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Introducing WICEN

Who are you going to Call ?

WICEN’s strength is its flexibility.
We train with systems we have developed over the years; systems which can adapt to a variety of situations.
If necessary WICEN can deploy a Statewide HF communications system that does not require a hilltop infrastructure.
Our technical expertise means that if and when we are activated we can adapt to meet an emerging need.

WICEN Bundaberg is proud to place our expertise at the disposal of local agencies that have identified a communications need and wish to develop a system to address it.
Agencies should contact the WICEN Bundaberg Controller from the contact information below.

Our Capabilities

National. State. Local

The Wireless Institute of Australia has brought together Amateur radio operators to serve the community when required.
WICEN Bundaberg is a non-government, self financed, volunteer-based organisation, sponsored by the Bundaberg Amateur Radio Club.

Versatile & Far Reaching

We select the best band for the task using frequencies on HF, VHF & UHF.
Our equipment can be quickly deployed wherever needed, and we maintain a powerful base station at our bundaberg Shack.
Utilizing Bundaberg Amateur Radio Club's 3 Repeaters our footprint covers Burrum Heads to Winfield & West to Childers and Gin Gin.

Equipment

Our equipment is designed to operate without electricity and Radios are powered by 12volt batteries.
A mix of Yaesu and Icom radios form the backbone of our network.
They are modern, efficient and robust to serve our needs.

Filling Comms Gaps

WICEN maintains a voice communications capability which can be used for communication within an agency or between several agencies.
Many agencies don't have their own communications & can't normally share a common medium - WICEN fills the gap.

Operators

Amateur Radio operators study & pass exams to achieve their Licence, and by joining WICEN they've shown a preparedness to serve their community.
WICEN Bundaberg is a part of the Bundaberg Regional Disaster Management plan and was assessed by the District Disaster Management Group.

Portable & Efficient

Portable Amateur Radio Stations contain Transceivers & antennas capable of HF, VHF & UHF and are quickly deployed by the operator.
We keep traffic logs to provide an audit trail of how/when a message moved through a network and we can meet other agencies formal message handling procedures.

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Gallery & Information

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Portable Station Case YAESU

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Portable Station

We have 3 Portable Emergency Amateur Radio Station timber cases.
Coated with marine varnish ready for floodboat or rain operations.
The shelf is removable and underneath is everything the operator needs to be self-sufficient.
An operator would take one of these stations, and together with the Antenna pack and their own personal supplies they are ready to be deployed with a minimum of fuss.
All that we require at the intended site is a 12volt battery which can be taken from a vehicle, boat or even ride-on mower.
We can be set up and ready to transmit in about 20 minutes.

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Emergency Dipole Antenna ENVIS

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Emergency HF Antenna

This is our workhorse for HF emergency work.
It's a Near Vertical Incident Skywave (NVIS) antenna with radiation at a high angle so the major lobe is between 75 and 90 degrees to the earth's surface, in an omni-directional pattern.
It's NOT a long-distance antenna, we aim for 100-400km but have tested up to 1600km.
We find it to be extremely reliable between 3.5Mhz (80m) and 7.3Mhz (40m) - perfect for WICEN use.
With acknowledgement to Bob Hejl W2IK for his initial research into this antenna & dedication to emergency comms.

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Bundaberg Amateur Radio Club BARC

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BARC

Bundaberg Amateur Radio Club sponsors and finances the WICEN group
When students train with the club for the Foundation Licence they are exposed to the WICEN ideology and a fair portion of them go on to become our trained operators.

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SES & BRC Support

Council and SES

We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of SES Bundaberg.

We are privileged to retain a radio shack within the SES HQ by the kind permission of Bundaberg Regional Council and the SES Controller.

Contact Us

WICEN Bundaberg
PO Box 129
Bundaberg Qld 4670

Email:
deputycontroller@wicen-bundaberg.org.au
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