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This morning around 15 members did the VRA induction course at Dural. This is training required by the VRA for members participating in future activations.

WICEN will have a stand at the Wyong field day. Volunteers will shortly be called for. Please consider helping, as the more volunteers, the shorter the shifts.

As well as severe weather in North America and Europe, including sub-zero temperatures in all 50 US states and into Mexico; Tonga in the Pacific has been hit by Cyclone Ian, causing severe damage. Your publicity officer is not aware of related Amateur communications at this point, but it is important to be careful to avoid interference with any such operations.

WICEN ACT is part of the Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club. Their website at includes details of both WICEN and general events.

Sister VRA squad, the Bushwalker's Wilderness Rescue Squad will be running their remote area first aid course at Cardiff Scout Hall on the 1st and 2nd, and 15th and 16th of February. For details see:

Coming WICEN events include:

WICEN Induction at Dural for registered participants on January 12th
WICEN's display at the CCARC Field Day on Sunday 23 February
BWRS Operational Exercise north-east of Bathurst on 22nd and 23rd of March

Submitted by Julian Sortland VK2YJS on behalf of the WICEN State Management Committee (except his attempts at humour).