Two 5 MHz voice channels are available for national use by WICEN.

They can be used by WICEN members for exercises or training, but there are some caveats…..

These channels are commercial land mobile allocations – they are not amateur allocations – normal commercial land mobile rules and procedures apply.

Both channels are shared with commercial users.  ACMA have assigned channels with a large geographic separation between users.  One channel is used in Far North Queensland, and the other in Western NSW.

Use

The channels are intended to be used by WICEN members, for either operations or training.  General use by amateurs is not permitted.  ACMA have agreed to waive the licence fees on the basis of WICEN use.

Type approved equipment only

Only ACMA type approved land mobile equipment (i.e. Barrett, Codan, commercial Icom, etc.) can be used.

Mode

In line with normal commercial arrangements, only USB voice mode is to be used.

Commercial land mobile selcall systems may also be used.

Callsigns

The ACMA assigned callsigns are AXF404 and AXF505.  Amateur callsigns are not to be used.

However, WICEN type callsigns may also be used – i.e. base, mobile 1, control, etc.

Frequencies and areas of use

The following two channels have been allocated – frequencies are listed as suppressed carrier (dial).

The table lists the other commercial users, their locations and recommendations for use.

 

Frequency(kHz) USB Commercial users located at Recommended to be used by WICEN in
5102 Cooktown QLD VK8, VK7, VK6, VK5, southern VK4,VK3, VK2, VK1
5355 Dubbo NSW VK8, VK7, VK6, VK5, VK4, VK3

 

Users may operate on the non-recommended channel for their area if the primary channel is busy – however, please avoid interference to commercial users.

VK2WI broadcast

VK2WI runs a 5 MHz channel on their Sunday broadcast:  5425 kHz USB.

 

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RASA