

Our next WICEN training event is: T.B.A.

WICEN
stands for Wireless Institute Civil Emergency Network. WICEN consists of a number of state or territory based volunteer emergency communications service organisations whose members are primarily licensed amateur radio operators. Members are accredited to assist in emergency situations and are able to provide emergency and safety communications for other agencies when conventional communications networks fail or are inadequate. Emergency radio networks can be assembled quickly, taking advantage of both amateur radio frequencies and services and licensed non-amateur frequency allocations.

IARU ECF stands for International Amateur Radio Union Emergency Centre Frequency. Whilst WICEN frequencies are mainly for use within Australia, the IARU ECF frequencies are adopted in multiple countries around the world as a means of international contact during an emergency.


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