Tasmanian Bush Fires operations

WICEN in Tasmania was finally stood down after 20 continuous days of operation at the Incident Management Centre at Cambridge, near Hobart airport. Operations have now been wound back.

WICEN was posted by the Tasmania Fire Services to mainly control the busy 80MHz radio traffic during massive fires.

Although those the major fires, which started on the 3rd of January on the Tasman Peninsula and in the Derwent Valley, are still active, one being classified as contained and the other controlled.

The days serviced by WICEN and other southern Tasmanian radio amateurs varied between 12 and 24 hours.


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55th Jamboree On The Air

Every year on the 3rd weekend of October, scouts & guides worldwide attend a camp to communicate with each other all around the world via HF Radio.  

This event, known as JOTA, or the Jamboree On The Air, is an annual event aimed at introducing scouts and guides to the world of HF Radio communication. 

From learning procedures to actually operating the stations, they are given great hands-on experience in communicating with their peers worldwide. The contacts between them are established by Amateur Radio stations . 

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Amateur Radio Worldwide Contests 2013



The major fires in south-east Tasmania, which began last Friday, continue to burn fanned by relentless hot and windy weather.


WICEN Tasmania (South) Secretary, Roger Nichols VK7ARN said operators were at the Incident Management Team headquarters coordinating the fires on the Tasman Peninsula and in the Derwent Valley. /



Each year on 18 April, radio amateurs celebrate World Amateur Radio Day. On that day in 1925 the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) was founded. 

Amateur radio has truly entered the 21st Century. In less than 100 years amateur radio communications has evolved from crude spark-gap technology to digital signal processing and software-defined radios. The amateur's HF choice between voice and CW has been expanded to a broad range of communication choices from television to spread spectrum. 

Amateur digital communications has evolved. At the end of World War II until the early 1980's, radioteletype, also known as RTTY, was the only HF digital mode available to amateurs. In the 1980's, AMTOR made its debut along with the increased popularity and availability of personal computers. AMTOR was the first amateur digital communication mode to offer error-free text transmission. 





WICEN Tasmania (South), assisted by other trained southern region radio amateurs, is providing 24 hour support for firefighting activities as several fires continue to burn.

At least 100 properties have been destroyed and thousands of people are left stranded. Towns on the evastated Tasman Peninsula in the state's south-east are cut off and only accessible via sea./



RAST 2013 New Year Party

The Radio Amateur Society of Thailand under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King, invites all members, friends of RAST and any radio amateurs who are visiting Thailand, to attend its annual New Year party on Sunday, 6th January 2012 from 3 p.m on wards at the home of E20MIO, Dr Noppadol (Mor Dong). The venue is at 5/230 Moohan Tanya Tanee House on Green in Lumlukka Soi77 (near N-Siri Resort), off Lumlukka Road. A buffet dinner will be served in the morning.

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IARU Administrative Council Plans for WRC-15

The Administrative Council (AC) of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) held its annual meeting on 2&4 November 2012 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The AC is responsible for the policy and management of the IARU and consists of the three IARU international officers and two representatives from each of the three IARU regional organizations.It was a somber occasion due to the passing of Michael J. Owen VK3KI who had been a member of the Administrative Council for most of its existence and had been a longtime contributor to the efforts of IARU to promote and reserve amateur radio. /

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