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Cyclone Season- The role of Amateur Radio

WICEN LogoWICEN is a group of trained Amateur-Radio (nicknamed “Ham Radio”) operators, accredited to assist in emergency situations, and able to provide emergency and safety communications when normal communications do not exist or are inadequate. Examples in the past include Cyclone Tracy, Orange bushfires, Newcastle earthquake, the 1993 North-Eastern Victoria Floods, 1994 Sydney & Central Coast Bushfires, storms, and the Thredbo landslip and more recently the 2009 Victorian Bushfires.

WICEN members provide their own radio equipment, and freely give up their time to benefit the community. To keep up its training requirements, WICEN takes part in many exercises on behalf of the community.

Although voice radio is still used for passing messages, WICEN frequently uses packet radio (computers linked by radio circuits) for the reliable and speedy handling of long and complex messages.

So the next time you see one of those tall antennas in your neighbourhood it may just be a helpful member of your community ready and willing to assist in times of emergency.

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