Hardware:
Hawking Technology Wireless-N USB Network Adapter
Model#:HWUN1
ChipsetDriver: RT2870USB

I had absolutely no problem bringing the interface (ra0) "up" However after several attempts, using a wide variety of configurations under Wicd (including adjustments under "External Programs") I was unable to connect to my completely unsecured Trendnet router.

Fix:
Code:
root@bt4:~# iwconfig ra0 mode managed
root@bt4:~# iwconfig ra0 essid "MYROUTER"
root@bt4:~# dhclient ra0
root@bt4:~# apt-get install rutilt
Launch Rutilt from the"internet" menu. Under "options" make sure your interface is up and scan under "site survey".
Hope this helps someone else.